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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 10, 1917:

Ira Thomas, former catcher for the Athletics, today denied that he was considering an offer to succeed Miller Huggins as manager of the St. Louis Nationals. He said his income of $3,500 for coaching the Williams college baseball team and $6,000 to $8,000 from his real estate business would prevent him from ever returning to baseball.

Thomas went on to say he had a guy on the other line asking about some whitewalls.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 78 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2017 at 08:51 AM (#5510349)
Good position players on today's Birthday Team, including a strong left side of the infield. And if they ever need a clutch home run, they've got the right guy on the bench.

C: Wilson Ramos (9.2 WAR)
1B: Sid Farrar (10.59 WAR)
2B: Odell Hale (15.68 WAR)
3B: Buddy Lewis (26.7 WAR)
SS/Manager: Willie Wells (0 WAR, Negro Leagues legend)
LF: Taffy Wright (16.7 WAR)
CF: Gerald Williams (6.62 WAR)
RF: Rocky Colavito (44.85 WAR)

SP: Larry Corcoran (25.36 WAR)
SP: Bob Porterfield (17.55 WAR)
SP: Ed Beatin (7.71 WAR)
SP: Brandon Lyon (6.48 WAR)
SP: Elmer Jacobs (5.45 WAR)
RP: Mike Schooler (4.08 WAR)

Fun names: Andy Stankiewicz, Truck Eagan, Jimmy McMath
Two-way player, not great at either: Clint Hartung (0.66 WAR)
Utility infielder: Tom Brookens (11.61 WAR)
Weirdly clutch: Dan Johnson (3.16 WAR)
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 09:02 AM (#5510355)
Baseball star Pete Rose is exactly as old as Augustus was the day he died (27,877 days).

Anyone who wants to can look up these as-old-as items for themselves here.
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 09:32 AM (#5510375)
The linked newspaper has a couple little stories about a series between the Homestead Grays and the Swissvale (across the river from Homestead) team.
   4. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 09:42 AM (#5510383)
Today's box-score-line records offer assorted events where guys went 1-for-3 with various R and RBI totals. As I often hope for but don't think I've ever seen, one of the answers to one of the trivia items is a Birthday Team member today.

3 2 1 2 : 15 times by Darrell Evans

3 3 1 2 : three times by Ted Williams and Andres Galarraga

3 4 1 2 : 13 guys have done this once

3 2 1 3 : 11 times. Pass.

3 2 1 4 : three times by a fine LH American League hitter who had his best season as a 23-year-old Rookie of the Year and never thereafter made an All-Star team

3 2 1 5 : ten have done this once

3 3 1 3 : twice by two AL stars of the 1930s: one batted right, the other left, one is a HOFer and played on World Champions, the other isn't and didn't. A third player did this twice, much later, also an AL veteran with 245 home runs and a WS ring, no HOF case; he is still most famous simply for being drafted

3 3 1 4 : 21 have done this once

3 4 1 3 : only done twice: Larry Parrish and John Cangelosi


The trivia items are thus the records for 3214 and 3313. All AL players except for brief twilight-years stints, all All-Stars.


   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 09:59 AM (#5510397)
only done twice: Larry Parrish and John Cangelosi


Not exactly peas in a pod.
   6. Gary Truth Serum Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM (#5510400)
3 2 1 4 sounds like Wally Joyner.

EDIT: Joyner finished second in the ROY voting, so it wasn't him.
   7. TDF, FCL Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:12 AM (#5510403)
I submitted this as a news item yesterday but it never got posted :(

Rick Porcello and the 20/20 club no pitcher wants to join

Interesting tidbit #1: All 7 times it's happened in the past 60 years were in a very narrow time span - '64/65-'76/77.

#2: Wilbur Wood actually did it twice, and came within a loss of doing it 3 consecutive times:
1972 - 24-17
1973 - 24-20
1974 - 20-19
1975 - 16-20

Most interestingly, #3: Steve Bahnsen's 20 loss season was worth almost twice as much (6.2 bWAR) as his 20 win season (3.2 bWAR)
   8. Gary Truth Serum Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:16 AM (#5510404)
Well, if it makes you feel any better the Porcello item did get posted.
   9. eric Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM (#5510411)
Yeah I was thinking Joyner, as well, but he was 24 and only 2nd. I also initially thought Rick Monday for one of the 3313, but he had 241 HR and spent a lot more time in the NL than the AL.
   10. TDF, FCL Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5510416)
Well, if it makes you feel any better the Porcello item did get posted.
Huh. Don't know how I missed it.

