Archive for December, 2010

Park going to Japan

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The internet tells me that Chan Ho Park has signed a deal with the Japanese Pacific League, which will leave MLB with one less pitcher with over 100 career plunks. At the moment, only 2 100+ plunk pitchers are signed to play in 2011 – Tim Wakefield, and Vicente Padilla. Jamie Moyer, Jamey Wright, and Jeff Weaver are the only others who pitched last year and have over 100 plunks to their credit, and they’re all on the free agent market. Wakefield has said 2011 will probably be his last year, and Padilla is only signed for a year. Jeff Suppan and Kerry Wood are the next closest to joining the 100 hit batsmen club at 94 each, but Suppan doesn’t have a job, and Wood hasn’t hit 6 batters since 2008. Behind them are AJ Burnett and Darren Oliver at 89 plunks, so they could crack into the club by the end of 2011 – but the possibility remains that 2012 could begin with no active pitchers with over 100 hit batters. That will be the first time for that since 1995, and prior to that it hadn’t happened since 1974.

Parks departure means that there are no longer any active pitchers who have plunked Jim Leyritz, Benito Santiago, Tony Gwynn (senior), Andy Benes, Jose Nieves, Mike Hampton or Livan Hernandez. Tim Hudson is the only remaining pitcher to have plunked Luis Alicea. If Suppan doesn’t find work, there will no longer be any active pitchers who plunked Scott Servais since Park and Suppan were the only ones left in that club. Park and Andy Pettitte were the last active pitchers to hit Orlando Miller with a pitch, so that club could be empty too, if rumors of Pettitte’s retirement are true. All that is probably important somehow.

Career BACONxHBP and BACONxH leaders

Friday, December 10th, 2010

When you want to know how consistent a batter was at getting hits on a game to game basis, you can you BACON. When you want to know if a batter was a consistent hitter, and also got hit a lot, you can multiply BACON by career HBPs. And when you want to know if someone got a lot of hits and also spread them out nicely over the games they played, you can multiply BACON by hits. You can do all those things, but it would be easier to just keep reading below and let me do the math for you.

Below are the top 25 in BACONxHBP and BACONxH from 1919 to 2010.

BACONxHBP

Batter HBP BACON BACONxHBP
Craig Biggio 285 .734 209.1
Jason Kendall 248 .733 181.9
Don Baylor 267 .678 181.1
Ron Hunt 243 .695 169.0
Frank Robinson 198 .719 142.4
Minnie Minoso 192 .741 142.3
Andres Galarraga 178 .727 129.5
Carlos Delgado 172 .699 120.2
Fernando Vina 157 .748 117.5
Derek Jeter 143 .801 114.5
Alex Rodriguez 149 .750 111.7
Jason Giambi 164 .673 110.4
Brady Anderson 154 .686 105.7
Nellie Fox 142 .739 104.9
Chet Lemon 151 .694 104.7
Chuck Knoblauch 139 .751 104.3
Larry Walker 138 .740 102.2
Carlton Fisk 143 .694 99.2
Gary Sheffield 135 .724 97.7
David Eckstein 134 .726 97.3
Jeff Bagwell 128 .742 94.9
Jeff Kent 125 .733 91.6
Jose Guillen 131 .690 90.4
Brian Downing 129 .669 86.4
Damion Easley 132 .649 85.6

BACONxH

Just for fun, here are the bottom 25 in career BACONxH, from 1919 to 2010, with a minimum of 5000 at-bats.

