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MVP Award Winners

01-08-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

1931-2014

The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual Major League Baseball award given to one outstanding player in both the American and National Leagues. Since 1931, it has been awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The winners receive the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award, which is named in honor of the first MLB commissioner, who served from 1920 to 1944. MVP voting takes place before the postseason but the results are not announced until after the World Series. The BBWAA began polling three writers in each league city in 1938, reducing that number to two per league city in 1961. The BBWAA does not offer a clear-cut definition of what "most valuable" means, instead leaving the judgment to the individual voters.

 

Rookies of the Year

01-05-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given annually to one player from each league as voted upon by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The award was established in 1940 by the Chicago chapter of the BBWAA who alone selected a rookie of the year. Starting in 1947, all members of the national BBWAA organization voted. Jackie Robinson was awarded the first official Rookie of the Year award. When casting their ballots each BBWAA voter used their own discretion as to who qualified as a rookie until 1957 when they defined the term as someone with less than 75 at-bats or 45 innings pitched in any previous season. This guideline was later amended to 90 at-bats, 45 innings pitched or 45 days on a major league roster before September 1 of the previous year. It was amended to the current standards in 1971 to 130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 days on the active roster of a major league club (excluding time on the disabled list) before September 1. Beginning in 1980 each voter names three rookies: a first place choice is given five points, a second place choice three points, and a third place one point. The award goes to the player with the most overall points. Prior to 1980 each voter cast one ballot for each league.
 

The 2014 salaries for the top 25 Major League Baseball players

12-29-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

The 2014 salaries for the top 25 Major League Baseball players on active rosters and disabled lists. Figures were obtained by the Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income. For some players, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect present-day values

 

2014 MLB Opening Day Payrolls

12-26-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Payrolls and average salaries for the opening day rosters of the 30 major league teams. Figures are based on documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments and incentive clauses are not included. Team payrolls do not include money paid or received in trades or for players who have been released. In some cases, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect present-day values.

 

CAREER GAMES LEADERS

12-14-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

1. Jesse Orosco, 1252
2. Mike Stanton, 1178
3. John Franco, 1119
4. Mariano Rivera, 1115
5. Dennis Eckersley , 1071
6. Hoyt Wilhelm, 1070
7. Dan Plesac, 1064
8. Mike Timlin, 1058
9. Kent Tekulve, 1050
10.Trevor Hoffman, 1035
11. Jose Mesa, 1022
12. Lee Smith, 1022
13. Roberto Hernandez, 1010
14. Mike Jackson, 1005
15. Rich "Goose" Gossage, 1002
16. Lindy McDaniel ,987
17. Todd Jones, 982
18. David Weathers, 964
19. Rollie Fingers, 944
20. LaTroy Hawkins, 943
21. Gene Garber, 931
22. Eddie Guardado, 908
23. Cy Young, 906
24. Arthur Rhodes, 900
25. Sparky Lyle, 899

Active Players Closing In 
x-Kyle Farnsworth, 858


 

Major League Baseball Pitching Leaders

11-27-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

CAREER WIN LEADERS

  1. Cy Young, 511
  2. Walter Johnson, 417
  3. Grover Alexander, 373
  4. Christy Mathewson, 373
  5. Pud Galvin, 364
  6. Warren Spahn, 363
  7. Kid Nichols, 361
  8. Greg Maddux, 355
  9. Roger Clemens, 354
  10. Tim Keefe, 344
  11. Steve Carlton, 329
  12. John Clarkson, 328
  13. Eddie S. Plank, 326
  14. Don Sutton, 324
  15. Nolan Ryan, 324
  16. Phil Niekro, 318
  17. Gaylord Perry, 314
  18. Tom Seaver, 311
  19. Charlie Old Hoss Radbourn, 308
  20. Mickey Welch, 307
  21. Tom Glavine, 305
  22. Randy Johnson, 303
  23. Early Wynn, 300
  24. Lefty Grove, 300
  25. Bobby Mathews, 297
 

CAREER TRIPLES LEADERS

11-24-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
  1. Sam Crawford, 312
  2. Ty Cobb, 297
  3. Honus Wagner, 252
  4. Jake Beckley, 244
  5. Roger Connor, 233
  6. Tris Speaker, 223
  7. Fred Clarke, 223
  8. Dan Brouthers, 206
  9. Joe Kelley, 194
  10. Paul Waner, 190
  11. Bid McPhee, 189
  12. Eddie Collins Sr., 187
  13. Ed Delahanty, 185
  14. Sam Rice, 184
  15. Jesse Burkett, 182
  16. Edd Roush, 182
  17. Ed Konetchy, 182
  18. Buck Ewing, 178
  19. Stan Musial, 177
  20. Rabbit Maranville, 177
  21. Harry Stovey, 174
  22. Goose Goslin, 173
  23. Tommy Leach, 172
  24. Zack Wheat, 172
  25. Rogers Hornsby, 159
 

CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS

11-20-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
  1. Tris Speaker, 793
  2. Pete Rose Sr., 746
  3. Stan Musial, 725
  4. Ty Cobb, 724
  5. Craig Biggio, 668
  6. George Brett, 665
  7. Nap Lajoie, 657
  8. Carl Yastrzemski, 646
  9. Honus Wagner, 640
  10. Hank Aaron, 624
  11. Paul Molitor, 605
  12. Paul Waner, 605
  13. Cal Ripken, 603
  14. Barry Bonds, 601
  15. Luis Gonzales, 596
  16. x-Todd Helton, 592
  17. Rafael Palmeiro, 585
  18. Robin Yount, 583
  19. Cap Anson, 581
  20. Wade Boggs 578
  21. Charlie Gehringer, 574
  22. Ivan Rodriguez, 572
  23. x-Bobby Abreau, 565
  24. Jeff Kent, 560 
  25. Eddie Murray, 560

