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Red Ruffing Award 2014

Hall of fame pitcher Red Ruffing was a very good hitting pitcher and topped .300 eight times. The Yankees often used Ruffing as a pinch-hitter. Ruffing has more career pinch-hits than any other Yankee. Here are the final stats for the 2014 Red Ruffing Award qualifiers:

PITCHERS BATTING LEADERS 2014
Runs
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 10
Mike Leake Cincinnati  9
Travis Wood Chicago(N)  9
Ervin Santana Atlanta  7
Shelby Miller St Louis  6
Tyson Ross San Diego 6
Hits
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 17
Cole Hamels Philadelphia 13
Adam Wainwright St Louis 13
Travis Wood Chicago(N) 13
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) 12
Mike Leake Cincinnati 12
Doubles
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) 6
Mike Leake Cincinnati 5
Shelby Miller St Louis 5
Josh Beckett Los Angeles(N) 3
Jordan Lyles Colorado 3
Jeff Samardzija Chicago(N)-Oakland 3
Alfredo Simon Cincinnati 3
Adam Wainwright St Louis 3
Triples
Andrew Cashner San Diego 1
Jake Arriera Chicago(N) 1
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles(N) 1
Home Runs
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 4
Travis Wood Chicago(N) 3
Mike Leake Cincinnati 2
Grand Slam Home Run
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 2
Runs Batted in
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 15
Travis Wood Chicago(N) 10
Julio Teheran Atlanta  6
Adam Wainwright St Louis  6
Dan Haren Los Angeles(N)  5
Ian Kennedy San Diego  5
Mike Leake Cincinnati  5
Kyle Lohse Milwaukee  5
Bases On Balls
Stephen Strasburg Washington 7
Jon Niese New York(N) 6
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) 5
Ian Kennedy San Diego 5
David Buchanan Philadelphia 4
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles(N) 4
Tim Lincecum San Francisco 4
Lance Lynn St Louis 4
Stolen Bases
Joe Kelly St Louis-Boston 1
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles(N) 1
Batting Average
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco .258
Travis Wood Chicago(N) .232
Bronson Arroyo Arizona .222
Jacob deGrom New York(N) .217
Cole Hamels Philadelphia .210
On Base Percentage
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco .286
Travis Wood Chicago(N) .271
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) .262
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles(N) .235
Jordan Lyles Colorado .235
OPS
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco .755
Travis Wood Chicago(N) .700
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) .612
Jordan Lyles Colorado .548
Mike Leake Cincinnati .527
HARDEST TO STRIKE OUT PA SO PCT
Trevor Cahill Arizona 29  5 .172
Zack Greinke Los Angeles(N) 69 12 .173
Wade Miley Arizona 69 14 .202
Brad Hand Miami 31  7 .225
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 82 20 .243
Jacob deGrom New York(N) 53 13 .245
Sacrifice Hits
Shelby Miller St Louis 13
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 12
Zack Wheeler New York(N) 12
Tanner Roark Washington 11
Doug Fister Washington  9
Aaron Harang Atlanta  9
Roberto Hernandez Philadelphia-Los Angeles(N)  9
Kyle Lohse Milwaukee  9
Wade Miley Arizona  9
Stephen Strasburg Washington  9
Jordan Zimmerman Washington  9
Hit By Pitch
Travis Wood Chicago(N) 2
Winner
Madison Bumgarner   San Francisco

Red Ruffing Award 2013

Photo on 3-4-13 at 12.27 PMHall of fame pitcher Red Ruffing was a very good hitting pitcher and topped .300 eight times. The Yankees often used Ruffing as a pinch-hitter. Ruffing has more career pinch-hits than any other Yankee. Here are the final stats for the 2013 Red Ruffing Award qualifiers:

Runs

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

8

Mike Leake

Cincinnati

8

Patrick Corbin

Arizona

8

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles(N)

8

Andrew Cashner

San Diego

7

Jon Niese

New York(N)

6

Hits

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

19

Adam Wainright

St Louis

15

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

14

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles(N)

14

Andrew Cashner

San Diego

13

Julio Teheran

Atlanta

13

Doubles

Patrick Corbin

Arizona

4

Adam Wainright

St Louis

4

Henderson Alvarez

Miami

3

Dan Haren

Washington

3

Ian Kennedy

Arizona-San Diego

3

Julio Teheran

Atlanta

3

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Los Angeles(N)

3

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

3

Wade Miley

Arizona

3

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles(N)

3

Triples

Jacob Turner

Miami

1

Trevor Cahill

Arizona

1

Jose Fernansez

Miami

1

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia

1

Kyle Kendrick

Philadelphia

1

Dillon Gee

New York(N)

