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MLB Fun Facts

This following article will contain some fun, quirky, obsolete facts that are not enough to write a whole article about individually, but are collectively some good nuggets you may want to have. If nothing else, memorize a few of these and empress your co-workers with them.

Atlanta Braves Catcher A.J. Pierzynski homered in his new home park, Turner Field on April 14th. This means he has now homered in 31 different major league ballparks. And before this season is out, he could add 3 more to his growing resume, Citi Field, Nationals Park, and Dodger Stadium. That is of-course assuming that he stays healthy and with the Braves all season.Pierzynski

Speaking of Pierzynski, here is some news about 1 of his former teams the Boston Red Sox. Of the top 80 starting pitchers with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title, none of them pitched for Boston.

Now lets move on to their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees. CC Sabathia lost the first 4 starts to a season for the 1st time in his career this year, and as of the writing of this article in still winless in 5 starts. He has only lost 4 starts in a row at any point in a season once in his 15 year career. That was in 2005 as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

BrandonFinneganSpeaking of 4 consecutive, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher, Chris Archer accomplished a feat that no other AL pitcher has accomplished in 6 years. He did this by going 4 consecutive starts without giving up an earned run. On opening day in Baltimore Archer gave up 3 earned runs in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles but has allowed only 1 unearned run in the next 262/3 innings encompassing those 4 starts.

Let’s focus on a reliever for a moment. 22 year old left-hander Brandon Finnegan was recently called up to the Kansas City Royals to work out of the bullpen. Last season he was with the big league club on the roster for their World Series run, which forever put him in the record books. Finnegan became the 1st player ever in MLB to appear in both the College World Series (for Texas Christian University) and the MLB World Series in the same year.NelsonCruz

There has been a lot of talk over the 1st month or so of the season about the DH in baseball. We all assume that all baseball players hit better when they do not have to play the field as a general rule. Well, meet the exception to the rule, Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners. In his 1st 16 games of the season when Cruz played right field he hit .417 with 9 home runs and a 1.462 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. In contrast, when he did not play the field and only DH he was 1-16 with a .125 OPS.

Sticking with the DH theme, apparently, Houston Astros 1st baseman/designated hitter Chris Carter’s season does not actually start until he steps in the batters box at Safeco Field. Carter hit his 1st home run on April 22nd in Seattle. In 2014 he hit a career -best 37 homers, and ironically he hit his 1st home run of 2014 in Safeco Field on April 22nd as well.


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