Friday, February 25, 2011

Vote Ape

(Strikeouts that is. More than any other Royals pitcher.)
The Royals have opened up a small portion of the Royals Hall of Fame vote to the fans. There are some, uh, interesting options on the ballot (Kris Wilson anyone?), and it is kind of an awkward voting system (posts to Twitter or Facebook). But, here is your chance to do a tiny bit towards getting Kevin Appier into the Royals Hall. (I wrote this article back in October on about why Appier should go in; Also check out this chart of WAR racked up by the nominees. Appier has 2.5 times more WAR than the next guy.) 

Home Runs Hit By Royals Pitchers

All eight home runs hit by Royals pitchers.
I really didn't think I could hit that far, to tell you the truth. It just happened.--Zack Greinke
Jim Rooker

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More On The 1956 Municipal Stadium Brawl

From the April 25, 1956 Kansas City Star:

"Our own estimate is that the number of students who got out of bounds made up a rather small minority. We're not counting the traipsing up and down the aisles or the pushing and shoving in the seats. That's the normal and natural thing. Those who threw things on the field made a real nuisance of themselves or got into the post-game fights were comparatively few.

The series of melees after the game began at a point near third base. It was between white and Negro boys. In a few minutes there were fights all over the place between individual white and Negro youths and between groups. One observer estimated that at one time there were 35 to 40 fights going. We're inclined to believe this estimate greatly exaggerated. Possibly a dozen at once was the maximum.

Attendants had little success breaking up the fights. Police were busy directing motor car traffic outside the stadium and obviously were not notified at once. By the time police got to the field the jousting was pretty well dissipated. The youths kept moving out through centerfield as they sparred, and the last glimpse of a commotion was that of 8 or 10 youths still throwing punches as they disappeared through the bull pen gates.

Apparently no one was severely injured, although one press box spectator reported seeing a youth with blood on his face.

After it was all over, Roy Mack of the A's front-office staff wagged his head a little sorrowfully.

'We used to have high school days in Philadelphia,' he said. 'They always gave us plenty of trouble. I wouldn't say these Kansas City youngsters are any worse than anywhere else...but I don't think we want another day like this one.'"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2008–2010 fWAR All-Stars

Here is what the ideal 25-man roster might look like going by Fangraphs WAR racked up over the last three seasons. (Has anyone else noticed the Phillies might have a pretty good rotation?)