The Hall of Fame ballot was released yesterday, and in honor of the players named on it, we took to twitter to talk about a lesser-known tidbit about them. Or just something we thought was interesting. Here it is in full:
Playoffs included, Todd Walker went 6-14 with a pair of triples off Mariano Rivera. .429/.429/.786.
Jose Mesa managed to rack up over 300 saves despite a career 100 ERA+ and just two seasons with a WHIP below 1.3 (and one below 1.2).
Sandy Alomar hit a game-tying homer in the 8th inning of a playoff game off Mariano Rivera. Nearly 20% of his career homers came in 1997.
Mike Stanton is the only pitcher in history to pitch 900 innings and have appearances be greater than innings pitched. He had over 1100 IP.
Jeff Conine is one of just three Marlins players to play every game in a season, and he did it as a rookie in their inaugural year.
Royce Clayton is one of just 9 players with at least 10 qualified seasons of an OPS+ less than 90. Three others are in the Hall of Fame. (caveat: one of those three, Leo Durocher, was inducted as a manager)
In Roberto Hernandez‘s big league debut, he allowed 1 run in 7 innings. He threw 4.1 more innings as a starter for the rest of his career.
In 1998-9, Aaron Sele won 37 games with a 4.50 ERA and 1.525 WHIP. That was good for a 110 ERA+. Oh, late 90s park adjustments.
Ryan Klesko had a higher OPS as a Padre (and overall) than Tony Gwynn, and nearly as high an OBP.
Rondell White had a career 1.267 OPS in the postseason.
Woody Williams faced Chipper Jones 28 times and held him to a .115/.179/.231 line.
In 2000, Jeff Cirillo drove in 115 runs on just 11 homers. He hit .403/.472/.607 with nine homers and 75 RBIs at home.
On 5/23/02, Shawn Green put together arguably the greatest single game hitting performance ever. 6-6 with 4 homers and a 2B. 19 total bases.
Reggie Sanders, career: .267/.343/.487. Reggie Sanders as a Red: .271/.353/.476. Johnny Bench: .267/.342/.476.
Because he played until 2007 and we aren’t topping this, RT @SamMillerBP Julio Franco was the ninth-oldest player in baseball in 1997
n 2004, at age 39, Steve Finley played in all 162 games and hit 36 homers. He’s the only 39+ year old to hit 30+ and play in more than 150.
David Wells never had a full season with a BB/9 above 2.4, and his 1.88 career mark is second all-time among lefties with 3000+ IP.
Sammy Sosa hit 60+ homers three times and led the league in none of those years.
Craig Biggio is the all-time leader in being hit by a pitch, and is one of just four players since 1901 to be hit at least 200 times.
From 1992-99, Kenny Lofton hit .311/.387/.432 and averaged over 50 stolen bases a year while playing Gold Glove center field.
At 4.38, Curt Schilling is the all-time leader in K/BB. Better than Pedro, better than Rivera.
In his ROY campaign in 1993, on top of hitting .318/.370/.561 with 35 homers, Mike Piazza threw out 35% of would be basestealers.
in 1994, Roger Clemens had a 2.85 ERA (league-leading 176 ERA+) and in 1996 he led the league in Ks. He got no Cy Young votes in either year.
Barry Bonds once hit .362/.609/.812/1.422 with 120 intentional walks.
You could go 2-5 with a homer and single every day of the season, hit .400, slug 1.000, hit 162 homers (on 324 hits), and have a lower OPS than Bonds did in 2004.
Bernie Williams attempted over 200 steals and only had a 63% success rate.
Rafael Palmeiro had just four All-Star appearances.
In 1982, Dale Murphy led the league with 109 RBIs. That would have been third in strike-shortened 1994.
Don Mattingly homered in eight straight games in 1987.
No one in baseball history with 7500+ PAs has fewer singles than Mark McGwire.
From 1997-99, Larry Walker hit .314/.410/.592. Away from Coors Field.
Fred McGriff drove in 100 runs eight times in his career but never 110.
In 2004, at age 41, Edgar Martinez finally struck out 100 times in a season.
In 1986, Alan Trammell had a 120 OPS+, 20 homers, 20 steals, more walks than strikeouts, and no MVP votes.
Tim Raines stole 71 bases in strike-shortened 1981. He only played 88 games.
Lee Smith has more All-Star appearances than Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, and Phil Niekro.
Jeff Bagwell was a career .303/.421/.546 hitter at the Astrodome.
Jack Morris pitched 250+ innings six times since 1980, tied for the most. He would lead outright if not for the shortened season in 1981.