Around the Majors: Milestones and a trade

1) Barry Bonds watch–hit #677, is 23 away from 700, is 37 behind Ruth, is 78 behind Aaron.

Bonds also became the 7th player to reach 2000 career runs.

After 161 RCAA/1.381 OPS and 115 RCAA/1.278 OPS seasons, Bonds is hitting .764 SLG, .612 OBA, 1.376 OPS, 64 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a 1.043 career OPS, compared to his league average of .749, and 1408 RCAA in 2635 games.

The new top 10–

RUNS    
1    Rickey Henderson           2295   
2    Ty Cobb                    2245   
T3   Hank Aaron                 2174   
T3   Babe Ruth                  2174   
5    Pete Rose                  2165   
6    Willie Mays                2062   
7    Barry Bonds                2000   
8    Stan Musial                1949   
9    Lou Gehrig                 1888   
10   Tris Speaker               1882   

Bonds is tied for 3rd vs. the league average–

RUNS                            DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                  1058     2174     1116   
2    Ty Cobb                     928     2245     1317   
T3   Barry Bonds                 860     2000     1140   
T3   Ted Williams                860     1798      938   
5    Rickey Henderson            819     2295     1476   
6    Lou Gehrig                  753     1888     1135   
7    Willie Mays                 742     2062     1320   
8    Billy Hamilton              723     1690      967   
9    Mickey Mantle               711     1677      966   
10   Hank Aaron                  694     2174     1480

2) Sammy Sosa watch–hit #550 & #551, is 12 behind Reggie Jackson for 8th place.

Sosa became the 9th player to reach 550 HR.

After 58 RCAA/.993 OPS and 25 RCA/.911 OPS seasons, he’s hitting .570 SLG, .378 OBA, .948 OPS, 14 RCAA in his first 44 games. Sosa has a .896 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and 362 RCAA in 2056 games.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                     
1    Hank Aaron                  755   
2    Babe Ruth                   714   
3    Barry Bonds                 677   
4    Willie Mays                 660   
5    Frank Robinson              586   
6    Mark McGwire                583   
7    Harmon Killebrew            573   
8    Reggie Jackson              563   
9    Sammy Sosa                  551   
10   Mike Schmidt                548   

3) The Mariners traded P Freddy Garcia, C Ben Davis and cash to the Whitesox for C Miguel Olivo and minor leaguers OF Jeremy Reed and INF Michael Morse.

After 4.39 ERA/-6 RSAA and 4.51 ERA/-2 RSAA seasons, Garcia is off to a 3.20 ERA/8 RSAA start in his first 15 starts. He has a 3.89 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 59 RSAA in 170 games.

After -3 RCAA/.717 OPS and -10 RCAA/.666 OPS seasons, Davis is “hitting” .091 SLG, .162 OBA, .253 OPS, -6 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .671 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -51 RCAA in 432 games.

After starting his career with -14 RCAA/.646 OPS in 114 games in 2003 (he also played in 6 games in 2002), Olivo is hitting .496 SLG, .316 OBA, .812 OPS, -2 RCAA in his first 46 games.

Reed, who just turned 22, was given an A- grade by John Sickels, who ranked him as the 10th best hitting prospect in baseball, and was ranked as the Whitesox #1 prospect by Baseball America. He came into the year with a .939 OPS (.430 OBA, .509 SLG) in 2 minor league seasons and is off to a .777 OPS (.357 OBA, .420 SLG) start in 73 games in AAA in 2004.

4) The Marlins took over sole possession of 1st place in the NL East.

5) Gary Sheffield passed Graig Nettles into 42nd place on the all time HR list, with 391.

6) Tigers 1B Carlos Pena hit his 50th career HR.

After 0 RCAA/.764 OPS and 3 RCAA/.772 OPS seasons, Pena is hitting .448 SLG, .311 OBA, .759 OPS, -2 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a .772 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 3 RCAA in 334 games.

7) Reds 1B Sean Casey strained his right calf yesterday and will have a MRI today.

8) Rockies C Charles Johnson had to leave yesterday’s game, after being hit on the left elbow with a pitch. X-rays were negative, but he’s not sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.

After -12 RCAA/.670 OPS and -12 RCAA/.775 OPS seasons, Johnson is hitting .503 SLG, .362 OBA, .865 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .768 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -37 RCAA in 1118 games.

9) Yankees 1B Jason Giambi missed yesterday’s doubleheader, due to a virus and dehydration.

After 75 RCAA/1.034 OPS and 51 RCAA/.939 OPS seasons, Giambi is hitting .457 SLG, .377 OBA, .834 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 54 games. He has a .959 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 451 RCAA in 1318 games.

10) The A’s sent INF Ramon Castro to the minors and called up P Kirk Saarloos.

Castro was 0 for 1 in his first 2 career games.

Saarloos has a 5.61 ERA/-19 RSAA in his first 54 career games.

11) Indians P C.C. Sabathia, who left Saturday’s game after throwing just 8 pitches, was evaluated by the team doctor yesterday and will go see Dr. James Andrews today. It’s not known yet whether he’ll have to miss his next start, or even if it’s more serious than just that.

12) The Cubs placed P Mike Remlinger on the 15 day DL, retroactive to June 24, and called up P Michael Wuertz.

Remlinger has shoulder tendinitis and has never completely recovered from offseason rotator cuff surgery. After 1.99 ERA/16 RSAA and 3.65 ERA/4 RSAA seasons, he’s off to a 5.40 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 13 games. Remlinger has a 3.80 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 42 RSAA in 525 games.

Wuertz has a 7.98 ERA/-6 RSAA in his first 15 career games, all in 2004.

13) The Royals placed P Jeremy Affeldt on the 15 day DL and called up P Justin Huisman.

Affeldt has partially torn muscles in his rib cage and could be out for 8 weeks.

Huisman has a 6.75 ERA/-4 RSAA in his first 8 career games, all in 2004.

14) The Rangers signed P Bart Miadich to a minor league contract.

15) The Astros sent INF Eric Bruntlett to the minors and will activate P Andy Pettitte from the DL.

Bruntlett has -3 RCAA/.691 OPS in 41 career games, including a .538 SLG, .389 OBA, .927 OPS, 1 RCAA in 10 games (18 PA) in 2004.

After 3.27 ERA/16 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/8 RSAA seasons, Pettitte is off to a 3.38 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 7 starts. He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.69, and 133 RSAA in 290 games.

16) Cubs LF Todd Hollandsworth had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a bruised knee. He’s either a candidate for the DL or just day to day.

After -8 RCAA/.807 OPS and -2 RCAA/.739 OPS seasons, Hollandsworth is hitting .547 SLG, .392 OBA, .939 OPS, 12 RCAA in his first 57 games. He has a .784 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 13 RCAA in 897 games.

17) The Tigers moved P Nate Cornejo from the 15 to the 60 day DL.


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