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    Yes, the former Blue Jay Candy Maldonado. He had some key hits for the Jays in the post-season as well.
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    Jose Vidal's career consisted of 88 major league games between 1966 and 1969. During that time he collected 24 hits, including two triples. His first three-bagger was his very first big-league hit for the Cleveland Indians on September 17, 1966 off Detroit's Mickey Lolich. Vidal's final hit in the majors was his second career triple, this time as a Seattle Pilot off Mike Kekich of the Yankees on May 12, 1969.

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    Incredibly, Willie Mays never hit for the cycle.

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    I don't know if anyone touched on this one but, in 1999 Randy Johnson had a 6 gm. streak of 72+ gm.sc.

    GS: 6 IP:49 H:33 ER:5 BB:12 SO:72 HR:2 ERA:0.92

    What was the Big Units reward for this sterling run of excellence ? W:1 L:4 ND:1

    I guess ol-Randy just didn't know how to pitch to the score ala Jack Morris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieMaysHayes View Post
    I don't know if anyone touched on this one but, in 1999 Randy Johnson had a 6 gm. streak of 72+ gm.sc.

    GS: 6 IP:49 H:33 ER:5 BB:12 SO:72 HR:2 ERA:0.92

    What was the Big Units reward for this sterling run of excellence ? W:1 L:4 ND:1

    I guess ol-Randy just didn't know how to pitch to the score ala Jack Morris.
    He also made the mistake of going up against Jose Jimenez who threw a no-hitter and a two-hitter in that stretch, the only two shutouts of his career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindlebrook View Post
    He also made the mistake of going up against Jose Jimenez who threw a no-hitter and a two-hitter in that stretch, the only two shutouts of his career.
    Interesting.
    I didn't notice that.

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    Heard these today:

    Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada are the first trio of teammates in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL history to have played together in 17 consecutive seasons.

    The Yankees haven't lost at home on opening day since 1982.

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    2011 could be the first season in the past 132 seasons that has no active pitchers with 200+ career wins.

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    Technically that is not true. The National Association is not recognized as a Major League. 1884 was the first year that the Major Leagues saw an active 200+ game winner. They had three that year; Wil White, Pud Galvin, and Jim McCormick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipitch View Post

    The Yankees haven't lost at home on opening day since 1982.
    How many times have they played at home on opening day since then? I can guarantee you the Reds haven't lost on the road on Opening Day more than four times in the past 50 years. But it doesn't mean anything without context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gakoch View Post
    How many times have they played at home on opening day since then?
    11. The only other team to win 11 consecutive opening day games at home was the Mets (1971-1989).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipitch View Post
    2011 could be the first season in the past 132 seasons that has no active pitchers with 200+ career wins.
    From 1884 to 2010, there was 1 year without an active 200+ W pitcher: 1949.
    Bobo Newsom (205 W) was not active from 1949 to 1951. The next in the list was Bucky Walters (198 W), but he didn't play in 1949.
    The pitcher that got closer to 200 W in 1949 was Bob Feller, who reached 192 W.
    Last edited by josh24; 04-24-2011 at 12:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipitch View Post
    2011 could be the first season in the past 132 seasons that has no active pitchers with 200+ career wins.
    Don't be that hard with Tim Wakefield. He is just 7 wins away

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh24 View Post
    From 1884 to 2010, there was 1 year without an active 200+ W pitcher: 1949.
    Bobo Newsom (205 W) was not active from 1949 to 1951. The next in the list was Bucky Walters (198 W), but he didn't play in 1949.
    The pitcher that got closer to 200 W in 1949 was Bob Feller, who reached 192 W.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...progress.shtml
    I was going by the above list, and it says Newsom was active in 1949. I don't know if it's wrong, or if they actually count him as active.

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    Atlanta's Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter against the L.A. Dodgers on April 8th, 1994. That just happened to be the 20th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record. The Braves met the Dodgers in that game too......Cal Ripken ended his consecutive-game streak on September 20th, 1998 when Baltimore opposed the Yankees. Exactly 40 years earlier, Hoyt Wilhelm tossed a no-hitter for the Orioles against the Bronx Bombers as well.....Speaking of Cal Ripken, the final game of his career came on October 6th, 2001 against Boston. That same date 10 years prior, the O's played the last game ever at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Detroit was the opponent and Cal grounded into a game-ending double play to close the park.

