Sunday, February 22, 2004

Kyle Snyder hurt again

Injured while throwing.. surgery scheduled. Will open the year on the 60 day DL. He may miss the year.

If he misses the year, it'd be the second full year he'd miss due to injury.

Rotoworld mentions this makes Greinke a better candidate. As it should. He might be better than the other right-handed starters we have right now anyways.
- # posted by Robert : 11:21 AM

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Royals and the Hall of Fame

source material

Here are the vote totals for Royals HOFers, who were hall-eligible. For all their years on the ballot

Amos Otis - 0
Cookie Rojas - 0
Paul Splittorff - 0
Dennis Leonard - 1
Hal McRae - 0
Larry Gura - 0
George Brett - 488
Frank White - 18
John Mayberry - 0
Dan Quisenberry - 18
Willie Wilson - 10

So far.. no Royal HOFer has made it to his second ballot, which isn't good news for Jeff Montgomery or Bret Saberhagen.

(Not that i'm complaining, like I may have complained in comparing HOF candidate Bruce Sutter to Dan Quisenberry)
- # posted by Robert : 2:58 PM

Friday, February 20, 2004

Pitchers and Catchers report today

Maybe something will happen.. I don't know. Maybe Mitch Maier will report. I don't know. :)
- # posted by Robert : 7:03 AM

Thursday, February 19, 2004

And ESPN is.. clueless


Consider today's Kansas City Royals. They got a whiff of the pennant race last year and they're thinking maybe this year, if Carlos Beltran comes up really big, they'll get in. It's a nice thought. Here's another one: Trade Beltran now, when his market value is high and he's yours to trade. Think ahead.

Note: As a general philosophy.. a team that is in contention does not get better by trading their best player. Especially when he's on the verge of his peak years.

Trading Johnny Damon didn't help the team out for 2001. Trading Carlos Beltran hurts the Royals, instead of helping them.

Value is not high anyways. The market for Centerfielders isn't that great. The contending teams have their centerfielders selected. Bernie/Lofton, Damon, Winn, Hunter, Andruw Jones, Patterson, Pierre, Grissom.

Only Oakland is in need of a center fielder. And, we're not gonna do that again.

There's nothing to gain and no market at this moment.
- # posted by Robert : 6:20 PM

Another new formula/stat dealie.

OPS, a combination of OBP and SLG has some flaws that I realized.

#1 - Players are given credit for a hit twice. From OBP (as one hit) and SLG (as a total base).

a- If a player is 1 for 3 with a single and he was hit by a pitch, his OBP is .500, his SLG is .333
b- If a player is 2 for 4 with two singles, his OBP is .500 and his SLG is .500

a- That player's OPS is .833
b- The other guy's OPS is 1.000

Scenario 2:

Player A has 3 singles in 4 at-bats.
Player B is 0 for 1 with 3 walks.

Player A's OBP is .750, his SLG is .750, giving him a 1.500 OPS
Player B's OBP is .750, his SLG is 0, giving him a .750 OPS

We'll return to these later

#2 - SLG is based on at-bats, but OBP is based on AB+BB+SF+HBP. They're not based on the same number. SLG is based on a subjective stat. (When you are at the plate, it is an appearance, if you get a hit or an out, it's an at-bat too. If you get drilled in the helmet by an errant Kerry Wood fastball, it's a plate appearance)

The addition is between two different standards. At-Bat based SLG and the more PA based OBP.

So.. in my infinite quest of stats and all that.. here's Pro2

Total Bases + HBP + Walks divided by HBP + Walks + Sac Flies + At-Bats


And the leaders

Kansas City - Carlos Beltran (.575)
Omaha - Mike Kelly (.552)
Wichita - Tydus Meadows (.548)
Wilmington - Trey Dyson (.501)
Burlington - Donald Murphy (.492)
AZL I - Brandon Powell (.622)
AZL II - Bryan Graham (.646)
DSL - Mario Lisson (.513)

And for perspective. The top OPS seasons are..

