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The March 4, 1986 issue of Sports Illustrated takes a look at baseball’s 36 millionaires and exactly how much they make. The average MLB salary in 2012 is $3,440,000, according to CBSSports.com. (Jerry Wachter/SI)
SI VAULT: Raines becomes baseball’s 36th million-dollar player (3.4.85)

The March 4, 1986 issue of Sports Illustrated takes a look at baseball’s 36 millionaires and exactly how much they make. The average MLB salary in 2012 is $3,440,000, according to CBSSports.com. (Jerry Wachter/SI)

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19th century

Pitcher Date Game
Lee Richmond (Wor)    LHP, 23    5 K June 12, 1880
John Montgomery Ward (Prov)    RHP, 20    5 K June 17, 1880

[edit] Lee Richmond

Scorecard for Richmond’s perfect game: “R-A” notation in fifth inning represents the 9–3 putout

Richmond was pitching in his first full season in the big leagues after appearing in one game in 1879. He was apparently considered a good hitter, as he batted second in the lineup. His perfect game featured an unusual 9–3 putout, with Worcester right fielder Lon Knight throwing out Cleveland’s Bill Phillips at first.[14] The play came on one of three balls Cleveland hit out of the infield.[15] Three outs were recorded on “foul bounds”: balls caught after bouncing once in foul territory (the foul bound rule was eliminated three years later). A monument marks the site of the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds where the game took place, now part of the campus of Becker College.[16] The feat was recognized as unusual: a newspaper report described it as “the most wonderful game on record”.[17][18]

[edit] John Montgomery Ward

Monte Ward threw his perfect game at the Grays’ park in Providence, but Buffalo, by virtue of a coin toss, which was the custom under the rules at that time, was officially the “home” team, batting in the bottom of each inning. At the age of 20 years, 105 days, Ward is the youngest pitcher ever to throw a perfect game. He batted sixth in the lineup. Beginning in 1881, the year after his perfect game, Ward spent more time as a position player than a pitcher; in 1885, following an arm injury, he became a full-time infielder.[19] The five days between Ward’s game and Richmond’s is the shortest amount of time between major-league perfect games.

[edit] Modern era

Pitcher Date Game
Cy Young (BOS)    RHP, 37    8 K May 5, 1904
Addie Joss (CLE)    RHP, 28    74 pitches, 3 K October 2, 1908
Charlie Robertson (CHW)    RHP, 26    90 pitches, 6 K April 30, 1922
Don Larsen (NYY)    RHP, 27    97 pitches, 7 K October 8, 1956
Jim Bunning (PHI)    RHP, 32    90 pitches, 10 K June 21, 1964
Sandy Koufax (LAD)    LHP, 29    113 pitches, 14 K September 9, 1965
Catfish Hunter (OAK)    RHP, 22    107 pitches, 11 K May 8, 1968
Len Barker (CLE)    RHP, 25    103 pitches, 11 K May 15, 1981
Mike Witt (CAL)    RHP, 24    94 pitches, 10 K September 30, 1984
Tom Browning (CIN)    LHP, 28    100 pitches, 7 K September 16, 1988
Dennis Martínez (MON)    RHP, 36    95 pitches, 5 K July 28, 1991
Kenny Rogers (TEX)    LHP, 29    98 pitches, 8 K July 28, 1994
David Wells (NYY)    LHP, 34    120 pitches, 11 K May 17, 1998
David Cone (NYY)    RHP, 36    88 pitches, 10 K July 18, 1999
Randy Johnson (ARI)    LHP, 40    117 pitches, 13 K May 18, 2004
Mark Buehrle (CHW)    LHP, 30    116 pitches, 6 K July 23, 2009
Dallas Braden (OAK)    LHP, 26    109 pitches, 6 K May 9, 2010
Roy Halladay (PHI)    RHP, 33    115 pitches, 11 K May 29, 2010
Philip Humber (CHW)    RHP, 29    96 pitches, 9 K April 21, 2012

Some stats over the 100 year history of the park

 

14 – no-hitters thrown

 

Green Monster – 37 ft. tall

 

Ted Williams most career home runs (248

 

Carl Yastrzemski most hits (1,822)

 

Now a days it really does seem like it matters.  He stands 15th on the all time list but as a kid I remember just truly how huge of a moment it was.  Look at the “questionable” names that have passed Schmidt’s career total.

 

Rank Player (yrs, age) Home Runs Bats HR Log
1. Barry Bonds (22) 762 L HR Log
2. Hank Aaron+ (23) 755 R HR Log
3. Babe Ruth+ (22) 714 L HR Log
4. Willie Mays+ (22) 660 R HR Log
5. Ken Griffey (22) 630 L HR Log
Alex Rodriguez (19, 36) 630 R HR Log
7. Sammy Sosa (18) 609 R HR Log
8. Jim Thome (22, 41) 604 L HR Log
9. Frank Robinson+ (21) 586 R HR Log
10. Mark McGwire (16) 583 R HR Log
11. Harmon Killebrew+ (22) 573 R HR Log
12. Rafael Palmeiro (20) 569 L HR Log
13. Reggie Jackson+ (21) 563 L HR Log
14. Manny Ramirez (19, 40) 555 R HR Log
15. Mike Schmidt+ (18) 548 R HR Log
16. Mickey Mantle+ (18) 536 B HR Log
17. Jimmie Foxx+ (20) 534 R HR Log
18. Willie McCovey+ (22) 521 L HR Log
Frank Thomas (19) 521 R HR Log
Ted Williams+ (19) 521 L HR Log
21. Ernie Banks+ (19) 512 R HR Log
Eddie Mathews+ (17) 512 L HR Log
23. Mel Ott+ (22) 511 L HR Log
24. Gary Sheffield (22) 509 R HR Log
25. Eddie Murray+ (21) 504 B HR Log

