Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/17/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of January 17, 2016 Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 55 homers against the Twins, the most of any opponent, and he even hit three against the team whose cap he’ll be wearing, the Seattle Mariners. Nelson Cruz hit twice as many homers (44) as doubles (22) in 2015. […]

The key to winning baseball games

Baseball is really very simple, at least according to Earl Weaver: The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers. Weaver’s theory was right often enough to land him in the Hall of Fame in 1996. But are players still hitting three-run homers? Of course they are, but not with the […]

The Royals steal one from the A’s

I think the A’s will have to agree that Royals should be arrested for thievery. They were running wild last night in Kansas City tying the postseason single-game record with seven steals. There have only been 11 postseason games prior to this with as many as five steals Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt SB ▾ […]

January 31 is a great day for birthdays: Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Nolan Ryan

January 31 the birthday for three great Hall of Famers: Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Nolan Ryan Plus… But also Josh Johnson, Yuniesky Betancourt, Bob Apodaca, Hank Aguirre, amongst others. And there is star power as well: Plus celebrities including: Justin Timberlake, Stuart Margolin, Jessica Walter, Suzanne Pleshette, Carol Channing, Norman Mailer, Mario Lanza, Kerry […]

Where have all the left-handed power hitters gone?

We have already looked at the decreasing number of righties who went deep for thirty homers last season, but there were even fewer lefties who hit 30 dingers in 2013. Chris Davis was the only lefty with over 36 homers last season. There were only six in 2013 2013 Lefties with 30+ Homers HR AVG […]

The top five homer hitters, every five years, 1994-2013

Okay, we know that baseball is still not totally clean. Cheaters will always cheat and they will always stay ahead of those who test. I just accept this and painfully wait for the next shoe to drop. However, this doesn’t prevent me from appreciating how much better the game is today than it was when a twitch […]