January 14, 2023
Here are a few stats articles I wrote for today:
Is Andrew McCutchen Hall of Fame worthy?
Back on September 23, Brewers’ outfielder/DH Andrew McCutchen collected his 1,000th career RBI. He is now one of 300 players to reach the 1,000-RBI milestone in MLB history.
The 14-year veteran, who will turn 36 on October 10, has had a solid career and with the Brewers is now playing for his fifth team. He made a name for himself with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing his first nine seasons with the Bucs where he was the National League MVP in 2013, a five-time All-Star, and was awarded both a Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove.
Reaching 1,000 RBI is not the only milestone McCutchen has on his resume. He has 1,000 runs (1,118 to be exact), and 200 stolen bases (205 to be exact). Two other milestones are within his reach: He has 1,947 hits and 287 home runs. He could reach those milestones in a 15th season.
There are two questions that need to be asked with regards to McCutchen and his future: (1) He is signed with the Brewers through this season. Should the team resign him? (2) Is McCutchen worthy of Hall of Fame consideration?
When it comes to the Brewers resigning him, McCutchen has been a decent contributor for the Brew Crew this season; Sure, his numbers are not like they were when he was winning accolades in Pittsburgh. His .238 average is several points below his career average of .277, and his .388 slugging percentage and .310 on-base percentage are the worst of his career. But his 17 HR, 69 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 121 hits are not terrible. It will be interesting what the Brewers decide with ‘Cutch.
Having said that, even if the Brewers don’t sign McCutchen, I think he will continue to play. He doesn’t seem to have given any indication that this season would be his last. I think he still has enough to be a contributor somewhere.
If he returns for a 15th campaign, reaching 300 HR and 2,000 hits will be likely. If he does reach 2,000 hits and 300 HRs, that would mean that he reached 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 RI, 300 HRs and 200 stolen bases. Right now, there are 18 players who reached the 1,000 runs/2,000 hits/1,000RBI/300 HRs/200 stolen base stat line in MLB history. They are:
Hank Aaron, Jeff Bagwell, Don Baylor, Carlos Beltran, Barry Bonds. George Brett, Joe Carter, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Dave Winfield.
Nine of the above… Aaron, Bagwell, Brett, Dawson, Jackson, Mays, Robinson, Walker and Winfield… are in the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame consideration for Andrew McCutchen… what’s your take?
Romeo Doubs puts his name in the Packers record book
It took three games, but finally Packers rookie receiver Romeo Doubs had that first “breakout” game that the team expected would happen sooner than later. In the Pack’s 14-12 win over Tampa Bay, Doubs had eight catches for 73 yards and a TD reception. In the process, Doubs etched his name in the Packers’ record book.
Doubs became the third Green Bay rookie receiver (and the first in nearly 70 years!) to have eight receptions, 70+ receiving yards and a TD reception in a game. The only other Packers’ rookie receivers to achieve those numbers were Billy Howton on December 14, 1952 (8 catches, 162 yards and two TD) and Max McGee on December 12, 1954 (9 catches, 105 yards and one TD reception). McGee’s nine receptions on December 12, 1954, is the team record for most receptions by a rookie in a game.
In addition to McGee’s rookie record nine catches, Doubs also became the seventh Packers rookie receiver to have eight catches in a game. The seven Packers rookies with eight or more receptions in a game: Howton (1952), McGee (1954), Boyd Dowler (1959), Gerry Ellis (1980), Keith Woodside (1988), Sterling Sharpe (1988) and Doubs (2022).
Doubs is the third rookie receiver from the 2022 draft class to have an eight-catch, 70 -receiving yards, 1 TD reception game this season. A pair of first rounders reached those numbers in Week #2: Drake London (drafted in the first round, eighth pick by Atlanta) had 8 catches, 86 yards and one TD; and Garrett Wilson (drafted in the first round, 10th pick of the New York Jets) had 8 catches, 102 yards and 2 TDs. For the record, Doubs was a fourth-round selection of the Packers, the 132nd overall pick.
Since 1970 (the NFL-AFL merger) there have been 122 times that a rookie receiver had eight or more catches, 70+ receiving yards and at least one TD reception in a game. It was done by 96 different rookies. Seventeen different rookies reached these numbers in more than one game their first year in the league. That list of 17 is topped by Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions who in 2021 had five games with those numbers, and Odell Beckham, Jr., who in 2014 with the New York Giants, also had five games with eight catches, 70+ receiving yards and one TD reception in his rookie campaign.
Anquan Boldin (Arizona) had four such games in 2003, and Jaylen Waddle (Miami) had three such games for Miami last season.
- Of the 148 rookies who had eight receptions, 70+ receiving yards and at least one receiving TD since 1940, Doubs is one of 20 who accomplished this feat within the first three weeks of their rookie season.
With 14 games remaining this season, the Packers are hopeful there are a few more games this season where Doubs can add another eight-catch, 70-yards receiving, one TD game to his stat line.
