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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How They Got There: The 1990-1999 NL Cy Young Winners

Whether you’re assembling a fantasy baseball team or a real-life one, my number one rule is to never trust pitchers. Don’t trust that a pitcher will stay healthy. And even if they can avoid an extended stint on the Injured List, don’t trust a pitcher to put up numbers that resemble any previous season.

But even in the wildly unpredictable game of baseball, there is a very small group of starting pitchers who stand above the rest due to a rare combination of command, stuff, consistency, and durability. The winners of the Cy Young Award often come from this group of aces. Several have won the award multiple times. Twenty-one pitchers have accounted for more than half of the 118 Cy Young awards handed out since the honor was created in 1956 (Don Newcombe was the first recipient).

Back in 1981, a 19-year-old rookie named Fernando Valenzuela won the hearts of Cy Young voters after “Fernandomania” ran wild through the baseball world. But he’s the rare exception, an overnight sensation who won the award. The Cy Young typically goes to well-established stars with track records of success. Where they differ is the beginning of their paths and how it led them to their respective team.

Here’s a look back at how the NL Cy Young winners of the 1990s were acquired.


QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cy young award, national league

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sean Forman honored with 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award

Sports Reference LLC president Sean Forman was honored with the SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Forman launched, now baseball’s premier statistical website, in 2000. Forman recognized a need for an easy-to-use comprehensive baseball player database and almost single-handedly created and engineered what has become the best site to look up almost any statistic for any baseball player or team.


QLE Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, sabr, sean forman

McDaniel, Waldon, Wills win 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Rachael McDaniel, Emily Waldon, and Meredith Wills were announced as the winners of 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards on Saturday, March 14 at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

McDaniel was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for her article, “The Meaning of Ichiro,” published at FanGraphs on March 21, 2019. McDaniel is the managing editor of The Hardball Times and a contributing writer at FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, VICE News, and other websites. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

Waldon was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for her article “I Can’t Afford to Play This Game: Minor Leaguers Open Up About the Realities of Their Pay and the Impact on Their Lives,” published at The Athletic on March 15, 2019. Waldon writes about the Detroit Tigers’ minor league system for The Athletic Detroit. She began covering the beat in 2015, beginning with the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps and moving on to include affiliates from the Gulf Coast League to Triple-A Toledo. She moved to 2080 Baseball in 2016, focusing on entry-level scouting and player evaluation, video content and player features, and joined The Athletic in 2018.

Some interesting reading material, for those so inclined…..


QLE Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, sabr

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Phillies to induct former second baseman Manny Trillo into Wall of Fame

The Phillies announced on Saturday morning that they will be inducting former second baseman Manny Trillo, who played a key role in the organization’s 1980 World Series winning season, into the Wall of Fame on August 8, 2020 as part of the Phillies’ Alumni Weekend celebration at Citizens Bank Park.

That weekend’s series against the San Francisco Giants will also serve as the team’s 40th anniversary celebration of that 1980 World Series title and will feature several giveaways and appearances by members of ‘80 Phillies.

But Trillo will be the star of that weekend, as he becomes the latest member of that team to earn his place on the Wall of Fame. Fellow Wall of Famers and former teammates will take part in his induction, which will be held prior to the Phillies’ 4:05 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants on the Saturday of that three-game series in August.

“Manny was an integral part of the historic 1980 team and his indelible performance over the years has led him to take his rightful place on the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame,” said Phillies President Andy MacPhail. “We’re excited to join our fans, as well as Manny’s teammates, as this amazing player is bestowed with one of our highest honors.”


QLE Posted: March 08, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, manny trillo, wall of fame

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hall of Famer Perry leads 7 into SC Athletic Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry is among seven named to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Perry won 314 games over 21 seasons and won the Cy Young Award with the Cleveland Indians in 1972 and the San Diego Padres in 1978. He was also baseball coach at Limestone College in the Palmetto State.

Strange- you’d think that he’d have been in a long time ago…..


QLE Posted: February 23, 2020 at 12:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, gaylord perry

Friday, February 21, 2020

When It Counted: Retrospective MVP Awards for the World Series, Part 2

Last month, I began this series to select World Series Most Valuable Players for the years when the current award did not exist. I covered the years 1903 to 1928, halting there for reasons of length. Today I’ll cover the rest of the pre-MVP period, from 1929 to 1954.

For anyone new to these articles (including my original one for the League Championship Series), or who wants a refresher on my methodology, I refer you to the introduction to last month’s article. Nothing has changed, except perhaps my willingness to reward players on the losing side. I did it three times in the 1903-28 part of this overview, but though I was close several times this go-round, I never pulled the trigger.

I won’t fill time with any more introductory talk. We have a lot of World Series to revisit, and I’ll start on them right now.

Well, the MMPs are winding down- why not argue about postseason awards?


QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, mvp, world series

Monday, February 17, 2020

SABR announces 2020 Henry Chadwick Award recipients

Cutting to the section of greatest interest here:

SABR is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Henry Chadwick Award, established to honor the game’s great researchers — historians, statisticians, annalists, and archivists — for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.


Tom Tango (1968 - ) spent more than a decade as a widely respected baseball analyst before joining MLB Advanced Media in 2016 as their first Senior Database Architect of Stats. MLBAM had introduced Statcast to all 30 MLB stadiums in 2015 and had the problem of deciding what questions it wanted to ask, and how to ask them. Tango first became known in the baseball community with his work at Baseball Think Factory, before starting his own blog at He created the Marcel projection system and was the primary developer of FIP and wOBA. In 2006 he teamed up with Mitchel Lichtman and Andrew Dophin for The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Tom has continued to be one of the field’s best analysts and one of the friendliest and most helpful members of the public community.

Congratulations to him, Michael Haupert, and those who knew Thomas Shea.


QLE Posted: February 17, 2020 at 01:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, sabr, tom tango

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Rickey Henderson, Bruce Bochy among 2020 Bay Area Hall of Fame inductees

Well, it’s about time.

That’s what most of us thought when we saw the announcement for the induction of Rickey Henderson into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Longtime Giants manager Bruce Bochy, also another non-surprise inductee, will be joining him for 2020 honors, along with former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young.

Henderson, a National Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, holds many MLB records including 1,406 career stolen bases and 130 stolen bases in a single season.

The 10-time All-Star spent a majority (14 seasons) of his 25-year career MLB stint with the Green and Gold where, in addition to his All-Star selections, he won two World Series titles, three Silver Slugger Awards and was named the American League MVP in 1990. That season, he led the league in runs (119), OBP (.439), stolen bases (65) and OPS (1.016) ... just to name a few.


QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 01:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, bruce bochy, rickey henderson



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