The Bill Chuck Files of January 26, 2020

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)

Rk Player SO Year G GS IP K%
1 Ron Guidry 248* 1978 35 35 273.2 23.5%
2 Jack Chesbro 239 1904 55 51* 454.2* 13.9%
3 Luis Severino 230 2017 31 31 193.1 29.4%*
4 CC Sabathia 230 2011 33 33 237.1 23.4%
5 David Cone 222 1997 29 29 195.0 27.6%
6 Luis Severino 220 2018 32 32 191.1 28.2%
7 Melido Perez 218 1992 33 33 247.2 21.5%
8 Al Downing 217 1964 37 35 244.0 20.9%
9 Mike Mussina 214 2001 34 34 228.2 23.5%
10 Roger Clemens 213 2001 33 33 220.1 23.2%

Jeopardy Answer:

Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, Chad Mottola

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

AL EAST

2010-19 W L Win%
NYY 921 699 .569
BOS 872 748 .538
TB 860 761 .531
TOR 794 826 .490
BAL 755 865 .466

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

Rk Player # Wins
1 Derek Jeter 1628
2 Albert Pujols 1516
3 Adrian Beltre 1510
4 Alex Rodriguez 1495
5 Chipper Jones 1444
6 Johnny Damon 1323
7 Carlos Beltran 1295
8 David Ortiz 1291
9 Ichiro Suzuki 1290
10 Andruw Jones 1281

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”

(video below)

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?

RkYearTmHBP
11997HOU100
22001HOU89
31996HOU84
42000HOU83
52003HOU81
62006HOU73
72005HOU72
81998HOU72
92017HOU70
101995HOU69
112019HOU66
122018HOU61
132004HOU61

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

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)

Jeopardy Question:

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   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)