Happy Pi Day 2013!

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If you’ve been reading the VORG for a while, you know that our favorite day of the year, aside from Opening Day, would be Pi Day.  Pi Day (3.14) celebrates the magic and wonder of this numerical constant.

For those of you who have forgotten your high school trig/geometry:

The number π  is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes written as pi. π is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two integers (such as 22/7 or other fractions that are commonly used to approximate π); consequently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern.

In the past, we’ve given you the annual “Pi Young Awards” for the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 and last year we gave you the games with the inning-by-inning scores that were closest to 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-7 in sequence.   This year, we’ll celebrate with an examination of those players with various stat ratios of 3.14.

Pitchers with at least 1,000 IP and career 3.14 K/BB rate.  There is only one:

Player IP From To W L SV BB SO ERA
Dick Hall 1259.2 1955 1971 93 75 68 236 741 3.32
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Generated 3/11/2013.

 

There have been three pitchers to have a 3.14 BB/9 rate for their career:

Player IP From To W L SV BB ERA
Ray Burris 2188.2 1973 1987 108 134 4 764 4.17
Lloyd Brown 1693.0 1925 1940 91 105 21 590 4.20
Tex Carleton 1607.1 1932 1940 100 76 9 561 3.91
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Generated 3/11/2013.

 

While no pitcher allowed a mere 3.14 hits per 9 or had a 3.14 WHIP in their career, there have been some to K that few, about 80-90 years ago:

Player IP From To W L SV SO ERA
Bill Lee 2864.0 1934 1947 169 157 13 998 3.54
Ray Benge 1875.1 1925 1938 101 130 19 655 4.52
Dixie Davis 1318.2 1912 1926 75 71 2 460 3.97
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Generated 3/11/2013.

 

Only one pitcher has turned every opposing batter into a .314 hitter (minimum 1,000 innings pitched):

Player BA IP From To W L SV H ERA
Dick Fowler .314 1303.0 1941 1952 66 79 4 1367 4.11
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For good measure, here are the pitchers with a career BABIP of .314 over at least 1,000 innings:

Player BAbip IP From To W L SV H ERA
Ricky Nolasco .314 1113.1 2006 2012 76 64 0 1190 4.49
Jason Jennings .314 1128.1 2001 2009 62 74 1 1253 4.95
Julian Tavarez .314 1404.1 1993 2009 88 82 23 1540 4.46
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Generated 3/11/2013.

 

On the batter’s side, there has been only one hitter to strike out exactly once every 3.14 at-bats in his career:

Player AB/SO From To AB H SO BA
Eddie Stack 3.1400 1910 1914 157 17 50 .108
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We’ve had quite a few hitters compile a career .314 BABIP (min. 3,000 PAs):

Player BAbip PA From To AB H BA
Lyle Overbay .314 5020 2001 2012 4399 1188 .270
Juan Pierre .314 7950 2000 2012 7217 2141 .297
Felipe Lopez .314 4864 2001 2011 4337 1145 .264
Frank Catalanotto .314 4292 1997 2010 3824 1113 .291
Darin Erstad .314 6628 1996 2009 6024 1697 .282
Mike Piazza .314 7745 1992 2007 6911 2127 .308
Preston Wilson .314 4436 1998 2007 4003 1055 .264
John Vander Wal .314 3166 1991 2004 2751 717 .261
Marty Cordova .314 3835 1995 2003 3419 938 .274
Delino DeShields .314 6652 1990 2002 5779 1548 .268
Vince Coleman .314 5970 1985 1997 5406 1425 .264
Dion James .314 3074 1983 1996 2708 781 .288
Dave Parker .314 10184 1973 1991 9358 2712 .290
Willie Stargell .314 9027 1962 1982 7927 2232 .282
Cleon Jones .314 4730 1963 1976 4263 1196 .281
Bob Nieman .314 3947 1951 1962 3452 1018 .295
Chuck Klein .314 7170 1928 1944 6486 2076 .320
Jim Bottomley .314 8354 1922 1937 7471 2313 .310
Freddie Lindstrom .314 6108 1924 1936 5611 1747 .311
Home Run Baker .314 6663 1908 1922 5984 1838 .307
Hal Chase .314 7939 1905 1919 7417 2158 .291
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Generated 3/11/2013.

 

There has been only one batter with 3,000 or more plate appearances and 3.14 times as many strikeouts as walks:

Player SO BB PA From To H BA
Jose Lopez 471 150 4089 2004 2012 1005 .262
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Generated 3/12/2013.

 

There hasn’t been anyone with 3.14 times as many walks as strikeouts, regardless of the number of plate appearances.

 

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