Cal Ripken, Jr., turned 58 yesterday. In his 21 years as an Oriole, Cal amassed a lot of games, hits, and runs. Here are just a few of his MLB stats:
Number of teams played for: 1
Consecutive games played: 2,632
Total games played: 3,001
At bats: 11,551
Home runs: 431
Intentional walks: 107
Double plays: 1,682
Stolen bases: 36
Caught stealing: 39
All-star games: 19 (every year, 1983 to 2001)
All-star game MVP awards: 2
American League MVP awards: 2
Silver Slugger awards: 8
Lifetime batting average: .276
Cal also spent four years in the minor leagues playing for the Bluefield Orioles (1978), the Miami Orioles (1979), the Charlotte Orioles (1979-80), and the Rochester Red Wings (1981). He played 443 games as a minor leaguer, with 1,652 at bats, 463 hits, and 56 home runs. His batting average in the minors was .280.
I found a cool stats tool the other day when doing research on Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. You can get game by game stats on ESPN.com. On the left side pull down menu, click on MLB and at the top click More and then select Players. From there you can search by player or team. For each player, you can see a variety of stats, including the “Game Log,” which gives you daily stats. There are so many fun things we can analyze with this!
This will be a longer term project, but I’d love to figure out how well Manny and Jonathan did in games there played together versus games where they did not play together. For example, as a Dodger, Manny has been batting .268 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI (in 14 games through Thursday). Prior to being traded, his batting average was .315 and he had 24 home runs and 65 RBI (in 96 games). Jonathan was batting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games as an Oriole. In his first two games with Milwaukee he went 0-for-8.
This may not be a sufficiently large sample size, but, so far, they were better together, than apart.
On Thursday, the Orioles announced that pitcher Chris Tillman had declined their offer to stay with the organization in Norfolk and instead chose free agency. Just for fun, here is a snapshot of his ERA during his 10 years as an Oriole:
Whereas I was sad about Manny’s departure, this one doesn’t hurt at all…
Chris Tillman declined the Orioles' offer and is now a free agent.