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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The minor leagues had their first three homerun game and Greg Allen reaches into double digits in stolen bases.

Kyle Garlick 1B (Dodgers) - Kyle banged out four hits, three of them sailing over the fence to drive in six runs in Rancho Cucamonga’s 12-5 pasting of Lancaster. The three homeruns were one third of what he hit in all of 2015.

Gabby Guerrero OF (Diamondbacks) - The son of Vladimir is starting to show his stick falling a homerun short of the cycle in a 3 for 5 day with four runs driven in to lead Mobile to an 11-6 win over Jacksonville. The three hits raised his average to a respectable .265.

Michael Chavis 3B (Red Sox) - The first round 2014 pick is repeating his time in Greenville and it is paying off with an improved bat. For the second day in a row Chavis had a three hit day, driving in four runs and hitting his second homerun. The four RBIs give him eight in his last three days and 12 for the year. The previous year Chavis hit 16 homeruns but only hit .223 with 144 whifss.

Ian Happ 2B (Cubs) - The Cubs 2015 first round pick is earning his reputation as the best college bat drafted with a four hit night to lead his Myrtle Beach team to a 6-4 win. For Happ two of his four hits went over the fence for his first two jacks of the year.

Greg Allen CF (Indians) - The sixth round 2014 pick is turning out to be quite the leadoff hitter with more runs scored (14) than hits (13). On this day he only had two hits but crossed the plate four times as Lynchburg pounded Potomac 9-6. He stole three bases to give him 12 for the year in 11 games without yet getting caught. Both of his hits were doubles, his first extra base hits of the season. For the season Greg has a 13/6 walk to whiff ratio.

Ke’Brayn Hayes 3B (Pirates) - The son of Charlie and the first round pick of the Pirates in 2015 had his first four hit game and his first homerun to lead West Virginia to an 8-7 16 inning marathon win over Kannapolis. Hayes slugged a three run homer in the fourth and delivered a two run single in the tenth to tie the game at 7-7.

Paul Blackburn RHP (Cubs) - Paul was a first round pick of the Cubs back in 2012. The Cubs have not developed their share of pitchers but Blackburn has had solid, vanilla outings his last three years. He went beyond vanilla in his seven innings of two hit ball to lead Tennessee past Montgomery 4-0. In three starts Blackburn has only given up one run for a 0.50 ERA.

Kyle McGowin RHP (Angels) - Kyle retired the first 19 hitters to give Arkansas a 3-0 win over Frisco. It was a complete game seven inning victory with the only hit being slapped through the infield in the seventh. Kyle struck out nine and walked one in the game.

Ben Lively RHP (Phillies) - The Reds traded Ben to the Phillies back in 2014 for Marlon Byrd. Ben has not really delivered as a starting pitcher but his seven inning two hitter led Reading to a 6-2 victory over Richmond.

Triple Crown Glory

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Miguel Cabrera’s 2012 Triple Crown stats looked like this: 44 HRs/139 RBI’s/ .330 Batting Average.  Cabrera joins that elite club of Triple Crown winners that includes only 15 names. But of the 15 players (Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams were the only 2 time winners) Cabrera becomes the first and only third baseman to win it!

Comparing Triple Crown seasons is entertaining; Paul Hines, of the Providence Grays is credited with being the first to accomplish the feat back in 1878. Dismiss it if you wish but the best in any era is still the best. Hines’s stat line was in that deader than dead-ball era; 4 HR’s/50 RBI’s/.358 BA. I’m guessing they didn’t have a 154 game schedule.

Being a Bostonian I have to acknowledge Tip O’Neil who won the TC in 1887 for the St. Louis (who became the Baltimore Orioles) Browns. Get a load of his TC stats; 14 HR, 123 RBI’s and a .435 BA. .435!

Hugh Duffy, played for Boston’s NL franchise, the Beaneaters and pulled off the TC in 1894 with 18 HRs/145 RBIs/.440 BA. 440 topped them all.  

Napoleon Lajoie, referred to as the greatest player of his time, was the first 20th century winner in 1901, with a league leading 14 HRs/125 RBIs/.426 BA.

Hornsby, another of baseball’s immortals, won the Triple Crown in both 1922 and 1925. Hornsby, the St. Louis Cardinal second baseman, reeled off 42 HRs/152 RBI/.401 BA in 1922 and an equally stellar 39 HRs/143 RBIs/.403 BA in 1925.

1933 saw both Jimmie Foxx and Chuck Klein win the Triple Crown. Foxx won it playing for the AL’s Philadelphia A’s (48 HRs/163 RBIs/.356 BA) while Klein played for the cross town Philadelphia Phillies in the NL (28HRs/120 RBIs/.368 BA).