Twelve stats you need to know about… Albert Pujols
With a pair of home runs in the Cardinals 11-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night (September 23), Albert Pujols joined Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth with 700 career homers. Pujols hit #698 on September 16 and went almost a week before he slugged #699 and #700 in the contest, his 65th multi-HR game of his illustrious career.
Here are 12 stats you need to know about Pujols and his chase for immortality and the 700-HR milestone:
- Pujols was a 13th round pick of the Cardinals in the 1999 draft. Of the 40 players chosen by the Cardinals that year, only one other selection, Coco Crisp, who was chosen in the seventh round, played 400 or more games in the majors (Pujols has played 3,072 through September 23). Crisp played 1,586 games in the majors, yet he never played for the Cardinals (the team that drafted him) in the bigs. The Cardinals number one pick that year was Chance Caple, a righthanded pitcher from Texas A&M. Caple spent five years in the minors, never advancing higher than Single A ball. According to baseball-reference.com, Caple signed a $1.2m bonus; Pujols signed for $60,000.
- Pujols played only one year in the minors hitting 19 home runs, driving in 96 with a .314 batting average.
- He made his MLB debut against the Colorado Rockies (in Colorado) on April 2, 2001, starting in leftfield. Batting sixth in the order, he went 1-for-3. His first MLB at-bat was a groundout to third in the 2nd inning. He collected his first MLB hit in the 7th inning on a single to left off pitcher Mike Hampton.
- Albert was a three-time National League MVP. He is one of five players to win three or more NL MVP awards; the others are Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt and Barry Bonds.
- He hit most of his 700 HRs, 504 to be exact, from the number 3 spot in the batting order. He has the third most HRs from the #3 spot in the batting order in MLB history behind Babe Ruth (553) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (530)
- Pujols hit 154 long balls in the first inning, most of any inning in his career. Second most was 87 in the fifth inning.
- He is one of 21 players to have scored 100 or more runs in a season 10 times. Hank Aaron tops this category with 15 seasons scoring 100 or more runs.
- Of his 700 career home runs, Pujols hit the most, 62, against the Houston Astros. He hit 59 versus the Cubs and 54 against the Pirates. The pitcher he hit the most HRs off is Ryan Dempster with eight.
- Even with 3,377 career hits, Pujols had 200 hits in only one season (212 in 2003). He had over 190 hits in three seasons (196 in 2004, 195 in 2005, and 194 in 2001).
- Pujols had 30 or more home runs in 14 seasons, tying him with Barry Bonds for third most 30-HR seasons in baseball history. Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez are tied for the most 30-HR seasons with 15.
- He had six seasons where he hit 40 or more HR, drove in 110 or more runs, and batted .300 or higher. Alex Rodriguez also had six 40-11-.300 campaigns. Babe Ruth tops this stat with 11 such seasons.
- Albert played in 86 post-season games. He hit 19 home runs, drove in 54, and had a .321 career post-season batting average. In baseball history, only one other player has hit 15 HR, had 50 RBI and batted .300 or higher in his career in the post season… Derek Jeter.
Twelve stats you need to know about… Maury Wills
Maury Wills, a 15-year MLB veteran who was credited with bringing the stolen base back into the forefront of offensive strategy in baseball in the 1960’s, died on September 19 at the age of 89.
Here are 12 stats you need to know about Maury Wills:
- One of 111 MLB players born in Washington D.C., Wills is arguably the best player in MLB history born in Washington D.C. Of those 111 players born in D.C., Wills ranks first in games played, hits, stolen bases, and ranks second in runs scored.
- Wills had 586 career steals and 458 career RBI. He is one of 37 players to have 400 RBI and 500 steals in MLB history.
- He is one of 39 players to steal 500 or more bases in a career. He also hit 20 home runs in his 15-year career. Of the 39 players with 500 or more career stolen bases, Wills’ 20 home runs are the fourth fewest of that group. Juan Pierre (18), Patsy Donovan (16) and Otis Nixon (11) had fewer HRs than Wills.
- Maury led the league in stolen bases six times and led the league in caught stealing seven times. He was caught stealing 208 times, fifth most all-time. Rickey Henderson tops this career category with 335 caught stealing.
- Wills had 2,134 career hits and 1,067 career runs scored to go along with his 586 career steals. He is one of 32 players to reach the 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 500 steals milestones. The last was Ichiro Suzuki.
- He hit .302 twice in his career and had one season where he hit .299 (1962).
- Wills finished in the Top 20 in National League MVP voting seven times; he won the N.L. MVP in 1962.
- Although best known for his 12 years with the Dodgers, Wills also spent two seasons with the Pirates and one with the Expos.
- In 1962, Wills broke the MLB record with 104 stolen bases. It was previously held by Ty Cobb with 96 in 1915. Wills’ 104 steals were more than any team had that year.
- He was a three-time World Series champion. In the 1965 Fall Classic, he had 11 hits and batted .367.
- Wills was on the Hall of Fame ballot for 15 years. The highest percentage of the votes he received in those 15 years was 40.6%.
- Wills was drafted 21st by the Expos in the 1968 Expansion Draft. He was the Expos leadoff batter in their first game on April 8, 1969.