Tag:Minnesota Twins
Posted on: August 13, 2008 7:34 pm

The Complete Game - A Dying Art

I think one of the biggest changes in the sport of major league baseball over the past century has become the role of the starting pitcher.  I'm sure managers, like they have for the past 100 years have wanted their starters to go out and pitch the whole game and bring the team to victory, but a starting pitcher in 1907 was at least 12 or times more likely to go the distance in a game than a starter in 2007.  What I decided to do to illustrate how complete games have declined over the past century, I took a look at the league leaders by team in complete games for every tenth year from 1907 to 2007.  The results are interesting

1907 - (152 games played) St. Louis AL 129 CG,    (153 games played) St. Louis NL 127 CG

1917  - (152 games played) Boston AL 115 CG,*  (153 games played) Boston Braves NL  105 CG   *=Babe Ruth led the AL with 35 CG.

1927  - (153 games) Chicago White Sox, AL 85 CG, (154 games) Pittsburgh NL 90 CG

1937  - (154 games) NY Yankees, AL 82 CG,  (152 games) Boston Braves NL 85 CG

1947  - (154 games) Detroit Tigers, AL  77 CG, (154 games) Boston Braves NL 74 CG

1957  -  (154 games) Chicago White Sox, AL 59 CG,  (154 games) Milwaukee Braves NL 60 CG

1967  - (162 games) Minnesota Twins, AL 58 CG,  (162 games) S. F. Giants NL 64 CG

1977 - (162 games) Baltimore Orioles, AL 65 CG (J. Palmer, 22), (162 games) Houston Astros, NL 37 CG

1987  - (162 games) Boston Red Sox, AL 47 CG, (162 games) LA Dodgers 29 CG

1997  - (162 games) Toronto Blue Jays, AL 19 CG (162 games) Montreal Expos 27 CG

2007  - (162 games) Toronto Blue Jays, AL 11 CG (162 games) Arizona Diamondbacks, NL 7

I'll comment about how I feel and my beliefs on this later.  I just want to let you know that of all these league leaders in complete games listed that those teams finished the season everywhere from last in the league to World Series champions, so as far as attaching importance on who throws the most complete games is sort of moot. 

Anyway, happy reading, and please discuss what you think.     

Posted on: June 5, 2008 8:32 pm

What the Royals Need to Do

Our middle infield situation is driving me nucking futs and needs to be addressed right away.  We now have 5 players on the roster to basically cover 2nd base and shortstop.  I don't know why the Royals called up Mike Aviles to start one game at shortstop and now its a week later and he hasn't gotten into another game.  The kid was hitting a robust .338 in Omaha with 10 home runs and we have his @ss on the pines while our current combo of Pena/German are booting balls around the infield.  Pena is hitting .156 and German is batting .167 and neither has hit a home run yet.  I think we should pack German's bags and either trade him or send him to Omaha if he still has options.  Then make Aviles the starting shortstop and use Pena as a late inning defensive replacement.  We're also put in a compromising position in many games when we have Olivo at DH with Buck being the only other catcher on the team.  I'd rather have a surplus of catchers than 5 middle infielders.  Let bring Tupman up from Omaha to back up Buck and just make Olivo our everyday DH.  I think our batting order would look a little better like this:

1.  DeJesus   LF

2.  Grudzielanek  2b

3.  Gordon  3b

4.  Guillen  RF

5.  Olivo  DH

6.  Teahen  1B

7.  Aviles  SS

8.  Buck  C

9.  Gathright  CF

A tidbit of Royals history for you all.  In many firsts, the Royals won their very first game they played in franchise history over the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings on opening day 1969.  Lou Piniella's first inning double was both the first hit in his career and the first hit in franchise history.  Piniella added 3 singles that day for a 4 for 5 performance.  That game also was the major league managerial debut of the Twin's Billy Martin. 

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