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Monday, May 13, 2019

George Springer hits 29th career leadoff homer

Astros outfielder George Springer is on absolute fire. Since April 30 and prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers, Springer was batting .381 with five homers and 11 RBI in 51 plate appearances. Of those five homers, two led off the Astros’ half of the first inning.

Springer kept it going on Sunday, belting a leadoff home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning off of Adrian Sampson. That marked Springer’s 29th career leadoff home run and his third in just the last week. In just his sixth season, he is more than halfway to Craig Biggio’s Astros record of 53 leadoff dingers. Springer would hit successfully in his next three trips to the plate as well, adding an RBI single in the second, and two more singles in the fourth and fifth innings.

On the one hand, he’s already over a third of the way to the record- on the other hand, it’s a record held by RICKEY!, so it may be trickier to get to than it may seem at the moment.

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: george springer, home runs, leadoff

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   1. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:41 AM (#5841414)
Astros outfielder George Springer is on absolute fire.


Doesn't that sound awkward? Shouldn't it be, "George Springer is absolutely on fire"? (Or just avoid the cliche entirely?)
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 13, 2019 at 09:42 AM (#5841426)

Doesn't that sound awkward? Shouldn't it be, "George Springer is absolutely on fire"?

The first one sounds right to my ear. Your formulation sounds like you're in the middle of an argument:

"George Springer has been playing well but I wouldn't say he's on fire."
"What?! George Springer is absolutely on fire."
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 13, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5841431)

On the one hand, he’s already over a third of the way to the record- on the other hand, it’s a record held by RICKEY!, so it may be trickier to get to than it may seem at the moment.

The interesting question is how long Springer will hit leadoff. He doesn't steal many bases, he's been a good but not incredible OBP guy, and now he's suddenly leading the league in HR.
   4. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: May 13, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5841470)
Doesn't that sound awkward? Shouldn't it be, "George Springer is absolutely on fire"? (Or just avoid the cliche entirely?)
Probably originally wanted "...on ####### fire."
   5. bobm Posted: May 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5841502)
BR PI Event Finder:

All of MLB: 4749 Home Runs in 1925-2019, 0 Outs, during 1st Inning, Batting 1st and With Bases Empty

2324 leading off game [i.e., Top of 1st]

          Batters HR
 Rickey Henderson 81

  Alfonso Soriano 54

     Craig Biggio 53

      Ian Kinsler 48

Curtis Granderson 47

    Jimmy Rollins 46

   Brady Anderson 44

    Ichiro Suzuki 37

      Bobby Bonds 35

      Devon White 34
       Ray Durham 34

     Paul Molitor 33

 Charlie Blackmon 32

  Chuck Knoblauch 31

    Rafael Furcal 30
    Tony Phillips 30

      Derek Jeter 29
  George Springer 29
     Kenny Lofton 29
   6. Rusty Priske Posted: May 13, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5841598)
Springer is only 3rd on the ACTIVE list!

(All right, I don't expect Curtis Granderson to get many more opportunities...)
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:14 PM (#5841611)

Springer is only 3rd on the ACTIVE list!

(All right, I don't expect Curtis Granderson to get many more opportunities...)


He's actually 4th, although Kinsler's spot in the lineup seems about as tenuous as Granderson's at this point. Maybe moreso since he plays for a team that actually cares about winning.
   8. John M. Perkins Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:33 PM (#5841642)
Brady Anderson 44


One of my peeves were claims that Brady Anderson was on steroids because a high teens HR guy with warning track power jumped to 50 in 1996, then reverted back to the high teens.
At the beginning of 1996 in a Spring training game, Oriole color man Jim Palmer noted that the league was in for a surprise. Leadoff man Brady Anderson ALWAYS took the first pitch when leading off an inning. Palmer had noticed that the opposing pitchers were grooving first pitch fastballs putting Anderson in 0-1 holes. Palmer told Anderson, that was how Palmer would pitch him, and that Brady had to change the book. Boom, many first pitch fastballs were lined one or two rows deep over the LF wall. It took the league most of the year to change their book on Anderson.
   9. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5841643)

