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Old 07-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 14 Interesting Baseball Facts

Saw this on twitter. Definitely some interesting ones when you first read through them. For me was definitely that Johnny Damon has as many hits as Ted Williams and will obviously end up with more and that Cole Hamels averages more K's/9 than Roger Clemens.

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EDIT: Here are the 14 facts without the little summary after each one.

14. Johnny Damon has as many hits as Ted Williams (2,654 hits).

13. Tim Raines (3977) reached base more times than Tony Gwynn (3955).

12. Luis Gonzalez has more extra-base hits than Al Kaline (1,018 to 972).

11. Phil Niekro (3,342) has more strikeouts than Bob Gibson (3,117).

10. Cole Hamels (8.554) averages more strikeouts per nine innings than Roger Clemens (8.552).

9. Amos Otis (341) has more stolen bases than Willie Mays (338).

8. Sammy Sosa hit 60-plus homers THREE TIMES.

7. Curtis Granderson hit 23 triples in 2007, the most for any player in the last 60 years.

6. Aubrey Huff’s next double (344) will move him ahead of Mickey Mantle on the all-time doubles list.

5. Dan Quisenberry led the league in saves more times than Mariano Rivera did (5-3).

4. Bernie Williams (.477) has a higher slugging percentage than Roberto Clemente (.475)*

*Though: So does Matt Stair, Ray Lankford and Rusty Greer.

3. Greg Maddux led pitchers in assists 12 times and in putouts eight — both records.

2. Harold Baines had almost 100 more RBIs more than Joe DiMaggio (1628-1537)

1. Ron Kittle hit more home runs per at-bat than Lou Gehrig (1 every 15.39 at-bats vs. 1 every 16.23).3
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Aubrey Huff, Rusty Greer, and Ron Kittle? Never saw those ones coming.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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-Johnny Damon has as many hits as Ted Williams (2,654 hits)

-Aubrey Huff’s next double (344) will move him ahead of Mickey Mantle on the all-time doubles list.

Man, Mickey Mantle is just your average player.
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I just got done reading this blog entry. Really is pretty interesting stuff!

#8 is good. Sosa three times hit over 60 but didn't lead the league in HR's any of those three years!
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The Sosa and Gonzalez facts need to have an asterik by them. D-Bag steroid abusiers!!!
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The Sosa and Gonzalez facts need to have an asterik by them. D-Bag steroid abusiers!!!
Then each record or stat from each era needs one. Let's not start a 20 page thread about steroids and drug abuse pretty please. My head will explode.
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My interesting Ron Kittle fact...

Only one company produced his rookie card in 1983!

For a time, it was more sought after than Gwynn, Boggs, and Sandberg put together!

I cannot tell you how many boxes I opened just to pull that rare gem!
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Then each record or stat from each era needs one. Let's not start a 20 page thread about steroids and drug abuse pretty please. My head will explode.
Agreed, not to mention there is no clear cut evidence that not everyone was using steroids. The reality is there were many more people than admitted to "drug screening" that were using. Nobody says that records that were set in the 70's should have asterisks because of people using amphetamines.
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10. Cole Hamels (8.554) averages more strikeouts per nine innings than Roger Clemens (8.552).
It's unfair to go by an "average" stat between a guy that's been playing for 5 seasons and another that played 23. We'll see if this holds up in 18 years.
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It's unfair to go by an "average" stat between a guy that's been playing for 5 seasons and another that played 23. We'll see if this holds up in 18 years.
Not only that but you are at the 3rd decimal place. Scientifically, with something that cannot really be measured in fractions (it's not possible to have a % of a strikeout) I don't know that you can actually call these numbers different. I didn't read the numbers at first just was going on what he said.
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-Riffing on the Ron Kittle more-HR-per-AB stat, Tim Raines also was a more efficient base stealer than Rickey Henderson, having a higher SB success rate for his career than the SB 'King'.

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Thought it would be interesting just to type the first thing that came to mind after I read each sentence...so here's my thoughts...

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Saw this on twitter. Definitely some interesting ones when you first read through them. For me was definitely that Johnny Damon has as many hits as Ted Williams and will obviously end up with more and that Cole Hamels averages more K's/9 than Roger Clemens.

Take a look and comment below.

Joe Posnanski Posts 14 Crazy Baseball Facts

EDIT: Here are the 14 facts without the little summary after each one.

14. Johnny Damon has as many hits as Ted Williams (2,654 hits). Seriously??
13. Tim Raines (3977) reached base more times than Tony Gwynn (3955). no....
12. Luis Gonzalez has more extra-base hits than Al Kaline (1,018 to 972). seen Luis hit a bunch of doubles in my day...
11. Phil Niekro (3,342) has more strikeouts than Bob Gibson (3,117). GTFO!
10. Cole Hamels (8.554) averages more strikeouts per nine innings than Roger Clemens (8.552). give it 10 more years and then check this stat
9. Amos Otis (341) has more stolen bases than Willie Mays (338). who the F is Amos Otis??
8. Sammy Sosa hit 60-plus homers THREE TIMES. Thank you HGH, Testosterone, etc...and why are you white now??
7. Curtis Granderson hit 23 triples in 2007, the most for any player in the last 60 years. Fast as F!
6. Aubrey Huff’s next double (344) will move him ahead of Mickey Mantle on the all-time doubles list. Mind blowing....
5. Dan Quisenberry led the league in saves more times than Mariano Rivera did (5-3). Yankees fan here, no he didnt! and dont be talkin smack about Rivera!
4. Bernie Williams (.477) has a higher slugging percentage than Roberto Clemente (.475)* He was a beast thats why!
*Though: So does Matt Stair, Ray Lankford and Rusty Greer. that many player??
3. Greg Maddux led pitchers in assists 12 times and in putouts eight — both records. Best pitcher I ever watched growing up as a kid...SICK rotation in the early 90's for the braves.
2. Harold Baines had almost 100 more RBIs more than Joe DiMaggio (1628-1537) now I think you're lieing.
1. Ron Kittle hit more home runs per at-bat than Lou Gehrig (1 every 15.39 at-bats vs. 1 every 16.23).3
Wayyyyyy different!
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I always thought it was a neat fact ... John Hudek was the only picher to pitch in an allstar game and never had won a major league game... 1994
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