1- Bonds, 2001, 1.381
2- Ruth, 1920, 1.379
3- Bonds, 2002, 1.378
4- Ruth, 1921, 1.359
5- Ruth, 1923, 1.309

And here's how they look on Pro2

1- Bonds, 2001, .899
2- Ruth, 1920, .885
3- Ruth, 1921, .880
4- Bonds, 2002, .864
5- Ruth, 1923, .823

Back to the scenarios

Scenario I: A and B both have .600 as their Pro2

Scenario 2: Player A and Player B both have .750 as their Pro2

Feel free to leave feedback, name suggestions for the stat, or you could mess around with the stat a bit to get results.

(apologies if somebody else has already figured this out)
- # posted by Robert : 5:53 PM

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Febles signed by Red Sox

via this morning's Star.. and the new Baseball America.

Well.. I wonder if the Yankees will rush to acquire another second baseman to continue the 'arms race'

- # posted by Robert : 2:51 PM

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Another pitching stat i'm messing with


which stands for 'Control Rating'

Here's the first formula for it..

100 minus walks per 9 innings times 4.5 minus hit-batsmen times 4.5 minus wild pitches times 4.5 plus bb:K ratio


While it's possible to get over 100, it's not likely. I think it's remotely possible to go into negative numbers too. But, you'd have to be really awful to do that.

I'm willing to mess around with the 4.5s

Results of CTRL application

Top guys: Brian Anderson, Curt Leskanic, Zach Greinke

Bottom of the ladder: Mike MacDougal, Colt Griffin (registered a negative 96 on the scale)

Using that formula without the 4.5s puts about everybody in the 90s.. except Griffin, who is around 57

Anyways.. I'll probably modify that too.
- # posted by Robert : 4:56 PM
President Bush is ignoring the real problem

It's obvious there's an axis of evil in baseball, formed by Scott Boras and George Steinbrenner.

Come on.. A-Rod, Maddux.. it's just insane.

In happier news, Jason Whitlock was defeated soundly on ESPN in some sort of argument.
- # posted by Robert : 12:47 AM

Monday, February 16, 2004

I have the super-random Streets and Smiths for 2004

Ya know.. where they predict the Royals will finish first on page 64 and fourth on page 32

and where they say on page 32 that the 2003 Royals are the mirror image of the 88 Cubs, who went on to.. win their division and go to the NLCS.

Streets and Smiths in 2003 said basically that the Royals had no hope of doing anything.

Shows how much they know, doesn't it?
- # posted by Robert : 1:32 PM

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

More messing around with numbers

Here are the latest formulas

Leadoff points - Which is supposed to measure who the best candidates are for leadoff hitter. Although, it appears that just great hitters in general are given high marks.


Single plus doubles times four plus triples times six plus home runs plus walks/hbp times three plus stolen bases times one point five minus strikeouts times three minus caught stealings times one point two-five

1b + 2b*4 + 3b*6 + hr + bb/hbp*3 + sb*1.5 - cs*1.25 - so*3

Triples are the most valuable hit, because lets face it, if you want anything from a leadoff hitter, you want him on third base. Doubles get attention since you get in scoring position. Singles are good, but not as valuable as doubles and triples. Home Runs aren't too much of a priority from the leadoff spot.

Altered Slugging Percentage - Just an alteration on the slugging percentage. Presumably the range goes from a low of .250 to maybe .450.

1b*.25+2b*.5+3b*.75+hr+walks/hbp*.25 / times on base

I'm also experimenting with 'RA against' (with outs divided into 'innings pitched' and runs and all that). I know that the stats don't cover earned runs and all that.

