THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
December 18, 2014

A Darrell Evans single in the fourth inning, which scored Jack Clark from second base, was the deciding run in a 3-2 Giants win over the Dodgers on a drizzly night at site AZ14. Both teams scored their first pair of runs courtesy of the long ball, as Reggie Smith and Steve Garvey homered for LA, while Mike Ivie drilled a two-run shot for San Francisco in the first. Ed Halicki (11-6) went the distance for the win, striking out eight; Tommy John (12-4) went seven innings for LA and took the loss. Dodgers newcomer Pedro Guerrero made his first appearance of the SP78 season, filling in at first base for Steve Garvey in the eighth; it was Garvey’s first time sitting out since his first-batter ejection in a game against the Padres on May 31st.  (Game #1420,  8/4/78)

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Bench!

TWISP Notes #69

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TWISP Notes

November 17, 2018

• Braves third baseman Bob Horner returned from the 30-day disabled list after spending nine years out of action, from July 17th to August 16th, after he was hit by a line drive and suffered two fractured fingers on his glove hand. In his first game back, Horner went 1-for-4 with a double, and handled two chances cleanly at third.

• Orioles skipper Earl Weaver became the third SP78 manager this season to be suspended, after he bumped third base umpire Don Denkinger during an argument August 13th at Memorial Stadium, and was ejected for ‘conduct detrimental to the game of baseball’. He will serve the suspension August 18th, when the Orioles play the Angels at Anaheim Stadium.

• After having just one player attempt to steal a base over the first two months of the season (Rick Bosetti, who was caught stealing by Bosox catcher Carlton Fisk on May 22nd), the run-happy Blue Jays have now had 13 players—all ‘D’ or ‘E’ runners—make steal attempts through August. Only four have been successful, and their current SB/CS ratio stands at 6/34.

• In comparison, Bake McBride of the Phillies is 33-1 in stolen base attempts through August 17th.

• After batting .370 in July, Giants catcher Mike Sadek—subbing for an injured Marc Hill—is mired in a 1-for-20 August slump.

• The Tigers defeated the Indians 10-1 in the fifth and final Mango Memorial Game, played on September 5, 2018 at site AZ18 in Peoria, Arizona. The date will now be retired from further SP78 play.

• Recent Brewers AAA call-up Mark Bomback made his first appearance with the squad on August 17th, starting on the mound against the Blue Jays and earning his first major league victory in an 8-1 Milwaukee win. The Brewers winning streak now stands at three games, after they’d lost six straight, and moved them back to four games behind the first place Yankees in the AL East.

• If all goes according to schedule, SP78 game #1,600 will be played on August 18th at the Kingdome in Seattle, between the Yankees and the host Mariners; the game will feature NY ace Ron Guidry going for his 17th win. The milestone total includes games that have been called or postponed due to inclement weather, but does not include exhibition contests or the SP78 All-Star Game.

• KC third baseman George Brett, recently returned from the disabled list, went 8-for-10 with five doubles over his last two games, earning him back-to-back Yesterday’s MVP recognition in the American League.

• Season statistics for every NL and AL player and team are now current through August 17th, with the NL slate of games for August 18th scheduled to begin soon. This is the first time in SP78 history that all stats have been completely finalized up to the current date of the season.

SP78 Fans! August 21st is McDonald’s Junior Jays Day at Toronto!

 

LA’s Smith First to Reach 100 RBI

With his 41st home run of the season, a two-run shot off Phillies right-hander Jim Lonborg in the third inning of an August 17th game at Veterans Stadium, Dodgers slugger Reggie Smith became the first player in either league to collect one hundred RBI during the SP78 season. It was the second time Smith has achieved that coveted plateau in his career; he last reached the mark in 1974, hitting an even 100 as a member of the Cardinals. He’s also the SP78 single-game record holder for runs batted in, having collected ten in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 16th.

No other National League player is even close to one hundred (George Foster of the Reds is in second place with 86), and with a league-leading 41 home runs and a robust .366 average, Smith is a serious contender for the Triple Crown award, with just under a month and a half remaining in the season. It would be the first Triple Crown in the major leagues since Boston outfielder Carl Yastrzemski won the award in 1967, and the first in the National League since Joe Medwick turned the trick for the Cardinals forty years earlier, in 1937.

What makes this particular RBI milestone even more amazing is that Smith has missed three weeks of the season due to injury; if he stays healthy, he’ll still have a whopping 42 games remaining in the LA schedule to add to his total. At his current pace of one RBI per game, he’d finish the 1978 campaign with 142 (and at one HR hit every 2.4 games, he’d break Roger Maris’ home run record of 61 by one). The question now is, will he remain healthy?

Said Smith in the locker room after the game in Philadelphia, “Oh yeah…I’m done with all this injury crap.”

And Now, All AL Statistics Are Current!

Like I’d done with the National League a month ago, I’ve updated the stat pages for all fourteen American League teams so that they’re current (for the first time since 1989, I might add) through August 16, 1978. So now, stats for my entire SP78 season are completely caught up!

Okay, not quite: since I began work on this massive update, I’ve played all but one game for the August 17th slate, so now I have all of those new scoresheet numbers to plug into the stat pages. So realistically, though I don’t like to admit it, I’m now behind again…but just by a Statis Pro day!

Anyway, as before, these updated season stats can be found by clicking the ‘Statistics’ drop-down on the main page header, hovering the pointer over an AL division and team, then clicking on ‘Current Season Stats’. You’ll find that some stats and stat totals are blank; those will remain that way until the end of August. Right now, figuring out those numbers game-by-game is much more time-consuming than I’m willing to commit to.

So now I’ll begin typing statistics for the August 17th games into SP78 Stat Central (my HP Mini laptop), then I’ll begin the process of plugging them into the blog site as well. And then, I’ll play the final game of the 17th—a critical AL West match-up between the Royals and Twins—next week on Halloween, which will be the first SP78 game to be played on the scariest of holidays since 2011. And then…more work on the new league leaders spreadsheets, which I hope to have up and running by September 1st of the SP78 season. When I’ll find the time to do all of this, however, is flat-out beyond me…

All NL Statistics Are Now Current!

Believe it or not, for the first time since 1989, statistics for the National League are up-to-date to the current point of my SP78 season: August 16th, 1978. No more will I have to take the collected stats for June (which I completed while playing July games, well after June had wrapped up), add them to the stats for July, then add them to the current stats for August, just to get up to the minute stats for a particular player or team. Let me repeat: the NL is CAUGHT UP!

I know it may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, it is; having gone nearly thirty years without current stats, and to suddenly (well, after a few months of relentless work) now have them full and complete at my fingertips, well, that’s definitely something for me to celebrate. Which I think I’ll do later this afternoon with a bike ride to a nearby Barro’s for pizza.

These updated stats can be found by clicking the ‘Statistics’ drop-down on the main page header, hovering the pointer over an NL division and team, then clicking on ‘Current Season Stats’. You’ll find that some stats and stat totals are blank; those will remain that way until the end of August. Right now, figuring out those numbers game-by-game is much more time-consuming than I’m willing to commit to.

And later today I’ll begin work on the American League pages, which hopefully won’t take very long now that I have a system and rhythm down. Though NL games for the 17th are complete, I’ll let you enjoy these stats from the 16th for a bit before I add those other numbers in. And don’t forget to take a look at the Cardinals stat page and see how that 15-year-old rookie sensation is doing thus far in the ’78 campaign!