(A weekly look at several sports stats you may not know)
- On June 29, four Brewers pitchers (Brandon Woodruff, David Phelps, Devin Williams and Josh Hader) combined on a one-hit shutout in the team’s 3-0 win over the Pirates. It was the first one-hit shutout by the Brew Crew pitching staff since May 7, 2011 when Yovani Gallardo and John Axford combined on a one-hit shutout of the Cardinals in a Brewers’ 4-0 victory. The last one-hit, complete game shutout by one pitcher for the Brewers was August 31, 2008 when CC Sabathia did it against the Pirates in a 7-0 Brewers win.
- In that same June 29th game, the Brewers pitching staff had 14 strikeouts. It was the 92nd game in team history where the pitching staff had 14 or more strikeouts. The Brewers are 62-30 in those games.
- Through the first six games of the 2020 season, Christian Yelich was one-for-27, a .037 batting average. In his previous two seasons in Milwaukee, Yelich was 9-for-22 (in 2019) and 10-for-26 (in 2018) in his first six games of those two seasons, a combined average of .396. In his career prior to this season, Yelich was 51-for-170 in the first six games of a season, a .300 average.
- From 2010-19, the New England Patriots were 24-0 in games where one of their players amassed 100 or more yards rushing, the only undefeated team in that timeframe. The league as a whole was 761-284-7 (a .727 winning percentage) when teams had one player gain at least 100 yards rushing in a contest. The Packers were 20-5-1 (.788) from 2010-19 in games where they had a running back gain 100 or more yards in a game.
- Former MLB manager John McNamara died on July 28, 2020 at the age of 88. He was the skipper for six different MLB teams in his career (Oakland, San Diego, Cincinnati, California, Boston and Cleveland) and won 1160 games in his managerial career. He is one of 64 managers in league history to win 1,000 or more games as a manager. He managed in one World Series… with the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
- On one baseball broadcast I watched, there was discussion about how many home runs would lead the majors in the game-shortened season (60 games). The announcers opined that they thought 20 might lead the league this year. For the record, the most home runs in the first 60 games of a season is 32 by Barry Bonds in 2001. He is followed by Mark McGwire with 28 in the first 60 games of the 1998 seasons; Mickey Mantle with 27 HRs in the first 60 games of the 1956 campaign; and Babe Ruth with 27 long balls in the first 60 games of the 1928 season. The most home runs by a Brewers player in the first 60 games of a season happened last year when Christian Yelich had 22 in the first 60 games. Prince Fielder held the record with 21 HRs after the first 60 games of the 2007 season. Carlos Lee (2006) and Richie Sexson (2003) each hit 19 homers in the first 60 games of a season with the Brewers.
- Prior to the start of the eight-game bubble season for the NBA, the Bucks had two players averaging over 20 points per game for the 2019-20 season: Giannis at 29.6 and Khris Middleton at 21.1. If they both finish the season over 20 points per game, it would be the third time in four years that the Bucks had two players average 20.0-plus points per game in a season. In 2017-18, Giannis and Middleton averaged 26.9 and 20.1 respectively; in 2016-17, Jabari Parker averaged 20.1 and Giannis averaged 22.9 per game. In three straight years starting with the 1999-2000 season, Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson each averaged over 20 points per game in a season for the Bucks, the only time in team history that the same two players averaged 20 or more points per game in three consecutive seasons.
- Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones tied with Christian McCaffrey for the most TDs in the NFL last season with 19. Jones was 12th in the league with 1,084 rushing yards. Tennessee’s Derrick Henry led the league in rushing with 1,540 yards. The Packers have had a player lead the league in rushing only once in team history: Jim Taylor led the NFL in rushing in 1962 with 1,474 yards.
- The shortened MLB season will likely prevent a few players from reaching important milestones in their careers. The Cubs’ Jon Lester started the season with 190 career wins and appeared a sure bet to reach 200 this season; he had won at least 10 games in 11 of his 15 seasons. Now reaching 200 this year could be a tough road for him. On the batters’ side, Yadier Molina and Ryan Braun were two players who looked like they would pass the 2,000-hit mark this season. Molina started the year with 1,963 career hits; Braun had 1,933.
- Speaking of 2,000 hits, Ian Kinsler, who played for the San Diego Padres last season, announced his retirement in December, 2019. Kinsler had 1,999 career hits in a 14-year career and it looks like he will end his career one hit short of 2,000. One other MLB player ended his career with 1,999 hits: Jimmy Collins, who played from 1895-1908.
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There’s no Albert Pujols, no Tony LaRussa and no Dave Duncan, but the St. Louis Cardinals and new skipper Mike Matheny are off a great start and sit atop the National League Central division with a 8-3 record.