I also computed a WHIP.

so.. the Royals leaders in those made-up stats

Leadoff Points

Kansas City - Carlos Beltran (288, 2.04 per game)
Omaha - Brent Abernathy (184), David DeJesus (2.93 per game)
Wichita - Tydus Meadows (171), Victor Rodriguez (2.27 per game)
Wilmington - Chris Fallon (195), Darren Fenster (1.66 per game)
Burlington - Mel Stocker (290, 2.81 per game)
AZL I - Brandon Powell (170, 3.26 per game)
AZL II - Walter Sevilla (94), Shane Costa (3.62 per game)
Salcedo - Mario Lisson (100), Valentino Acre (3.18 per game)


Kansas City - Carlos Beltran (.368, 234 times on base)
Omaha - Jarrod Patterson (.376, 176 times on base)
Wichita - Tydus Meadows (.354, 176 times on base)
Wilmington - Trey Dyson (.334, 194 times on base)
Burlington - Tim Frend (.337, 164 times on base)
AZL I - Brandon Powell (.381, 101 times on base)
AZL II - Mike Saunches (.308, 69 times on base)
Salcedo - Mario Lisson (.285, 78 times on base)

As for the two catchers we picked up. Here's how they rank

Chip Alley - 275 LOP, 3.67 LOP per game, .294 altSLG, 147 times on base
Kirk Pierce - 122 LOP, 1.49 LOP per game, .382 altSLG, 131 times on base

And the worst LOP in the organization belongs to Luis Gonzalez of Burlington. He registered minus 61 LOPs.

Chad Santos : -45 LOP

Any thoughts?
- # posted by Robert : 5:01 PM

they're listed on the Royals mlb.com site

and Yankees are inviting more catchers than any other players
- # posted by Robert : 2:48 PM

Monday, February 09, 2004

Offerman signs with Twins

He's taking a big paycut from what he got from the Red Sox. (Due to two decent years in KC)

As a Royal, Offerman also played first base, because Bob Boone is an idiot. (Offerman wasn't too bad at hitting, but come on, Boone put Offerman at first and gave 400 at-bats to David Howard)

But, word is that Offerman's old, and probably won't do much with the Twins.

Jose "Chico" Lind will keep Offerman's locker ready for him, just in case.

Meanwhile, I noticed that Offerman's Licey teammate Henry "Oh Henry" Rodriguez signed with the Pirates.

Israel Alcantara, a teammate of Offerman and Rodriguez, must be sitting by the phone. (Alcantara is known best for the time he karate kicked a catcher in AAA)

Alcantara's stats

Carribean Series - 8 for 23, 4 runs, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Finals in the DWL - 10 for 21, 5 runs, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Semi Finals - 10 for 42, 3 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Regular Season - .313/.418/.470, 3 HR

Alcantara has a reasonable shot of somebody wanting to give him an NRI. Oh Henry got one with this DWL numbers

Regular season - 4 for 20, a double, 2 HRs
Semi Finals - 11 for 42, 3 HRs
Finals - 11 for 19, 2 HRs
Carribean Series - 0 for 4

Although Rodriguez just got really fat, Alcantara was also busted as being born in 1971 in the age-dealie.

Doesn't this just make you think that Jose Canseco could be signed at any time? Jose Rosado is still out there too.
- # posted by Robert : 9:33 PM
Non-Roster invitees

Pitchers (11): Donnie Bridges, Shawn Camp, Zack Greinke, Eric Hiljus, Doug Linton, Dennys Reyes, Jim Serrano, Eric Thompson, Mike Venafro, Les Walrond and Kris Wilson.

Catcher (1): Mitch Maier.

Infielders (7): Gookie Dawkins, Ruben Gotay, Wilton Guerrero, Mendy Lopez, Donald Murphy, Calvin Pickering and Rick Short.

Outfielders (3): Brandon Berger, Shane Costa and Alan Moye.

