LaRussa Rips Own Player Over Dumb Unwritten Rule

After Monday’s game Tony LaRussa criticized Yermin Mercedes over hitting a home run on a 3-0 pitch with the White Sox winning 16-4. He called it “clueless” at the time, later clarified that as meaning he feels hitting the ball in that situation is poor sportsmanship. There’s some additional points about that pitch—the pitcher was…… Continue reading LaRussa Rips Own Player Over Dumb Unwritten Rule

Spencer Turnbull Pitches MLB’s 5th (6th) No-Hitter of the Season

If you’re wondering just how many no-hitters there will be this year, you are not alone. The Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull threw the 5the official one of the year yesterday. There’s actually been 6, but MLB illogically does not count Madison Bumgarner’s because it was only seven innings in a scheduled seven inning game (MLB does…… Continue reading Spencer Turnbull Pitches MLB’s 5th (6th) No-Hitter of the Season

All-Time First Basemen

Where does Albert Pujols stand among first basemen in baseball history? Let’s look at a couple measures. WAR: Lou Gehrig, 114.1Albert Pujols, 99.4Cap Anson, 94.4Jimmie Foxx, 93.1Roger Connor, 84.3Jeff Bagwell, 79.9Dan Brouthers, 79.8Frank Thomas, 73.8Jim Thome, 73.1Rafael Palmeiro, 71.9 (Miguel Cabrera #13) JAWS: Lou GehrigAlbert PujolsJimmie FoxxCap AnsonRoger ConnorJeff Bagwell Dan BrouthersJohnny MizeFrank ThomasJim Thome…… Continue reading All-Time First Basemen

Another No-No

John Means was near perfect for the Orioles against the Mariners today. So close, in fact, that he faced only the minimum 27 batters. His line was 9-0-0-0-12…as in 9 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 K’s. So, why was this not a perfect game? In the third inning, he struck out Sam…… Continue reading Another No-No