Tag Archives: Steve Busby

Home Run Stats Completed

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?

Busby Gets Emergency Call-Up to KC

Needing a rested starter for their Friday night game against the Rangers, the Royals called up pitcher Steve Busby from their AAA affiliate in Omaha, where he’ll meet the team at Arlington Stadium in time for their 7:35 pm match-up against division-rival Texas.

Busby is currently 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA in 12 starts for Omaha this season, and though his numbers aren’t necessarily worthy of promotion, he represents the most well-rested starter currently on the Omaha roster, after last pitching on August 20th against Oklahoma City. Another draw for KC manager Whitey Herzog are his five years of major league experience with the parent club, where he went 22-14 in 1974 and hurled a pair of no-hitters in 1973 and 1974.

After making his emergency start tonight, Busby will fill the bullpen void left by struggling reliever Doug Bird, who was sent to Omaha to make room for Busby. Bird was 2-4 with one save and a 5.06 ERA in 23 games for the Royals this season; he will likely return to Kansas City when major league rosters are expanded to 40 players on September 1st.