Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
Karma is a Bitch
In 2019, only one pitcher was credited with pitching a total of one inning while allowing five home runs. In Houston, the Astros’ Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Robinson Chirinos all homered in the bottom of the 1st. In the bottom of the 2nd, following a single, Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley also homered before Paul Blackburn replaced Oakland starter Mike Fiers…the pitcher who told The Athletic that Astros hitters had used a video feed to decode signs and relay them to hitters during games.
20+ HR Hitters (2015-2019)
Over the last five seasons, there have been 241 players who hit 20+ homers at least once. Of those 241, 13 have reached the threshold five times and 58 have done it once. In 2019, 129 different players hit 20+ homers, seven of whom were rookies. Of those 58 homers with one season of 20+ homers, 40 occurred in 2019. This is not good for anyone.
With an MLB-approved doctored baseball, balls flew out ballparks like they were pink rubber Spaldings (pronounced “Spaldeens”). Here are the number of 20+ home run hitters each of the last five seasons:
|Rk||Year||20+ HR Hitters|
Running Combined Total Runs Leaders for the Ten-Teens
Mike Trout debuted in 2011 and exceeded rookie limits in 2012
Jeopardy Category: The Ten-Teens
From 2010-2019, these three players had over one hundred homers but just one triple (the answer is below)
From 2017-2019, the Houston Astros led the majors in hitting batting .270. But before you get yourself all ginned up about the Asterisks hitting scandal, Houston hit .270 at home, fourth in the majors (behind the Rockies at .295, Red Sox at .276, and Nationals also at .276) while the Astros led the majors while on the road, also hitting .270.
Madison Bumgarner‘s increasing road woes
These numbers speak for themselves:
|Mad Bum Season||GS||QS||IP||ERA||WHIP||BA|
With Runners in Scoring Position and two outs:
Judge’s Home Run Made The Difference
From 2010-2019, the Yankees led the majors hitting 2168 regular-season homers, including Aaron Judge‘s 3rd inning homer in the last game of the 2019 season. That homer gave the Yanks the one homer edge over the 2000-2009 Yankees who led the majors hitting 2167 regular-season homers.
Regarding the Hall, IMHO:
Once Marvin Miller is elected to the Hall of Fame, we should dump the Modern Baseball Era Committee. It is there just to increase the number of inductees and second-guess the voters. It does not really right wrongs after 10 years of voting, but it does dilute the quality of the players inducted. On the other hand, according to SportsBusiness.com, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum recorded $3.99m in net profit for 2018, based on the institution’s recently filed federal tax return. Following up on all-time bests in both revenue in profit in 2017, the Hall of Fame generated $17.1m in total revenue for the year ending December 31, 2018, as its charitable contributions and grants fell from a record total of $15.2m two years ago to $8m in 2018. So maybe current fans simply want to see plaques with names that they recognize rather than recognizing greatness. In any case, one last set of kudos to former Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson who did such a great job during his tenure.
On October 6, 1997, the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees, 4-3, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS and move on to the LCS. The game lasted -hour, 29-minutes, the same as the runtime of The Irishman. Just a reminder to judge entertainment on its quality, not its length.