Celebrities (1): Garth Brooks
- # posted by Robert : 5:50 PM
Spring Training

Signed and Invited: Doug Linton

Invited: Alan Moye

Moye last played in 2002 in the Pioneer League. He came over with Damaso Espino in the Jeff Austin deal.
- # posted by Robert : 1:49 PM

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Affeldt's cured (for now)

It appears the problem was solved by surgery on an 'ingrown fingernail' (I've had ingrown toenails before, and they hurt).

Now, with that gone, the blisters may disappear.

And hopefully having half of a fingernail won't screw his grip up too much.
- # posted by Robert : 7:23 PM

Thursday, February 05, 2004



among the things listed

April 10 -- Tony Peña 2004 TEAM THEME T-shirt/Dodge (First 20,000)

April 11 -- Angel Berroa Rookie of the Year Batting Helmet Easter Basket and Candy/Hy-Vee and Hershey's (Kids 14 & under), Kids Eat Free, Fun Run

May 15 -- Royals "Trucker-Style" Cap/Dodge (First 20,000)

May 16 -- Tony Peña Life-Size Poster/Roberts Dairy (Kids 14 & under), Kids Eat Free, Fun Run

June 12 -- Spider-Man 2 Day

June 13 -- Salute to the Negro Leagues -- Monarchs Caps/Pepsi-Cola (First 20,000), Kids Eat Free, Fun Run

July 17 -- Powder Blue T-shirt/Pepsi-Cola (First 20,000)

July 31 -- Frank White Night (Pre-Game Statue Unveiling - Gate D), EXCLUSIVE Replica Frank White Statue (First 20,000)
- # posted by Robert : 5:45 PM
Jarrod Patterson saves a life

via the Royals mlb.com board

Persistence pays off in big way
By Rod Beaton, USA TODAY

Arizona minor league outfielder Luis Terrero might owe his life to Kansas City third baseman Jarrod Patterson

Outfielder Luis Terrero, left, is tied forever to Dominican Winter League teammate Jarrod Patterson.

During a game in November, while both were playing for La Romana in the Dominican Winter League, Patterson insisted Terrero be taken to a hospital, where Terrero was diagnosed with a blood clot.

Chad Tracy, another La Romana player who is one of Arizona's top prospects, witnessed the events and relayed them to Diamondbacks farm director Tommy Jones.

"He gave me a word-by-word telling of what was said, what was done, everything," Jones says. "He said he was told (by doctors), without a shadow of a doubt, that Jarrod Patterson saved Luis Terrero's life. No question."

Patterson made his spot, amateur diagnosis after he came off the field and saw Terrero in the training room with his non-throwing left shoulder swelled "larger than his legs," Tracy told Jones.

"Chad said it was grotesque," Jones says. "The trainer was putting on ice packs. He said it must be some sort of allergic reaction.

"Patterson very strongly told the trainer, 'Are you kidding me? Get this guy to a doctor.' The trainer said, 'No, no, no.' I asked Tracy, was this one of the U.S. trainers? They have some in the Dominican. He said, 'No, La Romana didn't have any.'

"J.P. raised his voice and threatened violence to the trainer if he didn't call an ambulance and get to a good hospital in Santo Domingo."

The hospital physicians said the blood clot might well have been fatal if treated with nothing more than ice, Jones says.

Terrero was flown to a hospital in St. Louis for surgery. He didn't return to winter ball but has recovered and expects to be ready for spring training.

Patterson, 30, is a well-traveled third baseman who has played in the New York Mets, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Montreal, Detroit and now Kansas City organizations.

Terrero, 23, is a gifted center fielder from the Dominican Republic.

"He has all five tools," says Jones, referring to power hitting, hitting for average, a strong arm, speed and strong defense. "He could be our center fielder of the future."

Patterson will get his reward if Terrero ever helps the Diamondbacks back to the World Series.