For Matheny, not only is this gig his first professional managing position, but he is also replacing a legend in LaRussa. It begs the question: How successful have previous major league managers been when they replace a legend?
To answer that question, I established one simple criteria: I defined a managing legend as a manager who won 700 or more games with a particular team.
Here’s a look at the managers who managed the most games with a team after replacing a legend.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda follows Walter Alston (first full season 1977). Alston won 2040 games with the Dodgers. Lasorda compiled a 1599-1439 record, leading the Dodgers to the playoffs seven times. He won two World Series in four appearances. He went to the World Series in 1977, the year after he replaced Alston. Lasorda managed 3040 games after replacing Alston.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jim Leyland follows Chuck Tanner (replaced in 1986). Tanner won 711 games with the Pirates. Leyland followed with 11 seasons at the helm compiling a 851-863 record, making the playoffs three times, losing each time in the National League Championship Series. Leyland managed 1716 games after replacing Tanner.
3. Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire follows Tom Kelly (replaced in 2002). Kelly won a pair of World Series with the Twins and won 1140 games. He retired in 2001. Gardenhire is the current Twins skipper and has made the playoffs six times in 10 seasons. He has won 869 and lost 762 as Minnesota manager. Gardenhire has managed 1631 games after replacing Kelly.
4. New York Giants: Bill Terry follows John McGraw (first full season 1933). McGraw won 2583 games as Giants manager. Terry replaced McGraw in the middle of the 1932 season and led the Giants to a title the following year. He won 823 games and lost 661 with the Giants and lost consecutive World Series in 1936 and 1937. Terry managed 1496 games after replacing McGraw.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates: Chuck Tanner follows Danny Murtaugh (replaced in 1977). Murtaugh won 1115 games during four different stints with the Pirates. Tanner managed nine seasons winning 711 games and losing 685. He won the 1979 World Series. Tanner managed 1398 games after replacing Murtaugh.
6. Oakland A’s: Art Howe follows Tony LaRussa (replaced in 1996). LaRussa won 798 games with the A’s in nine-plus seasons. He won three pennants and one World Series. Howe made the playoffs in three of his seven years as A’s manager. He compiled a 600-533 record. Howe managed 1133 games after replacing LaRussa.
7. New York Giants: Mel Ott follows Bill Terry (replaced in 1942). Terry won 823 games with the Giants. Ott never managed in the playoffs; he was 464-530 as the Giants skipper. Ott managed 1004 games after replacing Terry.
8. Detroit Tigers: Ty Cobb follows Hughie Jennings (replaced in 1921). Jennings won 1131 games with Detroit. Cobb won 479 and lost 444 as the Tigers manager in six seasons. Cobb managed 933 games after Jennings.
9. Cleveland Indians: Al Lopez follows Lou Boudreau (replaced in 1951). Boudreau won 728 games with the Indians. Lopez managed six seasons after Boudreau and was 570-354 and lost one World Series. Lopez managed 930 games after replacing Boudreau.
10. San Diego Padres: Bud Black follows Bruce Bochy (replaced in 2007). Bochy won 951 games as Padres manager. Black is the current skipper managing his sixth season. He has a 391-431 record with San Diego. Black has managed 822 games after replacing Bochy.
11. New York Yankees: Joe Girardi follows Joe Torre (replaced in 2008). Torre won 1173 games in 12 seasons with the Yankees, winning six A.L. pennants and four World Series. Girardi won the World Series in 2009 and has a 389-269 record. Girardi has managed 658 games after replacing Torre.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates: Gene Lamont follows Jim Leyland (replaced in 1997). Leyland won 851 games in 11 seasons with Pittsburgh. Lamont managed four seasons going 295-352. Lamont managed 648 games after replacing Leyland.
13. San Francisco Giants: Felipe Alou follows Dusty Baker (replaced in 2003). Baker won 840 games with the Giants. Alou managed four seasons after Baker winning one pennant in his first season at the helm. He was 342-304 with the Giants. Alou managed 646 games after replacing Baker.
14. Cincinnati Reds: John McNamara follows Sparky Anderson (replaced in 1979). Sparky won 863 games with the Reds and managed in four World Series, winning two. McNamara followed Anderson with three-plus seasons as Reds skipper, winning 279 and losing 244. He made the playoffs once. McNamara managed 524 games after replacing Anderson.
15. New York Yankees: Ralph Houk follows Casey Stengel (replaced in 1961). Stengel won 10 pennants and seven World Series with the Yankees. He won 1149 games as New York’s manager. Houk managed three seasons following Stengel, winning 309 games in three seasons and winning two of three appearances in the World Series. Houk managed 486 games after replacing Stengel.