 

2012 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Major League Baseball

AL East – Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central – Tigers, Royals, Indians, Twins, White Sox

AL West – Rangers, Angels, A’s, Mariners

AL Wild Cards – Angels, Red Sox

WC: Angels over Red Sox

ALDS: Yankees over Angels, Tigerss over Angels

ALCS: Yankees over Tigers
NL East – Phillies, Marlins, Nationals, Braves, Mets

NL Central – Reds, Cardinals,  Brewers, Pirates, Cubs, Astros

NL West – Diamondbacks, Giants, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres

NL Wild Cards – Giants, Marlins

WC: Giants over Marlins

NLDS: Phillies over Diamondbacks,  Giants over Marlins

NLCS: Phillies over Giants

World Series: Phillies over Yankees

AL MVP: Albert Pujols

NL MVP: Matt Kemp

AL ROY: Matt Moore

NL ROY: Yonder Alonso

AL Cy Young: CC Sabathia

NL Cy Young: Cliff Lee

Story By Jon Heyman

 

The Yankees have no real expectation or hope that Joba Chamberlain will pitch again this year, due to his freak ankle injury, despite a couple slightly more encouraging public comments the past couple days. His gruesome injury is severe enough that one person familair with the case wondered aloud whether Chamberlain’s absence could extend into the 2013 season, as well, though the Yankees haven’t suggested anything like that publicly.
Chamberlain will need to remain in a cast for eight to 12 weeks after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle at the kids’ place Rebounderz while jumping on the trampoline and misstepping. Chamberlain had surgery Thursday, but several complications remain, including his rehab from Tommy John surgery last summer being affected by his inability to throw in coming weeks. Another concern is that his right ankle is his push-off ankle.
The Yankees had previously spoken about Chamberlain returning this summer, but realistically, that was always a long shot. There are a lot of unknowns with such a rare injury for a baseball player, but there seems be little to no thought that this year is possible.
Agents wonder whether the Yankees might consider releasing Chamberlain to save a good portion of the $1.8-million salary of his non-guaranteed contract. But Yankees people have said privately and publicly that Chamberlain’s health is their foremost concern, suggesting a release isn’t on their radar.
“We’re behind him. We’re going to take care of him, we’ll get him back. But right now he’s going through a hard time,” manager Joe Girardi told writers in Tampa.
“I just feel bad for him as an individual, as a member of our family,” GM Brian Cashman said. “We care a great deal about him and we’re just right now going to be there (for him).”

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2000 21 PHI-min A- 40 175 153 21 47 13 1 2 22 5 3 18 23 .307 .383 .444 .827 68 3 2 0 2 1 BAT · NYPL
2001 22 PHI-min A+ 122 523 467 65 120 25 2 16 59 19 8 37 88 .257 .324 .422 .746 197 6 12 1 6 4 CLW · FLOR
2002 23 PHI-min AAA 125 534 464 73 122 39 1 17 70 8 3 46 89 .263 .352 .461 .813 214 5 20 0 4 2 SWB · IL
2003 24 PHI-min AAA 113 490 431 80 139 26 2 18 77 10 4 41 75 .323 .390 .517 .907 223 3 11 0 7 6 SWB · IL
2003 24 PHI NL 43 152 134 13 32 10 1 2 21 2 0 11 22 .239 .322 .373 .696 87 50 3 6 0 1 0 4
2004 25 PHI-min AAA 33 144 123 23 35 8 1 6 25 4 2 18 29 .285 .368 .512 .880 63 2 0 0 3 1 SWB · IL
2004 25 PHI NL 94 287 267 36 71 11 2 13 57 4 1 15 40 .266 .308 .468 .776 93 125 6 2 1 2 1 43
2005 26 PHI NL 147 628 543 93 158 39 6 28 105 16 3 69 109 .291 .376 .540 .915 132 293 10 9 0 7 5 *4/3 MVP-13
2006 27 PHI NL 160 739 658 131 203 40 4 32 102 15 4 63 132 .309 .379 .527 .906 125 347 9 14 0 4 1 *4/3D AS,MVP-7,SS
2007 28 PHI-min AA 3 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .100 .282 1 0 0 0 0 0 REA · EL
2007 28 PHI NL 132 613 530 104 176 48 5 22 103 9 1 50 89 .332 .410 .566 .976 146 300 7 25 1 7 1 *4/3 AS,MVP-8,SS
2008 29 PHI NL 159 707 607 113 177 41 4 33 104 14 2 64 104 .292 .380 .535 .915 135 325 9 27 1 8 14 *4/3 AS,MVP-14,SS
2009 30 PHI NL 156 687 571 112 161 28 4 31 93 23 0 88 110 .282 .397 .508 .905 137 290 5 24 0 4 3 *4 AS,MVP-8,SS
2010 31 PHI-min A+ 4 13 12 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .250 .308 .583 .891 7 1 0 0 0 0 CLW · FLOR
2010 31 PHI NL 115 511 425 75 117 20 2 16 65 13 2 63 63 .275 .387 .445 .832 123 189 4 18 0 5 3 *4 AS
2011 32 PHI-min A+ 9 36 32 4 9 2 0 1 4 1 0 3 6 .281 .361 .438 .799 14 0 1 0 0 0 CLW · FLOR
2011 32 PHI NL 103 454 398 54 103 21 6 11 44 14 0 39 47 .259 .344 .425 .769 109 169 3 14 1 2 4 4
9 Yrs 1109 4778 4133 731 1198 258 34 188 694 110 13 462 716 .290 .377 .505 .882 127 2088 56 139 4 40 32
162 Game Avg. 162 698 604 107 175 38 5 27 101 16 2 67 105 .290 .377 .505 .882 127 305 8 20 1 6 5