Batter Hits BACON BACONxH
Pete Rose 4257 .759 3231.9
Hank Aaron 3824 .765 2927.0
Stan Musial 3655 .769 2812.4
Paul Molitor 3319 .770 2557.2
Tony Gwynn 3141 .798 2506.2
Paul Waner 3152 .793 2499.9
Willie Mays 3288 .740 2432.4
Carl Yastrzemski 3419 .708 2419.7
Rod Carew 3053 .782 2388.3
Roberto Clemente 3041 .775 2355.8
Al Simmons 2928 .801 2346.7
Derek Jeter 2926 .801 2343.8
George Brett 3154 .740 2333.9
Wade Boggs 3010 .774 2330.0
Eddie Murray 3255 .713 2320.9
Robin Yount 3142 .734 2306.0
Lou Brock 3025 .762 2304.7
Cal Ripken 3184 .719 2287.9
Frankie Frisch 2879 .786 2262.9
Craig Biggio 3060 .734 2244.9
Dave Winfield 3110 .717 2230.4
Al Kaline 3007 .739 2223.1
Rafael Palmeiro 3020 .734 2215.4
Charlie Gehringer 2839 .777 2205.2
Sam Rice 2738 .801 2193.8
Batter HBP BACON BACONxHBP
Rollie Hemsley 4 .656 2.6
Otis Nixon 5 .701 3.5
Sam West 5 .737 3.7
Granny Hamner 6 .709 4.3
Vern Stephens 6 .726 4.4
Red Kress 6 .738 4.4
Pete Suder 7 .663 4.6
Pete O’Brien 7 .669 4.7
Ozzie Guillen 7 .670 4.7
Ruben Sierra 7 .700 4.9
Jose Cruz 7 .700 4.9
Neifi Perez 7 .702 4.9
Bobby Richardson 7 .715 5.0
Lance Johnson 7 .743 5.2
Mickey Stanley 8 .671 5.4
Bill Virdon 8 .717 5.7
George McQuinn 8 .717 5.7
Del Unser 9 .667 6.0
Garret Anderson 8 .754 6.0
Rick Manning 9 .676 6.1
Garry Templeton 9 .707 6.4
Hughie Critz 9 .715 6.4
Rick Ferrell 10 .681 6.8
Bill Doran 10 .690 6.9
Bill Terry 9 .790 7.1

If I dropped that down to 3000 minimum at-bats, you get Mark Lemke at 0.0 BACONxH, because he never got hit by a pitch. Also, John Kruk at 1.4.

Here are the bottom 25 for BACONxH:
(1919-2010, 5000ab minimum)

Batter Hits BACON BACONxH
Mark Belanger 1316 .577 759.5
Eddie Miller 1270 .631 801.9
Zoilo Versalles 1246 .651 810.7
Ed Brinkman 1355 .599 811.3
Ken McMullen 1273 .639 813.0
Jay Buhner 1273 .647 824.0
Denis Menke 1282 .646 828.1
Leo Durocher 1320 .630 832.1
Bob Allison 1281 .650 833.2
Mickey Stanley 1243 .671 833.6
Pete Suder 1269 .663 841.5
Freddie Patek 1344 .629 845.2
Del Crandall 1297 .653 847.5
Doug Rader 1303 .651 848.6
Darrell Porter 1369 .624 854.4
Jose Valentin 1348 .643 866.4
Rollie Hemsley 1321 .656 867.1
Andre Thornton 1342 .648 869.0
Eddie Joost 1341 .649 870.4
Pat Burrell 1351 .648 875.6
Matt Stairs 1356 .648 878.9
Cecil Fielder 1313 .670 879.4
Tony Armas 1302 .676 880.7
Joe Pepitone 1315 .677 890.6
Dave Henderson 1324 .673 891.4

the battle of who could care less

Monday, December 6th, 2010

In 2010′s major league baseball season, there were 304 incidents of defensive indifference recorded, which is down 4 from 2009.  But, it’s still 54 more defensive indifferences higher than the 5 year average from 2005 to 2009.  The Red Sox had the most indifferent catchers, with a team total of 20, while the Indians were only indifferent twice.  But, the 2010 award for the catcher who could care the least goes to Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba, for his major league leading 13 runners he allowed to advance on defensive indifference.  He would receive a fine pewter statue of General Apathy, if this were a real award, and that was a real thing he could receive.

Here are the 2010 defensive indifference numbers:
Yorvit Torrealba – 13
Victor Martinez – 12
Russell Martin – 11
Brian McCann – 11
A.J. Pierzynski – 11
Geovany Soto – 11
Alex Avila – 10
Kurt Suzuki – 9
Bengie Molina – 9
John Jaso – 8
Jason Kendall – 7
Yadier Molina – 7
Brian Schneider – 7
Ivan Rodriguez – 6
Chris Snyder – 6
Matt Treanor – 6
Jason Varitek – 6
John Buck – 6
Taylor Teagarden – 6
Jason Castro – 5
Francisco Cervelli – 5
Ryan Doumit – 5
Jonathan Lucroy – 5
Ryan Hanigan – 5
Joe Mauer – 5
Jorge Posada – 5
Corky Miller – 4
Dioner Navarro – 4
Miguel Montero – 4
Craig Tatum – 4
Dave Ross – 4
Miguel Olivo – 4
Rob Johnson – 4
Hank Conger – 4
Drew Butera – 4
Matt Wieters – 4
Ramon Castro – 3
Rod Barajas – 3
Henry Blanco – 3
Carlos Maldonado – 3
Gerald Laird – 3
Ramon Hernandez – 3
Koyie Hill – 3
Nick Hundley – 3
Carlos Ruiz – 3
Eli Whiteside – 3
Buster Posey – 3
Jeff Mathis – 2
Humberto Quintero – 2
Kelly Shoppach – 2
Jason Jaramillo – 2
Kevin Cash – 2
Gregg Zaun – 2
Bobby Wilson – 1
A.J. Ellis – 1
Tyler Flowers – 1
Ryan Budde – 1
John Baker – 1
JP Arencibia – 1
Brad Ausmus – 1
Lou Marson – 1
George Kottaras – 1
Chris Iannetta – 1
Paul Hoover – 1
John Hester – 1
Chris Hatcher – 1
Brett Hayes – 1
Brayan Pena – 1
Paul Phillips – 1
Carlos Santana – 1
Adam Moore – 1
Jose Morales – 1
Mike Napoli – 1
Landon Powell – 1
Wil Nieves – 1

