Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Most Consecutive Seasons with a Different Opening Day Starter: Left Field

The series continues (SPC1B2BSS3B) as we look at teams that had long stretches with a different Opening Day left fielder:

X different Opening Day Starting Left Fielder in X Seasons (since 1914)
Browns/Orioles 19 1937-55
Reds 15 1929-43
Athletics 14 2000-13
Phillies 14 1983-96
Royals 12 2000-11
Cubs 12 1987-98
Athletics 11 1960-70
Braves 11 1922-32
Padres 10 2005-14
Yankees 10 1994-2003
Royals 10 1990-99
White Sox 10 1979-88
Dodgers 10 1965-74
Dodgers 10 1943-52
Dodgers 10 1932-41

Baseball-Reference takes us back until 1914 and while Retrosheet provides starting pitchers in their game logs, it doesn't have that for other positions.


The 19-year run by the Browns/O's is the longest of any position. Oakland gave it a good run (going all the way back to Ben Grieve!) but Yoenis Cespedes snapped the streak last year. With their winter pickup of Justin Upton, the Padres probably extend their current streak to 11 (Ryan Klesko, Eric Young, Jose Cruz, Paul McAnulty, Chase Headley, Kyle Blanks, Ryan Ludwick, Jesus Guzman, Carlos Quentin, Tommy Medica)
. The Yankees had a dominant stretch from 1994-2003 while left field was a revolving door. If not for Joe Medwick's three-year run from 1941-43, the Dodgers would have had a 21-year streak.

Here's the full list of left fielders from the teams shown above. Some interesting names here include the one-armed Pete Gray, who played 77 games for the Browns in 1945. A few players I didn't include to see in left field are Carlton Fisk, Rafael Palmeiro and John Kruk. There's also Leo Posada (uncle of Jorge), the colorful Frenchy Bordagaray and 1946 Dodger Dick Whitman (or is it Don Draper?).


Browns/Orioles 19 1937-55 Joe Vosmik, Mel Mazzera, Beau Bell, Joe Gallagher, Rip Radcliff, Roy Cullenbine, Chet Laabs, Milt Byrnes, Pete Gray, Glenn McQuillen
Jeff Heath, Whitey Platt, Al Zarilla, Dick Kokos, Don Lenhardt, Tom Wright, Jim Dyck, Sam Mele, Gil Coan
Reds 15 1929-43 Pid Purdy, Bob Meusel, Nick Cullop, Estel Crabtree, Chick Hafey, Adam Comorosky, Samuel Byrd, Babe Herman
Phil Weintraub, Dusty Cooke, Wally Berger, Mike McCormick, Jimmy Ripple, Gee Walker, Eric Tipton
Athletics 14 2000-13 Ben Grieve, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Giambi, Terrance Long, Bobby Kielty, Eric Byrnes, Jay Payton, Shannon Stewart
Emil Brown, Matt Holliday, Travis Buck, Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes
Phillies 14 1983-96 Gary Matthews, Glenn Wilson, Jeff Stone, Gary Redus, Mike Easler, Phil Bradley, Chris James, John Kruk
Von Hayes, Wes Chamberlain, Milt Thompson, Pete Incaviglia, Gregg Jefferies, Darren Daulton
Royals 12 2000-11 Johnny Damon, Mark Quinn, Chuck Knoblauch, Raul Ibanez, Aaron Guiel, Terrance Long, Emil Brown
Ross Gload, Mark Teahen, David DeJesus, Scott Podsednik, Alex Gordon
Cubs 12 1987-98 Brian Dayett, Rafael Palmeiro, Mitch Webster, Lloyd McClendon, George Bell, Luis Salazar, Candy Maldonado
Derrick May, Scott Bullett, Luis Gonzalez, Brant Brown, Henry Rodriguez
Athletics 11 1960-70 Bob Cerv, Norm Siebern, Leo Posada, Chuck Essegian, Rocky Colavito, Tommie Reynolds, Larry Stahl, Joe Rudi, Jim Gosger, Mike Hershberger, Felipe Alou
Braves 11 1922-32 Walton Cruise, Bill Bagwell, Bill Cunningham, Bernie Neis, Frank Wilson, Eddie Brown, Eddie Moore, George Harper, Wally Berger, Earl Clark, Red Worthington
Padres 10 2005-14 Ryan Klesko, Eric Young, Jose Cruz, Paul McAnulty, Chase Headley, Kyle Blanks, Ryan Ludwick, Jesus Guzman, Carlos Quentin, Tommy Medica
Yankees 10 1994-2003 Luis Polonia, Paul O'Neill, Gerald Williams, Darryl Strawberry, Chad Curtis, Ricky Ledee, Shane Spencer, Chuck Knoblauch, Rondell White, Hideki Matsui
Royals 10 1990-99 Bo Jackson, Gary Thurman, Keith Miller, Kevin McReynolds, Vince Coleman, Michael Tucker, Tom Goodwin, Bip Roberts, Hal Morris, Johnny Damon
White Sox 10 1979-88 Ralph Garr, Claudell Washington, Ron LeFlore, Steve Kemp, Tom Paciorek, Ron Kittle, Rudy Law, Carlton Fisk, Ivan Calderon, Dan Pasqua
Dodgers 10 1965-74 Tommy Davis, Lou Johnson, Bob Bailey, Al Ferrara, Andy Kosco, Bill Buckner, Dick Allen, Willie Crawford, Manny Mota, Von Joshua
Dodgers 10 1943-52 Joe Medwick, Augie Galan, Frenchy Bordagaray, Dick Whitman, Gene Hermanski, Arky Vaughan, Cal Abrams, George Shuba, Don Thompson, Andy Pafko
Dodgers 10 1932-41 Alta Cohen, Lefty O'Doul, Hack Wilson, Danny Taylor, Freddie Lindstrom, Tom Winsett, Ernie Koy, Fred Sington, Joe Vosmik, Joe Medwick

