Little League home runs

Starting off the Indians-Tigers game today, Michael Brantley scored a Little League home run*—a triple with an error allowing him to score. Brantley’s started two games recently with triples. Once, he later scored the only run in a 1-0 Indians victory.Then the Little Lague home run today. * I have to give Paul Hoynes of […]

Blackjack: 21 straight outs, both teams combined

Three consecutive triples? Five consecutive infield singles? It has been an interesting few days for consecutive events in baseball. That got me looking for some other consecutive events in Retrosheet’s play-by-play data and one really stands out, at least to me. On July 11, 1953, the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Browns had 21 consecutive […]

A very non-statistical look at umpires and strike zones

Mike Fast at Baseball Prospectus has done a good job, in two articles (here and here), looking at the nuances of the umpires’ strike zones and pondering about why umpires get things wrong. Even the PITCHf/x data are almost a hindrance to discovery; based on how they are is collected and what is missing. One […]

Forced out at home from the outfield

While searching for more odd plays from last week. I noticed a peculiar event during a Red Sox game. With the based loaded, a 7-2 force out at home plate. The next batter, Carl Crawford, would get the walk-off single. So that got me wondering, when was the last outfield to catcher force out? Back […]

Picked-off Royals

Royals are pretty good at being unique this week. Not in a good way, either. Last night, bottom of the ninth, a possible superstar in the making ties the the game with a home run. The next batter gets a walk and the Royals bring in a pinch runner. He gets picked off at first […]

Bautista and hits to left field

About once a week, I run a few special processes on my collection of PITCHf/x and Gameday data which I call “Oddities,” where I try to look for things “off the beaten path.” Typically it just brings something I already know: someone has a hitting streak, someone is not pitching well, etc. Then I get […]

How do games end?

After my post about a walk-off catcher interference, there was quite a bit of speculation about how games can end with specific types of events. The intentional base-on-balls is a good example. Quite a few people are confused when I present this type of data. Now, once I give the answer you’ll probably smack your […]

Walk-off catcher interference

Something that I have always found interesting is how baseball games end. Most likely because it is the last thing I remember about the game. Any game. But the wonder that is Retrosheet is easy to check. It shows some really interesting game ending events. EVENT_ID EVENT_NAME GAME_END GAME_END_WITH_SCORING 2 Generic out 78,659 659 3 […]

Notes after the last weekend in April

Superman has renounced his U.S. citizenship. It’s okay Clark Kent, we can get bad guys on our own. Your division leaders as of this morning are the Indians, Yankees, Angels, Phillies, Cardinals, and Rockies. The Indians have the best record in the AL (and baseball), and the Phillies pace the NL. (The NFL had a […]

In case you missed it: April 22

In case you missed it: Colby Lewis missed a start because he was pregnant. Okay, Mrs. Lewis was giving birth to their second child. Some people have a problem with this. Since I have been through this recently, I can’t understand the criticism. I don’t hear his teammates complaining. Wherever I have worked, when somebody […]

Indians have a new good luck charm

I’m back … You can’t stop the Indians, you can only hope that you can contain them. Since they got their good luck charm,* they are 7-1. *Mathew Julius Kovach…New Indians fan and is part Native American. So an Indian Indians fan. Mom and baby are doing well, thanks for asking. While I would like […]

Some MSM writers should be stuffed in their parents’ basement

TJ Simers attempts to bully Marcus Thames. A man, who. apparently, is just as much a useless person as he is a baseball player. He writes for the LA Times?! He criticized his granddaughter’s spelling in his column?* * I actually checked to make sure that he didn’t write a humor column. Well, a non-funny […]

I see, said the momentarily-blind batter

You hear it all the time, “Keep your eye on the ball.” The problem is, hitters are rarely—if ever—able to carry out the task. The human eye, with all its complexity, just can’t keep up with the simple task of tracking a ball.* * Okay, there may exist a few special athletes who have been […]

Lefty available cheap: Oliver Perez released by Mets

If a sunk cost is released in New York, does it echo? In the Mets case…yep. On the heels of making Louis Castillo available to the rest of baseball, the Mets did the same with a left-handed pitcher. So, in the most likely case, the Mets will pay these two about $18M this year to […]

The former tribe: Paul Gleason

The Former Tribe Tales Growing up around Cleveland during the ’70s and ’80s was not the best place to learn about baseball—unless you assumed that most teams had trouble making payroll and regularly traded players as if they were the farm team for various clubs that could make payroll. But it was those times that […]

The sinister minister of the spitball

In 1920, Major League Baseball decided that home runs equaled attendance. To help with home runs, baseball made the spitball illegal. The pitch was just so dangerous! So dangerous that major league baseball allowed teams to select pitchers who would still be allowed to throw the pitch! On Sept. 20, 1934 Burleigh Grimes threw the […]

Missing the knuckle curve

The knuckle curve* just doesn’t get the love it should. Often called the dry spitter, this seldom-learned pitch could be described, depending on how it is thrown, as a fast knuckeball or a slow spinning curveball. In both cases, the grip usually involved two fingers bent so the knuckles were actually on the ball and […]

Question of the every other day or so: Hall evaluations

With the passing Dodger great and Hall of Famer Duke Snider, some people are comparing his career to Jim Edmonds’. I can understand much of the comparison—the numbers seem to match up. The fact that Edmonds, like Snider, had to co-exist with other great players playing his position is a good comparison. The argument for […]

The Dizzy Dean Injury Cascade

It is spring training, and that means some pitchers will miss a few starts to minor aliments. Before you breathe a sigh of relief after that pitcher is back, it pays to be cautious. Stephen Strasburg: During his first big league starts, he was having trouble getting comfortable on some pitching mounds. In his start […]

Injury report: Ed Walsh’s digestion

I have heard from a couple different people that many teams plan on limiting the amount of detail on injuries beyond mentioning DL reports. This could have a serious impact for those that follow injury reports. If true, many injury reports will contain more speculation or information filtered by the team. It also means there […]