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20-game winners: Will the drought continue for these teams?

Gaylord Perry

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Just under half of the major league teams (14 of the 30 teams) have not had a 20-game winning pitcher on their staff in this century. Two teams, Colorado and Tampa Bay, have never had a 20-game winner. Of those teams that have had a 20-game winner in their franchise’s history, two teams, San Diego and Washington (previously Montreal) have not had a 20-game winner since 1978.

Following are the teams that have the longest drought since their last 20-game winner.

Team                               Last 20-game winner year, pitcher

San Diego                                  1978-Gaylord Perry

Washington*                             1978-Ross Grimsley

Baltimore                                   1984-Mike Boddicker

Milwaukee                                 1986-Teddy Higuera

Cincinnati                                  1988-Danny Jackson

Kansas City                                1989-Bret Saberhagen

LA Dodgers                                1990-Ramon Martinez

NY Mets                                      1990-Frank Viola

Pittsburgh                                   1991-John Smiley

Detroit                                         1991-Bill Gullickson

Colorado                                     1993-Never had a 20-game winner

San Francisco                            1993-Bill Swift/John Burkett

Tampa Bay                                 1998-Never had a 20-game winner

Texas                                           1998-Rick Helling

* Previously Montreal

Note: With less than 60 games to go in the current season, it looks like most of the teams above will go another year without a 20-game winner. The Tigers, however, with Justin Verlander‘s 14 wins and going for number 15 today, have a good chance to give Detroit its first 20-game winner since Gullickson in 1991. Outside chances for this year include the Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw-12 wins), Brewers (Yovani Gallardo-12 wins) and Pirates (Kevin Correia-12 wins).


Baseball players with same team 20+ years

Carl Yastrzemski in the Boston Red Sox Hall of...
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Seventeen major league players played 20 or more seasons in the majors with one team. Topping the list are Brooks Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski who played 23 years with the same team… Robinson with the Orioles; Yaz with the Red Sox.

Following are the players who played 20 or more seasons in the majors, all with the same team.

23 years

Brooks Robinson, Baltimore, 1955-77

Carl Yastrzemski, Boston, 1961-83

22 years

Al Kaline, Detroit, 1953-74

Stan Musial, St. Louis, 1941-63

Mel Ott, NY Giants, 1926-47

21 years

George Brett, Kansas City, 1973-93

Walter Johnson, Washington, 1907-27

Ted Lyons, Chicago White Sox, 1923-46

Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore, 1981-2001

Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh, 1962-82

20 years

Luke Appling, Chicago White Sox, 1930-50;

Craig Biggio, Houston, 1988-2007;

Red Faber, Chicago White Sox, 1914-33;

Tony Gwynn, San Diego, 1982-2001;

Mel Harder, Cleveland, 1928-47;

Alan Trammell, Detroit, 1977-96;

Robin Yount, Milwaukee, 1974-93

On the other side of the coin, here’s a list of the players who played 20 or more seasons in the majors with the most teams.

Teams                 Player, years

12                        Mike Morgan, 1978-2002 (22 seasons)

11                        Deacon McGuire, 1884-1912 (26 seasons)

11                        Terry Mulholland, 1986-2006 (20 seasons)

10                        Paul Hines, 1872-1891 (20 seasons)

Note: Current Washington Nationals player Matt Stairs is knocking at the door to match Morgan. Stairs is playing for his 12th franchise in his 19th season. If he can play another season in 2012, he will match Morgan with 20 or more seasons in the majors with 12 teams.

Blyleven not ‘shutout’ of Hall of Fame honor

Bert Blyleven in 2008
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Pitcher Bert Blyleven will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame today along with second baseman Roberto Alomar and executive Pat Gillick.

One of the amazing stats from Blyleven’s career is that he ranks ninth in MLB history with 60 complete game shutouts. With the emergence of set-up men and closers, and teams’ concern for “total pitches” thrown by a starter, there’s a good chance that few, if any, current pitcher will approach Blyleven’s shutout totals, let alone the baseball record of 110 complete game shutouts by Walter Johnson.

