Daily Archives: August 8, 2016

Milwaukee Brewers Week in Review: August 1 – August 7

After a flurry of trade deadline activity, the Milwaukee Brewers had a 2-4 week against San Diego and Arizona.  The Crew went bat bonkers last Saturday night, winning 15-6 behind Ryan Braun’s 7 RBI game to tie a franchise record.  Going into Monday night’s action the Brewers were still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 49-60 record, 19.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.



9 Innings/Questions on the Red Sox

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This is a continuation of our series of articles where I ask fellow bloggers from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) 9 innings worth of questions about their team. The goal is to do this for as many teams as possible (all 30 would be ideal) a few times a season. This one is a pre-All Star edition, then a post-All Star edition, another down the stretch (towards the end of the season) and then either a playoffs edition or off season edition or both!

So, without further ado …

  1. How are the Red Sox’s offseason acquisitions working out so far? Any concerns?


Alright. Their four main acquisitions were David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, and Chris Young. Price has been up-and-down, but overall he’s made the rotation better. Kimbrel has been shaky at times, but for the most part has been about as good as advertised.

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Calculating Foul Ball Odds: More Considerations (UPDATED)


Cleveland-Field-300x224Continuing the discussion about calculating foul ball odds, my research indicates the data reported by ESPN Stats and Info a few years ago (2103 season) was even more erroneous than originally thought. In a Distilled article from that year we learned the odds of catching a 2nd, 3rd and 4th foul ball actually decrease exponentially; in other words, the odds don’t stay the same. Thus, one doesn’t multiply 1000x1000x1000x1000 to get the odds of catching four foul balls at an MLB game. Doing so turns out to be inaccurate math.

We also discovered a foul ball forum where fans were having a discussion about the odds originally reported. Each pointed out that the odds calculated included everyone at the game, but not everyone can catch a foul ball. They rightfully too noted that there are people in fair territory. And this point, as we mentioned in our earlier post, is the crux of the argument. ESPN shouldn’t have posted those stats without double and triple checking them.

What we find interesting about this argument is that so many people base their MLB foul ball odds on averages that simply don’t do the lowly foul ball justice. Nearly every fan wants a foul or homerun ball. But not all of us get one. This is surprising since the odds aren’t all that bad in the grand scheme of things.


Even with all the erroneous or incomplete computations out there a few constants do exist: Lower deck seats get more foul balls. On average there are about 25-30 foul balls HIT into the stands (there are probably another 10 or so tossed into the seats each game by players and ball boys and girls). And Pitcher/Batter matchups matter: Left-handed hitters against right-handed pitchers tend to foul off balls in one direction, while hitting them differently when facing a lefty (and so it goes for the reverse hands)….


READ MORE AT FoulBallz.com

Ed Comber (VP Of The BBBA/Owner – foulballz.com)  

Foul Ball Month in Review: July Part II, More Umpires Out and a New Ballpark Delicacy is Invented

The second half of July brought more bumps, bruises, happy fans, destroyed umpires and even a new delicacy.


I don’t recall ever hearing about a new ballpark delicacy being born as a direct result of a foul ball. But one was born on July 15, 2016: The Nacho Ball. It occurred during the Padres-Giants game. Check out what happens when Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte goes for a foul ball:

Take that Prince Fielder.


Kids reactions to foul balls and toss-ups are always fun to watch. They always congratulate one another, celebrating. Rarely do we see kids get angry and upset. That’s a 180 degree difference from the typical “Adult” response. Check out these awesome kids at the Nationals game from whom we could learn a thing or two about kindness:

This young lady had a ball handed to her by the ballgirl. She’s beaming ear to ear as anyone would. But wait for it…she’s nearly tackled by other kids. NOT so they could steal it though. Wait for it…


READ THE REST AT FoulBallz.com

Ed Comber (VP Of The BBBA/Owner – foulballz.com)  

Congrats Ichiro on 3,000 Hits

By: Mike Carter

I tend to read pages and pages of baseball statistics every week. Some of it is in preparation for fantasy baseball games (I’m a geek), but most if it has to do with general interest in my favorite game.

As I was thumbing through my Who’s Who in Baseball 2016, I stared at the statistics of Ichiro Suzuki. Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player in his first season, 2001. Ten consecutive seasons with more than 200 hits. The all-time hit record for a season with 262. Over 500 stolen bases in his career.

Read the rest of Congrats Ichiro on 3,000 Hits via 9 Inning Know It All

Milwaukee Brewers 7 RBI Guys Braun and Kubiak

This past Saturday night Ryan Braun had 7 runs batted in for the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s a team record often duplicated – even by Braun as it’s his second time with 7 rbi’s – but never surpassed.  Last fall I had the good fortune to have some interview questions answered by the first Brewers player with 7 rbi’s in a game infielder Ted Kubiak.  His monster game at the plate happened back in 1970, Milwaukee’s first year as an MLB franchise.  You can read the story of that game, Ted’s stint with the Brewers, plus much more here:




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