BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Complete Games

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Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

Career Complete Games Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 448
  2. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1911 — 263
  3. Red Ehret — 1888-1898 — 260
  4. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 251
  5. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — 231

Single Season Complete Games Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887 — 53
  2. Weyhing — 1891 — 51
  3. Weyhing — 1889 — 50
  4. Weyhing — 1892 — 46
  5. Weyhing — 1888 — 45
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Friday Afternoon Links: Rusin to Instructional League

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Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Sorry for the late links, but here there are for your Friday afternoon:

  • In the final organizational standings the state’s major league affillitates finished in the lower half of the league: Rays (17), Reds (27) and Astros (30 of 30).
  • Jiovanni Mier (2), Juri Perez (10) and Jonathan Meyer (18) each were ranked on BA’s top 20 prospects list for the rookie Appalachian League. The three Astros’ farmhands may all end up in Lexington in 2010.
  • UK alum Chris Rusin was on invited to the Arizona Instructional League for top prospects by the Cubs.
  • WKU sports reports PGCrosschecker named Kes Carter the 19th best prospect in the Coastal Plains Summer League.
  • The Bats have released their 2010 schedule.
  • The Legends 2010 schedule is out as well.
  • Synthetic turf has been installed at EKU’s Turkey Hughes field.

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Strikeouts

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Jim BunningIn the second pitching category of the record book we’ll look at strikeouts. Once again the single-season record book is pretty one-sided, but Brandon Webb has a chance to crack it in the coming years if he rebounds from shoulder surgery. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to players born in Kentucky.

Career Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 2855
  2. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 1665
  3. Woodie Fryman — 1966-1983 — 1587
  4. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 1507
  5. Don Robinson — 1978-1992 — 1251

Single-Season Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Bunning — 1965 — 268
  2. Bunning — 1967 — 253
  3. Bunning — 1966 — 252
  4. Bunning — 1964 — 219; Weyhing — 1891 — 219
  5. Weyhing — 1889 — 213

Notes: Sen. Bunning and Weyhing are the only Kentucky-born pitchers to record 200 strikeouts in a season. In addition to the six seasons above, Bunning also struck out 201 batters in 1959 and 1960 (he lead the league both seasons), and Weyhing struck out 204 in 1888 and 202 in 1892.  Brandon Webb is the only other Kentucky-born pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts in a career, and he struck out 194 in 2007. Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton also has a chance to crack the 1,000 strikeouts plateau with 364 more K’s.

Louisville Alumni Excelling In World Cup Action

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B. J. RosenbergTwo UofL alumni are pitching well for their respective countries in the 2009 World Cup currently taking place in Italy. B. J. Rosenberg, a Philadelphia Philles prospect, has a 1.93 ERA and 10 strikeout in 4.2 innings of work for Team USA, which clinched a spot in the finals with a victory over Puerto Rico Wednesday.  Trystan Magnuson, a Blue Jays’ prospect, is 2-0 without allowing a run in 5.2 innings of work for Team Canada. (Read more)

The United States plays Cuba today and the Netherlands Friday before defending its title in the finals Sunday. Canada has matchups with the Netherlands, today, and Cuba, tomorrow, left on its schedule. Canada will then play Saturday in the consolation games against the team that finished with the same rank in group 2.

Thursday Links: Bailey Wins Number Six for Cinci

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Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

A former Bat was in action on the mound, and the state’s college and minor league teams had several announcements. Check out those stories in today’s hot links:

  • Former Bat Homer Bailey picked up his sixth win for Cincinnati.
  • Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-4, 2 SO
  • UK Baseball will host alumni weekend during the football Homecoming Game on Oct. 31.
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods media relations introduces fans to the Midwest League, where BG will move next season.
  • RaysProspects.com profiles the Hot Rods.

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Wins

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Gus Weyhing Baseball Card
Gus Weyhing Baseball Card

We’ll move to pitching categories in the record book feature, starting with wins.  Don’t worry we’ll go back to batting for the average/on-base/slugging categories, I just require a little more time to figue them out. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to players born in Kentucky.

Career Wins Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 264
  2. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 224
  3. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 223
  4. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — 207
  5. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1911 — 197

Single-Season Wins Leaders

  1. Gus Weyhing — 1892 — 32
  2. Gus Weyhing — 1891 — 31
  3. Gus Weyhing — 1890 — 30
  4. Gus Weyhing — 1889 — 30
  5. Gus Weyhing — 1888 — 28
  6. Gus Weyhing — 1887 — 28

Notes: If you were wondering who led Kentucky pitchers in wins after 1900 that would be: Mays (27, 1921) (26; 1920) Derringer (25, 1939); (22, 1935); Brandon Webb (22, 2008); Tannehill (22, 1905); Mays (22, 1917); (21, 1918); Tannehill (21, 1904); Derringer (21, 1938); (20, 1940) Jim Bunning (20, 1957); Mays (20, 1924); Tannehill (20, 1902); (20, 1900)

Webb not interested in restructured deal to stay in Arizona

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Brandon Webb

Ashland, Ky., native and UK alum Brandon Webb told Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic that he has no interest in accepting a restructured deal from the Diamondbacks if they decline his $8.5 million option. Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day due to an injury to his throwing shoulder and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August.

