Players with Alphagrammatic Names

An alphagram of a word (or of any group of letters) consists of the word’s letters arranged in alphabetical order. For example, the alphagram of marlins is ailmnrs (no, its not “LOSING” . . . quiet down in the peanut gallery back there!). Two words are anagrams of each other if and only if they … Read more

He’s batting Cleanup?

Cleanup hitters . . . generally your most powerful hitters.  Baseball history (and the Hall of Fame) is full of legendary cleanup hitters.  Here are the players with most games batting cleanup in their careers: Player Games Started Eddie Murray 2038 Fred McGriff 1825 Willie McCovey 1607 Lou Gehrig 1537 Willie Stargell 1525 Jim Bottomley … Read more

Three Homers for You, A Loss for your Team

Miguel Cabrera’s three-homer game last night was the 86th instance of a player hitting three or more homers in a contest that his team lost.  This is the second time Cabrera launched three homers in a loss.  Johnny Mize had the most games like this in his career (4). Here are the games that a … Read more

Intentionally Walking the Pitcher?

Last Monday night, HighHeatStats tweeted the following:

High Heat Stats@HighHeatStats 

Boxscore Trivia (difficulty 4 out of 5): what happened most recently in this 1995 game? http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU199507250.shtml …

In attempting to answer the question, I misread the boxscore and this conversation ensued:

intentionally walking the pitcher?

Hmm @dianagram wow did that happen? Not what I was looking for.

scratch that 🙂

But it got me wondering if there had ever been an intentional walk of a pitcher.  With the Baseball Reference Play Index Event Finder fired up, I found these nine occurrences since 1945 (as far back as the Event Finder goes, with the caveat that IBBs were not an officially-tracked statistic until 1955):

Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out
1946-04-21 (1) Schoolboy Rowe PHI BSN Johnny Sain tied 2-2 b9 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b2 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b4 -2- 2
1947-09-20 (1) Fred Hutchinson DET CLE Bob Feller tied 2-2 b10 -2- 1
1957-05-12 (1) Mickey McDermott KCA @CLE Early Wynn ahead 0-2 t4 -23 1
1957-07-14 (2) Lou Sleater DET BAL George Zuverink tied 6-6 b9 -2- 1
1958-07-25 (2) Juan Pizarro MLN CHC Don Elston ahead 1-3 b6 -2- 2
1970-09-01 (2) Jim Kaat MIN @MIL Bobby Bolin ahead 1-2 t11 -23 1
2004-05-05 Brooks Kieschnick MIL @CIN Danny Graves tied 4-4 t9 -2- 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2013.

 

Schoolboy Rowe could really handle himself at the plate.  As a 22-year-old in A-ball in 1932, he hit .295 and smacked ten homers in 112 at-bats, while also going 19-7 on the mound with a 1.094 WHIP.  In 1943, at the age of 33, he hit .294/.390/.510 in 59 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, to go along with a .304/.385/.420 rate in games he actually started at pitcher.

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Dodgers Can’t Bring Them Home

The L.A. Dodgers have been having a hellacious time driving in baserunners this season. Going into Monday night’s action, they are tied for sixth in the Majors with a .335 team OBP.  However, they are next to last in runs per game, at 3.47.  So, it shouldn’t surprise you to read that they are 28th in … Read more

2013 Pi Young Award – April Update

April has come and gone, so let us see which hurlers are leading their respective leagues in the race for the annual “Pi Young Award“. First up . . . the American League/no innings requirement.  Cleveland’s Justin Masterson is only .02 off the magic mark, with the Red Sox’ resurgent Jon Lester right behind him … Read more

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