"A half share for sure," Jones says.
- # posted by Robert : 4:48 PM
It's here

Let's go down the list

#10 - Gettis

good - grasped the strikezone in 2003, stronger hitter, average RF
bad - heavy, hole in swing
future - AAA in 2004

#9 - Blanco

good - plays SS like Vizquel, racks up errors since he gets to so much stuff, quick hands
bad - must get stronger, career .259 hitter in the minors
future - AA in 2004

#8 - Brian Bass

good - best curveball in the system
bad - working on slider/changeup
future - AA in 2004

#7 - Shane Costa

good - fast and aggressive, quick hands
bad - stance reworked to cope with not swinging aluminum, likes to work out
future - High A in 2004

#6 - Donald Murphy

good - has the bat to become a regular offense-first 2B, solid hands and good arm strength
bad - below-average runner
future - High A in 2004

#5 - Colt Griffin

good - uses more consistant arm-slot, now has a slider. Velocity tops out at 97 and most pitches are around 94mph
bad - control
future - High A in 2004

#4 - David DeJesus

good - good gap power, good strikezone control, can be a leadoff guy
bad - not alot of power, swings at bad stuff
future - takes over Center Field after 2004

#3 - Mitch Maier (of/3b)

good - understands the strikezone, has a good bat, can reach 10 steals a year for awhile
bad - no defensive home
future - Burlington in 2004

#2 - Chris Lubanski

good - good speed, took leadership role in AZL
bad - lousy arm, swings at junk
future - Burlington

#1 - Zack Greinke

good - loves the game. great control. Likes developing variations on his pitches. Fastball - high 80s going up to mid-90s. New grip on two-seamer = it dives towards the ground. Slider - put away pitch. Changeup - third best of his pitches, above average. Throws the curveball with a 'spike grip' for more action (the 57mph curve?)

bad - doesn't strikeout too many (instead goes for weak contact/broken bats), could strikeout more if he threw his slider with 2 strikes more, may need to work on consistancy of breaking pitches

future - Double A, followed by Triple A, late 2004 debut

(I still say Greinke has the potential to blow Snyder and Asencio out of the water this spring)

Best tools

Hitter for average - Maier
Power hitter - McFall
Fastest Baserunner/Best Athlete: Lubanski
Best Fastball/Best Slider: Griffin
Best Curveball: Bass
Best Changeup/Best Control: Greinke
Best Defensive catcher: Tonis
Best Defensive infielder: Blanco
Best infield arm: Murphy
Best Defensive outfielder: DeJesus
Best Outfield Arm: Gettis

And this BA has a story on Aviles.

The Royals also signed Rick Short, who hit .303 with Chiba Lotte in Japan

And they named Reggie Jackson (the son of Al Jackson, not that Reggie) as the Wilmington pitching coach. Boots Day replaces Terry Bradshaw (not that Terry) as the Wilmington hitting coach, Terry goes to be the hitting coach in Omaha.

And the other signings

Adrian Brown (already mentioned), Jaime Jones, Jed Hansen, Doug Linton, Eddy De Los Santos, Travis Chapman

they also have Royals winter league stats.
- # posted by Robert : 2:35 PM

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Prospects list

I found this on RoyalBoard. I suspect i'm getting the magazine tomorrow.

1. Zach Greinke
2. Chris Lubanski
3. Mitch Maier
4. David DeJesus
5. Colt Griffin
6. Don Murphy
7. Shane Costa
8. Brian Bass
9. Andres Blanco
10. Byron Gettis

and the 2007 lineup

"C - Adam Donachie
1B - Mike Sweeney
2B - Angel Berroa
3B - Don Murphy
SS - Andres Blanco
LF - Chris Lubanski
CF - Carlos Beltran
RF - Mitch Maier
DH - Juan Gonzalez
1. Zach Greinke
2. Jeremy Affeldt
3. Jimmy Gobble
4. Runelvys Hernandez
5. Colt Griffin
Closer - Mike Macdougal"

I'll get though the list when I get the magazine.

But, the lineup is full of it. They don't consider FAs, and it shows.

