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  1. http://www.sporcle.com/games/antalope/mlb-basecloggers
  2. http://www.sporcle.com/games/antalope/mlb-basecloggers-2

Most Career Pitching rWAR, 20th Century Pitchers with Career of 12 Years or Less

  1. Sandy Koufax (54.5)
  2. Joe McGinnity (53.7)
  3. Nap Rucker (41.7)
  4. Brad Radke (41.4)
  5. Addie Joss (40.9)

Watch out for Kuroda's rising FIP (3.78 last year). Last 5 starters that signed with the Yankees and played for an NL team the previous year. (Name, FIP with NL team, FIP with Yankees)

  1. Javier Vazquez 2.87 to 5.32 (+2.45)
  2. CC Sabathia 1.65 to 3.37 (+1.72)
  3. Kevin Brown 2.39 to 4.09 (+1.70)
  4. Randy Johnson 2.30 to 3.78 (+1.48)
  5. Andy Pettite 4.13 to 3.87 (-0.26)

Guess Player X: (OBP - SLG) Leaders for 2011 (min 450 PAs)

  1. Player X: 0.015
  2. Jamey Carroll: 0.011
  3. Juan Pierre: 0.002
  4. Jason Bartlett: 0.001
  5. Ben Reverve: 0.001

Top 5 K% Since 1954 (min 400 PA) - C'mom Dunn

  1. Melvin Nieves - 43.7% (1997)
  2. Adam Dunn - 42.6% (2011)
  3. Mark Reynolds - 42.3% (2010)
  4. Jack Cust - 41.5% (2007)
  5. Jack Cust - 41.0 (2008)

Least Value Accumulated Through Age 30, Hall of Fame Pitchers

  1. Dazzy Vance (-0.7 WAR)
  2. Hoyt Wilhelm (5.3 WAR)
  3. Jesse Haines (7.8 WAR)
  4. Early Wynn (10.1 WAR)
  5. Red Faber (10.2 WAR)

Least Value Accumulated Through Age 30, Hall of Fame Position Players

  1. Sam Rice (13.2)
  2. Rick Ferrell (15.8)
  3. Phil Rizzuto (16.5)
  4. Earl Averill (17.0)
  5. Bill Terry (17.6)

League Average OPS by Position

  1. C 0.695
  2. 2B 0.694
  3. SS 0.691
  4. 3B 0.688

Possible explanations for the 2011 offensive spike so far

  1. Small sample size.
  2. Early games being played in more hitter-friendly parks.
  3. Quality of pitching hasn't been as good with some key guys on the DL.
  4. Change in batter and/or pitcher approach.
  5. Change in equipment.
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