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Derrek Lee Pittsburgh Pirates
Jim Rice (1984) holds the record with 36.

The rest of the single season Top 10:

2)Rice (1985) 35
3) Ben Grieve (2000) 32
Jackie Jensen (1954) 32
Cal Ripken (1985) 32
6)Tony Armas (1983) 31
Bobby Doerr (1948) 31
Jim Rice (1983) 31
Ivan Rodriguez (1999) 31
10) Brad Ausmus (2002) 30
Billy Hitchcock (1950) 30
Ernie Lombardi (1938) 30
Dave Winfield (1983) 30
Carl Yastrzemski (1964) 30
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jul 2 '08
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins
Perfect Timing Department: on Sunday morning Peter Kreutzer and I traded every player in our farm system for Juan Pierre.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Gabe Gross Seattle Mariners
Perhaps the two best swings seen on Baseball Tonight last night were by this guy and the guy who's rumored to be about to replace him; Gross hit career home run number 28, the other guy number 603. The other guy's was a walk-off, so it was clutch. But Gross hit his in a close game against the Red Sox with first place at stake, in front of -- for the first time -- a few more fans rooting for the home team than the Red Sox, so, especially when you factor in he doesn't get a chance to prove himself all that often, it was at least as clutch.

If I'm the Rays' GM, I make darn sure Gross is in the lineup everyday right up to the trade deadline.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks
His numbers at various levels this year --

186 AB in the Texas League: .333/.376/.618; K/W 44/13

111 AB in the PCL: .333/.402/.685; K/W 31/13

12 AB in the AL: .333/.385/.917; K/W 5/1

He's got a great-looking, fluid swing and he clearly can handle the cheese. Getting used to the perfectly placed cheese, in conjunction with all those other trick pitches major league pitchers have, may take a while.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
The chief GDP culprit in the American League at the halfway point is Lyle Overbay. On a pace for 30. Among the ten most DP-prone hitters in the majors, only two have slugging averages under .400. Overbay and Lastings Milledge.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Jose Castillo Houston Astros
Jose Castillo, batting ahead of Molina, has managed to ground into 15 double plays so far. So there's another reason Bengie's only grounded into12!

Slyke, you can say that again.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Bengie Molina Texas Rangers
I should amend the preceding comment by saying I'm not certain G/F data is based on batted balls that result in outs. Does it also include batted balls that go for hits?
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
By combing through the stats at ESPN, I have unlocked the secret as to why Bengie has grounded into only one more double play so far than Rowand. Among the 30 most DP-prone hitters in the majors, only he and Garrett Atkins are flyball hitters. Atkins barely. Bengie's hit 91 grounders that have resulted in outs, and 12 of them have resulted in two outs. By comparison, Rowand has hit 112 groundballs resulting in outs, with 11 resulting in two outs.

We don't know how many grounders were hit in DP situations, but it seems fairly conclusive that the Giants are asking for and getting twin killings that could easily be avoided by simply reversing these two hitters in the lineup.

An added bonus would be that the hitter with almost a 50-point better OPS would bat more often.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Vlad's on a pace to ground into 28 double plays, in addition to all his other woes. The world's largest strike zone was bound to bite him eventually, but who thought this soon?
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Derrek Lee Pittsburgh Pirates
Is on a pace to ground into 38 double plays. Might that be a major-league record?
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Barry Zito Oakland Athletics
In a Strato-O-Matic league, unless you had a heck of an offense, which the Giants don't, Zito wouldn't have even three wins at the halfway mark.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Aaron Rowand Florida Marlins
Oddly enough, Rowand has grounded into 11 DP's this year, only one less than Molina. But the importance of speed on the base paths is seen in the runs scored: 38 by Rowand, 26 by Molina.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies
Everything considered, the most impressive pitcher in the first half.

Halladay's understated quote after his masterpiece in Seattle last night: "It's nice when you go out and feel like everything is there and it's going to be one of those good ones."

Ichiro, who surely knows English now, carefully measured out his words for an interpreter: "That is the kind of pitcher you would call an 'ace.'"
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 1 '08
Aaron Rowand Florida Marlins
So far, Toz's prediction is dead on.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 30 '08
Because Molina is the run-producer in the lineup is the local explanation. Let's face it, the Giants' lineup really doesn't have a solid core. Of course, Molina may be the slowest major-leaguer, so whoever hits behind him has some obvious problems regarding steals and RBIs.
mike fenger mike
Jun 30 '08
Why does he bat fifth and Molina fourth in the Giants lineup?
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 29 '08
Called up when Milledge went onto the DL. Might not be up for long (and probably won't play much), but at least he can say he made it to the Show.
mike fenger mike
Jun 29 '08
Made his 4th error tonight. If he keeps hitting like this, it won't matter, but not even his mother thinks Aviles will keep hitting like this.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 29 '08
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
Again, it's only highlight reel stuff, but the guy also looks like a vacuum at 3B.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 29 '08
Sidney Ponson Kansas City Royals
A wag posting in the American Dreams League knitting circle: "Who says the game is zero sum? ADL teams had nine wins yesterday. Five saves. Fifteen homers. Eight steals. Nine teams hit .317 or better. If there was interleague play all year, we'd all finish in first."
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 29 '08

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