Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Is Aramis Ramirez ‘Hall of Fame’ worthy?

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Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has announced that this season, his 18th in the majors, will be his last. Ramirez, who will turn 37 in late June, has seen action in the majors with the Pirates, Cubs and Brewers.

Ramirez has been a three-time All-Star and finished in the Top 10 for league MVP in three seasons. He led the National League in doubles in 2012 and also topped the league in sacrifice flies twice (2002, 2003).

When a player with a long, distinguished MLB career decides to hang up his spikes, there is usually conversation about whether or not that player has the numbers and credentials to be considered for the Hall of Fame. So… is Aramis Ramirez a legitimate candidate for the Hall of Fame? Let’s take a look at some of his numbers in comparison to others in the Hall and those who played his position, third base.

Through the 2014 MLB season, Ramirez has 2,186 career hits, 369 HRs, 1,342 RBI, a career batting average of .285 and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .840.

First let’s compare Ramirez stats to those 247 players already in the Hall of Fame.

* Ramirez home run numbers are probably the best in comparison to those in the Hall. His 369 homers would rank tied for 32nd of current Hall of Famers. His RBI total of 1,342 would rank 52nd and his OPS would rank 72nd. His power numbers are what has set Ramirez apart from other MLB players; he is one of only 72 players in MLB history to have 350 HRs and 1,300 RBI in their careers. Of those 72, 34 are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Next, let’s look at how Ramirez compares to the third basemen already in the Hall of Fame.

* There are 11 players currently in the Hall that played 50% or more of their games at third base: Pie Traynor, Mike Schmidt, Ron Santo, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Freddie Lindstrom. George Kell, Jimmy Collins, George Brett, Wade Boggs and Home Run Baker. With 369 career homers, Ramirez would rank third on this list behind Mathews and Schmidt. His OPS would rank fifth as would his RBI total. His .285 batting average would be tied for seventh and his hits total would rank 8th.

Finally, let’s compare Ramirez to other third basemen not in the Hall of Fame.

* Again, Ramirez compares favorably when compared to others at his position. His 1,342 RBI is fourth on this list, and with just 43 RBI this season he would shoot up to second on the list behind Chipper Jones. His 2,186 hits currently ranks 9th on the list, but a season with at least 95 hits would put him in the fourth position. His HR total ranks 6th, but if he reaches 400 for his career he would vault into third position.

So what do you think? I think Ramirez has had a very good MLB career. I don’t, however, think it is Hall of Fame worthy. The Hall is for “great” players, not those who were “very good.” Ramirez will be remembered as a consistent, productive player who played 18 years in the majors.

That’s my opinion… based on the numbers!

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The importance of a conference tourney title for men’s BBall Final Four teams

Will a Big Ten tourney title equal a Final Four appearance this year for the Badgers?

Will a Big Ten tourney title equal a Final Four appearance this year for the Badgers?

Thirty-two of the 68 berths in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament come from those schools that won their conference tourney (or in the case of one conference, the Ivy League, which sends the school that won their regular season title), while the remaining 36 schools in the tournament received at-large berths from the selection committee on Sunday.

Since 2000, there have been 60 different teams that have made it to the Final Four in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Over that timeframe, 56.7% of those Final Four teams (34 of the 60) played in their conference tournament championship game the week prior to the NCAA tournament. Twenty-five of the 34 won their conference tourney.

Of last year’s Final Four teams, Billy Donovan’s Florida squad was the only team of the four Final Four teams to win their conference tournament. Two of the teams, eventual champs UConn, and Kentucky, both lost in their conference tourney title games, while Wisconsin was eliminated in the Big Ten tourney in the quarterfinals.

Following are how well the Final Four teams since 2000 (the last 15 tournaments) did in their conference tournaments the week prior to the NCAA tournament.

Final Four teams that won their conference tournament: 25

Final Four teams that lost in the conference tournament title game: 9

Final Four teams that lost in the conference tournament semifinals: 15

Final Four teams that lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals: 10

Final Four teams that did not play in a conference tournament: 1

Did you know? Of the 15 teams that won the NCAA championship this century (2000-2014), nine won their conference tournament. Of the other six, four of those schools, North Carolina in 2009, North Carolina in 2005, Syracuse in 2003 and Maryland in 2002, all lost in their conference semifinals. Last year, UConn lost in their conference tourney title contest and Kentucky lost in their Southeastern Conference championship game to Vanderbilt in 2013.

Did you know? The last year when none of the Final Four teams won their conference tournament was 2009.

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Sixty-five years of NBA players

At 6'&" and 215 pounds, is the Bucks Khris Middleton the "average" NBA player?

At 6’7″ and 215 pounds, is the Bucks Khris Middleton the “average” NBA player?

Courtesy of Andrew Powell-Morse, Director of Marketing & Editorial Content with SeatSmart, here is a look at some key stats regarding the players who have played in the NBA over the past 65 years. Titled, “Historical Profile of the NBA Player: 1947-2015,” the complete article can be viewed at http://www.seatsmart.com/blog/history-of-the-nba-player/. Following are some selected numbers from the article.

