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  • BEYOND THE BOX SCORE By Bill Arnold

    by Bill Chuck on July 11, 2016

    There are stat guys who compile numbers each day and there are stat geniuses who who put together fascinating and wonderful information that we all enjoy. Bill Arnold falls in the latter category.

    Bill’s work is a source and inspiration for great baseball writers everywhere. I’m proud to call him a mentor and even prouder to call him a friend.

    And now everyone can go “Beyond the Box Score” each week on Billy-Ball.com

    Enjoy,

    Bill Chuck
    Billy-Ball, his ownself

    BEYOND THE BOX SCORE By Bill Arnold

    (Numbers as of July 7, 2016)

    HIT MEN

    Ichiro Suzuki needed 10 hits, through Thursday, to become only the 30th major-leaguer to reach 3,000 for his career. The ageless outfielder will reach the milestone in just his 16th season but will be one of the oldest players to register his 3,000th. On Thursday, the Miami Marlin was 42 years and 260 days of age and had garnered 9,525 at bats in 2,428 games. The oldest player to reach 3K was Cap Anson who was 45 years and 77 days of age (and playing in his 27th season) while the youngest was Ty Cobb who was 34 years and 244 days old. “The Georgia Peach” also reached the milestone in the fewest games (2,135) and fewest at bats (8,093). Cal Ripken, Jr., needed the most ABs (10,803) and Rickey Henderson the most games (2,979) to get there. Below are the 29 major-leaguers who accumulated 3,000 hits (age in years and days; uk – unknown):

    Player Date Age At Bats Games
    Cap Anson 7/03/1897 45.077 uk uk
    Honus Wagner 6/09/1914 40.105 8,801 2,332
    Nap Lajoie 9/27/1914 40.022 8,630 2,224
    Ty Cobb 8/19/1921 34.244 8,093 2,135
    Tris Speaker 5/17/1925 37.029 8,625 2,341
    Eddie Collins 6/03/1925 38.032 uk 2,505
    Paul Waner 6/19/1942 39.077 8,925 2,314
    Stan Musial 5/13/1958 37.173 8,774 2,301
    Hank Aaron 5/17/1970 36.101 9,566 2,460
    Willie Mays 7/18/1970 39.073 9,802 2,639
    Roberto Clemente 9/30/1972 38.043 9,454 2,433
    Al Kaline 9/24/1974 39.279 10,096 2,825
    Pete Rose 5/05/1978 37.021 9,690 2,370
    Lou Brock 8/13/1979 40.056 10,324 2,629
    Carl Yastrzemski 9/12/1979 40.021 10,418 2,848
    Rod Carew 8/04/1985 39.307 9,101 2,417
    Robin Yount 9/09/1992 36.358 10,473 2,708
    George Brett 9/30/1992 36.138 9,779 2,559
    Dave Winfield 9/16/1993 41.348 10,559 2,840
    Eddie Murray 6/30/1995 39.204 10,392 2,764
    Paul Molitor 9/16/1996 40.025 9,750 2,411
    Tony Gwynn 8/06/1999 39.120 8,874 2,284
    Wade Boggs 8/07/1999 41.052 9,151 2,430
    Cal Ripken, Jr. 4/15/2000 39.234 10,803 2,800
    Rickey Henderson 10/07/2001 42.286 10,710 2,979
    Rafael Palmeiro 7/15/2005 40.294 10,393 2,809
    Craig Biggio 6/28/2007 41.196 10,645 2,781
    Derek Jeter 7/9/2011 37.013 9,607 2,362
    Alex Rodriguez 6/19/2015 39.327 10,035 2,631