Of course, evidently I'm the only person who found anything about it interesting.
   11. eric Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:57 AM (#5510419)

3 3 1 3 : twice by two AL stars of the 1930s: one batted right, the other left, one is a HOFer and played on World Champions, the other isn't and didn't.


Jimmie Foxx and Hal Trosky?
   12. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM (#5510421)
Foxx is correct. Trosky isn't, though he's about the level of star. The LHB in question had less power but was faster and a more versatile fielder.
   13. TDF, FCL Posted: August 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5510434)
Yesterday, Votto went 2-5 with a double.

Pretty good day, right? Nope - both his OBP and SLG took a hit.
   14. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 11:13 AM (#5510435)
Pretty good day, right? Nope - both his OBP and SLG took a hit.


It's even worse than that. His double was in his first PA. In a .250/.250/.250 slump since that time. :-)

edit: Votto has a 14 game hitting streak. He has gotten on-base at least twice in all 14 games. .477/.610/.818 during the streak.
   15. stanmvp48 Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM (#5510480)
After the Dodgers and Houston, which team has the most positive run differential in the majors?
   16. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM (#5510482)
TRIVIA QUESTION(S):

There are 30 franchises (duh). Each club has an all-time franchise hit leader. Can you name it for any of the 30 clubs?

BONUS SIDE QUESTION: Who is the only person to get 3,000+ hits with a club and not be the club's all-time franchise hit leader?

OTHER SIDE QUESTION: Who is the only person to get 2,000 hits with a now dormant franchise? (Hint: this one is impossible. So don't even try it. Don't say Wee Willie Keeler. It ain't him. Don't say Jesse Burkett. Not him either. Think only of guys you've never heard of. Really, don't even bother with this one).

So..... any guesses to today's trivia?
   17. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM (#5510483)
Yesterday, Votto went 2-5 with a double.


Pretty good day, right? Nope - both his OBP and SLG took a hit.


WPIX-TV (NY) sportscaster and wisenheimer Jerry Girard, 1979:

"Ken Clay pitches for the Yankees tonight. The last game Clay pitched, he gave up 7 runs in 5 innings and lowered his ERA."
   18. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:42 PM (#5510488)
There are 30 franchises (duh). Each club has an all-time franchise hit leader. Can you name it for any of the 30 clubs?


Yes. Todd Helton.
   19. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:42 PM (#5510489)
Kaline for the bonus question?
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:43 PM (#5510490)
BONUS SIDE QUESTION: Who is the only person to get 3,000+ hits with a club and not be the club's all-time franchise hit leader?


Roberto Clemente?

EDIT: Nah, Rennie's guess is obviously right. I was thinking Clemente might be second behind Paul Waner, but Waner had only 2868 of his hits with the Pirates.
   21. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:45 PM (#5510492)
Yount, Brewers
Brett, Royals
Gwynn, Padres
Ripken, Orioles
   22. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:46 PM (#5510494)
Jeter, Yankees
Yaz, Red Sox
Aaron, Braves
Anson, Cubs
Rose, Reds
   23. tolbuck Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:47 PM (#5510495)
Nap Lajoie-Indians
Carl Crawford-Rays
Garrett Anderson-Angels

   24. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:47 PM (#5510496)
Through post #20...

#18 - Todd Helton? DING! 2519 hits. 19th most among our 30 franchise leaders.

#19 - Kaline for the bonus question? DING! So who's the Tiger leader. (Yeah, this is easy, but no one mentioned it yet).

#20 - Clemente? DING! 3000 exactly. 14th most among franchise leaders.

