Kentucky All-Star Game Facts and Figures

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Pee Wee Reese baseball card

Bowling Green native and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart introduced himself to casual baseball fans last night with his impressive home run derby first-round, but he’ll look to add to his reputation tonight when he starts the MLB All-Star game for the National League. Tonight marks Hart’s second all-star selection putting him in an exclusive club of Kentuckians with multiple all-star appearances. Check out that state and others below in an All-Star edition of facts and figures:

  • In total, 16 players born in Kentucky have been selected as MLB all-stars.
  • Just 11 have been selected to multiple all-star teams.
  • Hall-of-famer Pee Wee Reese leads all Kentuckians with 10 all-star selections.
  • Ashland native and Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb leads active Kentuckians with three selections.
  • Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, born in Louisville, and Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, born in Fort Campbell, are the other active Kentuckian all-stars.
  • Former MLB outfielder David Justice, who was born in Cincinnati but attended high school in Covington and college at Thomas More was selected to three all-star games.
  • Webb (UK), Justice and Paul Derringer (Georgetown College) are the only alumni of Kentucky colleges to be selected as all-stars.

Check out the full list of all-stars born in Kentucky with number of appearances below with active players in italics:

  • Pee Wee Reese — 10
  • Jim Bunning — 9
  • Paul Derringer — 6
  • Travis Fryman — 5
  • Stan Spence — 4
  • Gus Bell — 4
  • Brandon Webb — 3
  • Dan Uggla — 2
  • Mike Greenwell — 2
  • Woodie Fryman — 2
  • Corey Hart — 2
  • Aaron Cook — 1
  • Len Barker — 1
  • Jay Buhner — 1
  • Vern Bickford — 1
  • Paul Byrd — 1

* Stats are via Baseball-Reference.com

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Reynolds slugs 100th career home run

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Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, born in Pikeville, became the tenth player born in Kentucky to record 100 career home runs with a two-run long ball in the fifth inning Thursday. Reynolds is third on the active Kentucky native home run list behind Dan Uggla (132) and Austin Kearns (108). Former Seattle Mariners slugger Jay Buhner, born in Louisville, is the Kentucky career leader with 310 home runs. You can see the Kentucky career home run lists here via BaseballReference.com.

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Assorted

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Pete Browning

Pete Browning

When compiling the record book I found a number of categories that didn’t fit anywhere else. For instance, what about all-star game appearances? For a long time there wasn’t an all-star game, and a player obviously couldn’t appear in more than one in a season. I wanted to do on-base percentage, but the logistics of compiling the single-season list ended up being too daunting. If I figure it out I’ll still pass it along, but until then here are some record lists that didn’t quite fit in any other post:

Career All-Star Game Appearances

  1. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 10
  2. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 9
  3. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 6
  4. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 5
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — 4/Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 4

Career On-Base Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .403
  2. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .397
  3. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .380
  4. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — .370
  5. Stan Spence — 1940-1949 — .369

Career Slugging Percentage (Minimum 1000 games)

  1. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — .494
  2. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — .467
  3. Mike Greenwell — 1985-1996 — .463
  4. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — .462
  5. George Harper — 1916-1929 — .455

Career Winning Percentage (Minimum 200 decisions)

  1. Jesse Tannehill — 1894-1922 — .629
  2. Carl Mays — 1915-1929 — .622
  3. Howie Camnitz — 1904-1915 — .556
  4. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — .549
  5. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — .532

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Home Runs

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Photo by angela n. via Flickr

Photo by angela n. via Flickr

We started the Record Book series almost three weeks ago with home runs. Now that the 2009 season is over that list looks a little different. Since Diamondbacks third baseman and Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds finished the season with 44 home runs he joins Jay Buhner as a single-season Kentucky home run record holder. I’ve included the career list again which should change in 2010 since Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla is five home runs from cracking the top five. Austin Kearns could also crack the top five with a 20-home run season in 2010. Reynolds is currently 13th on the list with 89 home runs.

