Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend and J.G Spink Award winner Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
22 for 45
Just a reminder Yankees fans, Gerrit Cole has made 22 consecutive regular stars without incurring a loss.
In 2019, Curtis Granderson led all batters with 77 games in which he had an at bat without a hit. He also led all batters with 87 games in which he had a plate appearance without a hit. Juan Lagares appeared in 95 games in which he did not record a hit
First baseman Yuli Gurriel, DH Howie Kendrick, and third baseman Anthony Rendon, in 2019, joined the list of 51 batters who have homered in Game 7 of the World Series. Kendrick became the first DH to homer in Game 7. This pitcher is the sole moundsman to homer in Game 7.
New Year’s Eve Birthdays
2019 Players born on December 31:
- Kelvin Herrera, born in 1989
- Alex Colome, born in 1988
- Ryan Yarbrough, born in 1991
- Dawel Lugo, born in 1994
The best part of the offseason is the absence of the torrent of meaningless Statcast numbers. Not every event needs a number, it spoils the uniqueness of those that matter.
Some 10-Teen batting leaders
- Miguel Cabrera led all qualified batters with seven .300 seasons (the last was in 2016).
- Miggy and Joey Votto led all qualified batters with six .300 with 20+ home run seasons.
- Cabrera led all qualified batters with six .300 with 20+ home runs and 100+ RBI seasons (no one else had more than three).
- Ryan Braun led all qualified batters with three .300 with 20+ home runs, 100+ RBI, and 10+ stolen base seasons (the last was in 2012). Paul Goldschmidt was the only other player with two such seasons.
Ten-Teen Quick Quiz
Each of these 12 players realized the same achievement in the season listed. It is a personal achievement unique to each, but the fact that each did it is what they have in common
Quick Quiz answer
Each of these players averaged exactly one strikeout for each game played.
New Year’s Day Birthdays
2019 Players born on January 1:
Tyler Kepner on the minor league mess that Rob Manfred is proposing
If you haven’t read the great Tyler Kepner‘s article in the New York Times entitled, In Fighting Over the Minors, What Might Baseball Lose? you can link to it here. As per usual, Kepner nails the situation. ”Under baseball’s plan, the draft would be cut to 20 rounds instead of 40, every team would have only four full-season affiliates, and prospects would skip the short-season rookie league teams to be groomed instead at each team’s training complex in a more instructional setting.” He adds
M.L.B. has asserted that most minor league fans care little about the affiliation of the teams, that they come instead for the atmosphere and the entertainment value. But the affiliation — a tangible association with an M.L.B. club, which generally pays for the farm teams’ players and coaches — accounts for almost all of a minor league franchise’s asset value.&nbsp;
While major league attendance is falling, minor league attendance is rising. Yet M.L.B. has essentially told fans in 42 communities that it could do without them, or is at least willing to take that chance. It is discouraging that the league so often ignores the benefits of letting more people see the game.
Read the article. It is important that we all fight this Trump-like craziness.
Appreciating Erik Kratz
Sometimes you just want to pay homage to the journeymen, the minor leaguers, who hang in there for their love of the game. The Yankees have agreed to another minor league contract with catcher Erik Kratz. If the Yankees win it all this season, I just hope Kratz makes an appearance during the season and earns a ring.
Erik Kratz Major League and Minor League Career
Look at the list Cody is on
In 2019, Cody Bellinger joined an impressive list of lefty luminaries with at least 18 homers versus lefties.
|Player||L v L||Year||HR||PA||AB|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||vs LHP||1996||21||186||158|
|Barry Bonds||vs LHP||2002||21||178||125|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||vs LHP||1998||21||197||177|
|Ted Kluszewski||vs LHP||1955||20||253||221|
|Darryl Strawberry||vs LHP||1988||20||245||216|
|Babe Ruth||vs LHP||1927||19||207||158|
|Reggie Jackson||vs LHP||1980||19||254||227|
|Stan Musial||vs LHP||1949||19||306||272|
|Cody Bellinger||vs LHP||2019||18||228||193|
|Don Mattingly||vs LHP||1985||18||292||264|
|Stan Musial||vs LHP||1948||18||228||198|
|David Ortiz||vs LHP||2006||18||241||205|
Bellinger and Musial
Did you notice that 2019 Cody and 1948 Stan each hit 18 homers in 228 lefty-on-lefty PA? Here’s a little more information on their seasons that shows you why Stan was “The Man.”
Nine to Know: Most home runs allowed by a team in a season
Of course we all know that the go-go-gopher Orioles set this ignominious record, but did you know that seven of the nine most prolific allowers of homers all-time are from the 2019 season?
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com
I hope that your new year ahead is filled with happiness, health, and humor.
Who is Bob Gibson? Gibby homered in Games 7 of the 1967 Series in which Gibson and his Cardinals defeated the Red Sox. Gibson went 3-0 in that Series.