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)
Last season it took Gerrit Cole 27 starts to record 252 strikeouts
For the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole struck out 326 batters last season in 33 games, all starts, totaling 212.1 IP. He had a strikeout percentage of 39.9. In his first 27 starts, reached on August 28, 2019, Cole struck out 252 batters. This is significant because that would have been a new season record for a Yankees pitcher.
Top 10 strikeout seasons by a Yankees pitcher
(* Yankee record)
Longest serving manager in each division
- NL East – Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins – November 2, 2015
- NL Central – Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers – May 4, 2015
- NL West – Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers – November 23, 2015
- AL East – Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays – December 5, 2014
- AL Central – Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians – October 6, 2012
- AL West – Bob Melvin, Oakland A’s – June 9, 2011
Salvador Perez is a Royals American
In case you missed this, Salvador Pérez the six-time All-Star KC Royals catcher is now a U.S. citizen. Born in Venezuela, Pérez recently took the oath of citizenship concluding a five-year effort. “I would rather be in the World Series, bases loaded, two outs, 3-2, hitting than go through that again,” he said. “I was shaking and my eyes were super big. But it was fun.”
Pérez missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery during spring training. “My elbow is great,” he said, noting that he lost 22 pounds this offseason. “If everything goes well, I’ll be in the lineup on opening day.”
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries brings a moment of levity to the Impeachment trial
Rep. Jeffries suggests that Congress should agree to subpoena the Baseball Hall of Fame to figure out who of 397 people voted against inducting former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter into the Hall of Fame. Jeffries’ comments drew laughter before he turned to a more serious subject. “What’s more American than baseball and apple pie? Perhaps the one thing that falls into that category is the sanctity and continuity of the United States Constitution.” (video below)
Yankees led the AL East by 49 games in the TenTeens, but the Red Sox won the decade
Derek Jeter played in 1628 winning regular-season games
Since 1995, no player played in more regular-season wins than Derek Jeter who played in 1628. Next is Albert Pujols who has played in 1516 winning games.
Top 10 in wins since 1995
There have been only 16 players who have seasons with 158+ games played, 200+ hits, 20+ homers, 18+ steals, and a .308+ BA
Derek Jeter is one of those players playing 158 games, accumulating 219 hits, hitting 24 homers, and batting .349 in 1999. Big deal, right? Wrong. Random stats like that are only moderately interesting. But when you realize that Jeter played 158 games, accumulated 200 hits, hit 20 homers, stole 18 bases and hit .308 in his postseason career, you truly appreciated how great a ballplayer he was.
- Only two players besides Jeter hit 20+ homers in the postseason: Manny Ramirez with 29 and Bernie Williams with 22.
- Only five players had more than 18 postseason steals: Kenny Lofton (34), Rickey Henderson (33), Omar Vizquel (23), Roberto Alomar (20), and Davey Lopes (19).
- Jeter had 200 postseason hits to lead all batters. He had hits in 127 different postseason games. Second, on the all-time postseason hit list is Bernie Williams who totaled 128 hits, just one more hit than Jeter had games with hits. Williams had hits in 78 postseason games, the second-most of any player.
- Derek had 58 multi-hit postseason games, the most of any player; Bernie Williams is once again second with 36 games.
Derek Jeter and Harold Reynolds analyze and break down the iconic “flip play”
The flip play 🙌— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 23, 2020
Hall of Famer Derek Jeter reminisces on that iconic moment. pic.twitter.com/y629GAmC0M
On the “B Side”
New Hall of Famer Larry Walker commented on the MLB Network what it was like to be in the same Hall of Fame class as Derek Jeter, “Remember those old 45s that we used to listen to (on the record player) and they had the song on the A Side, and then the song on the B side that you really didn’t know about,” Walker said. “I’m the B side!”
In honor of Walker, here are some HOF worthy B sides:
- Queen, A-side: “We Are the Champions” B side: “We Will Rock You”
- Them (with Van Morrison), A-side: “Baby, Please Don’t Go” B side: “Gloria”
- Chicago, A-side: “Make Me Smile” B side: “Colour My World”
- Beatles, A-side: “Penny Lane” B side: “Strawberry Fields Forever”
- Rolling Stones, A-side: “Let’s Spend the Night Together” B side: “Ruby Tuesday”
- Beach Boys, A-side: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” B side: “God Only Knows”
- Elvis, A-side: “Don’t Be Cruel” B side: “Hound Dog”
Will the Astros have over or under 60 HBP in 2020?
Peter Gammons remembering Nick Cafardo
I know I am not a great baseball writer, but I did work for and with two of the greatest, Nick Cafardo and Peter Gammons. (video below)
Who were the five players drafted before Derek Jeter in the first round of the 1992 draft?
|OvPck||Tm||Name||Pos||WAR||Drafted Out of|
|1||Astros||Phil Nevin||3B||15.9||California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)|
|2||Indians||Paul Shuey||RHP||6.8||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)|
|3||Expos||B.J. Wallace||LHP||&nbsp;||Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)|
|4||Orioles||Jeffrey Hammonds||OF||8.6||Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)|
|5||Reds||Chad Mottola||OF||-0.9||University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)|
|6||Yankees||Derek Jeter||SS||72.4||Central HS (Kalamazoo, MI)|
And one more wonderful minute of your time
We really need more of this…. (video below)
We need more of this. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/EDPmQPnlz2— Kevin W. (@Brink_Thinker) January 22, 2020