“If it comes down to that and they ask me to do something like that, I would have to – just for myself – see what else is out there and see if there’s something better,” Webb told McManaman. Arizona has until five days after the end of the World Series to decide on the option. Diamondbacks’ GM A. J. Hinch responded: “I don’t know what the plans are moving ahead, but if Brandon Webb is healthy, why wouldn’t you want him?” (Read more)

Wednesday Links: Major League Roundup

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Joe Blanton
The only UK alum with a world series win was back in action last night gearing up for a defense of his title. Check out that story and more in today’s hot links:
  • UK alum Joe Blanton picked up his 11th win of the season with seven shutout innings for the Phillies.
  • Louisville native Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run of the season for Florida.
  • Former Bat Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs for the Blue Jays.
  • Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-5, 1 2b, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • The Bowling Green Daily News reports on Matthew Moore being named the Hot Rods’ MVP and Anthony Scelfo being named one of seven finalists for the Erik Walker Community Champin Award.

All BluGrass Baseball Team: Ky. Alumni

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Sawyer Carroll; Photo: UK Athletics

Sawyer Carroll; Photo: UK Athletics

In the second installment of the 2009 “All BluGrass Baseball Team” we’ll look at alumni of Kentucky schools in the minor leagues.

  • Catcher — A. J. Ellis — PLD HS — AAA Albuquerque — .314, 48 runs, 39 RBI, .438 On-Base
  • First Base — Ryan Strieby — UK — AA Erie — .303, 19 HR, 58 RBI
  • Second Base — Seth Bynum — Louisville, Ky. — AAA Syracuse — .267, 20 HR, 69 RBI
  • Third Base — Tyler Sellers — EKU — AA Reading — .317, 17 HR, 86 RBI
  • Shortstop — Chris Burke — St. X — AAA Richmond — .279, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 15 SB
  • Left Field — Tyler Kuhn — Trinity HS — High A Winston-Salem — .289, 55 R, 46 RBI, 26 SB
  • Center Field — Ben Revere — Lexington, Ky. — High A Fort Meyers — .311, 2 HR, 48 RBI, 75 Runs, 45 SB
  • Right Field — Sawyer Carroll — UK — AA San Antonio — .317, 8 HR, 96 RBI
  • Designated Hitter — Michael Bertram — UK — AA Erie — .282, 18 HR, 77 RBI
  • Starting Pitcher 1 — Christian Friedrich — EKU — High A Modesto — 6-5, 2.41, 159 SO, 119.2 IP
  • Starting Pitcher 2 — Robbie Ross — Lexington, Ky. — Short-Season Spokane — 4-4, 2.66, 76 SO, 74.1 IP
  • Starting Pitcher 3 — Chaz Roe — Lexington, Ky. — AA Tulsa — 7-3, 3.15, 77 SO, 117 IP
  • Starting Pitcher 4 — Daniel Calhoun — Murray State — Short-Season Batavia — 2-0, 1.86, 42 SO, 48.1 IP
  • Starting Pitcher 5 — Marty Popham — Union — Short-Season Mahoning Valley — 6-1, 2.76, 83 SO, 75 IP
  • Closer — B. J. Rosenberg — UofL — AA Reading — 7-3, 1.18, 22 saves, 73 So, 61 IP

Notes: As with the KY minor league team, relief pitcher was the most competitive spot. In addition to Rosenberg, who was selected to represent the U.S. on the World Cup team, Zach Dials, Scott Green, Trystan Magnuson, Nathan Jones and Keith Butler also posted excellent numbers out of the bullpen. Collin Cowgill and Sean Coughlin are probably better prospects at their positions than the representative on this team, but both missed significant time due to an injury.

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Stolen Bases

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Pete Browning

Pete Browning

In the last of the traditional offensive categories, we’ll look at stolen bases. Speed hasn’t exactly been Kentucky’s strong point when crafting major leaguers as the five highest single-season totals are all pre-1900. Remember, we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which restricts the record book to only players born in Kentucky.

Career Stolen Base Leaders

  1. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 382
  2. Hub Collins — 1886-1892 — 335
  3. Dan McGann — 1896-1908 –– 282
  4. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — 258
  5. Ray Chapman — 1912-1920 — 233

Single-Season Stolen Base Leaders

Hub Collins

Hub Collins

  1. Pete Browning — 1887 — 103
  2. Hub Collins — 1890 — 85
  3. Hub Collins — 1887 — 71
  4. Hub Collins — 1888 — 71
  5. Hub Collins — 1889 — 65
  6. Fred Pfeffer — 1888 — 64