* The average height of the NBA player has gone from 74.32 inches (just over 6’2″) in 1947 to 78.93 inches (just under 6’7″).

* The average weight of NBA players has increased from 188.7 pounds in 1947 to 216.1 in 2015.

* California tops the list of where NBA players were born. Following California is New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

* Of those NBA players born outside the U.S., the country that has had the most players in the NBA is Canada, followed by France, Germany, Serbia and Australia.

* The high school that has had the most graduates play in the NBA is Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) with 21.

* The University of Kentucky and UCLA are tied for the most NBA players that have attended their schools. North Carolina is third, followed by Kansas and Duke.

Thanks to Andrew for sending this article and giving me permission to reprint the findings. If you have time, check out the complete article… it’s very interesting.

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Randall Cobb: Running superstar?

 

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Green Bay Packers fans were pleased when the team found a way to keep free agent Randall Cobb on the team. It keeps the 1-2 receiving combination of Jordy Nelson and Cobb intact for another season (and more).

But did you know that Cobb’s ability to run the ball is one of the most unknown stats in the NFL? From my just-completed book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know,” here’s stat #55…

“Did you know that Packers receiver Randall Cobb is among the best in NFL history when it comes to running the ball? Of players who have carried the ball 25 or more times in their career, Cobb has averaged 9.3 yards per carry (27 carries for 252 yards). That ranks fifth all-time. Louis Lipps has the best yards-per-carry average in NFL history with 13.9. Cobb is one of only seven players in NFL history with a per carry average over nine yards. Cobb obviously leads the Packers in that category with his 9.3 average. Ranking second is James Lofton (7.9 yards per carry), followed by Donald Driver (6.4 yards per carry) and Joe Francis (6.1 yards per carry).”

Cobb had 11 carries last season for only 37 yards, a mediocre 3.3 yards per carry average. But the team may want to find creative ways to get him the ball in a running play much like they did in 2012 and 2013 when he carried the ball 14 times for 210 yards, an average of 15 yards per carry.

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When was the last time your team had a player with 200+ hits in a season?

Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

One of the goals of MLB batters each season is to have a season where they reach 200 hits. Since 1901, there have been 484 times when a player collected 200+ hits in a season, a little over four players each year. Last year there were only two players who had 200 hits: Houston’s Jose Altuve led the majors with 225 hits, and Cleveland’s Michael Brantley made the list with exactly 200 hits last season.

Of the current 30 MLB franchises, all but one have had players reach the 200-hit mark in a season. The lone team without? The Tampa Bay Rays have not had a player with a 200-hit season in their franchise history.

Altuve’s 200-hit season was the first by an Astros player since 1998 when Craig Biggio had 210 hits. In fact, Biggio was the first Houston player to get 200 hits in a season. For the Indians, Brantley’s 200 hits was the first time an Indians player had 200 hits in a season since Kenny Lofton had 210 in 1996.

Here’s a look at the last time each of the 30 MLB franchises had a player with 200-plus hits in a season.

Last year with a 200-hit season, team (player)
Never, Tampa Bay
1977, Cincinnati (Pete Rose)
1996, Atlanta (Marquis Grissom)
1996, Minnesota (Paul Molitor)
1998, Chicago White Sox (Albert Belle)
1999, Arizona (Luis Gonzalez)
2001, San Francisco (Rich Aurilia)
2002, Oakland (Miguel Tejada)
2002, Washington (Vladimir Guerrero) with Montreal
2003, St. Louis (Albert Pujols)
2003, Toronto (Vernon Wells)
2004, L.A. Dodgers (Adrian Beltre)
2004, San Diego (Mark Loretta)
2006, Baltimore (Miguel Tejada)
2006, L.A. Angels (Vladimir Guerrero)
2006, Pittsburgh (Freddy Sanchez)
2007, Colorado (Matt Holliday)
2007, Miami (Hanley Ramirez)
2007, Philadelphia (Jimmy Rollins)
2008, N.Y. Mets (Jose Reyes)
2009, Milwaukee (Ryan Braun)
2010, Seattle (Ichiro Suzuki)
2011, Boston (Adrian Gonzalez & Jacoby Ellsbury)
2011, Chicago Cubs (Starlin Castro)
2011, Kansas City (Melky Cabrera)
2011, Texas (Michael Young)
2012, Detroit (Miguel Cabrera)
2012, N.Y. Yankees (Derek Jeter)
2014, Cleveland (Michael Brantley)
2014, Houston (Jose Altuve)

Note: Did you see where two players are the last player to get 200 hits in a season for two teams? Vladimir Guerrero (L.A. Angels and Washington/Montreal) and Miguel Tejada (Baltimore and Oakland).

Of the 484 players to get 200-plus hits in a season, the oldest was Sam Rice in 1930 (he was 40 years old). Paul Molitor is second on that list; he was 39 when he had 225 hits in 1996 with the Twins. The youngest? There were five players who had 200-plus hits in a season at age 20: Ty Cobb, Al Kaline,  Buddy Lewis, Vada Pinson and Alex Rodriguez.

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