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Most Consecutive Seasons with a Different Opening Day Starter: Third Base

The series continues (SPC1B2B, SS) as we look at teams that had long stretches with a different Opening Day third baseman:

X different Opening Day Starting Third Basemen in X Seasons (since 1914)



Dodgers 11 1956-66
Giants 11 1936-46
Red Sox 11 1927-37
Braves 10 1938-47
Braves 10 1923-32
Athletics 10 1914-23
White Sox 9 1950-58
Browns/Orioles 9 1949-57
Cubs 9 1925-33
Rangers 8 1970-77
Yankees 8 1966-73
Dodgers 8 1941-48
Athletics 8 1938-45
Dodgers 8 1923-30



Baseball-Reference takes us back until 1914 and while Retrosheet provides starting pitchers in their game logs, it doesn't have that for other positions.

The Dodgers were very successful in their final seasons in Brooklyn and their first few in L.A. despite the turnover at third. The nine-player streak for the Browns/Orioles ended in 1958 when Brooks Robinson made the second of 20 consecutive Opening Day starts. The longest active streak belongs to the Angels, but with David Freese slotted at the hot corner again, it will likely stop at six (after Chone Figgins, Brandon Wood, Maicer Izturis, Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callaspo).


Here's the full list of third basemen from the teams shown above. Some interesting names here include the trio on the Sibby-Nanny-Skippy 1938-47 Braves and two longtime outfielders that turned up on the list, Bobby Murcer and the late Minnie Minoso. There's also Cookie Lavagetto, who broke up Bill Bevens' 1947 World Series no-hitter with a walk-off double; and Bob Dillinger, the last third baseman to lead his league in stolen bases (20, 1949 Browns). The most surprising name I saw was Bucky Walters. He was a standout right-handed pitcher and won the 1939 MVP for the pennant-winning Reds, but I didn't know he came up as a third baseman with the Braves. In the September after his 1934 Opening Day start with the Red Sox, he made his mound debut with the Phillies en route to 198 career wins and the 1939 N.L. MVP Award.


Dodgers 11 1956-66 Jackie Robinson, Randy Jackson, Dick Gray, Jim Baxes, Jim Gilliam, Tommy Davis, Daryl Spencer, Ken McMullen, Johnny Werhas, John Kennedy, Jim Lefebvre
Giants 11 1936-46 Travis Jackson, Lou Chiozza, Mel Ott, George Myatt, Burgess Whitehead, Joe Orengo, Billy Werber, Sid Gordon, Hal Luby, Nap Reyes, Buddy Kerr
Red Sox 11 1927-37 Fred Haney, Buddy Myer, Bobby Reeves, Otis Miller, Jack Rothrock, Urbane Pickering, Marty McManus, Bucky Walters, Billy Werber, Eric McNair, Pinky Higgins
Braves 10 1938-47 Gil English, Debs Garms, Tony Cuccinello, Sibby Sisti, Nanny Fernandez, Joe Burns, Roland Gladu, Steve Shemo, Skippy Roberge, Bob Elliott
Braves 10 1923-32 Tony Boeckel, Ernie Padgett, William Marriott, Harry Riconda, Eddie Moore, Les Bell, Joe Dugan, Randy Moore, Charlie Wilson, Fritz Knothe
Athletics 10 1914-23 Home Run Baker, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Pick, Ray Bates, Larry Gardner, Fred Thomas, Jimmy Dykes, Joe Dugan, Frank Brazill, Sammy Hale
White Sox 9 1950-58 Hank Majeski, Floyd Baker, Hector Rodriguez, Vern Stephens, Minnie Minoso, George Kell, Bob Kennedy, Bubba Phillips, Billy Goodman
Browns/Orioles 9 1949-57 Bob Dillinger, Franklie Gustine, Johnny Berardino, Leo Thomas, Bob Elliott, Vern Stephens, Billy Cox, Bobby Adams, Brooks Robinson
Cubs 9 1925-33 Bernie Friberg, Howard Freigau, Riggs Stephenson, Johnny Butler, Clyde Beck, Footsie Blair, Les Bell, Stan Hack, Woody English
Rangers 8 1970-77 Ken McMullen, Joe Foy, Dave Nelson, Joe Lovitto, Jim Fregosi, Lenny Randle, Roy Howell, Toby Harrah
Yankees 8 1966-73 Clete Boyer, Charley Smith, Mike Ferraro, Bobby Murcer, Danny Cater, Jerry Kenney, Rich McKinney, Graig Nettles
Dodgers 8 1941-48 Cookie Lavagetto, Arky Vaughan, Billy Herman, Gil English, Bill Hart, Lew Riggs, Spider Jorgensen, Billy Cox
Athletics 8 1938-45 Billy Werber, Bill Nagel, Al Rubeling, Pete Suder, Buddy Blair, Eddie Mayo, Ed Busch, George Kell
Dodgers 8 1923-30 Andy High, Jimmy Johnston, Milt Stock, William Marriott, Bob Barrett, Howard Freigau, Harvey Hendrick, Wally Gilbert

