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Most career HRs and pitching wins without an All-Star Game appearance

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This year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight at Citi Field in New York City. The MLB All-Star Game represents the best of baseball in 2013.

In the history of the All-Star Game, we’ve seen players with solid careers and those who have started a season quickly and then had a career that faded. But having the tag “All-Star” next to their name was something that could never be taken away from that player.

What about those players who had solid careers but never made it to the MLB All-Star Game? Here’s a look at two stats that will help us put a name on some of those players. First, here’s a look at those pitchers who had 150 or more career wins but never made it to the All-Star Game.

Pitcher, wins (last season)
Mike Torrez, 185 (1984)
Danny Darwin, 171 (1998)
Bob Forsch, 168 (1989)
Paul Splittorff, 166 (1984)
Bill Gullickson, 162 (1994)
Rudy May, 152 (1983)
Tom Candiotti, 151 (1999)

One active pitcher, A.J. Burnett, is quickly approaching this list. The Pirates right-hander is 4-6 this season and has 141 career wins. He has never been selected to an All-Star Game.

For batters, let’s take a look at home runs. Here’s a list of the players who have hit 250 or more career home runs who never played in an All-Star Game.

Player, career home runs, (last season)
Tim Salmon, 2999 (2006)
Pat Burrell, 292 (2011)
Eric Karros, 284 (2004)
Matt Stairs, 265 (2011)
Eric Chavez, 255 (active)
Kirk Gibson, 255 (1995)
Todd Zeile, 253 (2004)

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#48) N.Y. Jets lose two home games by 30-plus points in 2012

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The 49-19 beat down the New York Jets suffered November 22 (Thanksgiving evening) at the hands of the New England Patriots was the second home game in 2012 they lost by 30 or more points. The Jets also lost 34-0 at home to the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 30.

That was the second time since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) that the Jets lost two games at home in a season by 30-plus points. The Jets also lost two games by 30-plus points at home in 1975; 43-0 to Miami and 37-6 to St. Louis. It was also the ninth home game since ’66 that they lost by 30-plus points.

Following are the number of home games each of the NFL teams have lost by 30 or more points since 1966.

17: Atlanta

13: Cleveland, New Orleans

12: Philadelphia

9: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New York Jets, Tennessee

8: New England, San Diego

7: Denver, Detroit, St. Louis

6: Arizona, Chicago, Washington

5: Indianapolis, Seattle

4: Carolina, Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

3: Miami, New York Giants

2: Green Bay

1: Houston, Jacksonville

0: Baltimore

There were seven games this past season where the home team lost by 30-plus points. As mentioned above, the Jets did it twice. The other teams were Buffalo, Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis and Tennessee.

You’ll notice above that the Baltimore Ravens have not lost a home game by 30 or more points in their franchise history. Their biggest defeat at home was a 27-point loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 21, 1999. The Indianapolis Colts have the second longest timeframe since a 30-point loss at home; the last time it happened was on December 1, 1991.

Twelve teams have not lost a home game by 30-plus points since 2007. They are (with the last time they lost a home game by 30-plus points):

Green Bay, Nov. 19, 2006

Atlanta, Jan. 1, 2006

Philadelphia, Dec. 5, 2005

Chicago Nov. 21, 2004

New Orleans Sept. 28, 2003

Arizona, Sept. 14, 2003

Houston Nov. 3, 2002

San Diego, Nov. 3, 2002

Minnesota Dec. 23, 2001

New England Nov. 8, 1998

Pittsburgh, Aug. 31, 1997

Indianapolis Dec. 1, 1991

Note: The Jets became the fourth team since 1966 that lost two home games by 30-plus points (in a season) in two different seasons. The other teams are Atlanta (they lost three home games by 30-plus points in 1966 and two in 1967); Cleveland (two such games in 1975 and 1999) and Philadelphia (1975 and 1998).

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