The Bill Chuck Files of December 8, 2019

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:

RkYear20+ HR Hitters
12019129
22017117
32016111
42018100
5201564

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/4/2019.

Running Combined Total Runs Leaders for the Ten-Teens

Mike Trout debuted in 2011 and exceeded rookie limits in 2012

Years Player Total
2010 Albert Pujols 115
2010-2011 Miguel Cabrera 222
2010-2012 Miguel Cabrera 331
2010-2013 Miguel Cabrera 434
2010-2014 Miguel Cabrera 535
2010-2015 Miguel Cabrera 599
2010-2016 Ian Kinsler 695
2010-2017 Ian Kinsler 785
2010-2018 Ian Kinsler 851
2010-2019 Mike Trout 903

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
2019 15 5 85.0 5.29 1.41 .286
2018 11 5 63.1 4.97 1.45 .272
2017 9 7 60.2 3.26 1.10 .247
2016 17 9 109.0 3.39 1.12 .228
2015 15 9 97.2 4.15 1.13 .257
2014 18 15 125.2 2.22 0.98 .224

With Runners in Scoring Position and two outs:

Eddie Murray, Carlos Beltran, Dwight Evans, and…wait for it…Mike Trout all have a career .262 batting average 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.

The Irishman

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.

Jeopardy Answer:

Who are Gary Sanchez (105 homers), Paul Konerko (113 homers), and Victor Martinez (145 homers)?