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    Most baseball fans love numbers, from the traditional "counting" stats like RBI and home runs, to the more complex sabermetric calculations, such as OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) and Runs Created. In this section of the library, we will present various lists from our own analysts, various baseball periodicals past and present, other topflight baseball sites and our readers

    March 24, 2009: Madison McEntire on the Ultimate

    Since the All-Star game began in 1933, only 18 players have homered in both the All-Star game and the World Series in the same year, with Lou Gehrig (1936 and 1937) and ...Read More

    March 5, 2009: As Thoughts Turn to Spring, A Question: How High For Pujols?

    Yes, we know you haven\'t been living in a cave on a deserted island and you recognize that Albert Pujols, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, is a great hitter, but did y...Read More

    March 4, 2009: In Praise of The Anti-Dawsons

    Supporters of Andre Dawson\'s Hall of Fame candidacy often point to his 314 stolen bases and 438 home runs as evidence that he was a "complete" player. We think Dawson made far too many outs to qualify for Cooperstown, but his spee...Read More

    February 11, 2009: Seasons Cycles by Madison McEntire

    Season Cycles

    From 1900 through 2008, major league players hit for the cycle 240 times in the conventional manner – collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game. However, just five players achieved the statistical quirk of a “season cycle” -- getting just fou...Read More

    January 21, 2009: Mark Teixeira Tops Unusual Home Run List

    Mark Teixeira has hit 203 home runs while playing for three teams (the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Read More

    January 13, 2009: Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice Enter the Hall of Fame

    Monday, January 10, 2009: The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Rickey Henderson, the all-time stolen base leader, and Jim Rice, the American League MVP, into the Hall of Fame today. Players must attract 75 percent of ...Read More

    January 6, 2009: From the List Meister Madison McEntire: Pitchers Who Notched 20-Win Seasons for 3 Different Teams

    Normally, teams hang on to pitchers who win 20 games, so it is somewhat rare for a pitcher to have a 20-win season with more than one club. Even more unusual is the pitcher who does it with more than two clubs. Since 1900, just four pitchers have compiled a 20-win season for three different ...Read More

    December 20, 2008: The 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians

    Here\'s an early Christmas present for fans of the Cleveland Indians. This article first appeared in the Baseball Library on March 23, 2001 and comes from a Cleveland Indians\' ...Read More

    December 9, 2008: List Master Madison McEntire Makes His BBL Debut

    Madison McEntire loves lists, what baseball fan doesn\'t, but he not only enjoys reading them, he has a fervor for assembling them as means of underscoring unusual, rare and otherwise noteworthy events from the history of the National Pastime. We think he\'s a listmeister, and the Baseba...Read More

    November 22, 2008: Mussina Joins Ranks of Pitchers With Most Wins in Final Season

    When Mike Mussina announced his retirement this week, he became only the fifth pitcher to retire from the major leagues after a season in which he won 20 or more games. Only 15 major league pitchers have retired after seasons in...Read More

    November 19, 2008: Who Needs the Minor Leagues? 21 Players Who Went Straight From School to the Majors

    Mike Adamson (07-01-1967) University of Southern California to Baltimore Orioles

    Steve Dunning (06-14-1970) Stanford University to Clevela...Read More

    November 12, 2008: Ted Williams's Top 20 Hitters of All Time

    When Ted Williams opened his Hitters Hall of Fame in 1994, he inducted the first 20 hitters and ranked them based on his own "secret formula," which he claimed combined on-base percentage and slugging average. Since OPS, a stat ...Read More

    November 6, 2008: Part 2: Baseball Library's 2008 Performers of the Year - The National League

    Yesterday, we announced the winners of our second annual BBL American League Performers of the Year awards. Today, we look at the top players from the senior circuit.Each player\'s point totals appear in parentheses after his name...Read More

    November 5, 2008: The 2008 Baseball Library Major League Performers of the Year Awards

    All right, the votes are in and counted, all of the precincts have been heard from, and a historic election finally has concluded. The second annual Baseball Library Major League Performers of the Year polling has come to a close with two unanimous winners, one in both leagues. You can find...Read More

    October 15, 2008: Congratulations to Two Postseason Record Setters: Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies



    Last night, Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays went 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored vs. the Boston Red Sox in the fourth game of the ALCS. ...Read More

    October 14, 2008: The 2008 Baseball LIbrary National League Top Performers Team

    Yesterday, we continued our annual awards dispersal by announcing the BBL American League Top Performers Team. Today we look at the National League squad:

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    October 13, 2008: 2008 Baseball Library American League Top Performers Team

    In what we hope is becoming an annual rite, we open this week with our American League Top Performers Team, a 25-man squad composed of starters and one sub for each position, including DH, 2 righthan...Read More

    October 3, 2008: Baseball Library Announces Our Second Annual Major League Baseball Silk Glove Teams

    As we declared on these pages last year at this time, we think our Silk Glove Team more accurately identifies the top fielders at each position in both leagues than the Rawlings Gold Glove squad. Why? Because the selections for our unit are entirely subjective. No one voted for a player because o...Read More

    October 2, 2008: Odd Stats and Wacky Records From the 2008 Major League Baseball Season

    When Mike Mussina won his twentieth game on the final day of the New York Yankees’ regular season, he set one record and “surrendered” another. At 39, Mussina became the oldest pitcher to his first 20-victory seas...Read More

    September 16, 2008: Of 4 Homerun Games and Cub No-Hitters

    On August 14, 2008 the Chicago White Sox went deep in four consecutive plate-appearances as the team hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs. That\'s only happened six times in major league history, making the...Read More

    August 28, 2008: Hall of Fame Announces List of Veterans Committee Nominees for 2009 Induction

    On August 25, 2008 the National Baseball Hall of Fame released a list of 10 former major league players who will be considered for induction into the Hall in 2009 by the Veterans Committee. Results of a December 7 vote will be announced on December 8 at baseball\'s winter meetings.

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    August 20, 2008: Ryan Ludwick Wins a Home Run Crown (Of Sorts)

    Ryan Ludwick may not lead the National League in home runs this season (then again, he just might), but he has already attained the top spot on an unusual sluggers\' list...Read More

    August 20, 2008: Ryan Ludwick Wins a Home Run Crown (Of Sorts)

    Ryan Ludwick may not lead the National League in home runs this season (then again, he just might), but he has already attained the top spot on an unusual sluggers\' list...Read More

    August 8, 2008: Sound the Moose Call: Mike Mussina Shuts Down the Texas Rangers and Makes Another List

    He did it again last night. Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees not only won his 15th game of the season, he may have turned in his most impressive outing yet, seve...Read More

    August 4, 2008: A New Feature: The Baseball Library Vault of Lists

    Most baseball fans love numbers, from the traditional "counting" stats like RBI and home runs, to the more complex sabermetric calucations, such as OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) and Runs Created. In this section of the library, we will present various lists from our own analysts...Read More

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