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Monday, September 30, 2019

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago.

Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta’s Grant Dayton that lifted the New York Mets over the NL East champion Braves 7-6.

Oakland’s Steven Piscotty started the barrage on March 20 in Tokyo against Seattle’s Marco Gonzales, the sixth batter of the season.

This year’s total was 11% above the old record and 21% higher than last year’s 5,585.

That was the season that was- and here are the numbers that go with it.

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home run spike, milestones, numbers

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Alonso sets rookie HR record with No. 53

NEW YORK—Shortly after Pete Alonso matched Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie home run record on Friday night, Judge said in no uncertain terms that Alonso would soon stand alone atop the leaderboard. No matter that only two games remained in the season. Alonso’s reputation had reached the point that the record was going to fall, in Judge’s words, “for sure.”

Not 24 hours later, Alonso made good on that prediction in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Braves at Citi Field. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year launched his 53rd home run over the center-field fence to stand above every rookie in MLB history.

Aware as soon as he hit it that the ball was going out, Alonso walked slowly toward first base, then thrust both hands in the air as he rounded his bases. By the time he returned to the dugout, many of his teammates were outside of it waiting for him.

The record-breaking shot marked the culmination of one of the most productive rookie seasons in Major League history. Alonso also has 120 RBIs, putting him four off the Mets’ franchise record that David Wright and Mike Piazza share.

And the milestones keep on coming!

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, milestones, pete alonso, rookies

Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander reaches 3,000 career strikeouts, 300 in ‘19

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander reached a pair of milestones Saturday night, becoming the 18th major league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts and the 19th in the modern era (since 1900) to record 300 strikeouts in a season.

Verlander, 36, entered Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with 2,994 strikeouts. He achieved the career milestone in the fourth inning when he got Kole Calhoun swinging at a slider. Calhoun reached first, though, on a wild pitch and Andrelton Simmons then gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer to left-center.

Verlander’s feat was recognized on the scoreboard at Angel Stadium, and he was congratulated by teammates in the Astros dugout at the end of the inning.

According to Baseball-Reference and Retrosheet, it’s the first time a pitcher has recorded his 3,000th strikeout on a wild pitch.

 

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, milestones, strikeouts

Friday, September 27, 2019

Twins become first team to hit 300 home runs in a season

The 2019 season has set all kinds of home run records, thanks in large part to the juiced baseball. With the regular season just about finished, one more record was set. The Twins became the first team in baseball history to hit 300 home runs. The milestone homer was slugged by Jonathan Schoop, a two-run blast in the seventh inning off of José Cisnero. Willians Astudillo added a solo shot in the eighth for No. 301 in the Twins’ 10-4 win over the Tigers.

Before 2019, the team record for home runs was 267 set in 2018 by the Yankees. And before that, it was the 264 homers hit by the 1997 Mariners. This year’s, Yankees, by the way, will also cross the 300-homer threshold as they’re currently at 299. The Yankees are off today so we’ll likely see them join the club on Friday when they open up their season-ending series in Texas against the Rangers.

So, what chance do we have of the Twins and Yankees engaging in all sorts of shenanigans to end the season on top with home runs?

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, milestones, twins

Minor gets 200th K after Rangers let popup drop

Mike Minor’s 200th strikeout of the season for the Texas Rangers came with some controversy Thursday.

With one out in the ninth inning and Minor a strikeout away from reaching the mark for the first time in his career, the left-hander got the Boston Red Sox’s Chris Owings to pop up a 1-2 pitch into foul territory. Minor, catcher Jose Trevino and first baseman Ronald Guzman converged on the ball, but Guzman let it drop in front of him, allowing Owings’ at-bat to continue.

Minor struck him out on the next pitch for his ninth strikeout of the game and 200th of his season.

“We were yelling, telling [Guzman] to drop it because there’s going to be two strikes,” Minor said. “He dropped it, and then he looked at me like, ‘What? Why?’ And then everybody started booing or whatever. I had to thank him for that, because [the fans] didn’t understand.”

The things we do for milestones…..

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, mike minor, milestones, strikeouts

Monday, September 23, 2019

For Justin Verlander, 20 wins a special moment

It wasn’t a record-setting day for Justin Verlander, but it was a winning one — a 20th victory, a division championship, a chance to celebrate and to imagine highlights still to come in a remarkable season and career.

Verlander lasted five innings in Sunday’s 13-5 Astros victory over the Angels, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts, his lowest total in a month. He threw 92 hard-fought pitches against an Angels lineup seemingly determined to delay his inexorable march toward 3,000 career strikeouts.