What makes Blyleven’s 60 complete game shutouts even more noteworthy is that there is only one active pitcher with 60 or more career complete games (not complete game shutouts like Blyleven; just complete games!!)… Roy Halladay with 64.

With shutouts and the Hall of Fame as the focus, following are those pitchers who had 40 or more complete game shutouts yet are not in the Hall of Fame.

49: Luis Tiant

46, Roger Clemens, Tommy John, Jack Powell

45: Doc White

44: Babe Adams

43: Milt Pappas

42: Tommy Bond, Bucky Walters

41: Mickey Lolich, Hippo Vaughn

40: Larry French, Claude Osteen, Ed Reulbach, Mel Stottlemyre

Note: Ed Reulbach’s name may not be familiar to a lot of you (especially considering he played in the early 1900’s) but his claim to fame is that he is the only pitcher to throw two complete game shutouts in one day. Reulbach threw two shutouts in a doubleheader on September 26, 1908.

Note #2: Active leader in this category is Halladay with 19 shutouts. He is followed by Chris Carpenter (13) and Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia with 12 each.

Sports longest active streak of winning seasons

Original Logo of the Detroit Red Wings.

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The New York Yankees are comfortably above .500 as the second half of the Major League Baseball season begins its second week. And if the Yankees want to keep pace with the Detroit Red Wings, they need to finish the season over the .500 mark. (You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This guy is nuts; he’s mixed up his sports. When did the Red Wings start playing baseball?”)

Here’s the simple explanation:  The Red Wings finished the most recent NHL season with a 47-25 record with 10 overtime losses). That .634 points percentage was the 19th straight season that the Red Wings had a winning season (better than .500 winning percentage). That’s the longest current streak of winning seasons among teams in the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL).

The Yankees, however, can tie the NHL’s Red Wings’  mark of 19 straight winning seasons by finishing above the .500 mark at the end of the 2011 campaign. If they do, that would also give the Yankees an active streak of 19 straight winning seasons.

Following are the current longest streaks of winning seasons in the four major team sports.

Team, league                                           Current streak of winning seasons

Detroit Red Wings, NHL                                                           19

New York Yankees, MLB                                                           18

San Antonio Spurs, NBA                                                            14

Dallas Stars, NHL                                                                        14

Boston Red Sox, MLB                                                                 13

Vancouver Canucks, NHL                                                          11

Dallas Mavericks, NBA                                                               11

New England Patriots, NFL                                                       10

Indianapolis Colts, NFL                                                               9

Philadelphia Phillies, MLB                                                          8

Denver Nuggets, NBA                                                                   8

Minnestoa Wild, NHL                                                                   8

Note: A pair of NHL teams saw their active streak of winning seasons end after the just-completed 2010-11 season. The New Jersey Devils finished under .500 this season, ending their streak at 18 seasons (had they finished above .500, they would be tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the longest active streak). The Ottawa Senators saw their streak of 12 winnings seasons end this past year when they finished below .500.

NFL scores that win

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All indications are that the NFL lockout is near an end. To get in the mood for some football, here’s a little stat that will get you thinking about the upcoming NFL season.

So… how many points does an NFL team need to score to win on a consistent basis? Looking at the 256 regular season games and the 11 playoff games from last season, here’s a breakdown of win-loss records when teams scored a certain number of points in a game.


0-9 points                                                                              2-52 .039

10-19 points                                                                         48-115 .294

20-29 points                                                                        92-84 .523

30-39 points                                                                       103-16 .866

40-49 points                                                                         20-0 1.000

50 points or more                                                                  2-0 1.000

Here’s a few additional stats:

* The most frequent score was 20 points; a team scored 20 points in 39 games. Next was 17 points, which was scored by 38 teams last year.

* Teams that scored 25 or more points in a game were 164-40, an .804 winning percentage.

* Teams that scored under 25 points usually had a losing record, but teams had winning records in four point totals under 25 points… teams were 3-1 when scoring 15 points; 8-5 when scoring 19 points; 4-2 when scoring 22 points; and 16-6 when scoring 23 points.

* Most points scored to lose a game last year was 36.

* Teams were 50-167 (.230) when they scored under 20 points.