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The Cubs World Series Championship drought is almost over. In 2014, all the demons will be exorcised. The reasoning is symmetrical. The major baseball curses all pivot about the year 1961. The Red Sox and the White Sox broke their respective curses in rapid succession in 2004 and 2005.
The Red Sox previous World Series crown was 1918, 43 years before 1961. The Red Sox broke the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ in 2004, 43 years after 1961. Similarly, the White Sox previous World Series crown was 1917, 44 years before 1961. The White Sox broke the ‘Curse of the Black Sox’ in 2005, 44 years after 1961. So by similar reasoning, the ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ will end in 2014.

The year 1961 is a good dividing point between Classic baseball and Modern baseball:
• Roger Maris…

The High Five: Manny’s Greatest “Clean” Accomplishment. Highlight here.

(By Justin Bopp at BtBS)


There is little on this earth that I love more than the double play; when executed well it’s as graceful and smooth as any ballet and it whispers “There is order amidst all the chaos.”

(Image by Jusin Bopp)


The triple is baseball’s most exciting play and thanks to a) players taking less risks on the basepaths, b) improved fielding, c) new, less bizarre ballparks, or d) the daggumb guvament, the triple has become a dying art.

Maybe a few players will come across this chart while playing around with their iPads and will decide to take a few more risks next season. I wouldn’t be mad, though their managers might. 

(via Beyond the Box Score)

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What if you laid all 107 of those bats end to end? You’d pass clear out of right field at Fenway Park, for one thing. Alex uses a 34″ bat, so after some simple math, that’s 303 feet, and Pesky’s Pole is only 302 feet deep.

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So, here’s a new series on things A-Rod can buy after one inning of work, or $18,861 US dollars.

That is 107 MLB top-quality bats, which would give two MLB starters all the bats they’d need for the season.

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Inspired by Old Time Family Baseball’s post regarding C.C. Sabathia’s weight, I did some simple math to figure out how much Sabathia lost in baseballs. The answer? 96.

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More Mets centric information on this fine Monday morning. Did you know that of all the 30 MLB parks, Citi Field is the only one that doesn’t have yellow foul poles?

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The record for the most strikouts in a game was set on September 12, 1962 by Tom Cheney, who as a Washington Senator fanned 21 Baltimore Orioles in 16 innings, throwing 228 pitches to reach the mark. In 2009, the average number of pitches for a starter was 95.

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At the request of scotholtog and with the incredible work of Beyond The Box Scores’ Justin Bopp as inspiration, I have created a chart detailing attendence figures for the AL West teams. This is obviously just a segment of the info Mr. Bopp collected for the AL East, I’d have to do some more digging to make a graphic as complete as his.

Data gathered from ESPN.

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AL East Attendance 2001-2010

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FlipFlopFlyin has yet another brilliant graphic poking fun at C.C. Sabathia’s weight. The image shows C.C.’s weight in baseball stretched out across a field.

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It’s an odd curse, but if history repeats itself, the redbirds are looking at a lonely decade. The last time the Cardinals won a World Series in an odd-numbered decade? 1934. The only time they made the playoffs since 1940 in an odd-numbered decade? 1996. We’ve won rings in the 40s, 60s, 80s, and 00s, but none in the 50s, 70s, or 90s. So as we progress further into the 10s and as Pujols’ contract talks stall, you can understand why St. Louis fans are nervously biting our nails and anxiously fidgeting in our seats. But I guess 10 years is much better than 100. Or is it 102 now?

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I love this infographic from Flip Flop Fly Ball, where he breaks down how the text on the uniforms spans over the buttons in the center of the jersey. If you’ve ever tried to lay this out yourself, you’ll know it’s trickier than it looks.

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Visualbaseball.com has a great series of infographics looking at the pay of players vs. their WAR (Wins Above Replacement). He has charts for the Red Sox and the Tamp Bay Rays as well. It’s interesting to contrast the Rays with the other two teams, which have much larger payrolls.

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I really enjoyed this great infographic from FlipFlopFlyBall detailing the day by day home run count between Sammy Sosa and Mark McQwire.


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