In ’37, Joe Medwick rang up some solid numbers for the St. Louis Cardinals, with 31 HRs/154 RBIs/.374 BA.

Ted Williams, also won it twice in, ’42 and ’47, but neither included his famed .406 BA from 1941 or his most home runs, 43 or 159 RBI’s from 1949. In comparison his triple crown stats seemed almost average for the famed Red Sox left fielder. 1942: 36 HRs/137 RBIs/.356 BA. And in ’47:  32 HR’s/114 RBI’s/.343 BA.

Triple Crown stats tell only half the story with Ted Williams and how remarkable he was; let’s try these stats also from the 1941 season. Williams was just 23, he hit 37 HRs to go with the .406 average, drew 147 walks and struck out …wanna guess how many times in 606 plate appearances?

Try 27. Repeat 27! Williams’ On Base Percentage, (OBP) by the way, was .553.

Mickey Mantle, in 1956, had a classic Yankee season on his way to his Triple Crown, 52HRs/130 RBIs/.353 BA.

Ten seasons later, in ’66, Frank Robinson, who was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles, won his triple crown with what seems a lowly batting average of .316 but there was nothing lowly about his 49 HRs and 122 RBIs.

1967, the very next year, Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski won it tying for the HR lead with Harmon Killebrew at 44, to go with his 121 RBIs and .326 BA.

Two winners have been left out. Any guesses? Babe Ruth? Willie Mays? No and no. Though Ruth had several seasons worthy and, yes he did win a batting title in 1924 with a .378 average. His highest average was actually .393!

In 1921, he put up a year which probably would have been the greatest triple crown season of all but he failed to win the batting championship; Ruth hit 59 HRs, 171 RBIs to go with his .378 BA.

So much of it is circumstances and with Ruth the fact he had a great Yankee teammate, like Lou Gehrig, who actually did win a Triple Crown in 1934 with 49 HRs/165 RBIs/.363 BA.

The missing Triple Crown winner on the list is the purest hitter baseball has ever seen – Ty Cobb. And another Detroit Tiger. Cobb won more batting titles than any player ever, 11 or 12 its still in dispute! Batting titles and .367 career average aside it surprises many he won a home run title; In 1909, Cobb’s 9 HR’s were enough to go with 107 RBIs and a .377 BA to win the Triple Crown.

Harper and Conigliaro

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Myworld has added a spot for a guest writer called Tarter’s Sauce.  We entertained him for a couple days, taking him to Nationals park to see a game there and then the next day driving him up to Baltimore for a game at Camden Yards.  We will entertain other guest writers for articles if they have something to say about baseball, especially from the international perspective.  The only requirement is that you do it for the love of the game.  There will be no compensation for any article.  The article is copied below:

I’ve been curious about Bryce Harper - like the rest of the country - since his appearance in Sports Illustrated as a 15-year old tape measure hitting catcher.  

Now 19 and performing all manner of baseball feats (stealing home!) I was eager to get a look for myself.  The Nationals took on the Brewers and Harper was playing center field.

There’s little doubt he’s a legit centerfielder. In the very first inning he took a double away from Aramis Ramirez making an outstanding play going back, back back to the wall and hauling in a drive. He finished it off with a mini crash into the wall and I wondered if that could be his undoing someday. He has that reckless, hell bent style that provides a thrill a game and is reminiscent of such kamikazes as George Brett. Unfortunately those guys always end up on the DL sooner or later.

His first at bat, demonstrated another side of his versatility, a swinging bunt - it was nothing special - but it showcased his speed. No sooner was he on first than he stole second. Minutes later he stole third  - further proof of his reckless abandon.

His 20th HR as a still teenager got national recognition and recalled a name from the past, Boston’s own, Tony Conigliaro. Tony C as a 19 year old rookie for the Red Sox hit 24 home runs. He too played right field but the comparisons end at that point. At 6-3, 185 Conig was a right handed slugger tailor made for Fenway. He truly was Boston’s own, born in nearby Revere and going to High School at St, Mary’s in Lynn. His trademark home run was high floaters into the screen.

The following season at 20, he hit 32 homeruns and reached 100 career homers by 22. As remarkable a home run hitter as he was at an early age, he was not the all around player Harper is. Tony C was not a basestealing threat like Harper, nor did he have near the outfield skills.

As most Boston fans know his career hit a tragic turn getting beaned in the midst of the 1967 season (with 20 HRs).  He missed the rest of 67 and all of 68 recovering. He had one more good season but then had relapses of vision problems.

He died at only 45 years old.