Most Hits And At-Bats By A Rookie

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Ichiro Suzuki holds the Major League record for hits in a season by a rookie. He tallied 242 for Seattle in 2001. Lloyd Waner had previously held the record since 1927 with Pittsburgh with 223. Jimmy Williams is the only 19th century rookie on this list with 219 hits for the Pirates in 1899. A […]

Most Consecutive Stolen Bases

Vince Coleman

Vince Coleman over the course of approximately a year, in 1988 and 1989, stole 50 consecutive bases without being thrown out. In 2006 and 2007, Ichiro Suzuki stole 45 consecutive bases without being thrown out. These are the only two players who have reached this plateau of consecutive steals. Lou Brock achieved 50+ stolen bases […]

Most At Bats In A Season

Willie Wilson Game 6

Willie Wilson, the fine switch-hitting center fielder for the Kansas City Royals, recorded 705 at bats in 1980, a Major League record. Only 2 other players in history have ever had 700+ at bats in a season… the amazing Ichiro Suzuki, right fielder for the Seattle Mariners (704 at bats in 2004) and the Philadelphia […]

Yu Darvish: Dollars and Doubts

In 201, Yu Darvish became 1st NPB pitcher (since the start of the 2 league system) to pitch 5 straight seasons with an ERA under 2.

Everyone is now aware that the AL’s Texas Rangers won the bidding to negotiate with Yu Darvish for a mega-bucks contract. Yes, it appears that, barring a surprise, the Nippon Ham Fighters’ star pitcher will join the Rangers rotation for the foreseeable future. Total cost to the Rangers? In the neighborhood of $125 million. Of […]

The Greatest Players: Total Defense #1 through #16 (excluding catchers)

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This post ranks the 30 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their defensive performance (this list is for position players excluding catchers). Our defensive ratings include not only the ability to field and throw the ball, but also the players’ knowledge of the game, when and where to throw, positioning, the capability […]

The Greatest Players: Total Offense #1 through #45

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This post ranks the 45 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their offensive performance. Forty of the players are described in previous posts covering Total Player Ratings; here, here, here and here. Five players not mentioned in those posts are described in further detail below.   #44 (two players are tied) Roger […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (15 to 27)

Joseph Jefferson Jackson (1887–1951)

The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]