   25. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5510498)
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Longoria, Rays
Luis Gonzalez, Dbacks
Tony Fernandez, Blue Jays
   26. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:49 PM (#5510499)
Cobb, Tigers
   27. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:51 PM (#5510502)
Ed McKean, Cleveland Spiders
   28. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:51 PM (#5510503)
Schmidt, Phillies
Appling, White Sox
Musial, Cardinals
   29. TDF, FCL Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:52 PM (#5510504)
"Ken Clay pitches for the Yankees tonight. The last game Clay pitched, he gave up 7 runs in 5 innings and lowered his ERA."
On June 29 this year, Homer Bailey allowed 6 ER in 3 IP and lowered his ERA. Then, a month later (July 26), he allowed 5 ER in 6 IP and again lowered his ERA. EDIT: He pitched regularly between these 2 starts.
   30. stanmvp48 Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:52 PM (#5510505)
biggio, Astros?
   31. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:52 PM (#5510506)
Mays, Giants
   32. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:52 PM (#5510508)
Wheat, Dodgers
   33. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:53 PM (#5510509)
Edgar, Mariners
Dawson, Expos
Wright, Mets
   34. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5510510)
Rangers must be Michael Young.
   35. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5510511)
Through post #24...

#21 --

Yount? DING! 3142. 10th most among franchise leaders.
Brett? DING! 3154. 9th most.
Gwynn? DING! 3141. 11th most.
Ripken? DING! 3184. 8th most. Nice and orderly of you.

#22
Jeter - DING! 3465. 4th most
Yaz? DING! 3419. 5th most.
Hank Aaron? DING! 3,500. 3rd most.
Anson? DING! 3012 hits. 13th most.
Rose? DING! 3358. 6th most.

NOTE: as we move past the low hanging fruit, it's probably a good idea to include the team with the player.

#23 - Lajoie? DING! 2047. 23rd among franchise leaders.
Carl Crawford? DING! 1480. 28th most.
Garrett Anderson? DING - 2368. 20th most.


14 down - 16 to go.

List so far, through post #24:

1.
2.
3. Hank Aaron 3600. ATL. Chris Fluit
4. Derek Jeter 3465 NYY. Chris Fluit
5. Yaz 3419. BOX. Chris Fluit
6. Pete Rose 3358 CIN. Chris Fluit
7.
8. Cal Ripken. 3184. BAL. Chris Fluit
9. George Brett 3154. KCR. Chris Fluit
10. Robin Yount 3142 MIL. Chris Fluit
11. Tony Gwynn 3151 SDP. Chris Fluit
12.
13. Cap Anson 3012 CHC. Chris Fluit
14. Roberto Clemente, PIT. 3000. Nawrocki
15.
16.
17.
18.
19. Todd Helton, COL. 2519. Nawrocki
20. Garret Anderson, LAA. 2368. Tolbuck
21.
22.
23. Nap Lajoie, 2047, CLE. Tolbuck
24.
25.
26.
27.
28. Carl Cawford, 1480. TBR. Tolbuck
29.
30.

   36. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:55 PM (#5510512)
Eddie Collins, A's
   37. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:56 PM (#5510515)
Goslin, Senators/Twins
   38. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:57 PM (#5510517)
Cobb, Tigers
   39. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM (#5510518)
Eddie Collins, A's
   40. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM (#5510519)
Mays, Giants
   41. SoSH U at work Posted: August 10, 2017 at 12:59 PM (#5510520)
Musial. Cards

   42. tolbuck Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:00 PM (#5510521)
Sam Rice-Sens/Twins
   43. SoSH U at work Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5510522)
Luis Gonzalez. Diamondbacks.
   44. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5510524)
Ichiro, Mariners
   45. SoSH U at work Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5510525)
Conine, Marlins.
Wallach, Expos/Nats.
Appling, White Sox.
   46. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5510526)
Through post #35......

Post #25 - Hanley? Nope. Longoria - Nope.
Luis Gonzalez? DING! 1337. 29th most
Tony Fernandez? DING 1583. 27th most.

#26 - Ty Cobb? DING! #1 overall: 3900 with DET

#27 - Ed McKean? DING! Imperssive. 2012 with the no longer existing Cleveland Spiders.

#28 - Schmidt? Nope. 2nd place for the Phillies.
Appling - DING! 2749. 17th among franchise leaders.
Musial? DING! 3630 with STL.

