While watching the Cleveland Cavs slowly meltdown against the Orlando Magic from my favorite chair (every sports fan needs a chair), I couldn’t help but break out the Baseball Digest during the breaks. I must say — if you’re a baseball fan, but not a Baseball Digest subscriber, you’re missing out. This is a great magazine, has been for a long, long time. They even just launched a very nice website: www.baseballdigest.com.
The first interesting baseball stat belongs to Mark Teixeira, first baseman for the Yankees. He is the first player in the entire history of Major League Baseball to get 100 RBIs in 2 consecutive seasons, while playing for two different teams in those seasons. He started 2007 with the Rangers where he logged 49 RBI before being traded to the Braves where he tacked on another 56. In 2008 he began by knocking in 78 for the Braves before finishing the season with the Angels and knocking in 43.
Here’s another stat that, while being completely useless and meaningless, is nonetheless interesting. Since 1901, 9 players 5-9 or shorter have won a National League batting title – and 6 of them played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1902 it was Ginger Beaumont hitting .357 (that’s a ridiculous name, even for 1902), in 1927 (.380), 1934 (.362), and 1936 (.373) it was Paul Waner, in 1940 it was Debs Garms (.355), and in 1966 Matty Alou (.342) did it.
If you haven’t checked out our main site, The Sports Debates, we have a great debate going over there right now about whether or not Jake Peavy should have vetoed the trade to the White Sox. Let me know what you think about these stats — or if you win a game of trivia because of them!