A look at some fun stats as Spring Training is upon us

A look at some fun and surprising stats.

Pitchers and catchers have begun reporting for Spring Training! Yay! Why do they always have to report earlier than others? I bet it pisses them off. I hope the rest of the position players make fun of them because of it.

While they’re nice and warm in either Arizona or Florida, I’m up here in Canada freezing my ass off, just trying to stay warm, and nothing warms me up more on a cold February night than random stats! Here’s a collection of interesting little (mostly) single-season tidbits I came across in between microwaving my underwear and show-shoeing to my day job at the moose blubber factory:

  • Only twice have players ever recorded more than five steals without registering an at-bat: Herb Washington – 29 (OAK ’74) and Allan Lewis – 7 (OAK ’73). (Note: Larry Lintz had 31 steals with 1 AB for OAK in ’76). Seems like the A’s had a real penchant for pinch runners in the 70s.
  • Fewest RBI in a season with 30+ Home Runs: Rob Deer 32 HR/64 RBI (DET ’92). (Note: Hanley Ramirez had 33 HR, 67 RBI and 177 H in 2008. Wow).
  • The last time a team’s total wins in a season was greater than their HR was 1992 (Milwaukee, 92 wins, and 82 homers).
  • The 1999 Indians scored 1009 runs. The second most recent time a team has scored over 1000 runs was Boston in 1950 (1027).
  • In 1900, Hall of Famer Joe McGinnity beaned 41 batters (most ever in a season). In the same year, he only threw 4 wild pitches and went 28-8. Hopefully, this led to many bench-clearing brawls.
  • The last player to have 40 steals without hitting a home run was Juan Pierre (64 steals – LA Dodgers ’07).
  • Curtis Granderson hit 23 triples in 2007. The last time someone hit at least 23 was 1949.
  • The total hits divided by the total at-bats in the history of baseball through 2015 is .262. Seems pretty average.
  • From 2000 to 2015 there were 45,387 stolen bases and 18,225 caught stealing, for a total success rate of 71.3%. The A’s of the 1970s frown upon this percentage.
  • Between 2001 – 2005 there were 26,192 HR. Between 2006 – 2010 there were 24,876. Between 2011 – 2015 there were 23,242. At least there was a spike in 2016. More juice, please!
  • SB from 2001 – 2005 = 13,580. Between 2006 – 2010 SB = 14,413. Between 2011 – 2015 SB = 14,470. This gradual increase pleases the A’s of the 1970s.
  • Only 27 players have ever had 60 SB and 30 doubles in a season. Kenny Lofton did this in 1994 in 112 games. The next fewest games it took someone to accomplish this is 132.
  • In 2017, the New York Yankees won 162 games. Sensing that resistance was futile, all the other playoff-eligible team forfeited and the NYY became the first team to ever win the World Series by default.

Ok, I made that last point up. But I can always dream, can’t I? It keeps me warm at night.


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