Baseball history unpacked, May 16

A beautiful day for a brawl game, Big Daddy’s birthday, and other momentous events

In our last featurette, we covered Lake Front Park, fans at risk, Wimpy Quinn and Efren Navarro‘s birthdays, and other such information. Today we have a few items of Cubs and baseball interest, compiled for your possible pleasure, including such momentous events as Big Daddy Rick Reuschel’s birthday and Sammy Sosa hitting two homers in an inning.

Also, I must note that TOOTBLAN was referenced by Len and JD in the sixth inning of last night’s game.

TOOTBLAN – Tony Jewell: Short for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop, TOOTBLAN was created on May 7, 2008, to settle an acrimonious dispute among Cubs fans about whether shortstop Ryan Theriot was any good at baseball. Theriot supporters pointed to his high on-base percentage (.406 at the time), while detractors pointed to his lack of range in the field and his propensity to run into outs after getting on base.

TOOTBLAN is part of a larger statistic known as the Ryan Theriot Adjusted On-Base Percentage (RTAOBP or aOBP, for short), which adjusts OBP for on-base, non-force outs. Here is the formula: RTAOBP …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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