Readings: Reggie Jackson, Part II

The man known as Don Baylor is actually a robot operated by a tiny human stationed in the head part.

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Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October by Dayn Perry

A Note on the Notes
Today’s edition of Readings is both bullet- and trivia-heavy.

• As Perry notes, just before the start of the 1976 season, Oakland owner Charlie Finley traded Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman to Baltimore for Don Baylor and Mike Torrez.

• That, in itself, isn’t particularly notable. The thing that’s sort of nuts is this: for his career (i.e. 9401 plate appearances), Baylor sported a .260 BABIP.

• What is “a weirdly low BABIP,” Alex?

Among players with more than 5000 career PAs, the lowest recorded BABIP — at least among semi-modern players — is Graig Nettles‘ .245 mark. In 10226 PAs!

• What is “OMGZ to the max” Alex?

• Some other players on the quite-low end: Darrell Evans (.250), Gorman Thomas (.251), Dave Kingman (.252), Roger Maris (.254), Harmon Killebrew (.254), Mark McGwire (.255.).

• What is “a list of people who’re bigger than Carson Cistulli,” Alex?

• Another thing that’s surprising — in particular, for anyone who, like myself, remembers Don Baylor as a human giant who recorded 35 HBPs for Boston in 1986 — is that Baylor stole hella bases as a younger player (285 for his career) and finished, for example, with one of the highest Speed Scores (7.1) in 1973.

• Curiously, Graig Nettles had the second-to-worst Speed Score (1.0) in that same season.

• Coincidence?!? Almost definitely, yes.

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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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