(These numbers are the number of runners who advanced, not the total number of bases they advanced. So if runners on both 1st and 2nd advanced, that would count as 2, but if a runner went from 1st to 3rd on defensive indifference that would count as 1. However, there were no 2-runner defensive indifference plays in 2010, and the only incident of a 1st to 3rd was one base of defensive indifference, and a 2nd base on a wild pitch.)

Here are the team by team totals:
Red Sox -20
Padres -16
Braves -15
White Sox -15
Dodgers -14
Rays -14
Cubs -14
Rangers -14
Giants -13
Tigers -13
Reds -12
Pirates -11
Phillies -11
A’s -10
Twins -10
Nationals -10
Yankees -10
Angels -9
Royals -8
Orioles -8
Brewers -8
Blue Jays -7
D-backs -7
Astros -7
Cardinals -7
Rockies -6
Mets -5
Mariners -5
Marlins -3
Indians -2

Live ball era career BACON leaders

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Retrosheet has gamelogs back to 1919, so there’s really not any good excuse for the internet not to know who has the best career BACON in that period of time. Or, if I’m going to make up a stat, I might as well figure out how the current generation stands up to the historical players, to the extent that that’s possible. Right?
Anyway, here are the top 100 career BACONs for players with 2500 career ABs from 1919 to 2010.

Bold = current players
Italics = players who started before 1919, and are therefor incomplete for the career BACON calculation. The number of missing seasons is indicated in parenthesis.

