Recently, in these pages, I made a case for a way of discussing books in a manner conducive to NotGraphs. You can read those exact words, if you want. Alternatively, you can just believe me when I say that the basic idea is to share lightly annotated passages and ideas from interesting baseball-related books.
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?
• What is “OMGZ to the max” Alex?
• 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.
Image stolen shamelessly from Bees Wax.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.