Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
Jim Palmer, the great broadcaster, and Hall of Fame pitcher, of the Orioles has put his Baltimore two-story condo in Little Italy’s Canal Street Malt House up for sale. Palmer is asking for $775,000 for the two-bedroom condo which has 2,480-square-feet of open loft space, two full baths, a half bath and no grand slams. Hopefully this is not an indication that Palmer is calling it a career behind the mic.
Matt Andriese’s start for the Rays on May 14, 2016 was significant because…? It was the last complete game by a Tampa Bay pitcher. I wonder if it will be the last ever.
Here’s an exercise for you and your followers: Yesterday’s Word of the Day was “algedonic” which is an adjective, pertaining to both pleasure and pain. Which MLB team best exemplifies that word this season?
The sooner the Yankees make a deal for a starter, the better. Don’t be fooled by Domingo German‘s W-L record (or any pitcher’s for that matter), since over his last four starts he’s 1-1 with a 7.32 ERA and a .302 BAA (.934 OPSA).
Completely Amazin’ – While it can’t compete with the 75th anniversary of D-Day, baseball is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets. Here is an amazing stat from that memorable season: in the final month of the season, the Mets went 24-8 and the pitching staff had a 2.38 ERA. Here’s the amazing part – the team had 15 complete games, led by Jerry Koosman who had five going 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA and Tom Seaver who went 6-0 with six complete games and a 0.83 ERA. There is, and there will always be, just one Tom Terrific.
Quick Quiz (answer below): On the near one-year anniversary of his last game as a major leaguer, based on his transactions, name this player:
- June 5, 2000: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 2000.
- July 11, 2003: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Will Smith (minors) and Ryan Snare to the Texas Rangers for Ugueth Urbina.
- January 6, 2006: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Terrmel Sledge and Chris Young to the San Diego Padres for Billy Killian (minors), Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka.
- December 6, 2010: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later, Rey Fuentes, Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo. The Boston Red Sox sent Eric Patterson (December 16, 2010) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
- August 25, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for players to be named later, Ivan De Jesus, James Loney and Allen Webster. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Rubby De La Rosa (October 4, 2012) and Jerry Sands (October 4, 2012) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.
- December 16, 2017: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Charlie Culberson, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Matt Kemp.
- December 18, 2017: Released by the Atlanta Braves.
- January 18, 2018: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
- June 11, 2018: Released by the New York Mets.
With the way home runs are flying out of ballparks, is there any event more redundant than the Home Run Derby? Isn’t that simply the same as playing the Orioles? How about we replace it with Near-Home Run Derby, where you have to hit it to the warning track on a fly, into to the stands count as an out.
My colleague Bill Arnold are on the same page in that we both seem to be interested in bases empty/men on homers. I don’t care about homer length as much as homer quality (no matter how over the top the MLB Network go about StatCast). Here’s a stat that matters: MLB leader Marcel Ozuna has 11 homers and Derek Dietrich, Trevor Story, and Cody Bellinger have 10 homers each with runners on base. Ozuna also leads the majors with six three-run homers. And if you want to get money from Amazon, tell people to watch Unforgotten on Amazon Prime.
The Padres are now 1-27 this season when trailing after eight innings and 28-0 when leading after eight. Last season, the Friars were 52-5 when leading after eight and 4-81 when trailing after eight.
The Giants have 14 one-run wins, but only 12 multi-run wins.
Last season, Mookie Betts hit .368 against lefties. This season, Betts is hitting .209 against southpaws.
Happy anniversary – On this date, June 9, 1963, at Colt Stadium, the Houston Colt .45’s beat the San Francisco Giants, 3 – 0, in the major leagues’ first Sunday night game. Houston was too hot for daytime baseball. That month the average temperature was 91 degrees.
Last season, no one in baseball had 20+ homers and 10+ triples. In 2017, Charlie Blackmon had 37 homers and 14 triples and Nicholas Castellanos had 26 HR and 10 three-baggers. This season, Blackmon and Jorge Polanco have 10 homers, and Eduardo Escobar has 15 homers; they each have five triples.
In 63 games the Minnesota Twins have hit 121 homers, the same total they had for the full seasons of 1958, 1975, and 1993. When the Washington Senators (now the Twins) won the World Series in 1924, they hit 22 homers.
After hitting 10 homers in his first 947 PA in the majors, Tommy La Stella now has 14 in 232 PA this season.
Last season, Orioles pitcher David Hess allowed 22 homers in 103.1 innings pitched. So far this season, Hess has allowed 20 homers in 61.0 IP.
Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman leads the majors with 28 scoreless appearances encompassing 26.0 innings. In those appearances, Workman has allowed only three hits.
Reds pitchers have the highest swing-and-miss rate in the majors at 29.9%.
Quick Quiz answer: Never on Sunday Adrian Gonzalez