Rank Batter BACON Hits BACONxH
1 Ichiro Suzuki 2001-2010 .832 2246 1868.2
2 Rogers Hornsby 1919-1937 (4) .811 2473 2006.7
3 Ty Cobb 1919-1928 (14) .809 1667 1348.4
4 Harry Heilmann 1919-1932 (4) .806 2258 1819.8
5 Joe DiMaggio 1936-1951 .806 2219 1787.6
6 George Sisler 1919-1930 (4) .805 2211 1780.8
7 Lloyd Waner 1927-1945 .803 2459 1974.9
8 Al Simmons 1924-1944 .801 2928 2346.7
9 Sam Rice 1919-1934 (4) .801 2738 2193.8
10 Derek Jeter 1995-2010 .801 2926 2343.8
11 Tris Speaker 1919-1928 (12) .800 1642 1312.8
12 Tony Gwynn 1982-2001 .798 3141 2506.2
13 Earle Combs 1924-1935 .798 1866 1488.5
14 Eddie Collins 1919-1930 (13) .797 1497 1192.8
15 Bobby Veach 1919-1925 (7) .795 1087 864.4
16 Zack Wheat 1919-1927 (10) .794 1496 1187.3
17 Paul Waner 1926-1944 .793 3152 2499.9
18 Lance Richbourg 1921-1932 .792 806 638
19 Joe Medwick 1932-1948 .791 2471 1954.8
20 Bill Terry 1923-1936 .790 2193 1733.4
21 Heinie Manush 1923-1939 .790 2526 1995.8
22 Lefty O’Doul 1919-1934 .788 1140 898.3
23 Riggs Stephenson 1921-1934 .788 1515 1193.5
24 Edd Roush 1919-1931 (6) .787 1743 1372.1
25 Jack Tobin 1919-1927 (4) .786 1414 1111.4
26 Frankie Frisch 1919-1937 .786 2879 2262.9
27 Lou Gehrig 1923-1939 .785 2721 2136.3
28 Albert Pujols 2001-2010 .785 1900 1491
29 Charlie Jamieson 1919-1932 (4) .784 1750 1372.5
30 Joe Mauer 2004-2010 .784 1011 792.6
31 Rod Carew 1967-1985 .782 3053 2388.3
32 Pie Traynor 1920-1937 .781 2416 1887.7
33 Babe Ruth 1919-1935 (5) .781 2670 2085.1
34 Dick Porter 1929-1934 .781 775 605.1
35 Jo-Jo Moore 1930-1941 .780 1615 1259.9
36 Nomar Garciaparra 1996-2009 .780 1747 1362
37 Matt Holliday 2004-2010 .779 1216 947.6
38 Johnny Hodapp 1925-1933 .779 880 685.7
39 Irish Meusel 1919-1927 (2) .779 1389 1081.6
40 Johnny Frederick 1929-1934 .778 954 741.8
41 Don Mattingly 1982-1995 .778 2153 1674
42 Vladimir Guerrero 1996-2010 .777 2427 1886.2
43 Charlie Gehringer 1924-1942 .777 2839 2205.2
44 Goose Goslin 1921-1938 .776 2735 2122.2
45 Kiki Cuyler 1921-1938 .776 2299 1783.4
46 Hanley Ramirez 2006-2010 .776 934 724.3
47 Cecil Travis 1933-1947 .775 1544 1196.8
48 Roberto Clemente 1955-1972 .775 3041 2355.8
49 Wade Boggs 1982-1999 .774 3010 2330
50 Pete Fox 1933-1945 .774 1679 1298.7
51 Baby Doll Jacobson 1919-1927 (2) .773 1545 1194.8
52 Magglio Ordonez 1997-2010 .772 2072 1600.5
53 Jack Fournier 1920-1927 (7) .772 1213 936.6
54 Kirby Puckett 1984-1995 .772 2304 1778.9
55 Ralph Garr 1968-1980 .772 1567 1209.5
56 Joe Vosmik 1930-1944 .772 1682 1298.1
57 Michael Young 2001-2010 .771 1848 1425.3
58 Bob Dillinger 1946-1951 .771 951 733.4
59 Paul Molitor 1978-1998 .770 3319 2557.2
60 Rip Radcliff 1934-1943 .770 1267 975.9
61 Ed Morgan 1928-1934 .770 879 676.9
62 Stan Musial 1941-1963 .769 3655 2812.4
63 Ted Williams 1939-1960 .769 2654 2041.5
64 Dom DiMaggio 1940-1953 .769 1682 1293.5
65 Billy Herman 1931-1947 .769 2345 1803
66 Victor Martinez 2002-2010 .768 1122 862.1
67 Matty Alou 1960-1974 .767 1783 1367.5
68 Placido Polanco 1998-2010 .767 1836 1407.7
69 Jimmie Foxx 1925-1945 .766 2645 2026.7
70 George Burns 1919-1929 (5) .766 1375 1053.4
71 Richie Ashburn 1948-1962 .766 2581 1976.6
72 Shannon Stewart 1995-2008 .766 1653 1265.4
73 Chuck Klein 1928-1944 .765 2076 1589.2
74 Johnny Pesky 1942-1954 .765 1467 1122.9
75 Hank Aaron 1954-1976 .765 3824 2927
76 Roberto Alomar 1988-2004 .765 2724 2084.2
77 Juan Pierre 2000-2010 .765 1842 1409.2
78 Jose Reyes 2003-2010 .765 1119 855.8
79 Mickey Rivers 1970-1984 .764 1660 1268.4
80 Bob Meusel 1920-1930 .764 1693 1293.3
81 Freddie Lindstrom 1924-1936 .763 1747 1333.2
82 Jimmy Johnston 1919-1926 (5) .763 1138 868.2
83 Lou Brock 1961-1979 .762 3025 2304.7
84 Ken Williams 1919-1929 (3) .762 1499 1141.9
85 Hank Greenberg 1930-1947 .762 1628 1240
86 Carson Bigbee 1919-1926 (3) .762 973 741
87 Mule Haas 1925-1938 .761 1257 956.8
88 Ross Youngs 1919-1926 (2) .761 1339 1018.8
89 Babe Herman 1926-1945 .761 1819 1383.4
90 Harvey Kuenn 1952-1966 .760 2092 1590.9
91 John Stone 1928-1938 .760 1391 1057.6
92 Kenny Lofton 1991-2007 .760 2428 1845.8
93 Carl Crawford 2002-2010 .760 1480 1124.5
94 Earl Averill 1929-1941 .760 2019 1534
95 Tommy Holmes 1942-1952 .759 1508 1145.2
96 Dale Mitchell 1946-1956 .759 1245 945.4
97 Ron LeFlore 1974-1982 .759 1283 974.2
98 Pete Rose 1963-1986 .759 4257 3231.9
99 Buddy Myer 1925-1941 .759 2131 1617.8
100 Joe Sewell 1920-1933 .759 2226 1689.7