#30 - Biggio? DING 3060

#31 - Mays? DING! That clears out all the 3000 hit guys with one team.

#32 - Zach Wheat? DING! Nicely done! 2884. 16th most.

#33 - Edgar - nope
Dawson - nope
David Wright? DING! 1777. 25th most.

#34 - David Wright? DING! 22nd most. 2230

1. Ty Cobb 3900 DET. Chris Fluit
2. Stan Musial 3630 STL. Tom Nawrocki
3. Hank Aaron 3600. ATL. Chris Fluit
4. Derek Jeter 3465 NYY. Chris Fluit
5. Yaz 3419. BOX. Chris Fluit
6. Pete Rose 3358 CIN. Chris Fluit
7. Willie Mays, SFG, 3187. Chris Fluit
8. Cal Ripken. 3184. BAL. Chris Fluit
9. George Brett 3154. KCR. Chris Fluit
10. Robin Yount 3142 MIL. Chris Fluit
11. Tony Gwynn 3151 SDP. Chris Fluit
12. Craig Biggio 3060 HOU. stanmvp48
13. Cap Anson 3012 CHC. Chris Fluit
14. Roberto Clemente, PIT. 3000. Nawrocki
15.
16. Zach Wheat, 2884, LAD, Chris Fluit
17. Luke Appling 2749, CWS. Tom Nawrocki
18.
19. Todd Helton, COL. 2519. Nawrocki
20. Garret Anderson, LAA. 2368. Tolbuck
21.
22. Michael Young, 2230, TEX. BDC
23. Nap Lajoie, 2047, CLE. Tolbuck
24.
25. David Wright, NYM, 1777. Chris Fluit
26.
27. Tony Fernandez, 1583, TOR. Chris Fluit
28. Carl Cawford, 1480. TBR. Tolbuck
29. Luis Gonzalez, 1337, AZ, Chris Fluit
30.

Six clubs left: MIN, SEA, PHI, OAK, DCN, MIA. Some haven't been guessed yet (though probably have been by the time I post this).
   47. SoSH U at work Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:05 PM (#5510528)
Ashburn, Phillies.
   48. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5510529)
Chuck Klein, Phillies
   49. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5510530)
Naw, Sosh got it
   50. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5510532)
Through post #46...

Eddie Collins? Nope. Heck, most of his hits came with the White Sox, not A's.

Goose Goslin? Nope

#42 - Sam Rice? DING! 2889. 15th most - highest guy left.

#44 - Ichiro? DING! 2533. 18th most. Highest guy left.

#45 - Conine? Nope. Tim Wallach? DING! Nice. I thought he might be the last guy left. 1694, 26th most. Ryan Zimmerman's coming on strong, though.

1. Ty Cobb 3900 DET. Chris Fluit
2. Stan Musial 3630 STL. Tom Nawrocki
3. Hank Aaron 3600. ATL. Chris Fluit
4. Derek Jeter 3465 NYY. Chris Fluit
5. Yaz 3419. BOX. Chris Fluit
6. Pete Rose 3358 CIN. Chris Fluit
7. Willie Mays, SFG, 3187. Chris Fluit
8. Cal Ripken. 3184. BAL. Chris Fluit
9. George Brett 3154. KCR. Chris Fluit
10. Robin Yount 3142 MIL. Chris Fluit
11. Tony Gwynn 3151 SDP. Chris Fluit
12. Craig Biggio 3060 HOU. stanmvp48
13. Cap Anson 3012 CHC. Chris Fluit
14. Roberto Clemente, PIT. 3000. Nawrocki
15. Sam Rice, MIN/WAS, 2889, tolbuck
16. Zach Wheat, 2884, LAD, Chris Fluit
17. Luke Appling 2749, CWS. Tom Nawrocki
18. Ichiro! SEA 2533. Rennie's Tennet
19. Todd Helton, COL. 2519. Nawrocki
20. Garret Anderson, LAA. 2368. Tolbuck
21.
22. Michael Young, 2230, TEX. BDC
23. Nap Lajoie, 2047, CLE. Tolbuck
24.
25. David Wright, NYM, 1777. Chris Fluit
26. Tim Wallach, MTL/DCN, 1694. SOSH
27. Tony Fernandez, 1583, TOR. Chris Fluit
28. Carl Cawford, 1480. TBR. Tolbuck
29. Luis Gonzalez, 1337, AZ, Chris Fluit
30.