Top Five Home Run Seasons

  1. Mark Reynolds — 2009 — 44/Jay Buhner — 1996 — 44
  2. Jay Buhner — 1997 — 40/Jay Buhner — 1995 — 40
  3. Brad Wilkerson — 2004 — 32/Dan Uggla — 2008 — 32

Career Home Run Leaders

  1. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — 310
  2. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 223
  3. Gus Bell — 1950-1964 — 206
  4. Mike Greenwell — 1985-1996 — 130
  5. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 126


    Reynolds finishes season with 44 home runs

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    Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds went 1-4 with a run scored and three strikeouts in his final game of the 2009 season. The Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman finishes the year with 44 home runs, tied with Jay Buhner for most in a single-season by a player born in Kentucky. Reynolds also finishes the year with a major-league record 223 strikeouts.

    Detroit defeated the White Sox this morning and Minnesota is up 10-4 in the eighth inning over Kansas City, so the AL Central race appears destined for a one-game playoff on Tuesday. Louisville-native and Morehead State alum Jon Rauch struck out the only batter he faced in today’s game for the Twins.

    2009 Bat Homer Bailey pitched six shutout innings in a Cincinnati 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh. The game featured numerous contributions from 2009 Bats, so look back tomorrow for the full breakdown.

    Bluegrass natives eligible for All-Time 9 Teams

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    SI Cover March 18, 1996

    SI Cover March 18, 1996

    MLB.com and Major League Baseball are running a new promotion where fans can vote on the All-Time 9 Team for each franchise.  The concept is simple, fans are offered a selection of the best individual season at each position in franchise history and vote for their favorite, in much the same way they vote for the All-Star team. A few Kentucky natives are eligible for the voting in case your interested:

    • Arizona Diamondbacks — Brandon Webb — SP — (2008) .149, 11 RBI
    • Arizona Diamondbacks — Mark Reynolds — 3B –(2009) .263, 44 HR, 101 RBI
    • Atlanta Braves — Bill Sweeney — 1B — (1912) .344, 1 HR, 100 RBI
    • Cincinnati Reds — Gus Bell — OF — (1953) .300, 30 HR, 105 RBI
    • Detroit Tigers — Bobby Veach — OF — (1921) .338, 16 HR, 128 RBI
    • Florida Marlins — Dan Uggla — 2B — (2008) .260, 32 HR, 92 RBI
    • Los Angeles Dodgers — Pee Wee Reese — SS — (1949) .279, 16 HR, 73 RBI
    • Seattle Mariners — Jay Buhner — OF — (1996) .271, 44 HR, 138 RBI
    • Washington Nationals — Austin Kearns — OF — (2007) .266, 16 HR, 74 RBI

    Reynolds Moves One Closer

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    Photo by angela n. via Flickr

    Photo by angela n. via Flickr

    Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman and Pikeville, Ky., native Mark Reynolds moved one home run closer to the Kentucky record for home runs in a season. Reynold’s 43rd blast of the season came in the second innings of Arizona’s game with San Francisco Monday. Jay Buhner currently holds the record for home runs in a season by a Kentucky native with 44 home runs for Seattle in 1996.

    BluGrass Baseball Record Book: RBI

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    Bobby Veach

    Bobby Veach

    In the third installment of the BluGrass Baseball Record book we look at RBI.  While RBI have come under fire from sabermatricians of late, they are still recognized as one of the three big offensive stats by most casual baseball fans.  Remember, we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which says a player must have been born in Kentucky to qualify for the record book.

    Career RBI Leaders

    1. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — 1166
    2. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 1022
    3. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 1019
    4. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — 965
    5. Gus Bell — 1950 — 1964 — 942

    Single Season RBI Leaders

    1. Jay Buhner — 1996 — 138
    2. Bobby Veach — 1921 — 128
    3. Bobby Veach — 1922 — 126
    4. Jay Buhner — 1995 — 121
    5. Gus Bell — 1959 — 115

    Reynolds Two Home Runs Shy Of Bluegrass Record

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    Photo by angela n. via Flickr

    Photo by angela n. via Flickr

    Need a little motivation to keep up with the final two-plus weeks of the MLB season? Well here you go, Arizona Diamondback’s third baseman Mark Reynolds is two home runs from setting the single-season record for home runs by a Kentucky-born player. Reynolds currently has 42 home runs, two shy of Jay Buhner’s record of 44 from 1996.  Buhner has three of the top four home run seasons by Kentucky natives. (Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com)