Monday, February 25, 2013

Individual Records Updates From Season 21

We had lots of action on the individual records from last year, and as you can imagine most came in the pitching arena.

Luis Contreras continued his records assault with a number of new marks.  He threw 4 complete games to move into a tie for 1st on career list with 57.  He took over the career Quality Starts lead with 382.  He upped his career shutouts record to 28 (2nd place has 17).    And he became the new career wins leader with 265.  Next up:  career strikeouts (this year).

Keith Caldwell
had one of the best seasons in Major Leagues history and entered the career lists in a big way.  He posted the 5th-best single season ERA (1.57), the 3rd-best OBP allowed (.234), the 2nd-best WHIP (.84), and the best slugging % allowed (.232).
On the career lists, he tied Miguel Rojas for best career OBP (.262) and became the new career WHIP leader at 0.98.

Miguel Rojas lowered his career-best ERA mark to 2.02, and kept his career OBP-allowed lead at .262 (tied with Caldwell).

Norm Long, Mike DeJean and Garry Brinkley all passed former leader Cesar Carrasquel on the all-time innings-pitched list.  Long currently leads with 3664.

Philip Herndon upped his career saves to 473, but doesn't look like he'll get to 500.

On the hitting side, I don't know if we'll ever see single-season records again, but there are still impressive career marks going up.

Jae Nakano
hit.231, and his lifetime average slipped to .342.  But as it appears he is not going to get a contract this year, he will retire as the career batting average leader.  He'll also go out with 3274 hits, the only player in Major Leagues' history with 3000+.

Rico Uribe had a bit of an off year (.950 OPS), but maintained his lifetime OPS  lead with an incredible 1.000.  His RC/27 dropped to 8.85 but is still the career leader there as well.  I may be wrong, but I believe Uribe is the only active player on any of the top 5 career batting lists.                

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