Monday, March 30, 2015

Most Consecutive Seasons with a Different Opening Day Starter: Shortstop

The series continues (SPC1B, 2B) as we look at teams that had long stretches with a different Opening Day shortstop:

X different Opening Day Starting Shortstop in X Seasons (since 1914)



Athletics 10 1938-47
Dodgers 9 1920-28
Cardinals 8 2007-14
Twins 8 2006-13
Senators/Twins 8 1954-61
Red Sox 8 1950-57
Browns 8 1935-42
Cubs 7 1996-2002
Rangers 7 1978-84
Cardinals 7 1971-77
Browns 7 1933-39
Red Sox 7 1925-31
Cardinals 7 1919-25
Astros 6 2009-2014

Baseball-Reference takes us back until 1914 and while Retrosheet provides starting pitchers in their game logs, it doesn't have that for other positions.

The two longest active streaks listed are in jeopardy. Jhonny Peralta will likely start again for the Cardinals this year and end their streak at eight (after David Eckstein, Cesar Izturis, Khalil Greene, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Theriot, Rafael Furcal and Pete Kozma). The Astros picked up Jed Lowrie this offseason, so they'll probably extend their streak to seven (after Miguel Tejada, Tommy Manzella, Angel Sanchez, Marwin Gonzalez, Ronny Cedeno and Jonathan Villar). The Twins had a good (bad?) run end last year when Pedro Florimon drew a second consecutive start.


Here's the full list of shortstops from the teams shown above. Some interesting names here include Mario Mendoza of the famed "Mendoza Line," and not that Mike Tyson. Also, how abut the 1925-31 Red Sox streak, featuring a Turkey, a Rabbit, a Dud and a Pee-Wee:


Athletics 10 1938-47 Rusty Peters, Skeeter Newsome, Bill Lillard, Al Brancato, Pete Suder, Irv Hall, Bobby Wilkins, Ed Busch, Jack Wallaesa, Eddie Joost
Dodgers 9 1920-28 Chuck Ward, Ivy Olson, Andy High, Jimmy Johnston, Binky Jones, Johnny Mitchell, Rabbit Maranville, Johnny Butler, Dave Bancroft
Cardinals 8 2007-14 David Eckstein, Cesar Izturis, Khalil Greene, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Theriot, Rafael Furcal, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta
Twins 8 2006-13 Juan Castro, Jason Bartlett, Adam Everett, Nick Punto, J.J. Hardy, Alexi Casilla, Jamey Carroll, Pedro Florimon
Senators/Twins 8 1954-61 Pete Runnels, Bobby Kline, Jose Valdivielso, Lyle Luttrell, Rocky Bridges, Ron Samford, Billy Consolo, Zoilo Versalles
Red Sox 8 1950-57 Vern Stephens, Lou Boudreau, Jim Piersall, Milt Bolling, Ted Lepcio, Eddie Joost, Don Buddin, Billy Klaus
Browns 8 1935-42 Johnny Burnett, Lyn Lary, Bill Knickerbocker, Red Kress, Don Heffner, Alan Strange, Johnny Berardino, Vern Stephens
Cubs 7 1996-2002 Rey Sanchez, Shawon Dunston, Jeff Blauser, Jose Hernandez, Jose Nieves, Ricky Gutierrez, Alex Gonzalez
Rangers 7 1978-84 Bert Campaneris, Nelson Norman, Pepe Frias, Mario Mendoza, Mark Wagner, Bucky Dent, Curt Wilkerson
Cardinals 7 1971-77 Ted Sizemore, Dal Maxvill, Ray Busse, Mike Tyson, Ed Brinkman, Lee Richard, Garry Templeton
Browns 7 1933-39 Jim Levey, Alan Strange, Johnny Burnett, Lyn Lary, Bill Knickerbocker, Red Kress, Don Heffner
Red Sox 7 1925-31 Turkey Gross, Dud Lee, Pee-Wee Wanninger, Jack Rothrock, Hal Rhyne, Bill Narleski, Rabbit Warstler
Cardinals 7 1919-25 Rogers Hornsby, Hal Janvrin, Doc Lavan, Specs Toporcer, Howard Freigau, Les Bell, Tommy Thevenow
Astros 6 2009-2014 Miguel Tejada, Tommy Manzella, Angel Sanchez, Marwin Gonzalez, Ronny Cedeno, Jonathan Villar