Beltran won't be here in 2007. Gonzalez probably won't be in town by that time. Did David DeJesus get sucked into a pit?


I guess there's room to improve after .229/.331/.294 in your first two years in rookie ball. (At ages 18 and 19). No idea why we drafted a HS catcher so early anyways.

Donachie over Tonis? I don't think so.

Let me introduce you to the Defensive spectrum.

'[ - - 1B - LF - RF - 3B - CF - 2B - SS - C - - ]'

{with the basic premise being that positions at the right end of the spectrum are more difficult than the positions at the left end of the spectrum. Players can generally move from right to left along the specturm successfully during their careers}

Berroa moves left to second.. (I heard rumors he'd move to third sometime). Murphy jumps all the way to third from second base.

Did Damaso Espino disappear by 2007 too? Ken Harvey?

I'll have to see the article and comment more.
- # posted by Robert : 8:11 PM

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Minor League Splits





Burlington (through May, unfortunately)


feel free to harvest these stats.

Greinke L/R splits

Wichita (partial) -

v. LHB: batters 27 for 91 (.297), 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 walks, 18 strikeouts
v. RHB: 17 for 65 (.262), 4 doubles, 3 HRs, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts

in Wilmington, the averages are .178 (LHB), .179 (RHB), 8/35 bb/k (LHB), 5/43 bb/k (RHB)
- # posted by Robert : 7:28 PM
Spring Training Guide

Right here

"Autograph tips
Kansas City fans seeking a John Hancock from newcomers Juan Gonzalez (No. 22) or Benito Santiago (No. 30), would be served hitting the area from the third-base line to the left-field tunnel, and around the batting cages. Also, hang out around the walkways from the practice areas to the clubhouse. Autograph seekers of the visiting team should try along the first-base line."
- # posted by Robert : 5:13 PM
Sutter in the hall?

Due to a lack of news. Let me go though this.

What's the biggest difference between Sutter and Quisenberry?

not wins, saves, or anything. But, HOF votes.

Sutter's consistantly gotten over a 100 votes every year.

Quisenberry got 18 votes and dropped off the ballot.

Quisenberry - 674
Sutter - 661

Quisenberry - 1043.3
Sutter - 1042.3

Quisenberry - 2.76
Sutter - 2.83

Quisenberry - 146
Sutter - 132

Quisenberry - 244
Sutter - 300

Quisenberry - 1.40
Sutter - 2.66

Quisenberry - 3.26
Sutter - 7.43

It's all about power.

Black Ink
Quisenberry - 18
Sutter - 15

Gray Ink
Quisenberry - 24
Sutter - 30

Quisenberry - 19
Sutter - 17

Quisenberry - 77
Sutter - 91

Power pitching gets more attention. That's probably one reason why Sutter won the Cy Young by 6 points over Joe Niekro. Quisenberry finished second to LaMarr Hoyt and Willie Hernandez, and third to Jim Palmer and Pete Vuckovich. (Can somebody fill me in how how Vuckovich won the Cy Young? He lead the league in just winning percentage and he walked 102, while striking out 105)

I don't intend for this to suggest that Quisenberry was better than Sutter. I do intend for this to be a criticism of the HOF voting process. Where a power pitcher like Sutter can stay on the ballot for years, while Quisenberry is bumped off after just one year.


In other odd stuff. 1990 featured two varified uses of the five-man infield, with Frank White and Steve Jeltz, both leading to one-run losses. (Didn't the Royals try that this year too?)

George Brett also played 7 games in Right field in 1990. Why Brett in right field? well.. Gerald Perry needed playing time, I suspect. Or, it was probably an experiment.

The first guy to replace Brett in right field in 1990. Willie Wilson. Then the Yankees won the game when Mattingly doubled to Wilson and Steve Sax scored from first.

Yes, I noticed 7 other games with Brett in RF in 1983.

