Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
Don’t be surprised to see the Yankees use CC Sabathia out of the bullpen in the postseason. The first time he faces a lineup in a game he has a .228 BAA, it jumps to .262 the second time through, and .342 the third time.
Yesterday, the Padres announced the firing of manager Andy Green, the first managerial firing of the season. Green managed the Padres over the last four seasons and the team had the second-worst record in baseball as he took one for the team. The next Friars manager should have a much better record as the team is now stacked with exceptional young talent.
MLB team records 2016-19 (through 9/21/19)
The record for most homers in a season gets repeatedly broken each day. We are now up to 6475, 370 more than any other season.
The record for most players with 10+ homers in a season gets repeatedly broken. We are now up to 266, 24 more than any other season.
The record for most players with 20+ homers in a season has now been broken. We are up to 121, four more than any other season.
The record for most players with 30+ homers in a season has now been broken. We are up to 54, seven more than any other season.
We are approaching the record for most players with at least one homer in a season. This season there have been 532 players, four shy of the record set last season.
Terry Francona is enjoying (okay, “enjoying” may be a stretch) his 15th consecutive winning season. I can’t wait to hear his Hall of Fame induction speech.
Quick Quiz: Whose records are these and from what seasons?
This season there have been 0.16 sac bunts a game, the lowest in baseball history. Clayton Kershaw leads the majors with 14 sac hits this season.
The Dodgers spent all of six days not in first place this season.
Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s hitting regression:
Baseball’s leading batters since the All-Star break
Cody Bellinger‘s season at a glance:
- April 21 – .424
- May 21 – .404
- June 21 – .356
- July 21 – .333
- August 21 – .317
- September 21 – .302
The 2019 Orioles have lost 41 games by at least five runs; the record is held by the 1996 Tigers who lost 47 5+ run game blowouts.
The Minnesota Twins have homered 5+ times in 11 games this season, the most in baseball history. They are 10-1 in those games.
The Astros have not issued an intentional walk in 195 straight games (starting on 8/18/18), the longest streak in baseball history. The previous record was 92 games set by the 2016 KC Royals.
Quick Quiz answer: The Boston Red Sox of 2004, 2008, and 2014, the non-repeat seasons of the World Champions.