BaseballReference.com oddities

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In 1978, Jim Rice led the AL in games played, plate appearance, at bats, hits, triples, home runs, RBi, slugging and OPS.

He is the last player to lead either league in triples (15) and HR (46) the same year and one of only four to do it in the post-dead ball era along with

Jim Bottomley, St Louis, 1928 (20 triples, 31 HR)
Willie Mays, NY Giants, 1955, (13 triples, 51 HR)
Mickey Mantle, NY Yankees, 1955 (11 triples, 37 HR)

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Astros fans may remember this, but in 2000 the franchise record for consecutive games with a hit belonged to the unlikely candidate Tony Eusebio. He was a catcher and didn't play everyday, so his streak of 24 games with a hit spanned 51 days and 45 Astros' games. Even had the nickname "The Astros Clipper."
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Before moving to MMP, the Astros had some of the ****tiest team records in MLB history
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MuckRaker96 said:

Before moving to MMP, the Astros had some of the ****tiest team records in MLB history

They had several good years in the 90's, won 102 games in 98, went to the NLCS in 86....a more accurate statement would be they had one of the ****tiest playoff records. (2-9 from 97-99)
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The sheer number of postseason games the franchise has played in now, is actually incredible to think about when viewed from what it felt like around the time the new ballpark opened.

After getting swept by the Braves in 2001, the Astros postseason record was 8-22. Right now, I think it is 54-58.
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SquirrellyDan said:

MuckRaker96 said:

Before moving to MMP, the Astros had some of the ****tiest team records in MLB history

They had several good years in the 90's, won 102 games in 98, went to the NLCS in 86....a more accurate statement would be they had one of the ****tiest playoff records. (2-9 from 97-99)
I'm talking about their single-season records, like home runs, RBiI etc.

For the longest time the team record for HR was 37 and the RBI record was 110.
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I will leave Whitey Ford to someone else, but hats off to Joe Morgan. I cannot remember him as a player but he was a weekly voice on ESPN for a long time. I have no idea how many games I heard him call but it is in the hundreds.

  • Broke into the league at 19 years old in game 155 at Colt Stadium in front of 2,231 fans. A day game that took exactly two hours. I am guessing it was hot. He went 0-1 pinch hitting for the P(RIP NL Pitchers hitting and the Colt 45s-Astros in the NL)
  • Played his first full season two years later in 1965. He came in 2nd in ROY voting, losing to Jim Lefebvre. Very similar stat lines, but Lefebvre was on the World Series Champion Dodgers, and the Colt 45s lost 97 games
  • In that rookie year, the 21 year old Morgan led the NL in Walks with 97. Not sure that has ever been replicated by a 21 year old. Barry Bonds for example was in his 7th full season before reaching that number in a year.
  • In 1976, at 32 years old, Morgan stole 60 bases and was only caught 9 times.
  • In 1975 and 1976 Morgan won back to back MVPs.
  • 5 gold gloves.
  • Something I have paid more attention too lately, Morgan only played one season in the AL, his last. He played in 1984 with the Oakland As and visited most AL parks only once or twice in his entire career. He made one trip to Arlington Stadium for example, a four game set in June(they were swept.)
  • In 2546 career games, he played 2527 at 2b.


RIP Joe Morgan.






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Saw this one today.

Bob Gibson - 1968 BobGibson

34 starts. 28 complete games. 1.12ERA.

Whats most amazing about this season is not the 304.2 innings, the 22 wins, the 9 losses(that seems high), the league leading 268 strikeouts, or the 13 shutouts, but he was pinch hit for six times, and was never taken off the mound!!!

his six non complete games were

Start 1 April 10 vs Atlanta. 7 innings 1 R 0 ER. Pinch hit for in the bottom of the 7th(by Bobby Tolan) even though he was 1 for 2. No decision

Start 2 April 15 at Atlanta. 7 innings 3R all earned. Pinch hit for in the top of the 8th again by Tolan. No decision

Start 7 May 12 Vs Houston. 8 innings 3 R 2 ER. Pinch hit for in the bottom of the 8th by Tim McCarver He lost the game 3-2

Start 9 May 22 vs LAD. 8 innings 1 run but lost the game to fall to 3-4 overall. McCarver again in the bottom of the 8th.

Start 23 Aug 4 vs Cubs. 11 innings 5 runs 4 earned. They lost 6-5 in 13 innings. Phil Gagliano pinch hit for him

Start 30 Sep 6 vs Giants. First of a double header. 8 innings 3 runes 2 earned. He took the loss in a 3-2 game. Johnny Edwards PH for him.

Thats it. 28 complete games. Four extra innings complete games. Four eight inning complete games, including losing a 1-0 game to Gaylord Perry who threw a no hitter in 1:40 on Sep 17th.

From June 6 to July 30 he started 11 games, completing them all for 99 innings, and allowed three runs.

Wow.


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third coast.. said:

The pitcher that I was so hyped about when I was younger was todd van poppel. My cousin was huuuuuge on him and so I was all in too. That dude completely melted down too if I remember correctly.
His brother Scott is Class of '91 (Whoop!). He was a Redpot. One night at Stack we asked him why his brother wasn't coming to A&M. He said something along the lines of, "He's got a couple of million reasons."
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agsalaska said:

Saw this one today.

Bob Gibson - 1968 BobGibson

34 starts. 28 complete games. 1.12ERA.

Whats most amazing about this season is not the 304.2 innings, the 22 wins, the 9 losses(that seems high), the league leading 268 strikeouts, or the 13 shutouts, but he was pinch hit for six times, and was never taken off the mound!!!

his six non complete games were

Start 1 April 10 vs Atlanta. 7 innings 1 R 0 ER. Pinch hit for in the bottom of the 7th(by Bobby Tolan) even though he was 1 for 2. No decision

Start 2 April 15 at Atlanta. 7 innings 3R all earned. Pinch hit for in the top of the 8th again by Tolan. No decision

Start 7 May 12 Vs Houston. 8 innings 3 R 2 ER. Pinch hit for in the bottom of the 8th by Tim McCarver He lost the game 3-2

Start 9 May 22 vs LAD. 8 innings 1 run but lost the game to fall to 3-4 overall. McCarver again in the bottom of the 8th.

Start 23 Aug 4 vs Cubs. 11 innings 5 runs 4 earned. They lost 6-5 in 13 innings. Phil Gagliano pinch hit for him

Start 30 Sep 6 vs Giants. First of a double header. 8 innings 3 runes 2 earned. He took the loss in a 3-2 game. Johnny Edwards PH for him.

Thats it. 28 complete games. Four extra innings complete games. Four eight inning complete games, including losing a 1-0 game to Gaylord Perry who threw a no hitter in 1:40 on Sep 17th.

From June 6 to July 30 he started 11 games, completing them all for 99 innings, and allowed three runs.

Wow.



OK, everyone guess how many complete games Clayton Kershaw has pitched in his career.



Answer: 25.

This is why I think Ryan's record for no-hitters is the most unbreakable career record.
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Don Sutton has thrown an MLB record 201 quality stats where he didn't earn a win. He was 0-98 with a 2.40 ERA in this games.
 
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