One of my all-time favorite stats involves former Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants second baseman Duane Kuiper. The fact that Kuiper is from my hometown (Racine, WI) and that we attended the same junior college (Indiana Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa) certainly adds an special reason for loving this numbers tidbit.
If you are a well-versed baseball fan, you might know that Kuiper had 3,379 at-bats in a MLB career that ran from 1974-85 and that he had only one career home run, a blast off of Steve Stone. His 3,379 career at-bats are the most of any player in history with only one career home run.
Let’s take this stat and expand the parameters a little. Following are the players with the most career at-bats with no home runs, one HR, two homers, and three home runs. Most of the players on these lists played prior to 1970, and most are pitchers. Also listed are the career years for each player on the list.
Most at-bats with no career home runs
Jack McCarthy, 2233 (1901-07)
Tom Oliver, 1,931 (1930-33)
Irv Hall, 1904 (1943-46)
Roxy Walters, 1,426 (1915-25)
Don Sutton, 1,354 (1966-86)
Active leader: Johnny Cueto, 471
Most at-bats with one career HR
Duane Kuiper, 3,379 (1974-85)
Emil Verban, 2,911 (1944-50)
Johnny Bassler, 2,319 (1913-27)
Floyd Baker, 2,280 (1943-55)
Woody Woodward, 2,187 (1963-71)
Active leader: Cole Hamels, 618
Most at-bats with two career home runs
Al Bridwell, 4,169 (1905-15)
Tommy Thevenow, 4,164 (1924-38)
Frank Taveras, 4,043 (1971-82)
Jimmy Slagle, 3,832 (1901-08)
Johnny Cooney, 3,372 (1921-44)
Active leader: Christian Vazquez, 392
Most at-bats with three career homers
Nemo Leibold, 4,167 (1913-25)
Active leader: Pete Kozma, 632
The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of this year’s NBA playoffs in a Game Seven. It was the first Game Seven in this year’s playoffs.
Last season, five of the 15 playoff series went to a Game Seven, including the finals series between the Cavs and Warriors.
Let’s take a look at a few stats you may not know about Game Sevens in the NBA playoffs over the past 25 seasons (from 1993-2017).
- The Miami Heat played in the most Game Sevens since 1993 with 10. They are followed by the Rockets with nine, and Boston and Indiana with eight.
- Since 1993, the Heat also had the most Game Seven wins with six. Houston and the L.A. Lakers have five Game Seven wins in the last 25 seasons.
- The Indiana Pacers have the most Game Seven losses in the last 25 years with five. They are followed by Miami, Houston and Boston with four each.
- The best win-loss percentage in Game Sevens over the past 25 years are the Timberwolves 1.000 (1-0), the Lakers .833 (5-1), Dallas and Detroit each 4-1 (.800) and Utah 3-1 (.750).
- The worst Game Seven win-loss percentage since 1993 are Sacramento and Memphis .000 (0-3), and Denver, Portland, New Orleans and Charlotte .000 (0-2).
- The New York Knicks have the longest drought since they played in a Game Seven. The last Game Seven they played in was 2000. Portland has not played in a Game Seven since 2003, the second longest drought in the league.
The 2017 NFL Draft is completed and the over-analysis of how each team did in selecting their new players continues.
If you are a fan, you have no doubt read some of the analysis and the “grades” handed out on the various teams. One problem: Giving a grade to each team based on how each team drafted is absolutely no way to evaluate the success of the draft. Sure it makes for good reading, but none of these so-called experts has a clue how these rookies will perform next season or in any of the seasons thereafter, so a grade for the draft seems a little premature
Giving teams grades before any of those drafted players sets foot on an NFL field is crazy. The best analysis, in my opinion, is years after the fact, say, five or 10 years after a draft class. At that time you have a much clearer picture of how these players did on the NFL fields.
Let’s take a look at a couple of stats-based performance evaluators on NFL rookies. In the first stat, we see that 256 rookies over the past three NFL seasons played in all 16 games their first season in the league. Below are the number of rookies from 2014-16 that played in all 16 games for the team that first season in the NFL. Topping the list as you might expect are the Cleveland Browns with 14.
(Note: It’s important to keep in mind that just because a team had a lot of rookies play all 16 games in the first season does not mean the team did a great job in the draft; it could mean that team had a lot of holes to fill in their roster and depended on rookies to fill them. Conversely, a team with few rookies that played all 16 games does not mean they did a poor job in the draft; it could mean they had veterans who played before these rookies.)
Rookies that played all 16 games in their first season… 2014-16
13: Kansas City
11: Denver, Jacksonville, Miami
10: Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit
9: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Oakland, Tampa Bay
8: Arizona, Dallas, Green Bay, NY Jets, Pittsburgh, Rams, Tennessee
7: Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington
6: Baltimore, Houston, NY Giants
5: Buffalo, Minnesota, New England
3: Carolina, Seattle
The second stat focuses on points. Last season 26 of the 32 NFL teams had rookies score points for their team. The six teams that did not have a rookie score a point in 2016: Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco.
Leading the way were the New Orleans Saints with 187. Of course it helps that they used a rookie kicker, Wil Lutz, who tallied 133 of those 187 points scored by Saints rookies in 2016. The Cowboys were second with 132 points, those scored by their rookie duo of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Here is the total number of points scored in 2016 by rookies for each team.
187: New Orleans
110: Tampa Bay
72: Kansas City
66: NY Giants
48: Baltimore, Cleveland, San Diego, Washington
42: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Tennessee
36: New England
32: NY Jets, Philadelphia
30: Houston, Miami, Oakland
18: Green Bay
12: Jacksonville, LA Rams
6: Buffalo, Cincinnati
0: Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minnesota, San Francisco
Last Saturday night Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp slugged three home runs versus the Brewers at Miller Park. It was Kemp’s first multi-HR game against the Brew Crew in his career.
Kemp’s three-homer game was the 10th time in Brewers franchise history that an opposing player had three or more home runs in a game. The last time was almost 15 years ago when Shawn Green slugged four home runs in a game against Milwaukee, the most HRs by an opposing player in a contest.
Here’s a look at the 10 times an opposing players had three or more home runs against the Brewers. (All players listed hit three home runs in a game except for Green who hit four.)
Matt Kemp, April 29, 2017
Shawn Green, May 23, 2002
Sammy Sosa, August 22, 2001
Steve Finley, September 8, 1999
Vinny Castilla, June 5, 1999
Sammy Sosa, June 15, 1998
Matt Williams, April 25, 1997
Willie Horton, June 7, 1970
Reggie Jackson, July 2, 1969
Bill Melton, June 24, 1969
When it comes to multi-HRs, three players have hit two or more HRs against the Brewers in six games. The players with the most multi-HR games (two or more HRs in a game) against the Brewers are:
6: Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson, Joe Carter
5: Sammy Sosa
4: Graig Nettles, Pedro Alvarez
3: (Accomplished by 20 different players)
All total, there have been 71 opponents who have hit two or more home runs in two or more games against the Brewers.