The Bill Chuck Files of February 2, 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)

Today:

  • Is the palindromic 02/02/2020
  • It is the 33rd day of the year with 333 remaining
  • Is Super Bowl Sunday
  • Is Groundhog Day
  • The day before the Iowa Caucus
  • Is two days before the sad State of the Union
  • Is most importantly 53 days before Opening Day

Unemployment follows winning a World Series for managers

Year Winning team Manager Status Losing team Manager Status
2019 Nationals Dave Martinez Active Astros A. J. Hinch Gone
2018 Red Sox Alex Cora Gone Dodgers Dave Roberts Active
2017 Astros A. J. Hinch Gone Dodgers Dave Roberts Active
2016 Cubs Joe Maddon Gone Indians Terry Francona Active
2015 Royals Ned Yost Gone Mets Terry Collins Gone
2014 Giants Bruce Bochy Gone Royals Ned Yost Gone
2013 Red Sox John Farrell Gone Cardinals Mike Matheny Gone
2012 Giants Bruce Bochy Gone Tigers Jim Leyland Gone
2011 Cardinals Tony La Russa Gone Rangers Ron Washington Gone
2010 Giants Bruce Bochy Gone Rangers Ron Washington Gone

There has been a first-year ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame each season since 2014

Year HOF Inductee 1st YoB
2020 Derek Jeter 1
2019 Mariano Rivera 1
2018 Chipper Jones 1
2018 Jim Thome 1
2017 Ivan Rodriguez 1
2016 Ken Griffey Jr. 1
2015 Randy Johnson 1
2015 Pedro Martinez 1
2014 Greg Maddux 1
2014 Tom Glavine 1
2014 Frank Thomas 1
2013 No inductee

Nine to Know: The Most Caught Stealing in the Ten-Teens

2010-2019 Player CS SB Tm
1 Elvis Andrus 98 269 TEX
2 Dee Gordon 98 330 LAD-MIA-SEA
3 Rajai Davis 81 322 OAK-TOR-DET-BOS-CLE-NYM
4 Starling Marte 77 239 PIT
5 Jose Altuve 74 254 HOU
6 Andrew McCutchen 72 165 PIT-SFG-NYY-PHI
7 Billy Hamilton 69 299 CIN-KCR-ATL
8 Michael Bourn 69 220 HOU-ATL-CLE-BAL-ARI
9 Ian Kinsler 61 152 TEX-DET-BOS-LAA-SDP

If Luis Rojas actually manages the Mets, he and his dad Felipe Alou will become the fifth father/son duo to manage in the majors

Felipe Alou is the only father to manage in the postseason and Aaron Boone is the only son to manage in the majors.

The Father and Son managers

George Sisler – Father

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1924 31 Browns AL 74 78 .487 1 153 4 0 0
1925 32 Browns AL 82 71 .536 1 154 3 0 0
1926 33 Browns AL 62 92 .403 1 155 7 0 0
3 years 218 241 .475 3 462 4.7 0 0

Dick Sisler – Son

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1964 43 Reds NL 3 3 .500 0 6 2 0 0
1964 43 Reds NL 29 18 .617 0 47 2 0 0
1965 44 Reds NL 89 73 .549 0 162 4 0 0
2 years 121 94 .563 0 215 2.7 0 0

Bob Skinner – Father

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1968 36 Phillies NL 48 59 .449 0 107 7 0 0
1969 37 Phillies NL 44 64 .407 0 108 5 0 0
1977 45 Padres NL 1 0 1.000 0 1 5 0 0
3 years 93 123 .431 0 216 5.7 0 0

Joel Skinner – Son

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
2002 41 Indians AL 35 41 .461 0 76 3 0 0

Bob Boone – Father

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1995 47 Royals AL 70 74 .486 0 144 2 0 0
1996 48 Royals AL 75 86 .466 0 161 5 0 0
1997 49 Royals AL 36 46 .439 0 82 5 0 0
2001 53 Reds NL 66 96 .407 0 162 5 0 0
2002 54 Reds NL 78 84 .481 0 162 3 0 0
2003 55 Reds NL 46 58 .442 0 104 5 0 0
6 years 371 444 .455 0 815 4.2 0 0

Aaron Boone – Son

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
2018 45 Yankees AL 100 62 .617 0 162 2 2 3
2019 46 Yankees AL 103 59 .636 0 162 1 5 4
2 years 203 121 .627 0 324 1.5 7 7

Buddy Bell – Father

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1996 44 Tigers AL 53 109 .327 0 162 5 0 0
1997 45 Tigers AL 79 83 .488 0 162 3 0 0
1998 46 Tigers AL 52 85 .380 0 137 5 0 0
2000 48 Rockies NL 82 80 .506 0 162 4 0 0
2001 49 Rockies NL 73 89 .451 0 162 5 0 0
2002 50 Rockies NL 6 16 .273 0 22 4 0 0
2005 53 Royals AL 43 69 .384 0 112 5 0 0
2006 54 Royals AL 62 100 .383 0 162 5 0 0
2007 55 Royals AL 69 93 .426 0 162 5 0 0
9 years 519 724 .418 1243 4.6 0 0

