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Top Sub-.500 Pitchers, by Baseball-Reference's WAR

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  1. Bob Friend (48.9 WAR, 197-230, 107 ERA+)
  2. Bobo Newsom (45.9 WAR, 211-222, 107 ERA+)
  3. Jack Powell (44.5 WAR, 245-254, 106 ERA+)
  4. Tom Candiotti (41.0 WAR, 151-164, 108 ERA+)
  5. Ted Breitenstein (39.1 WAR, 160-170, 110 ERA+)

Fewest 2010 Opposite Field Home Runs

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  1. Mariners - 5
  2. Cubs, Athletics, Pirates, Indians - 7
  3. Braves - 8
  4. Mystery Team (Cardinals) - 9
  5. Royals - 10

Worst 30/30 Seasons of All Time (by rWAR)

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  1. Dante Bichette 1996, 0.7 rWAR
  2. Joe Carter 1987, 0.9 rWAR
  3. Raul Mondesi 1999, 1.5 rWAR
  4. Alfonso Soriano 2005, 1.7 rWAR
  5. Preston Wilson 2000, 1.8 rWAR

Lowest Career wWAR, First-Ballot Hall of Famers

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  1. Lou Brock - 47.8
  2. Kirby Puckett - 60.5
  3. Dennis Eckersley - 73.0
  4. Dave Winfield - 79.4
  5. Willie Stargell - 80.4

Lowest Career rWAR, OPS+ at least 145, at least 6000 PA

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  1. Ralph Kiner (45.9)
  2. Lance Berkman (46.1)
  3. Sam Thompson (46.7)
  4. Elmer Flick (56.7)
  5. Hank Greenberg (56.8)

Highest Pop-Up Rate, 2008-2010 (minimum 2000 PA)

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  1. Scott Baker, .129
  2. Jered Weaver, .127
  3. Ted Lilly, .125
  4. Clayton Kershaw, .109
  5. Johan Santana, .109

Active Players With Fewer Career Walks Than Barry Bonds Had IBB in 2004

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  1. Yuniesky Betancourt (3057 PA, 104 BB)
  2. Angel Berroa (2807 PA, 117 BB)
  3. Toby Hall (2514 PA, 104 BB)
  4. Delmon Young (2464 PA, 102 BB)
  5. Kevin Kouzmanoff (2422 PA, 111 BB)

2010 batted ball FIP leaders, minimum 20 GS

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  1. Jered Weaver -- 3.00
  2. Mat Latos -- 3.19
  3. Player X -- 3.22 (Hiroki Kuroda)
  4. Francisco Liriano -- 3.23
  5. Adam Wainwright -- 3.30

Average Annual Salary During Duration of Newly Signed Contract - Take Your Pick

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  1. Jason Frasor - $3.5MM (1 year w/ $3.75 option)
  2. Matt Guerrier - $4MM (3 years & $12MM inc. signing bonus)
  3. Jesse Crain - $4.33MM (3 years & $13MM)
  4. Scott Downs - $5MM (3 years & $15MM)
  5. Joaquin Beniot - $5.5MM (3 years & $16.5MM)

Five Things You Won't Hear in Gil Meche's Retirement Speech

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  1. "First and foremost, I'd like to thank Trey Hillman."
  2. "It's like what Jose said to me once when we were hunting..."
  3. "I'll always remember asking Dayton why he gave me five years, and him replying, 'I want you to be here when the winning starts'."
  4. "...and also the Royals' great medical staff..."
  5. "And finally, to Cliff Lee, despite our disagreements about Milton and Shakespeare, I say this: Amicii flores in horto vitae sunt."
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