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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).
    My top 10 players:

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    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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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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    Betcha didn't know... No active player has two consecutive game hitting streaks, when added together that equal or are better than DiMaggio's 56 game streak.
    WAR? Prove it!

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    Vlad retired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous View Post
    Vlad retired?
    My source is wrong... Good call.
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    Tony LaRussa has placed a position player as 9th hitter(games with no DH) 418 times. Rest of MLB managers since 1918: 321 times

    PS: Lou Boudreau is 2nd with 74. Tony LaRussa did it for the 75th time on September 25, 1998, 13 years ago. What took Boudreau 6 years, LaRussa did it in less than 3 months [Boudreau did it for the 1st time on 1952, and his last was on 1957; LaRussa did it for the 1st time on July 9, 1998]. Way to stick to your philosophy...
    Last edited by josh24; 07-19-2011 at 10:55 PM.

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    On the other end, Bobby Cox NEVER used a position player as the 9th hitter: 3745 games managed(games with no DH). That's the record.
    Bill McKechnie (3545 G) and Tom Lasorda (3040 G) are the other managers to have 3000+ G managed, never using a position player as 9th hitter.
    Last edited by josh24; 07-20-2011 at 10:04 PM.

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    Mike Piazza has 8 triples in his career, yet managed to get at least one with all 5 teams he played for:

    2 with the Mets
    3 with the Dodgers
    1 with the Padres
    1 with the A's
    1 with the Marlins (in just 18 at bats)

    In fact, the triple with the Marlins was his only XBH with them

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    Denny McLain faced a HOFer 611 times. He never IBB anyone.

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    Hank Aaron and Dave Kingman had the same number of 5+ RBI games (22), despite the fact that Kingman played in 1357 fewer games.

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    Tim Hudson has a record of 109-1 in games where he pitched at least 6 innings and allowed 1 ER or fewer - by far the highest winning percentage in baseball history with a minimum of 100 such starts.

    The most wins that any pitcher has without a single loss in such games (6+ IP, 1 or less ER) is Pet Hentgen who was 53-0.
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    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    The first All-Star game won by the National League at an American League Park was at Comiskey Park in 1950.

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