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    Only 3 times since 1919 has a player gotten five hits on his birthday.

    Two of the three times, it was Fernando Vina (04/16/1998, 04/16/2000).

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    From 1950 to 2010(PBP data available), only 8 players had faced at least 100 different pitchers, and had at least a .300 AVG against 50%, or more, of these pitchers. I only count players that played their entire careers after 1950.

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    Batter                 PF      PF w/≥.300 AVG     %
    Tony Gwynn             878           486         55.4
    Rod Carew              716           396         55.3
    Roberto Clemente       530           281         53
    Ichiro Suzuki          870           460         52.9
    Wade Boggs             962           506         52.6
    Kirby Puckett          656           337         51.4
    Vladimir Guerrero     1081           549         50.8
    Miguel Cabrera         768           386         50.3

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    10+ game-winning streaks (1876-2010)

    A few facts about them...

    -There had been 407 different 10+ game-winning streaks.

    -Only in 6 of those years, no team did it: 1878, 1881, 1893, 1900, 1918 and 1940.

    -The most in a year? 11 in 1884, by 8 different teams, which is also tied for the most different teams having this streak in a season (1890).
    -Six teams are tied for most such streaks in a season, with 3. Those teams are:
    • 1884 Providence Grays

    • 1887 St. Louis Browns

    • 1890 Louisville Colonels

    • 1906 Chicago Cubs

    • 1916 NY Giants

    • 1954 Milwaukee Braves


    - Last team with 2 streaks in the same season? 2001 St. Louis Cardinals.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/te...e-scores.shtml -> 5/7 to 5/17; 8/9 to 8/19

    - Florida Marlins is the only active franchise without a 10+ game-winning streak in their history. Of the rest, Detroit Tigers has the longest without such streak: 42 years, last in 1968.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh24 View Post
    A few facts about them...

    -There had been 407 different 10+ game-winning streaks.

    -Only in 6 of those years, no team did it: 1878, 1881, 1893, 1900, 1918 and 1940.

    -The most in a year? 11 in 1884, by 8 different teams, which is also tied for the most different teams having this streak in a season (1890).
    -Six teams are tied for most such streaks in a season, with 3. Those teams are:
    • 1884 Providence Grays

    • 1887 St. Louis Browns

    • 1890 Louisville Colonels

    • 1906 Chicago Cubs

    • 1916 NY Giants

    • 1954 Milwaukee Braves


    - Last team with 2 streaks in the same season? 2001 St. Louis Cardinals.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/te...e-scores.shtml -> 5/7 to 5/17; 8/9 to 8/19

    - Florida Marlins is the only active franchise without a 10+ game-winning streak in their history. Of the rest, Detroit Tigers has the longest without such streak: 42 years, last in 1968.
    Does this include or exclude streaks interrupted by tie games?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    Does this include or exclude streaks interrupted by tie games?
    Doesn't include streaks interrupted by tie games.

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    In the past 40 years, the 3 pitchers that have hit 3+ batters and thrown 3+ wild pitches in the same game got the win (Rick Porcello, Joe Niekro, Victor Zambrano).

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    The first game in which both teams had a position player as 9th in the lineup(games with no DH) was in April 15, 2008, in a MIL-STL game: 90 years and 110,592 games later.*

    NOTE: those years and days are found after counting from 1918 (box score era), so I might be wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh24 View Post
    The first game in which both teams had a position player as 9th in the lineup(games with no DH) was in April 15, 2008, in a MIL-STL game: 90 years and 110,592 games later.*

    NOTE: those years and days are found after counting from 1918 (box score era), so I might be wrong
    I feel kind of bad for Jason Kendall and Cesar Izturis. Each was considered a worse batter his team's pitcher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    I feel kind of bad for Jason Kendall and Cesar Izturis. Each was considered a worse batter his team's pitcher.
    When LaRussa bats the pitcher 8th it's because he wants a "second" leadoff hitter batting 9th. It's not because he thinks the pitcher is a better hitter.

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