December 9, 2013
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"The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round."
- Gaylord Perry
Thanking our readers, Studes reviews the current state of The Hardball Times.
What did the typical team look like in 2006?
Would you believe $1 million? More?
The ups and downs of baseball salaries.
All the details
Dave explains why it's not all about the Benjamins.
A little less misinformation about fielding statistics and fielding awards.
About our batted balls statistics, and the 2007 Hardball Times Annual.
The Mets win the second game of their series with the Dodgers, 4-1, to take a 2-0 lead.
In his first postseason appearance ever, Carlos Delgado beats the shift and has a big day.
Dave and Rich Lederer, of Baseball Analysts, take a joint look at the Mets/Dodgers National League Division Series.
All your questions have been answered.
On a day when baseball set a new attendance record, rumors of performance-enhancing drugs emerged once again. In real baseball news, Houston and St. Louis remain the only postseason question mark heading into the last day of the season.
The postseason slots came into better focus yesterday as the Cardinals and Dodgers won while the Astros and Phillies lost. And a New York team has lost an ace pitcher for part of the postseason. Sound familiar?
Rookie James Loney had 9 RBI's yesterday for the Dodgers, who continue to pull away from the Phillies. The Cardinals aren't pulling away from anyone, and the Twins are in first place.
Dave picks the best fielders of the year, just because he likes a good argument.
The American League's postseason participants are set, but the National League West, Central and Wildcard slots are still in play.
Nomar Garciaparra hit his second game-winning home run in the past week; this one, a grand slam in the ninth.
Trevor Hoffman tied Lee Smith's all-time saves record, Barry Bonds broke the NL home run record and Alfonso Soriano tied a record of sorts.
Bonds drove in six runs and tied the NL home run record, Chris Young almost pitched a no-hitter and Richie Sexson unloaded a blast against the White Sox. And Philadelphia remains a half-game behind Los Angeles in the NL Wildcard race.
Rich Harden and Pedro Martinez pitched well last night for the A's and Mets, respectively, increasing both teams' chances of success in the postseason.
Just about. The Dodgers beat the Padres in 11 innings Monday, and those four home runs in the ninth obscured the fact that the game had already been quite a nailbiter. Here's a closer look.
Fat ladies are singing across the country, as postseason hopes dwindle for most contenders except the Phillies and, perhaps, the White Sox.
The Padres beat the Dodgers to take first place in the NL West. Crazy game of the day: the Braves scored five runs in the bottom of the tenth after allowing four in the top of the inning.
Lots of hitters hit milestones yesterday: Young and Suzuki reached 200 hits, Thomas hit 100 RBI's and Joey Gathright hit a home run!
The Chicago Cubs haven't had a lot of highlights this year, but they won the rubber game of a crazy three-game series with Dodgers, cutting the Dodgers' NL West lead to one-half game.
Bumpus Jones, the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first start, pitched only seven more games the rest of his career with an ERA of 10.19. That was in 1893, when they moved the mound back to 60' 6" from home plate.
The Twins beat the A's, pulling ahead of the White Sox, who lost to the Angels, who gained ground on the A's. Meanwhile, the the Giants beat the Rockies, pulling them closer to the Dodgers and Padres, who lost to the Cubs and Reds, respectively, keeping them even with the Cardinals, who beat the Astros.
Five starting pitchers recorded ten or more strikeouts yesterday; that hasn't happened in eight years.
Lots of extra-inning games and pennant action yesterday, but the real action was in Arizona, where Brandon Webb pitched a one-hitter.
There were only seven games yesterday, but the Tigers extended their AL Central lead to five games by beating the Twins. Plus, another Ryan Howard home run. Ho hum.
The Marlins are in the race for the postseason, despite decreasing their payroll by $60 million. What were those big offseason deals again?
For the first time in more than three decades, there were seven major league shutouts last night.
On a day when the master (Barry Bonds) hit his 729th HR, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols showed him how to really put on the home run fireworks.
Every road team won their game in the American League. In the National, Bonds hit home run number 728.
Team rosters could expand beyond their 25-man limit yesterday, so there was more action off the field than on it.
Ryan Howard hit the fifth-longest home run of the year and broke the Philly record for home runs in a season...before the end of August.
Celebrating some cool moves by the obvious choice for NL's general manager of the Year.
The Cubs score two in the 11th, then give up three in the 11th, the Astros beat the Brewers on a brain freeze by catcher Damian Miller in the bottom of the ninth and games go into extra innings in Texas and Cleveland. But none of those games are our Game of the Day.
Barry Bonds hit two home runs in one game for the first time since 2004 (career total=727), Ryan Howard tied Mike Schmidt's HR club record with his 48th and Delmon Young homered in his first major league game.