Rickey Henderson 81


This was trivia I would have almost gotten right, except I thought Rickey only had 80 lead off HR.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5841644)
It took the league most of the year to change their book on Anderson.
That seems a bit farfetched as far as time frame, even in the pre-data era.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:02 PM (#5841692)
Come on, splits go back that far. Anderson hit 6 HRs on the first pitch that season. (Recorded that is)

There are a whopping 135 PAs where the count is not known. That they occurred in 28 games suggests there were maybe a couple of parks where they couldn't bother? Or official scorers got Sunday off? (seriously, in 1995 it was 60 PA in 14 games that are missing) He did hit 11 HRs in those PAs but there's no reason to think they are all or even predominately first pitches. Even so, that would be at most 17 first-pitch HRs meaning his HR rate on other counts still at least doubled.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:15 PM (#5841694)
One of my peeves were claims that Brady Anderson was on steroids because a high teens HR guy with warning track power jumped to 50 in 1996, then reverted back to the high teens.


My question for the Anderson was on steroids because of the jump in HRs theory was why would he have stopped. Cuz if he started using before the 1996 campaign, them roids was awesome.

   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 13, 2019 at 06:15 PM (#5841695)
It was a bizarre season for Anderson. Only 19 of those HRs came at home. He hit more HR (20) in 25 games in Tex, Tor, KC and Sea. At home, his doubles/HR ratio was 23/19 ... on the road it was 14/31.

Huh, Anderson finsihed his career in Cleveland. Who knew?
   14. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 14, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5841899)
Doesn't that sound awkward? Shouldn't it be, "George Springer is absolutely on fire"?

The first one sounds right to my ear.


The trouble with that is, "absolute" is then an adjective modifying fire. So, he's on "absolute fire," as opposed to some other kind of fire?

As RMc noted, the phrase "absolutely on fire" is a cliché (ie, a phrase that has been used and USED and USED, like all those phrases that Shakespeare strung together!) and just means (roughly) "totally on fire" or "truly on fire."

Now, if it strikes Dave as sounding argumentative, I think we should ask ourselves: is he having a bad day? What can we do to make it better?

:-)
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 14, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5841981)

Google hits for "absolutely on fire" - 110,000
Google hits for "on absolute fire" - 79,200

So I guess the former is a bit more common, but both are acceptable.
   16. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: May 14, 2019 at 08:01 PM (#5842046)
Huh, Anderson finished his career in Cleveland. Who knew?


I knew that. I've never heard that first pitch theory, that 50 HR season was a lot of fun as a fan.
   17. Sunday silence Posted: May 14, 2019 at 10:48 PM (#5842142)
at one pt. BObby Bonds held the record, but who wouldve held it before him? Piersall? Eddie Collins?
   18. eric Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:46 AM (#5842169)
I never would have guessed 2nd place on the lead-off HR list.
   19. bobm Posted: May 15, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5842218)
[17] Eddie Yost

Leader board, 1925-1973 per BB REF PI:

   Bobby Bonds 28
    Eddie Yost 28

     Lou Brock 22

  Tommy Harper 21

Dick McAuliffe 19
   Felipe Alou 19


1972:
    Eddie Yost 28

     Lou Brock 21

Dick McAuliffe 19
   Felipe Alou 19

   Bobby Bonds 17
    Hank Bauer 17
  Tommy Harper 17
   Eddie Joost 17



Bobby Bonds leadoff HR, by season:
1968  2
1969  5
1970  5
1971  3
1972  2
1973 11
1975  4
1979  1
1980  2


   20. Rusty Priske Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5842236)
He's actually 4th, although Kinsler's spot in the lineup seems about as tenuous as Granderson's at this point.


Ian Kinsler is still in the majors? Huh.
   21. Booey Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:40 PM (#5842317)
My question for the Anderson was on steroids because of the jump in HRs theory was why would he have stopped.


Shriveled nads.
   22. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:46 PM (#5842318)
[17] Eddie Yost


Yay!
   23. bobm Posted: May 18, 2019 at 09:07 AM (#5843351)
Ian Kinsler is still in the majors? Huh.

Dropping f-bombs in San Diego apparently

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