Also, Brett played 1 inning at shortstop during the final game of 1988 after he successfully executed the hidden ball trick on Mike Diaz.
- # posted by Robert : 3:50 PM
More Misc. stats

Royals stats, 2003

Most at-bats settled on the first pitch

Ken Harvey - 80 (30 hits)

Sweeney's line on 3-2 counts:


that's 6 for 28 with 32 walks

AZL Royals I - 7.24 runs per game
- # posted by Robert : 12:08 AM

Monday, February 02, 2004

Ken Harvey

Due to an absense of other topics. Let's go over some Ken Harvey stuff.

Hitting - Not too bad. Alot of groundballs though. Awkward grip and swing. Hit lefties well.

Fielding - The stats don't seem to reflect him fielding-wise. Big soft hands. And for a player his size, he has good range. Maybe the sight of Ken lunging at groundballs is hypnotic. Although, he did win a fielding award in college too. (a first baseman's defense doesn't mean too much, but if he has some skill, it's an added benefit. But, not a good main skill)

Harvey as a first baseman:

.279/.321/.425, 19 doubles, 11 HRs, 21/63 bb:k

Will Harvey become a victim of people focusing on what a player cannot do, instead what he can do?

Sure, his slugging percentage was down in 2003. (The league 1b SLG average was .468) Harvey was only above regular first basemen like Tino Martinez, Sean Casey, Scott Hatteberg and Olerud.

And here's what a typical first baseman would have done with 600 plate appearances in 2003.

.275 (142 for 518), 22 HRs, 29 doubles, 2 triples, 65 walks, 96 strikeouts.

Just platooning Harvey would cut down on his playing time. Considering that a team faces more right-handed starters than left-handed starters.

Just some thoughts.
- # posted by Robert : 9:05 PM
Next Monday

BA releases the top 10 Royals prospects.

But, I bet i'll get the magazine this week.
- # posted by Robert : 6:07 PM

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Appier and more

The Star reports Kevin Appier is hard at work in the Dominican Republic. While Benito Santiago can't make it to the DR due to passport issues.

And some more numbers

Runs per game:

Highest - 5.67 (1936)
Lowest - 3.41 (1968)

Highest - 7.36 (1894), 5.68 (1930)
Lowest - 3.33 (1908)

League BA

Highest - .292 (1921 and 1925)
Lowest - .230 (1968)

Highest - .309 (1894), .303 (1930)
Lowest - .239 (1908)

League OBP

Highest - .356 (1925)
Lowest - .288 (1908)

Highest - .373 (1894), .356 (1930)
Lowest - .293 (1908)

I think there's some obvious things from those numbers. :)

The batting leaders of 1908

Honus Wagner - .354 BA, .415 OBP, .542 SLG
Ty Cobb - .324 BA, .475 SLG
Bob Gessler - .394 OBP

League numbers in 1908:
AL: .239/.288/.304
NL: .239/.293/.306

(puts new perspective on .354/.415/.542, right?)

The league ERAs in 1908
AL - 2.39
NL - 2.34

And the average age of hitters in the NL was the highest ever in 2003.

Average age (NL)

29.5 (2003)
29.4 (2002)
29.2 (2001)
29.1 (2000)
29 (1945)

Average age (AL)

30.3 (1945)
29.9 (1944)
29.6 (1946)
29.3 (1947)
29.3 (1998)

And some of the people who drove that age up in the 40s

Chuck Hostetler (debuted at 40)

The leaders for age for AL pitchers, 1945 and 1952. Both at 30. (29.8 in 1953, 29.9 in 1944)

The leaders for age for NL pitchers were also in the 1944 to 1947 era. And the late 20s too.

And when it comes to age and the Royals, we get

30.8 (1986)
30.7 (1985)
26.7 (1970)
25.8 (1969)

32.1 (1983)
25.2 (1969)
25.8 (2000)
- # posted by Robert : 1:37 PM

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