Still left: Phillies, A's, Marlins.
   51. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5510535)
Rickey! A's
   52. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:08 PM (#5510537)
Not Ashburn for the Phillies

Not Chuck Klein for the Phillies.

I think I've seen a total one guess for the A's so far.
   53. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:08 PM (#5510539)
Luis Castillo, Marlins
   54. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5510540)
Ed delahanty, Phils
   55. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5510541)
Not Rickey.
   56. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5510542)
Who is the only person to get 2,000 hits with a now dormant franchise? (Hint: this one is impossible

Yup, this is another one I can't even find by looking up :-D
   57. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5510543)
Bert Campaneris, A's
   58. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5510544)
Eddie Collins? Nope. Heck, most of his hits came with the White Sox, not A's.


That's the problem with guessing for the A's - none of their stars were there for their whole career. Al Simmons?
   59. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:11 PM (#5510545)
Ichiro! for Seattle?
Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton for Miami?
   60. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:11 PM (#5510546)
Luis Castillo? DING! 1273. Lowest guy of any leader.

Delahanty? Nah.

Look, you guys keep going the wrong way with the Phillies. Schmidt then Ashburn then Klein then Delahanty.

Instead of going backwards, try going forwards from Schmidt and see what you find.

For the A's -- closer to Rickey than Collins, though never a teamamte of either one.

Fun fact: the A's are the only pre-expansion team to never have a guy get 2,000 hits for them.
   61. Chris Fluit Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:11 PM (#5510547)
Jimmy Rollins
   62. SoSH U at work Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:11 PM (#5510548)
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies?
   63. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:12 PM (#5510549)
#57 - Bert Campaneris? DING! With a big whopping 1882 hits.

Just the Phillies. Never would've guessed this guy would be the last one left. Youz is overthinking this one.
   64. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:13 PM (#5510550)
Jimmy Rollins? DING! 2306 - breaking Schmidt's franchise mark.

Full list:
1. Ty Cobb 3900 DET. Chris Fluit
2. Stan Musial 3630 STL. Tom Nawrocki
3. Hank Aaron 3600. ATL. Chris Fluit
4. Derek Jeter 3465 NYY. Chris Fluit
5. Yaz 3419. BOX. Chris Fluit
6. Pete Rose 3358 CIN. Chris Fluit
7. Willie Mays, SFG, 3187. Chris Fluit
8. Cal Ripken. 3184. BAL. Chris Fluit
9. George Brett 3154. KCR. Chris Fluit
10. Robin Yount 3142 MIL. Chris Fluit
11. Tony Gwynn 3151 SDP. Chris Fluit
12. Craig Biggio 3060 HOU. stanmvp48
13. Cap Anson 3012 CHC. Chris Fluit
14. Roberto Clemente, PIT. 3000. Nawrocki
15. Sam Rice, MIN/WAS, 2889, tolbuck
16. Zach Wheat, 2884, LAD, Chris Fluit
17. Luke Appling 2749, CWS. Tom Nawrocki
18. Ichiro! SEA 2533. Rennie's Tennet
19. Todd Helton, COL. 2519. Nawrocki
20. Garret Anderson, LAA. 2368. Tolbuck
21. Jimmy Rollins, PHI, 2306. Chris Fluit
22. Michael Young, 2230, TEX. BDC
23. Nap Lajoie, 2047, CLE. Tolbuck
24. Bert Campaneris, 1882, A's. Chris Fluit
25. David Wright, NYM, 1777. Chris Fluit
26. Tim Wallach, MTL/DCN, 1694. SOSH
27. Tony Fernandez, 1583, TOR. Chris Fluit
28. Carl Cawford, 1480. TBR. Tolbuck
29. Luis Gonzalez, 1337, AZ, Chris Fluit
30. Luis Catillo, 1273, MIA. Chris Fluit
   65. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2017 at 01:14 PM (#5510551)
Ed Charles, A's

Edit: never mind
   66. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:38 PM (#5510663)
edit: Votto has a 14 game hitting streak. He has gotten on-base at least twice in all 14 games. .477/.610/.818 during the streak.


