The VORG’s “Pi name” All-Star Team

In honor of “Pi Day” here is the VORG’s team of players with “pi” somewhere in their first or last name (not an all-inclusive list, as there are roughly 200 such names): 1B: Wally Pipp, Joe Pepitone 2B: Danny Espinosa, Jeff Keppinger SS: Spike Owen, Rob Picciolo 3B: Pie Traynor, Pinky Higgins OF: Felix Pie, … Read more

Consecutive Years with Increasing Stats – The Batters

If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar.  So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.

We’ll start with the batters’ increases first.  Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals:

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Kings of Particular Spots in the Batting Order

The Retrosheet gamelogs contain a wealth of information, including full starting lineups for over 170,000 games in MLB history.  Using these files, the VORG has determined the top three players for most games started from each slot in the batting order.

Some highlights:

  • Rickey Henderson started 2,890 games in his Hall of Fame career, and not surprisingly 99.5% of those games saw him batting leadoff. His next highest count? He batted third eight times.
  • Charlie Grimm is the only player to finish in the top three at two different slots (6th, 7th).  These accounted for 88% of his total games started.
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. batted third a mere 239 times, roughly 1/8th Junior’s total.  Griffey Sr. batted second most often.
1ST Frequency
Rickey Henderson 2875
Pete Rose 2300
Lou Brock 1893
2ND Frequency
Nellie Fox 1711
Omar Vizquel 1570
Ozzie Smith 1529
3RD Frequency
Stan Musial 2253
Ken Griffey, Jr. 2014
Carl Yastrzemski 1978
4TH Frequency
Eddie Murray 2038
Fred McGriff 1825
Willie McCovey 1607
5TH Frequency
Harry Heilmann 1275
Ernie Banks 976
Robin Ventura 918
6TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 892
Graig Nettles 832
Travis Jackson 789
7TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 976
Everett Scott 894
Jimmy Dykes 768
8TH Frequency
Al Lopez 1363
Jim Hegan 1317
Ray Schalk 1207
9TH Frequency
Ozzie Guillen 1095
Gary Disarcina 853
Bucky Dent 826

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The VORG’s Valentine’s Day Gift to You

Sunday of course is Valentine’s Day, and many of your favorite baseball sites will undoubtedly be doing something “love-related”, like theme teams, or baseball-oriented Valentine’s cards. Here at the VORG, we like to think of “baseball love” in terms of partnerships. We admire those great double-play combos, and we’ve written about the most frequent batterymates. … Read more

“Unoccupied” Single Season Totals Records

Last week we detailed 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, this time we exported the single season statistics from 1871-2015 for the nearly 17,000 players in baseball history listed via Fangraphs, and sorted … Read more

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