Three True Outcome Record in Jeopardy?

Jack Cust set the record for highest “Three True Outcome” percentage for a batting title qualifier when he compiled a 58.2% rate in 2007. In his 507 plate appearances that season, he amassed 26 homers, 105 walks and 164 strikeouts. Thus far this season, the Twins Miguel Sano has eclipsed Cust’s mark, TTOing in nearly … Read more

When Your OBP is Double Your AVG

Its very early in the season, but we have no fewer than six batters, each with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, whose on-base percentage is at least double their batting average: Name PA BB K AVG OBP OBP/AVG Russell Martin 39 8 13 .097 .282 2.91 Ryan Schimpf (*) 48 13 … Read more

It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Don’t Win in Spring

Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps. Spring training is underway. Soon the first exhibition games in Florida and Arizona will commence.

I’m here to tell you that you should not worry if your team does not come out of spring training with a winning record.  Using won-loss totals for both spring training and the regular season from 2006 through 2016, I calculated that there is a .216 correlation between the two (a correlation of 1.0 is a perfect positive relationship, while 0.0 means there is no relationship).

Why just last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks went 24-8 in February and March, and then proceeded to barely win three times as many games in the regular season (69-93). On the flip side, the Cubs “struggled” to an 11-19 spring mark, and then routed their division on their way to 103 regular season wins and an eventual World Series.

So here are the spring and regular season won-loss records for each team during each of the last 11 seasons, ranked by difference in winning percentage. Note the 2016 D’backs at the very top and the 2016 Cubs at the other end.

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Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

 Here are the birthdays with number of players and total homers, followed by the leader for each day (thanks to Baseball Reference and the Lahman Baseball Database):

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“Unoccupied” Single Season Totals Records – 2016 Update

Last week we detailed the 2016 update to the lowest career totals that no one is currently sitting on for various stats. Now its time to do the same for single season records. To find out, we exported the single season statistics from 1871-2016 for the nearly 17,000 players in baseball history listed via Fangraphs, … Read more

“Unoccupied” Career Totals Records – 2016 Update

Baseball is full of career records, with numbers that everyone can reference … 762, 511, 652, 4256.   But what about the numbers that no player currently has? The VORG wanted to know what is the LOWEST career total that no one is currently sitting on. In other words and as an example, does no one … Read more

World Series Game Seven Factoids

Well we’ve finally reached the end of the 2016 season, with what should be a very entertaining game seven between the Cubs and Indians.  Here are some “game seven” facts to whet your appetite. Record for most SP K’s in a WS game 7 is 10, done 4 times. Last done by Roger Clemens in … Read more

The Outfield Equivalent of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey

Recently, I was thinking about the 1970s Dodgers infield of Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Bill Russell.  They famously played together longer than any other infield foursome (833 games). It got me wondering what trio of outfielders started the most games together, both in specific outfield slots and as a general trio regardless … Read more

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