With 2,994 career K’s, Verlander (20-6) has one more regular-season start to get six more. But the 20-win season — the second in his career and the first since he won 24 games for the Tigers in 2011 — is his. So is the satisfaction of prevailing on a day when he had to work under duress from the first inning on.

“Sometimes these games when you don’t have your best stuff and you’re able to grind and make pitches when you absolutely have to and there’s a lot of stress but you’re able to get out of it, those sometimes feel better than when everything goes perfect,” he said.

Something to reflect upon in terms of meaning, as pitching wins (both per season and for a career) continue shifting downward.

 

QLE Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, milestones, wins

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Nelson Cruz hits career homer No. 400 before Twins hold off Royals 12-8

Nelson Cruz is a man of his word.

Twice before the season started, Cruz told team officials he planned to reach 400 home runs this season. The second time came during spring training, when he initiated a conversation with baseball communication director Dustin Morse about ways he could raise funds for charities off reaching 400.

When informed that would require him to hit 40 home runs, the then-38-year-old Cruz nodded and said, “Yes.”

Despite two trips to the injured list because of left wrist problems, Cruz’s actions have backed up his statements. His 40th home run of the season — and 400th of his career — helped the Twins down Kansas City 12-8 on Sunday for their third victory in the four-game series.

A reminder of how much the power game has changed: thirty years ago, there would be HOF arguments around Cruz in direct relation to his hitting this milestone.

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, milestones, nelson cruz

Monday, September 02, 2019

Video: Mike Trout becomes youngest player to enter the 200-200 club

Saturday’s 10-4 route of the Red Sox marked an auspicious moment for Angels’ superstar Mike Trout. The 28-year-old center fielder became the youngest player to reach the 200-200 club, a milestone he passed with his 200th career steal in the second inning.

With Brian Goodwin up to bat against Boston right-hander Marcus Walden, Trout seized the opportunity to nab second base as Goodwin swung through an 86-m.p.h. slider. He eventually struck out swinging, rendering the stolen base useless, but it still marked a significant moment for Trout.

Following the stolen base, Trout now has a staggering 283 career home runs and 200 stolen bases under his belt. Per MLB Stats, he’s managed double digits in both categories every season since 2012. He’s joined by Willie Mays (279 HR; 204 SB) and Darryl Strawberry (280 HR; 204 SB) as the only Major League players to produce at least 275 home runs and 200 stolen bases in nine straight seasons.

 

 

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: 200-200, home runs, mike trout, milestones, stolen bases

Monday, August 19, 2019

Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A’s 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he’s on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season.

Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep.

Alex Bregman had a three-run homer among his four hits to back Greinke, who won his third straight start since joining Houston from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the July 31 trade deadline to make the Astros a World Series favorite.

“Wins are good. You look back at the end of the year and the team wins a lot and you win a lot, you can’t ask for much more than that,” Greinke said. “I wouldn’t say there’s many pitchers that would say that that’s the No. 1 most important stat for them, but if you and the team are winning, it’s the most important. It doesn’t necessarily say you’re pitching the best, but it’s the most important.”

A milestone that seems to be of increasing importance- only two active players have more (and one is about to retire), and it could be some years before we see more.

QLE Posted: August 19, 2019 at 09:56 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: milestones, wins, zack greinke

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pujols stands alone atop foreign-born hits list

ANAHEIM—The milestones keep coming for Albert Pujols, who set another record on Wednesday, as he became the all-time hits leader among players born outside the United States, passing Adrian Beltre with career hit No. 3,167 on an RBI single to right field in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 7-4 win over the Pirates.

Pujols came to the plate against right-hander Chris Archer with two outs, and scored Mike Trout with a single to right after Trout stole second. The single helped Pujols move into 15th place on the all-time hits list and past Beltre, who, like Pujols, hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Pujols went 2-for-4 with three RBIs on the night, adding a two-run single in the eighth.

...

“It’s pretty special. but I give all the glory to God, first of all,” Pujols said. “I don’t play for the records. It’s good to have on your resume as a ballplayer, but there are so many people around me who helped me along the way to get where I am today. That includes my wife, my kids, my family and my coaches I had in the past.”

Pujols, 39, has reached several milestones this year, including reaching 2,000 RBIs on May 9, and becoming the first member of the 650-homer, 650-double club on July 28. Next up on the all-time hits list is Cal Ripken Jr. with 3,184 hits, while he’s nine homers away from catching Willie Mays for fifth all-time with 660 homers.

A reminder about all the milestones you can reach, even when you’re barely at replacement value.

QLE Posted: August 15, 2019 at 03:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, hits, milestones

 

 

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