Baseball is associated with its records more than any other sport. What is the record for NFL passing yards in a season? How about the record for 3-pointers in an NBA season? I don’t know. I could Google it, but I bet you don’t have to run a search engine to spit out the home run record or the longest hitting streak.
That being said, not every record gets the attention and respect it deserves. I submit to you my list of the top 10 single-season offensive records (since 1900): Continue reading
Before listing the top 10 starting pitchers, I want to make an important note about the 162-game averages. This is an especially useful stat for pitchers, because it takes into account that pitchers used to throw way more often than they do now. One season for a pitcher is defined as Games Pitched + Games Started totaling 68. So, 34 starts or 68 relief appearances is one season. This helps when comparing older players to recent players immensely. Also, ERA+ is a stat that compares a pitcher’s ERA to the league average ERA for a pitcher who pitched in the same ballparks that year. For example, a Rockies pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 would have a better ERA+ than a Dodgers pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 because the average ERA in Coors is significantly higher than the average ERA in Chavez Ravine. An ERA+ of 100 is league average, while 105 is 5% better than league average, and 95 is 5% worse than league average. Lastly, the BB and K numbers listed in the 162-game averages are all per 9 innings. Continue reading
Rather than rank the outfielder positions separately, I decided to group the 3 positions together and do a top 15 for the entire outfield. This one’s a little lengthy: Continue reading
Wrapping up the infield in my all-time greatest series, the list of shortstops features some super-recognizable personalities along with some no-names. I suggest making use of the baseball-reference.com links accessed by clicking any player’s name. Continue reading
The next list of all-time greats examines the hot corner and the men who stood by it: