Nine to Know – March 1, 2010

  1. There is an excellent chance that this is the season that Derek Jeter becomes the all-time stolen base leader in Yankee history. With 305 he currently trails Ricky Henderson by 21 steals. For more on Jeter and his place in Yankee history: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/nine-to-know-jeters-milestones/
  2. The last season Kyle Farnsworth was a full-time starter was his rookie 1999 season when he made 21 starts. Soon after that he became a busy reliever with five seasons of 70+ appearances. Last year with the Royals he threw a career low 37.1 innings, but over the off-season he has picked up a third pitch and is now in the running to join the KC rotation.
  3. Marcus Thames, who has rejoined the Yankees by signing a minor league contract, has hit 101 career homers. No batter ever reached the 100 homer plateau in fewer at bats than Thames’ 1,549. That’s one Thames homer every 15.3 at bats.
  4. From August 1 to the end of last season, Manny Ramirez played in 54 games and hit .265 with a .395 OBP and a .860 OPS. For the season, Adam Dunn hit .267 with a .398 OBP and a .928 OPS.
  5. In his career, before the All-Star break, David Ortiz has hit .284 with 144 homers and 527 RBI, after the All-Star break, David Ortiz has hit .284 with 173 homers and 541 RBI.
  6. The Blue Jays welcome Roy Halladay and the rest of the Phillies, June 25-27. I wonder if any of the G-20 world leaders in town that weekend will by vying for tickets.
  7. In 1923, Babe Ruth hit .393, with 41 homers and 131 RBI and struck out 93 times. Ryan Theriot, Adam Jones, and Randy Winn each struck out 93 times last season, none of them hit .393 or 41 homers or drove home 131.
  8. The Braves led the majors this past season by having six pitchers who had at least 100 strikeouts: Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami, Derek Lowe, Rafael Soriano, and Javier Vazquez.
  9. Last season, San Diego’s Opening Day lineup included: catcher Henry Blanco (now with the Mets), third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (now with the A’s), shortstop Luis Rodriguez (Indians minor league invitee), left fielder Chase Headley (now the third baseman), center fielder Jody Gerut (now with the Brewers), right fielder Brian Giles (Dodgers minor league invitee), and pitcher Jake Peavy (who will follow Scott Buehrle in the White Sox rotation. The only returnees are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and second baseman David Eckstein.