The Scorekeeping Project donation drive ended on Tuesday at noon my time roughly and we finished just north of $3,000. I imagine everything should be paid for, barring some huge catestrophe, and we’re probably gonna be able to do some Spanish-speaking broadcasts as well.
The next few months will be collecting data. Adam and I have (well, OK, Adam has) done a good deal of it so far, but we have a long way to go.
If you’d like to become a coder–and receive a small stipend for your coverage–please contact me at sethamitin at gmail.
I saw this on a forum and had to post it here. I think it was originally written by this guy, but if it wasn’t, show me the link and I’ll give proper citation.
Matt Kemp has joined the 30/30 club with 30 HR and 33 SB. Ted Lilly has given up 28 HR and 29 SB. if Lilly gives up 2 more HR and another SB, both of which are perfectly feasible, they would become the first batter/pitcher teammates to have gotten/given up 30 hr & 30 sb in the same season.
Notable combos who fell just short:
1999 Dodgers: Raul Mondesi 33 HR 36 SB, Ismael Valdez 32 HR, 26 SB
1998 Mariners: Alex Rodriguez 42/46, Jeff Fassero 33/24
1996 Rockies: Ellis Burks 40/32 & Dante Bichette 31/31, Kevin Ritz 24/27
1990 Braves: Ron Gant 32/33, John Smoltz 20/31
1987 Mets: Darryl Strawberry 39/36 & Howard Johnson 36/32, Ron Darling 24/33
1987 Reds: Eric Davis 37/50, Ted Power 28/20
1987 Indians: Joe Carter 32/31, Tom Candiotti 28/25
1970 Brewers: Tommy Harper 31/38, Lew Krausse 33/23
I absolutely love this post.
The toughest part is actually the pitcher giving up that many. Only 18 guys have done that in history, most of them in recent history.
Tim Wakefield (BOS 1996 and 2000) and Joe Coleman (DET 1973 and 1974) are the only two to do it more than once and you can probably imagine why: anybody who does give up that many homers is probably out of baseball the next year.
In 1987, four pitchers (Jose Guzman, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris and Charlie Hough) gave up 30 homers and 30 SBs and that was because 1987 was a boom year for homers.
TrueBlueLA has a pretty darn good post (here) on how fast Matt Kemp got there and the prospects of him getting to 40/40, which are surprisingly not too bad.
I don’t know about you, but it’s been a lot of fun going to the ballpark to watch Kemp play this year.
Kemp is currently leading the National League in WAR at 7.7 and is only .2 behind Jose Bautista (JOEY BATS!!) for the lead in all of baseball. That difference can be within the margin of error, though, so take it with a grain of salt.
Ryan Braun is second in the NL with a 6.5 WAR, a full win behind Kemp. Knowing the voters, though, and how Braun’s team is currently in the playoff hunt, I wouldn’t be surprised if Braun won it.
This comes a little late, partially because I’ve had a lot of non-blog issues on my plate, but anyway. As of a week ago today, we are officially funded for the Scorekeeping Project. I’m very happy. I went out and had a couple of beers with friends this weekend to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who donated, spread the word and did anything to help us reach our goal.
Adam and I have talked about it and we still want to expand our scope to include Spanish-speaking broadcasts. There also seems to be a lot of interest in the soccer community and I’d be honored to lead that if someone were able to come up with the necessary info to create a project (lit review, reference variables, etc.).
In any case, we’re still looking for donations; we’re still looking for people who’d like to collect data. We have 11 days left. Thank you everyone for what you’ve done, let’s keep going.