1

Tim Lincecum

San Francisco

1

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Los Angeles(N)

1

Cliff Lee

Philadelphia

1

Mike Leake

Cincinnati

1

Home Runs

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

3

Yovani Gallardo

Milwaukee

2

Runs Batted in

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles(N)

10

Scott Feldman

Chicago(N)-Baltimore

8

Wade Miley

Arizona

8

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

8

Tyler Chatwood

Colorado

7

Jhoulys Chacin

Colorado

7

Bases On Balls

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

 7

Ricky Nolasco

Miami-Los Angeles(N)

 6

Ian Kennedy

Arizona-San Diego 

 5

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco

 5

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles(N)          

 5

Stolen Bases

Andrew Cashner

San Diego

2

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

2

Tony Cingrani

Cincinnati

1

Kris Medlin

Atlanta

1

Jake Westbrook

St Louis

1

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

1

Batting Average

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

 .328

Tyler Chatwood

Colorado

 .300

Henderson Alvarez

Miami

 .300

Tony Cingrani

Cincinnati 

 .250

Andrew Cashner

San Diego

 .245

On Base Percentage

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

 .409

Tyler Chatwood

Colorado  

 .333

Henderson Alvarez

Miami 

 .300

Jon Niese

New York(N)

 .279

Jake Westbrook

St Louis

 .263

OPS

Henderson Alvarez

Miami

 .790

Zack Greinke

LosAngeles(N)

 .788

Tyler Chatwood

Colorado

 .658

Travis Wood

Chicago(N)

 .639

Andrew Cashner

San Diego

 .580

Hardest to Strike Out

PA    

SO   

PCT

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

72

10

7.20

Tyler Chatwood

Colorado

45

8

5.62

Barry Zito

San Francisco

43

8

5.37

Joe Kelly

St Louis

40

8

5.00

Jhoulys Chacin

Colorado

70

15

4.66

Sacrifice Hits

Bronson Arroyo

Cincinnati

16

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia

13

Kyle Lohse

Milwaukee

12

Homer Bailey

Cincinnati

11

Lance Lynn

St Louis

11

Winner

Zack Greinke

Los Angeles(N)

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Red Ruffing Award

Hall of fame pitcher Red Ruffing was a very good hitting pitcher and topped .300 eight times.
The Yankees often used Ruffing as a pinch-hitter. Ruffing has more career pinch-hits than any other Yankee.
Here are the final stats for the  2012 Red Ruffing award:

PITCHERS BATTING LEADERS 2012

Runs
Mike Leake    Cincinnati   8
James McDonald   Pittsburgh   8
Jon Niece   New York(N)   8
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   7
Matt Cain   San Francisco   6
Edwin Jackson   Washington   6

Hits
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   18
Cole Hamels   Philadelphia   15
Matt Cain   San Francisco   13
Edwin Jackson   Washington   13
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   13
Tim Hudson   Atlanta   12
Clayton Kershaw   Los Angeles(N)   12
Mat Latos   Cincinnati   12
Jon Niece   New York(N)   12

Doubles
Stephen Strasburg   Washington  4
Yovani Gallardo   Milwaukee   3
Zack Greinke   Milwaukee   3
Tim Hudson   Atlanta   3
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   3
Jason Marquis   San Diego   3
Ricky Nolasco   Miami   3
Travis Wood   Chicago(N)   3

Triples
Chris Rusin   Chicago(N)   1
Anibal Sanchez   Miami   1
Anthony Bass   San Diego   1
Ryan Dempster   Chicago(N)   1
Patrick Corbin   Arizona   1
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   1
Ian Kennedy   Arizona   1

Home Runs
Alex White   Colorado   2
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   2
Madison Bumgarner   San Francisco   2

Runs Batted in
Yovani Gallardo   Milwaukee   9
Ricky Nolasco   Miami   8
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   7
Clayton Richard   San Diego   7
Ian Kennedy   Arizona   6
Tim Hudson   Atlanta   6
Madison Bumgarner   San Francisco   6
Matt Cain   San Francisco   6

Bases On Balls
Ian Kennedy   Arizona   11
James McDonald   Pittsburgh   8
Tim Lincecum   San Francisco   6
Jon Niece   New York(N)   6
Barry Zito   San Francisco   6

Stolen Bases
Anthony Bass   San Diego   1
Jake Westbrook   St Louis   1
Cliff Lee   Philadelphia   1

Batting Average
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   .295
Jason Marquis   San Diego   .281
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   .277
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   .250
Eric Stults   San Diego   .250
Edwin Jackson   Washington   .228

