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Just the balls and bats, not all the useless stats

In the second installment of our ground-breaking, three-part investigative series, “Statistics Are Non-Nutritional, and In Some Cases Will Kill You,” Couch Slouch today examines statistical debris that is most often fatal. Albert Einstein once said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human …

 

Bill Chuck’s baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

BATTERS: NINE TO KNOW AT THE BREAK

1. Thirty-nine players had 100 or more hits, including Starlin Castro and Alexei Ramirez with 103 each.

2. Thirty-three players had 15 or more home runs, including Jose Abreu with 29 …

Adam Wainwright gives Derek Jeter final hat-tip

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Blame it on Derek Jeter. It was supposed to be his night, anyway. Sure, Alexei Ramirez physically replaced Jeter at shortstop after three innings of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. But his presence in his final All-Star Game appearance made for an unlikely first inning and a healthy bit of controversy.

Yoenis Cespedes earns back-to-back MLB Home Run Derby titles

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MINNEAPOLIS — Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night.

Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS ALL-STAR NINE TO KNOW

1. Fifty-two Cubs players and 24 Cubs pitchers have appeared in an All-Star Game. Ernie Banks is the leader, appearing in 13 games (he was named to 14). Lon Warneke, Bruce Sutter and …

Jim Brosnan, ex-Cubs, Sox pitcher famed for writing ‘The Long Season,’ dead at 84

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Former pitcher Jim Brosnan was a former Cubs and Sox pitcher who was probably better known for writing about life in baseball than he was for his greatest achievement in the game — helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series. Mr. Brosnan, a longtime Morton Grove resident, died June 28 at a hospice in Park Ridge. He was 84.

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Enough with the stats already

Today, Couch Slouch presents the first installment of the investigative series ‘‘Statistics Are Non-Nutritional and in Some Cases Will Kill You.’’ No sabermetricians were harmed in the preparation of this report, though several were offended. Let me directly address the data-visualization crowd before we go …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Travis Wood has allowed three runs in each of his last three starts. That sounds good until you realize he made it into the seventh inning only once and allowed those nine runs …

Tim Lincecum pitches second no-hitter vs. Padres in 12 months

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As he eases into a less-dominant phase of his career, there’s one team Tim Lincecum can count on to bring out his best: The San Diego Padres.

Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young-winning prodigy turned 30-year-old struggling veteran, pitched his second no-hitter in as many seasons …

McGRATH: Gwynn, Welch, Burgin are three tough outs to process

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The Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal blew up sky-high the same weekend Joe Frazier died, so Smokin’ Joe was collateral damage. An unwilling foil for Muhammad Ali’s self-centered showmanship and charm, Frazier was nonetheless a noble warrior and a true champion in a distinguished era for …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. In 20 seasons, Tony Gwynn had a .338 batting average, a .388 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage. He played the equivalent of a full season against the Cubs (168 games), and …

Clayton Kershaw throws no-hitter as Dodgers rout Rockies

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers …

Tony Gwynn: 5 things to remember

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There were two certainties about Tony Gwynn: He could hit a baseball like few other major leaguers, and he was going to laugh.

Tony Gwynn was a hit on and off the field

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CHRIS DE LUCA: You could talk about the 3,141 hits, the .338 career batting average, the eight batting titles, but those numbers could never sum up Tony Gwynn, who died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dead at 54

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54. Gwynn’s sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego’s best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed “Mr. Padre” during his 20-year major league career.

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

WHITE SIX NINE TO KNOW

1. Alexei Ramirez leads the American League with 52 games in which he hasn’t had an extra-base hit.

2. The White Sox are the only team in the majors that hasn’t shut out …