Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
The Brady Anderson Season rolls on
There are now 113 players with 20+ homers, the second-most ever; the record is 117 in 2017.
There have been 1397 players who have appeared in at least one game this season, the most in the history of baseball.
There have been 822 pitchers who have appeared in at least one game this season, the most in the history of baseball breaking the record of 795 set last season.
The Mariners have set a new record with 42 pitchers taking the mound. The previous record of 40 pitchers was shared by the 2017 Mariners and the 2014 Texas Rangers.
There have been 526 players who have homered this season, the second-most in the history of baseball; the record is 536 in 2018.
There have been 911 players who have struck out this season, the second-most in the history of baseball; the record is 919 in 2018.
The Minnesota Twins have eight players with 20+ homers, the most in the history of baseball. The Yankees tied their team record first set in 2009. The A’s set a new franchise record, breaking the prior record of five tied numerous times most recently last season. The Cubs tied their franchise record, first set in 2017. The Astros set a new franchise record.
|Tm||Lg||#||PLAYERS WITH 20+ HOMERS|
|Minnesota Twins||AL||8||C.J. Cron / Nelson Cruz / Mitch Garver / Max Kepler / Jorge Polanco / Eddie Rosario / Miguel Sano / Jonathan Schoop|
|New York Yankees||AL||7||Brett Gardner / Aaron Judge / DJ LeMahieu / Gary Sanchez / Gleyber Torres / Gio Urshela / Luke Voit|
|Oakland Athletics||AL||7||Mark Canha / Matt Chapman / Khris Davis / Ramon Laureano / Matt Olson / Jurickson Profar / Marcus Semien|
|Chicago Cubs||NL||6||Javier Baez / Kris Bryant / Willson Contreras / Jason Heyward / Anthony Rizzo / Kyle Schwarber|
|Houston Astros||AL||6||Jose Altuve / Yordan Alvarez / Michael Brantley / Alex Bregman / Yuli Gurriel / George Springer|
Shin-Soo Choo / Nelson Cruz / Edwin Encarnacion / Brett Gardner / Yuli Gurriel / Albert Pujols are the six players, aged 35+ as of June 30, who have hit 20+ homers. A perfect example of how steroids ruined baseball history is that the record is an astounding 17 set in 2004.
NAME THE LEAGUE LEADER (answer below)
Here’s his background:
- June 5, 2005: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2005 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 19, 2009: Signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as an amateur free agent.
- November 25, 2015: Purchased by the Cleveland Indians from the Tampa Bay Rays.
- January 8, 2016: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians.
- October 5, 2016: Selected off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels from the New York Yankees.
- April 26, 2017: Selected off waivers by the San Diego Padres from the Los Angeles Angels.
Is it time for a rule change?
In 1965, there were 113 starts by pitchers going 3.0 innings or less in games won by their team. That was the record until 2018 when the Rays instituted the opener and other teams followed with 138 such games. That record held until this season, when there have been 182 occasions in which a pitcher threw three innings or less in a game that the team won. This leads to the question: should we change the requirement of 5.0 IP for a starter in order to earn a win? No other pitcher in a game has the same requirement. In fact, 44 pitchers this season faced one batter and picked up the win (the record is 61 in 2015). The opener appears to be a trend that will remain and it seems as if we should consider acknowledging their presence with a stat other than a loss.
Welcome to the club! The Cubs have set a new franchise record with 237 homers hit this season breaking the old record of 235 set in the juiced season of 2004.
There have been 112 rookies who have homered this season, still far from the 123 who did it in 1999. The Blue Jays have eight rooks with homers to lead the majors. The Braves (Austin Riley), Red Sox (Michael Chavis), and Phillies (Adam Haseley) have just one apiece.
Who gets your vote for NL MVP?
Batting average and batting average against with runners in scoring position is as good a single stat to indicate why the Red Sox are not repeating this season.
Last season, the Red Sox had a .289 BA w/RISP to lead the majors and a .234 BAA w/RISP (fifth in the majors).
This season, the Yankees lead the majors in batting with runners in scoring position
This season, the Dodgers lead the majors with the lowest BA with runners in scoring position
League Leader answer:
Kirby Yates leads the majors with 40 saves for the Padres