On Base Percentage
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   .333
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   .306
Jason Marquis   San Diego   .303
Jon Niece   New York(N)   .295
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   .286

Slugging Percentage
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   .443
Alex White   Colorado   .429
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   .426
Drew Pomeranz   Colorado   .423
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   .400

OPS
Stephen Strasburg   Washington   .759
Mike Leake   Cincinnati   .749
Jaime Garcia   St Louis   .686
Drew Pomeranz   Colorado   .682
Jason Marquis   San Diego   .678

Hardest to Strike Out         PA    SO   Pct
Jhoulys Chacin Colorado    26       3   .115
Joe Saunders Arizona         46       7   .152
R A Dickey New York(N)    83     14   .168
Barry Zito San Francisco    69     12    .173
Wandy Rodriguez Houston-Pittsburgh    72   14   .194
Jordan Zimmermann Washington           66   13   .197

Sacrifice Hits
Johnny Cueto   Cincinnati   17
Clayton Kershaw   Los Angeles(N)   14
Chris Capuano   Los Angeles(N)   13
Kyle Lohse   St Louis   12
R A Dickey   New York(N)   10
Tommy Hanson   Atlanta   10
Ian Kennedy   Arizona   10
Mat Latos   Cincinnati   10
Tim Lincecum   San Francisco   10
Lance Lynn   St Louis   10
Ricky Nolasco   Miami   10
Barry Zito   San Francisco   10

Winner
Mike Leake   Cincinnati

Red Ruffing Award 2011

Red Ruffing Award

Hall of fame pitcher Red Ruffing was a very good hitting pitcher and topped .300 eight times.
The Yankees often used Ruffing as a pinch-hitter. Ruffing has more career pinch-hits than any other Yankee.
Here are the final stats for the  2011 Red Ruffing award:

Runs
Yovanni Gallardo     Milwaukee       10
Clayton Kershaw      Los Angeles     10
Carlos Zambrano     Chicago              8
Homer Bailey           Cincinnati          7
Mike Leake               Cincinnati          7
Ryan Vogelsong       San Francisco   7

Hits
Daniel Hudson        Arizona             18
Clayton Kershaw    Los Angeles      16
Yovanni Gallardo   Milwaukee        15
Cliff Lee                    Philadelphia    15
Carlos Zambrano    Chicago            14

Doubles
Jonathan Sanchez          San Francisco   4
Derek Lowe                     Atlanta               4
Madison Bumgarner     San Francisco   4
Yovanni Gallardo           Milwaukee         4

Triples
C J Wilson              Texas               1
Casey Coleman      Chicago           1
Dontrelle Willis     Cincinnati      1
Jon Niese                New York       1
Cole Hamels           Philadelphia  1

Home Runs
Kevin Millwood      Colorado          2
Zach Duke               Arizona             2
Carlos Zambrano   Chicago             2
Cliff Lee                    Philadelphia    2

Grand Slam Home Run
Shaun Marcum     Milwaukee         1
Jake Westbrook    St Louis              1

Runs Batted in
Daniel Hudson      Arizona            14
Jake Westbrook    St Louis             8
Livan Hernandez Washington       7
Derek Lowe           Atlanta               7
Cliff Lee                 Philadelphia      7

Stolen Bases
Zack Greinke        Milwaukee         1
Ted Lilly                Los Angeles       1
Cliff Lee                 Philadelphia      1

Batting Average
Dontrelle Willis           Cincinnati          .387
Carlos Zambrano        Chicago               .318
Homer Bailey              Cincinnati           .282
Daniel Hudson            Arizona               .277
Ryan Vogelsong          San Francisco .   226
Clayton Kershaw        Los Angeles        .225
Vance Worley              Philadelphia      .222
Yovanni Gallardo        Milwaukee         .221

On Base Percentage
Dontrelle Willis          Cincinnati          .387
Carlos Zambrano       Chicago              .348
Daniel Hudson           Arizona              .309
Homer Bailey             Cincinnati         .300
Ryan Vogelsong         San Francisco  .268
Clayton Kershaw        Los Angeles     .267
Cory Luebke                San Diego         .257

Hardest to Strike Out                                       PA      SO       Pct
Livan Hernandez       Washington                  61         2       30.5
Dontrelle Willis          Cincinnati                     34        4        11.7
Javier Vazquez            Florida                          67        10       6.7
Zack Greinke               Milwaukee                    59         9       6.5
R A Dickey                   New York                      69        11       6.2
Jhoulys Chacin           Colorado                       68        12       5.6
Wandy Rodriguez      Houston                        67         12      5.5

Sacrifice Hits
Roy Halladay                 Philadelphia          16
Livan Hernandez          Washington           15
Jason Hammel              Colorado                14
Shaun Marcum             Milwaukee             12
Jordan Zimmerman    Washington           11
Charlie Morton             Pittsburgh              11
Bud Norris                     Houston                 11
Ricky Nolasco               Florida                    11
Daniel Hudson             Arizona                   11
Madison Bumgarner   San Francisco        11
Clayton Kershaw          Los Angeles            11

Winner
Daniel Hudson Arizona

 

Tom Zocco

A Pitcher Going Ten Or More Innings In A Game, A Thing Of The Past.

