Nine to Know: Let’s play Bingo!

by Bill Chuck on April 24, 2012

I got an email yesterday from Marty Appel, the author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from before the Babe to after the Boss, a terrific new book that will be released May 8. I will have a complete review of this definitive Yankee history, but I can tell you now: I’m reading it and it is terrific.

Marty told me me about a fun, for the most part schadenfreudian, game called Bingo Batting Averages created by Bruce Nash, who co-authors the Baseball Hall of Shame series with Allan Zullo (a new one, The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown just came out and I’ll be reviewing that as well). Their version is for batters hitting under .100, so that their averages are spoken like bingo numbers – “oh-seventy-seven,” for instance.

Here’s your Nine to Know Bingo Batting Averages:

Rk Player AB BA Tm H
1 Marlon Byrd 47 .085 TOT 4
2 Clint Barmes 45 .089 PIT 4
3 Ryan Raburn 41 .073 DET 3
4 Rod Barajas 33 .091 PIT 3
5 Josh Donaldson 32 .094 OAK 3
6 Willie Harris 26 .077 CIN 2
7 Nick Johnson 23 .000 BAL 0
8 Chris Snyder 22 .091 HOU 2
9 Brandon Inge 18 .056 DET 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/24/2012.

 

Now I would like to add a positive twist to Billy-Ball Bingo, by adding pitchers whose ERA are below 1.00, so that they are spoken like bingo numbers – “oh-forty-seven,” for instance.

Here’s your Nine to Know for ERA Bingo:

Rk Player IP ERA Tm ER
1 Kyle Lohse 27.1 0.99 STL 3
2 Brandon Beachy 19.1 0.47 ATL 1
3 Ross Detwiler 16.0 0.56 WSN 1
4 Philip Humber 14.1 0.63 CHW 1
5 Ted Lilly 13.0 0.69 LAD 1
6 Luis Perez 11.1 0.00 TOR 0
7 Josh Lindblom 10.2 0.84 LAD 1
8 Aroldis Chapman 10.1 0.00 CIN 0
9 Duane Below 10.0 0.00 DET 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/24/2012.

Well, that should keep you busy for awhile.

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