David Bell – Son

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
2019 46 Reds NL 75 87 .463 0 162 4 0 0

Felipe Alou – Father

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost
1992 57 Expos NL 70 55 .560 0 125 2 0 0
1993 58 Expos NL 94 68 .580 1 163 2 0 0
1994 59 Expos NL 74 40 .649 0 114 1 0 0
1995 60 Expos NL 66 78 .458 0 144 5 0 0
1996 61 Expos NL 88 74 .543 0 162 2 0 0
1997 62 Expos NL 78 84 .481 0 162 4 0 0
1998 63 Expos NL 65 97 .401 0 162 4 0 0
1999 64 Expos NL 68 94 .420 0 162 4 0 0
2000 65 Expos NL 67 95 .414 0 162 4 0 0
2001 66 Expos NL 21 32 .396 0 53 5 0 0
2003 68 Giants NL 100 61 .621 0 161 1 1 3
2004 69 Giants NL 91 71 .562 0 162 2 0 0
2005 70 Giants NL 75 87 .463 0 162 3 0 0
2006 71 Giants NL 76 85 .472 0 161 3 0 0
14 years 1033 1021 .503 2055 3.0   1 3

Louis Rojas – Son

Padres are offering the Red Sox Manny Margot in a Mookie Betts deal

Margot seems better suited to replace Jackie Bradley Jr.

2017-2019 G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Manuel Margot 418 1489 1362 162 338 63 33 127 48 105 282 .248 .303 .394 .696
Jackie Bradley Jr. 424 1643 1450 203 340 80 51 184 33 150 416 .234 .318 .409 .727

Don’t think, have fun

Curtis Granderson announced his retirement this past week and it while it is a loss for those of us who have always enjoyed watching the Grandy Man on the field, his retirement will provide him with more time to do his most important work working with the community.

Granderson was the 2016 winner of MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award and he was named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year four times by the MLB Players Association, including in 2019.

Granderson wrote, “Thank you — to the MLB, MLBPA, my teammates and coaches, front office staff, members of the media, partners, and the fans — for the ride of a lifetime.”

Here is Granderson’s Fall 2019 commencement speech to the graduates of the University of Illinois Chicago where Grandy donated $5 million for the construction of their ballpark, Les Miller Field at Curtis Granderson Stadium. (video below)

Corey Kluber and Dakota Hudson each allowed four bases-loaded walks in 2019

The difference is that Hudson faced a league-leading 35 batters with the sacks filled and Kluber faced only 10.

Will Clark will have #22 retired by the San Francisco Giants this season

Will “The Thrill” Clark who played eight of his 15 MLB seasons with the Giants is having his uniform number 22 retired this season. Clark said, “It’s just so special. And the way that the Giants do it, they do it in numerical order and No. 22 is gonna be right next to No. 24. Whenever I look up at the board and I see myself next to Willie Mays, who’s the best that’s ever been, you’re like, ‘oh my god, pretty awesome.’” Clark will also be next to #20 Monte Irvin.

I personally find it a bit odd that the Giants are honoring Clark in this fashion in that since he left following the 1993 season, they really have been rather loose with this soon to be hallowed number. In fact, starting in 1994, there have been, ironically, 22 players who have worn number 22. Here they are (working backward): Andrew McCutchen (2018), Christian Arroyo (2017), Jake Peavy (2014-2016), Dan Uggla (2014), Cole Gillespie (2013), Roger Kieschnick (2013), Eli Whiteside (2009-2012), Alex Hinshaw (2008), Ivan Ochoa (2008), Ryan Rohlinger (2008), Keiichi Yabu (2008), Matt Morris (2006-2007), Mike Matheny (2005-2006), Dustan Mohr (2004), Jose Cruz (2003), Kurt Ainsworth (2002), Manny Aybar (2002), Eric Davis (2001), Damon Minor (2000), Osvaldo Fernandez (1996-1997), Dave McCarty (1995), and Rikkert Faneyte (1994).

Here’s a nice little Will Clark stat, Clark hit more homers off Nolan Ryan (6) than any other pitcher he faced. And yes, the six homers that Ryan allowed to Clark were the most he allowed to any batter.

Hovering around the .300 mark

I admit I get a tad too obsessed with players with career .300 averages. Here are six players just over .300 with a look at how their averages diverged between the ends of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Player 2019 BA From To AB H BA FOLLOWING 2018
Robinson Cano .302 2005 2019 8502 2570 .304 down two points
DJ LeMahieu .302 2011 2019 4047 1223 .298 up four points
Buster Posey .302 2009 2019 4575 1380 .306 down four points
Mookie Betts .301 2014 2019 3203 965 .303 down two points
Christian Yelich .301 2013 2019 3541 1067 .297 up four points
Albert Pujols .300 2001 2019 10687 3202 .302 down two points

Here are four players just under .300 for their careers.

Player BA From To AB H BA FOLLOWING 2018
Dustin Pedroia .299 2006 2019 6031 1805 .300 down one point
Ryan Braun .298 2007 2019 6493 1933 .299 down one point
Daniel Murphy .298 2008 2019 5185 1543 .299 down one point
Michael Brantley .297 2009 2019 4630 1374 .295 up two points