Hitting streak is in jeopardy, but, has gotten on base twice today with 2 more bb.
   67. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:39 PM (#5510666)
Fun fact: the A's are the only pre-expansion team to never have a guy get 2,000 hits for them

Fated to hold fire sales of their stars in three different cities over 117 years :(
   68. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:41 PM (#5510669)
has gotten on base twice today with 2 more bb

I checked that, and Votto also had streaks of 15 games with two Times on Base in 2015 and 2016. So he has a three-year streak of 15-game streaks of something pretty cool.

Fifteen is a fairly long streak but not a record. I found one by David Ortiz of 16, and then one of Barry Bonds with 19, and then lost interest in the record since Votto wasn't real close.
   69. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:04 PM (#5510697)
He just drew his 3rd walk of the day with men on 1st and 2nd, and the Reds down a run. Scooter just hit a grand slam. :-)
   70. Batman Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:26 PM (#5510710)
The Play Index says the longest two-times-on-base streak since 1913 was Ted Williams with 23 in 1957. He broke the record of 21 set by 1948 Ted Williams. Pete Rose (1979) is next at 20, then Bonds at 19. Jason Giambi, Steve Finley, Ted Williams, Ted Williams again, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, and Steve Evans of the 1914 Brooklyn Tip Tops had 18-gamers.
   71. Rally Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:27 PM (#5510712)
That strikeouts are on the rise is no news. Every year we see that strikeout rate has risen x%, for a new all time high.

It doesn't really sink in to me until I bring up a list of all player stat lines, just to browse through like I used to do on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with my USA today sports section.

We've got actual good hitters, guys hitting for average as well as power, who are striking out as often as bad hitting pitchers did 30 years ago. Miguel Sano, batting .268, striking out 40% of his at bats. That's more than Rob Deer's career high (given regular playing time).

And plenty of real crappy pitchers who still are striking out more than a batter per inning.
   72. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:32 PM (#5510715)
Since the omnichatter is dead...

Votto was due up 5th in the Reds 8th inning, up 7-3. Barnhart and Hamilton open the inning by making outs (of course). Then...

Mesoraco walks, Cozart hits a 2 run hr, giving Joey another chance for a hit, and....

He hits his 31st home run! 1-2 with 3bb and a hr today.
   73. BDC Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:36 PM (#5510721)
Thanks, Batman! Votto has a ways to go. Go, Votto!
   74. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:39 PM (#5510724)
.478/.625/.870 during his 15 game hitting streak. 5hr, 5k, 16bb
   75. Batman Posted: August 10, 2017 at 03:41 PM (#5510726)
And, to steal from BDC, today was Votto's 4th box score line of 2 2 1 1, moving him from a tie for 107th to a tie for 53rd. Still 8 behind Ruth and Bonds for the lead.
   76. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2017 at 04:27 PM (#5510766)
Votto has reached base 40 times safely in his last 15 games. Is there a way in play index to get splits like that? I'm sure 40 wouldn't be a record, but, i am interested in seeing who does..
   77. Batman Posted: August 10, 2017 at 05:04 PM (#5510806)
I don't know how to do that one. The closest I see is the most times on base in a calendar month. Ted Williams reached 93 times in 35 games in August 1941, which is actually a slightly lower per-game rate than Votto's 40/15 but must have included 15-game runs that were higher.

The most times on base in a calendar month where the guy played 15 or fewer games is Mantle in April 1962. He had 40 in 15, same as Votto. Votto's wouldn't qualify, since it has spanned July and August.

Votto reached 59 times in May, which is the second highest total this year, after Aaron Judge's 64 in June.
   78. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 11, 2017 at 08:51 AM (#5511121)
Looking at Votto's 2016: the 15 game stretch of reaching safely twice or more was from July 16 to August 2. He reached base 44 times in those 15 games. In 2015 he reached base 43 times in the 15 games. So, this year's streak is pretty weak. :-)

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