Around the Majors: Kirby Puckett dies

1) Kirby Puckett died at the age of 44.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1986   25   35  .366  .537  .903  .638   7.07  .328  31   96   20  161  Twins        
1987   26   38  .367  .534  .900  .669   7.02  .332  28   99   12  157  Twins        
1988   27   47  .375  .545  .920  .696   7.40  .356  24  121    6  158  Twins        
1992   31   35  .374  .490  .864  .661   6.63  .329  19  110   17  160  Twins        
CAR        254  .360  .477  .837  .602   6.09  .318 207 1085  134 1783 
LG AVG       0  .331  .403  .734  .500   4.63  .263 181  848  133 
POS AVG     43  .333  .414  .747  .515   4.86  .269 179  825  260 

Puckett’s career spanned 1984-95. Over that time, he was 15th in the majors in RCAA–

RCAA
1    Rickey Henderson            536   
2    Barry Bonds                 527   
3    Wade Boggs                  478   
4    Frank Thomas                420   
5    Tim Raines                  405   
6    Tony Gwynn                  372   
T7   Will Clark                  365   
T7   Paul Molitor                365   
9    Fred McGriff                352   
10   Don Mattingly               294   
11   Eddie Murray                275   
12   Mark McGwire                273   
13   Darryl Strawberry           272   
14   Ken Griffey Jr.             259   
15   Kirby Puckett               254   
16   Danny Tartabull             252   
T17  Rafael Palmeiro             248   
T17  Kevin Mitchell              248   
19   Jose Canseco                243   
20   Jack Clark                  242  

2) MLB is going to start to sell approved supplements to teams, who can sell resell them to the players.

Maybe this is the reason for the new supplements policy. MLB just wants in on the action.

3) Kirk Rueter announced his retirement.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1999 28  -27   5.41   33  33  184.2   94  4.58 13.45  15  10   0   9  16  Giants       
2001 30  -10   4.42   34  34  195.1   83  3.82 13.04  14  12   0  12  14  Giants       

2003 32   -4   4.53   27  27  147     41  2.51 13.35  10   5   0   7   8  Giants       
2004 33   -6   4.73   33  33  190.1   56  2.65 13.81   9  12   0  10  11  Giants       
2005 34  -21   5.95   20  18  107.1   25  2.10 15.01   2   7   0   3   6  Giants       
CAREER   -30   4.27  340 336 1918    818  3.84 12.66 130  92   0 109 113 
LG AVG     0   4.30          1918   1430  6.71 12.84 107 107 

Rueter ranks 2nd in worst SO vs. the league average–

STRIKEOUTS                      DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Lew Burdette               -656     1074     1730   
2    Kirk Rueter                -612      818     1430   
3    Claude Osteen              -572     1612     2184   
4    Tommy John                 -556     2245     2801   
5    Bob Forsch                 -534     1133     1667   
6    Terry Mulholland           -474     1324     1798   
7    Tom Glavine                -471     2350     2821   
8    Bob Purkey                 -463      793     1256   
9    Mike Morgan                -445     1403     1848   
10   Jim Barr                   -444      741     1185   

4) According to the Boston Globe, Roger Clemens says there isn’t anything that teams can do to convince him to play for them in 2006. He still hasn’t made up his mind yet, with the decision being between playing and retiring.

If Clemens plays, the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros and Rangers are reportedly the teams he would choose between.

5) The Brewers sent Ps Jerome Gamble and Mike Jones to the minors.

6) The Rangers sent P Nick Regilio to the minors.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 25   -2   6.05    6   4   19.1   12  5.59 17.22   0   4   0   2   2  Rangers      
2005 26    0   4.58   18   0   17.2   14  7.13 15.28   1   2   0   1   2  Rangers      
CAREER    -2   5.35   24   4   37     26  6.32 16.30   1   6   0   3   4 
LG AVG     0   4.51            37     26  6.31 12.90   2   2 

7) Today’s birthdays–

JEFF BURROUGHS, AGE: 55
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1973   22   31  .355  .487  .842  .670   6.38  .279  30   85    0  151  Rangers      
1974   23   51  .397  .504  .901  .748   7.15  .301  25  118    2  152  Rangers      
1978   27   45  .432  .529  .961  .711   8.43  .301  23   77    1  153  Braves       
CAR        155  .355  .439  .795  .582   5.46  .261 240  882   16 1689 
LG AVG       0  .328  .386  .713  .500   4.35  .261 123  641  117 
POS AVG     66  .335  .412  .747  .535   4.78  .265 161  719  110 

JOE CARTER, AGE: 46
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1986   26   32  .335  .514  .849  .641   6.38  .302  29  121   29  162  Indians      
1988   28   18  .314  .478  .792  .588   5.50  .271  27   98   27  157  Indians      
1991   31   19  .330  .503  .833  .583   5.92  .273  33  108   20  162  Blue Jays    
CAR         28  .306  .464  .771  .505   4.95  .259 396 1445  231 2189 
LG AVG       0  .334  .410  .744  .500   4.78  .265 235 1078  172 
POS AVG     96  .339  .434  .773  .530   5.19  .270 286 1189  225 

JAIRO GARCIA, AGE: 23
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 21   -5  12.71    4   0    5.2    5  7.94 23.82   0   0   0   0   0  A's          
2005 22    0   3.00    3   0    3      1  3.00  9.00   0   0   0   0   0  A's          
CAREER    -5   9.35    7   0    8.2    6  6.23 18.69   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.54             8.2    6  6.35 12.97   0   0 

JEFF KENT, AGE: 38
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2000   32   66  .424  .596 1.021  .745   9.32  .334  33  125   12  159  Giants       
2002   34   46  .368  .565  .933  .702   7.41  .313  37  108    5  152  Giants       
2003   35   13  .351  .509  .860  .574   6.30  .297  22   93    6  130  Astros       
2004   36   12  .348  .531  .880  .560   6.03  .289  27  107    7  145  Astros       
2005   37   29  .377  .512  .889  .646   6.72  .289  29  105    6  149  Dodgers      
CAR        266  .354  .506  .860  .603   6.26  .289 331 1312   92 1926 
LG AVG       0  .341  .428  .769  .500   5.15  .270 218  929  141 
POS AVG    -60  .340  .404  .744  .469   4.87  .272 153  776  175 

SCOTT MUNTER, AGE: 26
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 25    7   2.56   45   0   38.2   11  2.56 12.34   2   0   0   1   1  Giants       
CAREER     7   2.56   45   0   38.2   11  2.56 12.34   2   0   0   1   1 
LG AVG     0   4.23            38.2   28  6.57 12.76   2   2 

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