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Under normal circumstances, 60 baseballs would scream “small sample size”. When you play 162 times per season, two months is not enough to make a reliable assessment of a player or team. Having too much noise and not enough signals.
Now, we’re going to look at what happens when we present a full two-month schedule. As the blue interrogation prepares for the shortest season in franchise history, we should probably shake ourselves up unexpectedly.
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A glance through the history books gives us some idea of what some of the best-situations might be. Here’s a look at some of the best 60-game spreads in franchise history via SportsNet status (those of us who have seen the 2013 Blue J will certainly not be surprised to see which team tops):
• July 29 – October 3, 2015: 43-17
• July 7 t September. 10, 1989: 41-19
• July 24 t September. 26, 1987: 41-19
• July 21 t September. 25, 1985: 41-19
On an individual level, the Blue Jays have seen some incredible home runs continue for more than 60 game periods:
• July 26 t September. 30, 2010: Jose Bautista, 27
24 April 24 – July 1, 1987: George Bell, 26
• May – August 19, 2014: Edwin Encarnacion, 25
• July 21 t September. 30, 2017: Josh Donaldson, 24
• May 1 – July 5, 2012: Jose Bautista, 24
16 April 16 16 June 16, 2000: Carlos Delgado, 24
• July 10 t September. 17, 1999: Carlos Delgado, 24
If there is any indication of history, it is at least conceivable that we saw a .400 heater in 1944 for the first time since Ted Williams. Over the past four decades, three Blue J players have hit at least .400 hits during a0-games. :
12 April 12 21 21 June, 1999: Tony Fernandez, .432
• 18 April 22 22 June 1993: John Olerud, .417
• May 25 – August 1, 2000: Carlos Delgado, .409
Clearly, there is a difference between hitting .400 for 60 games and maintaining this mark over 162 courses.
So how will history remember a .400 ht in 2020? Should we use asterisks to note the short season? With these questions in mind, I approached John Thorne, the official historian of the MLB
“The stars will be insulted. The tattoo is what it is, “The Thorn wrote to me via email.” Baseball fans take pride in their knowledge of the game’s past as well as the present, and may return their curiosity to their history books for decades to come… far from satisfying themselves with a star. That would be a good thing. “
Do well When you look at it that way, the 2020 season is sure to provide a lot of things for future baseball fans to debate.