The Devil Rays bring up Delmon Young for the first time. Plus, Derrek Lee returns, The King throws his first career shutout and lots of season-ending surgeries.
Learn something new every time you click on a random page on Baseball Reference.com.
The Cincinnati Reds whupped Houston and, with the Cardinals' late-inning loss to the Mets, the Reds are now just a game out of first place in the NL Central.
The Blue Jays and Reds made big comebacks against their opponents and the Yankees finished a stunning five-game sweep over the Red Sox.
The White Sox's third baseman is having a breakout year. Is it real?
Johan and Ervin Santana pitched the Twins and Angels to victory, respectively, while the true drama was in Boston once again.
The Yankees dominated Boston, and Greg Maddux tied Steve Carlton.
The doubleheader in Fenway got all the press, but the more amazing twinbill was played in Kansas City, where the Royals swept the red-hot Athletics. Plus, the wind was blowing out at Wrigley, the Cleveland bullpen blew another and Jered Weaver now belongs in the same sentence as Whitey Ford.
Neither Chris Capuano nor Bronson Arroyo had won since being selected for the All-Star Game. One of them finally did, and the other turned in a good effort.
The Dodgers have won nine straight games, after losing their previous eight. Boston loses a rare one-run game, and Cleveland also loses a one-run game. Which is not so rare.
Cleveland's new closer Fausto Carmona blew another save opportunity and is only the second pitcher in major league history to lose four games in four straight appearances.
Chase Utley's htting streak is stopped, Giant fans take offense to Barry Bonds' ejection and two Crosby's take to the disabled list.
Greg Maddux pitched six innings of no-hit ball for his new team before the rains came, and two very young men are now multi-millionaires.
If Henry Cotto is a major league ballplayer, I'm an airplane.
- Bill James
But this time, David Ortiz just watches from the on deck circle.
Bobby Abreu joins the Yankees and, just like that, they're first in the AL East.
There was more action off the field than on yesterday, except maybe in Boston where David Ortiz did it again.
Bruce Sutter may have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but that didn't stop many of today's top relievers, including Bobby Jenks, Armando Benitez, B.J. Ryan and Huston Street, from blowing saves.
The White Sox and Orioles slugged it out in Camden Yards, while the Devil Rays simply slugged the Yankees.
The Rockies win a close game for only the second time in their last twelve.
Tinker and Evers, the best-known double play combo of all time, refused to speak to each other for 33 years.
The Twins swept the White Sox to tie them for second place in the AL Central, but the Yankees swept the Rangers to sneak ahead of both teams into the Wild Card lead.
Ryan Madson ties a major league record with four wild pitches in one inning. Plus, the Twins beat the White Sox again and there's another pitching duel in Denver.
The Twins have won 32 of their last 40 games, more than any other team in baseball. They won a key game last night, 7-4 over the White Sox, and they're now just two games behind last year's World Series champ.
Returning to Win Probability Added, this time looking at individual batters, starters and relievers.
One-run homers in each of the three last half-innings marked the see-saw swing of Boston at Seattle. Plus the Pads take back first, St. Louis sweeps LA and Jered Weaver matches Fernando Valenzuela.
Three Hernandez's started games yesterday and gave up homers (Livan 2 for the Nats, Felix 1 for the Mariners, Orlando 2 for the Mets.) There were also three Gonzalez's figuring in the homer count: pitchers Enrique (2 for Arizona) and Geremi (1 for Milwaukee) surrendered homers, and Luis (1 for Arizona) hit one.
A-Rod became the youngest batter ever to reach 450 home runs, while the Mets slugged a grand slam home run in a five-game span, a major league first. A-Rod's home run was also the longest of the day.
The Blue Jays shrugged off controversy with a 5-4, 11-inning win over the Yankees.
A review of Seth Mnookin's chronicle of the past four years in Red Sox Nation.
The Angels have won 12 of their last 13 and are now just a half game out of first in the AL West.
Chipper Jones had an extra-base hit for the 14th straight game, tying a record set 79 years ago.
Yesterday was an interesting day in MLB: Lots of blowouts, no saves and 11 excellent performances by starters that all lasted 7 innings.
Mark Teixeira, who was in a power slump the first half of the year, hit three home runs in his first game after the All-Star break.
Studes takes a midseason look at the Win Probability Added stats tabulated by Fangraphs and finds some unique uses for them.
It took 6 hours and 19 minutes, but the White Sox and Red Sox finally got to go on an All-Star break.
The Diamondbacks and Rockies were tied, 1-1, entering the ninth. By the time the ninth was over, it looked like an entirely different ballgame.