 

CAREER SINGLES LEADERS

11-17-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
  1. Pete Rose Sr., 3215
  2. Ty Cobb, 3053
  3. Eddie Collins Sr., 2641
  4. Cap Anson, 2598
  5. Willie Keeler, 2536
  6. x-Derek Jeter, 2470
  7. Honus Wagner, 2426
  8. Rod Carew, 2404
  9. Tris Speaker, 2382
  10. Tony Gwynn, 2378
  11. Paul Molitor, 2366
  12. Nap Lajoie, 2360
  13. Hank Aaron, 2294
  14. Jesse Burkett, 2293
  15. Sam Rice, 2272
  16. x-Omar Vizquel, 2264
  17. Carl Yastrzemski, 2262
  18. Wade Boggs 2253
  19. Stan Musial, 2253
  20. Lou Brock, 2247
  21. Paul Waner, 2245
  22. Ichiro Suzuki, 2225
  23. Rickey Henderson, 2182
  24. Robin Yount, 2182
  25. Frankie Frisch, 2171
 

STOLEN BASE LEADERS

11-13-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
  1. Ricky Henderson,1406
  2. Lou Brock, 938
  3. Billy Hamilton, 937
  4. Ty Cobb, 892
  5. Tim Raines, 807
  6. Vince Coleman, 752
  7. Eddie Collins Sr., 743
  8. Arlie Latham, 739
  9. Max Carey, 738
  10. Honus Wagner, 722
  11. Joe L. Morgan, 689
  12. Willie Wilson, 668
  13. Tom T. Brown, 657
  14. Bert Campaneris, 649
  15. Kenny Lofton, 622
  16. Otis Nixon, 620
  17. George Davis, 616
  18. x-Juan Pierre, 614
  19. Dummy Hoy, 594
  20. Maury Wills, 586
  21. George Van Haltren, 583
  22. Ozzie Smith, 580
  23. Hugh Duffy, 574
  24. Bid McPhee, 568
  25. Brett Butler, 558


Active Players Closing In x-Ichiro Suzuki, 472

 

CAREER HIT LEADERS

11-05-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
  1. Pete Rose Sr., 4256
  2. Ty Cobb, 4191
  3. Hank Aaron, 3771
  4. Stan Musial, 3630
  5. Tris Speaker, 3515
  6. Carl Yastrzemski, 3419
  7. Cap Anson, 3418
  8. Honus Wagner, 3430
  9. Paul Molitor, 3319
  10. x-Derek Jeter, 3316
  11. Eddie Collins Sr., 3313
  12. Willie Mays, 3283
  13. Eddie Murray, 3255
  14. Nap Lajoie, 3252
  15. Cal Ripken, 3184
  16. George Brett, 3154
  17. Paul Waner, 3152
  18. Robin Yount, 3142
  19. Tony Gwynn, 3141
  20. Dave Winfield, 3110
  21. Craig Biggio, 3060
  22. Rickey Henderson, 3055
  23. Rod Carew, 3053
  24. Lou Brock, 3023
  25. Rafael Palmeiro, 3020


Active Players Closing In x-Alex Rodriquez, 2939

 

Chalmers Award

10-28-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
There have been three different "most valuable player" awards in baseball since 1911. The Chalmers Award was the first of those three and it was presented by between 1911 and 1914 by Chalmers Automotive — a Detroit based automobile company. By 1915 the Chalmers Award was no longer considered popular. Rumors about possible cheating and the inability for any player to win more than once were factors which led to its demise.
 

Cy Young Award Winners 1956-2014

10-20-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The Cy Young Award was then Commissioner Ford Frick's idea to honor the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Hard lessons were learned by the Chalmers Award (1911-1914) earlier in history so the recipients of the Cy Young Award were selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America from the inception of the award. During the first eleven years (1956 - 1966), only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected. Immediately after Commissioner Frick retired, the rules were changed to honor the best pitcher from each league.
 

All-Star Game History

10-12-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the "Midsummer Classic", is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by a combination of fans, players, coaches, and managers. The All-Star Game usually occurs in early to mid-July and marks the symbolic halfway point in the Major League Baseball season (though not the mathematical halfway point; in most seasons, that actually takes place one week earlier). The game is usually played on a Tuesday, with no regular season games scheduled on the day before or the day after. 
 

Baseball Luxury Tax

10-06-2014  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Monies collected under the MLB luxury tax are apportioned as follows: The first $5m is held in reserve, to pay for possible luxury tax refunds. This isn't comparable to a tax return you might expect if you decided to donate car or truck parts this year, the sums of money involved in the luxury tax refund are much greater. Once it is clear that there are no refunds to be issued, this money is then earmarked for the Industry Growth Fund (IGF). 50% of the remaining money is used to fund player benefits, 25% is used to fund baseball programs in developing countries with no high-school baseball, and 25% is put into the Industry Growth Fund. The cap on spending before the luxury tax (officially called the Competitive Balance Tax) kicks in changes during each season of the current collective bargaining agreement. According to the agreement, affected teams must send a check to the commissioner's office by Jan. 31. These are a lot of checks to be writing and they're not cheap checks either.