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About Bill Chuck

Bill Chuck owns the marketing communications business B.Czar Productions and has run Billy-Ball.com for nine years, longer before 'blog' was a word. He grew up in Manhattan but has lived within two miles of Fenway for the past 30 years. Favorite team: I root for teams that are interesting and with ownership that is trying to win (sorry, Pirates and Royals). Favorite player: Jeter, Manny, Pujols, Maddux, Wakefield, Hunter... Ask me tomorrow and I'll name 10 others. Mick is my all-time favorite. If you saw him play, you wouldn't have to ask why. Favorite ballpark food: I allow myself one bag of unsalted peanuts per game.


Posts by Bill Chuck:

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #7. Stephen Strasburg fans need to be patient as the Nats bring him to the Majors. Remember Sandy Koufax never pitched a day in the minors and after his first six years in majors had a record of 36-40 and a 4.10 ERA.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #5. It may look like a typo, but it’s true: in 555 plate appearances last year, National’s shortstop Cristian Guzman had just 16 walks; fortunately none were intentional.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #8. In Nick Markakis’ first three seasons he played 465 games and hit 9 sac flies. Last year, in 161 games, he led the AL with 10.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #8. I’m not an expert on these things, but it seems to me you are better off not hitting angels. Apparently pitchers agree because no batter has come to the plate more than the Mets’ Angel Pagan (829 PA) without getting hit by a pitch.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #2. Over the last two seasons, John Lackey has made a total of zero starts in April and eight starts in May.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: Marcus Thames, who has rejoined the Yankees by signing a minor league contract, has hit 101 career homers. No batter ever reached the 100 homer plateau in fewer at bats than Thames’ 1,549. That’s one Thames homer every 15.3 at bats.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: 6. When Hank Aaron broke the Babe’s all-time home run record, the ball landed in the left-field bullpen over the head of the Dodger left fielder, Bill Buckner (yes, that Bill Buckner).

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 by BillChuck

February 14 is the day each year we celebrate love, affection and companionship. It is probably no coincidence then that fans around the world celebrate the love they feel for baseball on Valentine’s Day with the realization that Major League pitchers and catchers are on the verge of reporting. It’s only slight exaggeration to say that the sound of a kiss can only be matched by the smack of a fastball in a catcher’s mitt. Here are nine things you should to know to celebrate baseball and Valentine’s Day:

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column on baseball things you need to know, including: #5. 5. From 2000-2009 there were 24 players who averaged over .300, with a minimum of 3,000 plate appearances. No surprise that Albert Pujols (.334) leads them all, but some you may not think of include Sean Casey (.300), Michael Young (.302), Jose Vidro (.303), and Moises Alou (.310).

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column on baseball things you need to know, including, #1: Japanese umpires will start counting balls first, and then strikes, in the upcoming season as used in the major leagues. Until now in Japan a full count was 2-3, instead of 3-2 which explains why Daisuke Matsuzaka has been so comfortable going to a full-count on so many batters.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column on baseball things you need to know, including: #3. The Padres (fathers) should consider changing their name to the Hermanos (brothers) as Jerry Hairston, Jr. joins brother Scott Hairston following the San Diego Giles (Brian and Marcus) and Gonzalez (Adrian and Edgar) brother acts.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by BillChuck

The game is simple to understand, but not that easy to play. It simply requires attaching a player’s name to a community in a state in which their team is located. Liberties of spelling may be taken to accommodate correct answers (hey, I’m not Alex Trebek).

The Doug Davis .500

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by BillChuck

In honor of Doug Davis agreeing to a one-year deal to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers, the Bill Chuck Files presents a look at .500 pitchers from 2000 to 2009.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s weekly list of odd baseball facts, including: #1: 1. Vladimir Guerrero, the newly signed Texas DH, will join 14 other players who have played for these three expansion franchises: the Rangers (nee Washington Senators), the Expos (now the Washington Nationals), and the Angels…

Mark McGwire’s “George Costanza Day”

Friday, January 15th, 2010 by BillChuck

I’m still suffering from ‘roid rage. I am so infuriated by baseball’s orchestrated Mark McGwire earlier this week and the fact that people fell for this coordinated PR concoction that I am beside myself.

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