When was the last time there were two individual shutouts in one night? To top it off, John Lackey almost threw a no-hitter.
Both Jim Thome and David Ortiz had six RBI's and two home runs, and the All-Star roster is complete.
All three major league Cabreras (Melky, Orlando and Miguel) hit home runs yesterday. Melky hit a grand slam.
Why was he so underrated? Why was he traded so often? Why don't you hear his name today? I'll tell you why. Because he called everybody 'dickhead.' To Alex Johnson, baseball was a whole world of dickheads.
- Dick Allen, talking about Alex Johnson in his book Crash
There's a logjam at first place in the National League West; four of five NL West teams have 43 wins.
Studes compares the two best young pitchers in the major leagues, using the graphs of Fangraphs.
It was Opposite Day in the majors, as teams with records over .500 won only 5 games and lost 11, and teams over .550 were 1-6.
The National League gets the hang of this interleague thing just as the interleague schedule comes to a close.
Dizzy Dean loved being called Dizzy, but his brother, Paul, hated being called Daffy. Can't say that I blame him.
A-Rod is Mr. Clutch for at least a day and Ryan Howard hits two more home runs to take the major league lead with 27.
Roger Clemens gets no run support again, and a trade!
David Ortiz with a game-winning RBI. Again.
The National League is tops, at least for one day.
The American League dominated again yesterday, though there were four extra-inning games and eight games decided by two runs or less.
Bonds steals a base and Pujols goes 4 for 4, but both of their teams lose.
Roger Clemens returns to the Astros, but youth will be served.
"Is this some kind of religion?" Richard asks. He has risen and stands a few feet away from me, his expression one of absolute bewilderment.
"It may be," I reply, trying to picture the world through his eyes.
- Ray Kinsella talking to his brother-in-law who doesn't see the ballgame, in Shoeless Joe
The American League continues its dominance over the National, Jose Reyes hits for the cycle, and more.
The American League reasserts its dominance over the National, particularly in Chicago.
Using Fangraphs to pick apart the best player in the majors right now.
Yesterday's results, which included three games won by ninth-inning home runs.
The National League improved slightly yesterday.
The American League takes the day in Interleague play
It was evidently sweeps week in Major League Baseball -- five different series sweeps were concluded yesterday.
If it happened, it's here.
David Ortiz parties like it's 2005.
Joe Mauer keeps on hitting, and hitting, and hitting.....
A graphical look at baseball's latest "cheater."
It's just yesterday's news.
Studes takes a road trip.
Yesterday was apparently Rookie Day in the major leagues
Here's what happened yesterday
Yesterday's major league happenings
All the news that's fit to post
Are the Dodgers and the Angels passing each other on the freeway?
A near no-hitter and a three home run day.
Featuring good news for Yankee and Cub fans: fine performances from Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood.
Barry Bonds hit a home run yesterday. The Braves hit eight.
The longest game of the season, a triple play and Jered Weaver's debut.
Yesterday's news, including the shortest home run of the year.
What happened yesterday?
How far it went, how far is would have gone, and much, much more.
Yesterday's major league results
The latest major league results
Yesterday's major league results
All the results and news from around the world of major league baseball.
Notice that I didn't work Bingo Long into the title. Seemed excessive.
I completed college in three years. I was in the top 10 percent of my class in law school. I'm a Doctor of Jurisprudence. I am an honorary Doctor of Law. Tell me why I spent four mortal hours today conversing with a person named Dizzy Dean.
- Branch Rickey
"A wop bop a loo bop a wop bam Truth."
- The Colbert Report, naturally.
The weekly column returns for the 2006 season.
Fangraphs is now doing it, even the Washington Post is doing it. "It" is the Win Probability Graph, and it's out of control!!!
Sitting down and talking with the author of The Fielding Bible.
Sometimes bullpens help you win close games, and sometimes they don't. A review of which ones helped or hurt in 2005.
Only one question really matters. Can they do it again?
You can now have a bacon cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme and wash it down with beer from a faucet. Sort of the modern equivalent of having your cake and eating it too. We live in great times.
Studes files a report from Orlando
A recent Internet baseball craze and a new baseball book produce some intriguing lineup guidelines.
... the last time I didn't know 10 things.
Doing for batters what we did for pitchers, and introducing a veritable plethora of player batted-ball data.
Dave's random thought generator
Why did the average major leaguer age a full year in such a short time?
That's Defense Efficiency Ratio to you.
Picking up on last week's column, Dave gives the batted-ball results of some of the most interesting pitchers in baseball.
Dave follows up on a couple of issues from last week's article. Really, he just likes to play with data.
Well, maybe not pictures. More like graphs. Really pretty graphs. With a surprising finding at the end.