Sticking at 3B or Corner OF Could be Hefty Challenge for Sano

The Minnesota Twins surprised many by submitting the winning, $12.85 million posting bid to negotiate with South Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park. In the abstract, it’s easy to understand why the Twins, who finished just 26th in the majors in park-and-league adjusted OPS in 2015, would want to add the bat-flipping Nexen Heroes home run […]

A look back at strikeout totals

As you consider talking or writing about these strikeout numbers, here are some quotes from some others on strikeouts to inspire you: I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning […]

The 2005-14 Decade Offensive Leaders (Miggy is #1)

With about 11 weeks left before the Cubs host the Cardinals for the opening of the 2015 baseball season, we put aside news and speculation for a look back at some numbers purely for the fun of discussing them. It’s pure fun From my perspective, decade leaders are meaningless stats. I mean the fact that […]

Around the majors report: Miguel Cabrera will miss the start of spring training

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is […]

2014 produced the most batters under .250 since the Dead Ball era

In 2014, there were 36 batters who hit under .250, the most of any year since there were also 36 in 1910. The 25 most seasons with players who hit .249 or less Rk Year # 1 1908 68 2 1915 65 3 1914 64 4 1916 53 5 1904 52 6 1917 51 7 […]

Home Run Hitters: Downward Trend

The following is a compilation of home run totals of the top 30 home run hitters in each season since 2008. Beyond that is the total home runs each of those players hit for the following two seasons. What you should notice from the numbers: Obviously there were a fair share of exceptions, but it seems […]

The shock and awe of the Matt Adams three-run homer

Defying all logic, the Cardinals defeated Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 4 of the LDS to move on to face the Giants in the NLCS, who defied all logic, defeating the Washington Nationals, 3-2, in Game 4 of the LDS. Holding a 2-0 lead going into the 7th inning, Matt Holliday opened the […]

Adam Dunn calls it a career

As Christian Colon crossed the plate in the 12th inning of last night’s AL Wild Card Game, the hopes and dreams of Athletic players, personnel, and fans would fade into the Kansas City night. But lost in the mayhem of it all was the anticlimactic exit of one of the best home run hitters of this […]

Around the majors report: Royals beat the A’s

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday’s score– Royals 9, A’s […]

Doff your cap to the all-time Golden Sombrero whiffer

If you strike out three times in a game, it is called a “hat trick.” If you strike out four times in a game, that hat becomes a “golden sombrero.” If you strike out five times in a game, that gold turns and becomes a “platinum sombrero.” If you strike out six times in a […]