Every game today has a pitch count.  If a pitcher reaches 100 pitches the bullpen starts warming up.  If the count goes above 120 the pitcher will usually be taken out.  There is fear he will ruin his arm.  Pitchers are throwing less innings and many still seem to be put on the disabled list for various reasons.

Today, a pitcher going 10 innings in a game is unheard of.

This has not been accomplished since 2007, when Roy Halliday pitched 10 innings for Toronto and Aaron Harang pitched 10 innings for Cincinnati.

At one time, it was not uncommon for a starting pitcher to stay in a game if the game went 10 innings or more.

Here are the leading pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched in a game 1950-2011:

Gaylord Perry            37

Robin Roberts           21

Warren Spahn           20

Jim Palmer                20

Billy Pierce                17

Tom Seaver              17

Bob Gibson              17

Phil Niekro               16

Jim Bunning            16

Nolan Ryan             15

Don Drysdale          15

Bert Blyleven           15

Ned Garver             14

Ferguson Jenkins   14

Curt Simmons         14

Steve Carlton          13

Rick Wise                13

Luis  Tiant               13

Jim Kaat                 13

Gaylord Perry  37:
Gaylord Perry pitched 10 or more innings in a game 36 times as a starter and once as a relief pitcher.   He did it with five different teams:  Giants 15, Indians 14, Rangers  4, Padres 2, Mariners 2

Robin Roberts  21:
Roberts pitched 300 or more innings 6 years in a row.
Roberts won games in which he pitched 15 and 17 innings

Warren Spahn  20:
Spahn did it 4 times in 1961 when he was 40 years old.   He was 43 years old when he lost a game 1-0 in 16 innings to Juan Marichal and the Giants in 1963. Spahn won his first game in 1946.  His career totals do not include 1946-1949.
Joe Torre caught Spahn in some of these games but was very quick with the hook as a manager.

Jim Palmer  20:
Palmer pitched 10, 11, and 12 inning games without allowing a walk

Billy Pierce  20:
In1957 Pierce won two ten inning 1-0 games

Tom Seaver  17:
In six of these games, Seaver did not allow any earned runs.

Bob Gibson  17:
Gibson pitched twelve or more innings in a game 6 times.
Imagine Bob Gibson’s reaction if a manager said to him “Gibby I’m taking you out!”

Phil NIekro  16:
Being a knuckle ball pitcher helped.  Why do today’s knuckle ball pitchers have a pitch count?

Jim Bunning  16:
From 1958-1967, Bunning pitched 10 innings in a game at least once each season.

Nolan Ryan  15:
Throwing as hard as Nolan Ryan did, his arm somehow survived 27 years of pitching.

Don Drysdale  15:
In 5 extra inning games, Drysdale struck out at least 10 batters

Bert Blyleven  15:
Blyleven pitched at least 10 shutout innings in a game six times.

Ned Garver  14:
In 1951 Garver won 20 games for the last place St Louis Browns.  He had to pitch 10 innings for one of those wins.  Garver’s career began in 1948, so his totals are probably higher if 1948 & 1949 are added.

Ferguson Jenkins    14:
Jenkins did not walk more than three batters in any of these games.

Curt Simmons    14:
In his final season, 1967, Simmons pitched eleven innings in a game for the Cubs.

Steve Carlton  13:
Carlton struck out at least 12 batters in 4 of those games.

Rick Wise  13:
Wise pitched 10 innings in a game for the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox and Indians

Luis Tiant 13:
In one 10 inning game, Tiant struck out 19 and did not walk a batter.

Jim Kaat    13:
Kaat pitched 3 extra-inning complete game shutouts.  In 1980 a 41 year old Kaat shut out the Mets 1-0 in 10 innings!
Kaat pitched in the major leagues for 25 years!

Now,  pitchers are being paid more and pitching less.  Today’s managers should consult the living members of this list and ask them how they were able to accomplish this without any problems.

Tom Zocco

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