It’s a Saturday full of SP78 baseball on NBC today, as the A’s take on the division-leading Yankees at Yankee Stadium, the Mariners meet the red-hot Orioles in Baltimore, and the Twins battle it out with the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek will be in New York for the opening game, while Charlie Jones and Wes Parker will call the action from Baltimore, and Dick Enberg and Hank Aaron will wrap up the broadcast tripleheader tonight at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
It will also be the first time in SP78 history that a trio of games will have start times spread out over an entire day: one in the morning, one in the evening, and one at night. The evening Twins-Jays contest will wrap up the slate of games for August 26th.
Posted in Game of the Week
Tagged 1978, A's, Blue Jays, Game of the Week, Joe Garagiola, Mariners, NBC, Orioles, Saturday, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, Tony Kubek, tripleheader, Twins, Yankees
A few days ago, my friend Steve P and I were having a discussion about former Expos second baseman Ron Hunt, who set a modern major league record when he was hit-by-pitch fifty times during the 1971 season. No, that’s not a typo…fifty times, in one season!
So then we wondered: Who were the current HBP leaders in my SP78 season? I didn’t know off-hand—either the player or the number—but my educated guess for the number was somewhere between 10 and 15. So today I went through every team’s current stats, and came up with the Top 5 for each league…and as it turned out, my estimate was correct, for both leagues:
1) Dave Cash, Expos – 14
2) Willie Stargell, Pirates – 11
3) Gene Tenace, Padres – 9
4) Andre Dawson, Expos – 8
5) Tim Foli, Mets – 8
1) Don Baylor, Angels – 12
2) Chet Lemon, White Sox – 9
3) Butch Wynegar, Twins – 8
4) ReJackson, Yankees – 8
5) Six tied with – 7
A long way to go, in a month’s time, to catch up with Hunt and his record…unless I start purposely plunking Cash and Baylor in every remaining game. And in case you’re wondering: pitcher David Clyde of the Indians leads the AL in hit-by-pitches delivered, with nine, while Mark Lemongello of the Astros leads the NL, with seven.
Posted in The Wacky World of Statis Pro
Tagged 1971, 1978, Angels, Dave Cash, David Clyde, Don Baylor, Expos, HBP, hit-by-pitch, Mark Lemongello, Pirates, Ron Hunt, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, Willie Stargell
After last week’s series-ending brawl between the Cardinals and Braves in St Louis, everyone was waiting for the simmering anger to bubble over between these two teams in the follow-up series at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. It didn’t happen in the opening game on Friday, but in Saturday’s meeting, all hell broke loose when 15-year-old rookie Todd Benefiel was hit in the head by a pitch from reliever Dave Campbell, sparking a brawl that saw six players ejected from the game, in what would be an eventual 12-3 Cards victory.
Tensions were already on high when St Louis opened the game with three quick runs off Atlanta starter Eddie Solomon (4-10), thanks to singles from Benefiel and Garry Templeton, and a three-run blast over the wall in right by Keith Hernandez, his tenth home run of the season. The Braves would counter with a run in the second, when Gary Matthews tripled home Jeff Burroughs with one out; Matthews would be left stranded at third, however, as Cards right-hander Silvio Martinez (9-11) retired the next two batters on easy infield outs to end the threat.
To read the entire recap, make comments, and see an important section of the scoresheet, click here.
Posted in Game of the Week
Tagged 1978, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, August, board game, brawl, Dave Campbell, Garry Templeton, HBP, Keith Hernandez, SP78 Replay, St Louis Cardinals, Statis Pro Baseball
After spending a handful of days gathering home run data from the scoresheets of all 1,696 games played so far during my SP78 season, I’ve finished adding those numbers to the eight home run sub-categories listed on this site, and they’re now ready to be accessed. These sub-categories can be found by clicking the Statistics header at the top of any page, then hovering over the Miscellaneous Stats and Home Runs drop-downs before clicking on a particular sub-category title.
These sub-categories include home run totals for pitchers, pinch-hits, grand slams, 2-HR and 3-HR games, and inside-the-park, pinch-hit, and game-ending shots. All totals in each category are broken down by National League and American League batters; one table in the AL, for pitcher home runs, is of course blank, because no AL pitcher has yet hit one (only one pitcher, Steve Busby of the Royals, even has a hit…a single).
Having now seen the results of these compilations, it’s interesting to note that Dodgers slugger Reggie Smith, who leads both leagues in home runs and 2-HR games by considerable margins, has yet to hit a grand slam. And speaking of which…if anyone can tell me why there’s such a discrepancy between the NL and AL in grand slams, I’d appreciate it. I mean, it can’t strictly be because of the DH, can it?
Posted in Inside SP78
Tagged 1978, board game, categories, Dodgers, grand slam, home runs, inside-the-park, pinch-hit, Reggie Smith, Royals, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, statistics, Steve Busby