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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
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).
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.
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.
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…
Here are 25 items on players who were 25 and under by June 30, 2009 and have played in at least 300 games or pitched in at least 80 games.
Some baseball statistics are designed to enlighten, others are used to support or refute an argument. But sometimes, statistics are simply presented for the sheer enjoyment … as in this case. Here are 43 items that revolve around the number 86 (they are so much fun you should read them twice, that is if you seek the symmetry of 86).
Bill Chuck gives us nine not-so-mainstream facts about Randy Johnson.