    AROUND THE HORN

    … The budget-minded may wish to avoid Dodger Stadium when considering a scoreboard marriage proposal due to the $2,500 price tag at Chavez Ravine, the highest in the majors; of the 25 big-league venues that allow people to “pop the question” on their scoreboards (the Angels, Blue Jays, Mets, Orioles and Royals abstain from the practice), the Pirates’ PNC Park is the best bargain at just $39 per proposal.
    Rajai Davis joined Bid McPhee (1887), Bill Bradley (1903), Gee Walker (1937), Arky Vaughan (1939), Jackie Robinson (1948), Jim Fregosi (1968), Luke Scott (2006) and Carlos Gomez (2008) as the only major-leaguers to hit for a reverse natural cycle (homer, triple, double and single, in that order, in one game); the Indians outfielder accomplished the feat against the Blue Jays on July 2.
    … With the season just a bit past the half-way point, pitcher Andrew Triggs of the A’s seems to have racked up enough travel miles for several seasons already; through Thursday, the A’s had called up Triggs from their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, seven times (on April 25, April 29, May 7, May 10, June 18, June 30 and July 4) and had sent him down six (on April 27, April 30, May 7, June 4, June 19 and July 2).
    … Against the Reds on July 4, the Cubs used nine starters in a game who were all 26 or younger for the first time since October 1, 1964; first baseman Anthony Rizzo was the oldest at 26 years and 331 days while center fielder Albert Almora was the youngest at 22 years and 78 days.
    … The Marlins, through Thursday, led the majors in ground balls hit this season with 1,143 while the Blue Jays led in fly balls with 865.
    Ian Kinsler joined Hank Greenberg (331 HRs), Shawn Green (328), Ryan Braun (268), and Sid Gordon (202) as the only Jewish players to hit 200 homers in the bigs; the Tiger second baseman cracked his 200th on July 3.
    … With Ichiro Suzuki closing in on his 3,000th knock, a note that the 29 members of the 3,000-hit club reached the milestone by registering 18 singles, seven doubles, one triple and three home runs.
    … The Giants and Mariners had played the most one-run games (30) in the bigs this season through Thursday while the Rockies and Orioles had played the fewest (16).
    … According to Pittsburgh Tribune beat writer Travis Sawchik, some Pirates players, on the advice of sleep consultants, have begun bringing their own pillows on the road to improve their sleep patterns.
    … According to the Elias Sports Bureau, right fielder Yasiel Puig and catcher Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers joined Tony Oliva and Leo Cardenas of the 1971 Twins and Rafael Palmeiro and Jose Canseco of the 1993 Rangers as the only Cuban-born players to hit back-to-back homers in the majors; the Dodgers were the last big-league club to post back-to-back dingers this season when Puig and Grandal went yard in the third inning on Monday night against the Orioles.
    … The Giants and Reds were tied for most blown saves this season with 17 each through Thursday and the Reds had the lowest save percentage in the majors with a dismal mark of 45.2 percent.
    Neil Walker‘s likeness is still featured on “Steel City” mustard even though the Pirates traded the second baseman to the Mets during the offseason; however, Walker still has ties to the city since he was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.
    … The Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, a short-season Single-A affiliate of the Mets, changed their name to the Coney Island Franks for one day on July 3 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Nathan’s hot dog stand on the famous boardwalk.
    … Stat maven Bill Chuck notes that Mike Trout led all qualifying big-league batters in June by reaching base five times on errors.
    … On Thursday, shortstop Corey Seager saw his 19-game hit streak end when he went 0-for-4 against the Orioles; Seager’s streak is the second longest recorded by a Dodgers rookie since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958 surpassing the 18-game effort by Bill Sudakis in 1969 and one less than the 20-gamer posted by Tommy Davis in 1960.
    … The 19-inning game between the Indians and Blue Jays on July 1 featured an MLB season-high 606 pitches of which 385 were strikes.
    C.J. Cron became the 20th player over the past 104 years to score at least five runs, get at least five hits and register at least five RBIs in a big-league game; the Angels first baseman posted the impressive line in his team’s 21-2 blowout of the Red Sox on July 2.
    … Fill-in umpire John Tumpane was appointed to the full-time MLB umpiring staff on July 1; since 2010, Tumpane had filled in 431 times, more than any other temporary ump.
    … On Monday, the Astros snapped their nine-game Fourth of July losing streak leaving the Mariners with the longest active streak having lost five straight on Independence Day.
    … Second baseman Chase Utley recorded six hits in the Dodgers’ 14-inning loss to the Orioles on Wednesday becoming the third oldest major-leaguer, at 37 years and 202 days of age, to record six knocks in a game; only Cal Ripken in 1999 (38.293) and Ty Cobb in 1925 (38.138) were older.
    … The Blue Jays, through Thursday, led the bigs with three, nine-inning games this season in which their batters struck out at least 16 times.
    … After notching a save on Wednesday night, Zach Britton needs just two more to join Gregg Olson (160), Jim Johnson (122), Tippy Martinez (105) and Stu Miller (100) as the only Oriole relievers to record 100 or more saves.
    Juan Nicasio of the Pirates became the 79th pitcher in major-league history to record an immaculate inning (retiring all three batters on strikeouts using just nine pitches) when he set down the Cardinals in order in the eighth inning on Monday.
    … When Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks hit his 20th homer of the season on Wednesday, he joined Hank Greenberg (1935), Vladimir Guerrero (2000), Duke Snider (1954) and Dave Winfield (1979) as the only players since 1933 to post 19 or more doubles, seven or more triples, 20 or more home runs and 61 or more RBIs before the All-Star Game.
    … Many Venezuelan-born players around the majors wore shoes featuring a Venezuelan flag pattern on July 5 since that is their native country’s “Independence Day.”

    Other writers and sources contribute to Beyond the Box Score
    Copyright 2016, Sports Features Group

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