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Posted by mikelink45 , 10 July 2020 · 724 views

babe ruth sixty yard dash 1960 season
sixty Somehow I am trying to get my head around sixty games - and I keep coming up with the number 60 must have some significance or the curmudgeons that rule baseball might have taken the players options like 104 games. And of course 60 is the magic number - It is Babe Ruth.

Sorry but 73 is a number I have to look up to remember Mr Bonds, maybe I need steroids to improve my memory. And Mark McGwire your 70 was really fun because you and Sammy smiled every day, but it was like a fantasy game and we never really believed in you. And of course 61 made a great movie, but all Maris got was clumps of hair falling out. 60 is still celebrated. It is still the holy grail. Sammy Sosa had 3 seasons with more than 60 HRs, McGwire had 2, Ruth, Bonds, and Maris had one each.

And then there is the sixty yard dash. It is a test for baseball - I do not know if anyone else cares. The Baseball Training website says - "And for a good reason, we need this type of speed to steal bases, beat out a drag bunt, and get under the ball if we’re far away and in the outfield. Speed training for these reasons (and many others) is incredibly important for baseball performance." And this is quite funny since the space between bases is 90 feet so be as fast as you want for 60 - you better be able to go that last 30. And we have Byron Buxton who is so fast that he almost doesn't notice second base as he flies around the field.

What happened in 1960 - the Yankees lost to the Pirates. Bill Mazeroski hit the winning home run and is the HOF because of it. Our team had not traveled west yet so they were in DC and finished 10th of 16 (71 - 63). Harmon hit 31 HRs, Bob Lemon hit 38. Lenny Green led in BA with 294, Harmon Killebrew was second on the club with 276. In OPS+ Killebrew had 142, Lemon 129. Pascual and Ramos were the pitching leaders. This was the final season of 154 games.

In sixty games the 2018 Yankees and Red Sox were 41 - 19. Wow.

In 2011 Jose Bautista had a 1.226 OPS.

In 2008 Chipper Jones hit 408

In 1999 Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez struck out 143 batters - think what could happen in this K happy season.

In 1998 Juan Gonzalez drove in 76 runs!

https://www.mlb.com/...ig-performances

In 1936 Charlie Gehringer hit 60 doubles! The problem was - Earl Webb hit 67 in 1931 and Paul Waner, Hank Greenberg, Joe Medwick and George Burns hit 62 - 64 doubles in the thirties too (Burnes was 1926).

In Triples there is the Pythagorean triple which I cannot understand https://mathworld.wo...oreanTriple.html, but no one in MLB had 60 triples in a season. In Australia you can sign up for Triples - "The draw for the Men’s Over 60’s Triples is now available. Fifty two teams will battle it out to be crowned the 2019 champions. In a change from recent years sectional play and the alignment round will be played Monday 25th November at Como and Osborne Park Bowling Clubs with the finals all held on Tuesday 26th November at Osborne Park Bowling Club, meaning the competition will conclude in only two days instead of the usual three."

Of the 162 Major League Baseball players who have hit 100 or more triples, 69 are members of Baseball's Hall of Fame.

Who ranks number sixty in the career stats? Dale Murphy with 398 HRs, Roberto Alomar is number 60 in doubles with 504, Tony Perez is number 60 in hits with 2732 (yes he does belong in the HOF), Willie Keeler and Harry Davis are tied for number 59 which means they are also tied for 60th in career triples with 145. Chick Hafey is number 60 with a 317 batting average.

Old Hoss Radbourne won 59 games in 1884, but wait a minute. "The classic MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia, as well as other sources credit Radbourn with 60 wins (against 12 losses), other sources place his win total as high as 62." Bert Blyleven fell short of the record only giving up 50 HRs in one season (and he is HOF?)

Number 60 is filled with two names who are also tied for number 59 in wins all time - Mordecai Brown and David Wells with 239. Jay Bruce is number 60 in striking out with 1535, Eddie Plank is the pitcher ranked number 60 with 2246 Ks and in those days batters did not want to strike out like today.

Since there are 15, 213 people who have played in MLB since 1871 according to SABR, ranking number 60 is pretty good.

Also according to USA Today Dallas Kuechel is the best player to wear number 60.

According to Baseball Reference 1860 is when baseball was born - I know they played in the civil war and Tom Custer (George Armstrong Custer's brother) was a good pitcher. Baseball Reference has Sam Thompson as the best of the players from that time with a 44 WAR and in the HOF. John Ward with 34 WAR is second and also in the HOF.

Does that justify the 60 games? No - I doubt if MLB is even aware of these connections.

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strumdatjaguar
Jul 11 2020 11:24 AM

In 1970, the Vikings had a 40 man roster and played 60 minute games - their motto that year was "40 for 60 in 70", Since the M:B teams have a 60 man roster for the upcoming 60 day season in 2020, I suggest that the Twins adopt a motto for this year - "60 for 60 in 20".  If you say, that doesn't include playoff games, I would counter that the 1970 Vikes didn't consider overtime. 

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In 1970, the Vikings had a 40 man roster and played 60 minute games - their motto that year was "40 for 60 in 70", Since the M:B teams have a 60 man roster for the upcoming 60 day season in 2020, I suggest that the Twins adopt a motto for this year - "60 for 60 in 20".  If you say, that doesn't include playoff games, I would counter that the 1970 Vikes didn't consider overtime. 

nice addition - who is our Joe Kapp?

 

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strumdatjaguar
Jul 12 2020 08:44 AM
Who is our Joe Kapp? Josh Donaldson is a Joe Kapp type player, hard working leader. But he has been too much of a top of line star up till now. So, who is the everyday, gritty player/leader with a personality? Sergio Romo would be my nominee even though his position is not as much of a leadership position as Quarterback.
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