THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
December 2, 2003

In the second game of a 3-game series at Arlington Stadium in Texas, and one of the first to be played at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, the Rangers shellacked the Tigers 6-0 behind the 6-hit, seven strikeout performance of Ferguson Jenkins, who pitched his fifth shutout of the season while improving his record to 12-5. Texas outfielder Juan Beniquez was the game’s batting leader, going 3-for-4 with a double and home run, his fourth. One-time phenom Mark Fidrych lasted just four innings and suffered the loss for the Tigers. The Rangers would win again the following day, sweeping the weekend series from Detroit.  (Game #1120,  7/8/78)

Major League Baseball

AL Award Winners for June Announced

With work underway on compiling and updating American League stats through the month of June, it’s now time to reveal the AL award winners for the month. Like those in the National League, these players are the same who were announced as winning their respective awards back in 2001, after the June games had wrapped up. New to the list are winners for the three newly-created award categories: the Crystal Slugger Award (individual slugging percentage leader), the Barnes Memorial Trophy (highest batting average for the month), and the Bradley Memorial Trophy (lowest ERA for the month).

Player of the Month
Larry Hisle, MIL

Brewers outfielder/DH Hisle had a career month in June, going 46-for-108 for an average of .389, good for second-best in the AL. He also added eight doubles and nine home runs to his totals, and his 27 RBI tied for the league lead. He hit in all but two of the 29 games he played in during the month.

Pitcher of the Month
Ron Guidry, NY

Guidry continued his domination of the American League, improving to 14-1 on the year after going 4-1 for the month of June, with five complete games in five starts, three shutouts, and an ERA of 0.59. He allowed just three earned runs in those five starts, and had 27 strikeouts while walking only three.

Fire Chief Trophy
Reggie Cleveland, TEX

Rangers relief ace Cleveland went 1-0 and had five saves in twelve June appearances for Texas, after a lackluster 1-2 mark and one save through the first two months of the season. His two earned runs allowed over 29 innings pitched gave him an ERA of 0.69 for the month, and helped his season ERA drop to 1.65.

Crystal Slugger Award
Larry Hisle, MIL

Hisle scored his second award of June with an impressive .713 slugging percentage, besting the runner-up in that category by over 100 points. Hisle had 25 singles, eight doubles, and nine home runs in 108 at-bats for the month, and his HR total tied Don Baylor of California for the June lead.

Ross Barnes Memorial Trophy
Rusty Staub, DET

Designated hitter Staub, who has played in every Detroit game this season, went 39-for-99 for the month, leading the AL with a .394 mark. Not normally a high-average hitter, Rusty last finished a season above .300 in 1969; currently he’s hitting .332 for the Tigers for the SP78 season.

George Bradley Memorial Trophy
Ron Guidry, NY

No surprise here: Guidry’s 0.59 earned run average for June was the lowest in the American League, helped in part by his three shutouts in five starts; he allowed just three runs over 46 innings pitched. This is the second award won by Guidry this month, and his second Bradley award of the season.

Diamond Glove Award
Players with the least amount of errors at their positions

C – Thurman Munson, NY                         3B – Graig Nettles, NY
1B – Chris Chambliss, NY                        OF – Rick Manning, CLE
2B – Duane Kuiper, CLE                              OF – Amos Otis, KC
SS – Rick Burleson, BOS                              OF – Al Cowens, KC

Iron Glove Award
Robin Yount, MIL

Brewers shortstop Yount, hampered by an injury suffered in late-May when he was struck in the shoulder by a line drive off the bat of Oakland’s Tony Armas, played in just 19 games in June; unfortunately, he also committed eight errors at the keystone position, leading the Junior Circuit.

Hothead of the Month Award
Larry Gura, KC

For whatever reason, KC starter Gura had a thorn up his backside during the month of June; in six starts, he was ejected three times, twice for defacing a ball while on the mound (and screaming obscenities at the umpires when caught), and once for shouting disrespectful comments towards the home plate umpire after being called for a balk the previous inning.

To see a complete list of award winners—for both leagues—for the first three months of the season, and to see photos of the trophies and plaques awarded, click on Statistics on the main page and select SP78 Awards in the drop-down box.

NL June Stats are Complete!

x - NL - primaryPlayer and team statistics for all twelve National League teams through the month of June have been completed, and are now available for review. Also updated on each team’s page were league leaders in many offensive and defensive categories (red fonts for leader, orange if tied for a lead), as well as team rankings for attendance, batting average, slugging percentage, and earned run average.

As you may already know, three new monthly award categories have been created for each league: the Crystal Slugger Award (individual slugging percentage leader), the Barnes Memorial Trophy (highest batting average for the month), and the Bradley Memorial Trophy (lowest ERA for the month). The winners of these three awards for April and May have been included as well.

Work has already begun on June stats for the American League; these pages will be completed alphabetically on team-by-team basis, leading off with the Baltimore Orioles and wrapping up with the Toronto Blue Jays. The entire AL process should take 2-3 weeks to complete.

NL Award Winners for June Announced

If you’ve ever received issues of TWISP Notes, or own one of two existing copies of the SP78 June Stat Guide, then you already know that I first announced the June award winners back in 2001. But I didn’t want to post the names of these players on the SP78 site until I’d completed re-analyzing the June stats, and now that I’ve done that, and am ready to start posting those stats, I figured I’d finally present those award winners now. As for the AL awards, I’ll announce those recipients after all the June stats for the NL have been posted. Continue reading

June is DONE!

Well, the first part is done, I should say…the part that took a year and a half to complete, from May 5, 2015 to October 16, 2016. Now, I get to take those collected statistics from every June game and combine them with the April and May statistics for all 26 teams, to get a new season total through June 30, 1978. Then punch them all into the site.

June Stat Work!

One small change I’ve decided to make is to the player and pitcher names, which were automatically colored blue when I made them links, and which connect to their career stats at Baseball-Reference.com. What irks me is when these names are clicked, they turn to black…and stay black, creating a hodgepodge of blue and black names throughout the team pages. So what I’ve done, and will do to previous team pages as well, is to physically change the links’ font color to a lighter shade of blue, which is the color they’ll remain no matter how many times they’re clicked. Continue reading

Reds Celebrate 40th Anniversary, Top Bucs 5-1

1976-world-series-logoThe Reds opened the August 14th slate of games with a 5-1 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, in a game played on the 40th anniversary of their Game 4 win over the Yankees in the 1976 World Series. A George Foster home run and a 2-run double from Johnny Bench paved the way offensively for Reds starter Paul Moskau, who allowed just five hits in winning his tenth game of the season.

The game was played at a new SP78 site, SD9 in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, where my friend Durand recently moved, and where I’m staying while I’m out there to attend his wedding. The game was also part of another first: the first ever played on a bed! To avoid any trouble from Durand’s pair of inquisitive cats, I played the game in the guest bedroom, with the doors closed, and the bed seemed the most logical location for placement of the board.

Later today I’ll watch a condensed replay I have of that Series-winning Game 4, that I’d recorded off ESPN Classic several years ago. And tonight I’ll celebrate the Reds win with a post-rehearsal dinner at Miguel’s Cocina in Old Town.