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MLB's 3,000-strikeout club

Verlander becomes 18th pitcher in MLB history to reach milestone
September 28, 2019

The 3,000-strikeout club has a new member: Justin Verlander. The Astros ace recorded his 3,000th career strikeout in his final start of the 2019 regular season, reaching one of baseball's two most defining pitching milestones (the other being 300 wins). Only the greatest pitchers in Major League history have reached

Immaculate innings: 3 strikeouts on 9 pitches

September 28, 2019

Three up, three down, with all three batters struck out on three pitches each. While the "Immaculate Inning" isn't nearly as rare as it once was -- there were none from 1929-52 and eight alone in 2017 -- any pitcher who can plow through a big league lineup on nine

Every member of the 400-HR club

Fifty-seven players in history have reached the milestone
September 22, 2019

While the 500-homer club boasts sluggers such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks, the 400-homer club offers us a glimpse into one of baseball's superglues: a diversity of skills. The 400-homer club features athletic stars like the 5-foot-9 Mel Ott and the switch-hitting Chipper Jones. It includes players

Players who have hit for the cycle

September 17, 2019

Getting four knocks in one day is memorable for even the best hitters. But getting a hit of each kind -- a single, double, triple and homer -- in the same game? That's something special. How special? It's only happened once in postseason history, when the Red Sox's Brock Holt

Every 30-30 season, ranked by club

September 7, 2019

The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 62 times in baseball history, most recently by Ronald Acuña Jr., who became

40-40 club: 40 steals, 40 homers in a season

September 7, 2019

Every big league manager would love the luxury of being able to pencil a 40-homer slugger and a 40-steal speed burner into their lineup. But what if the slugger and the speed burner were the same guy? That combination of power and speed are so rare that the coveted 40-40

Every team's most recent no-hitter

29 of 30 clubs have had at least one no-hitter in franchise history
September 1, 2019

The no-hitter remains one of the rarest and most notable feats in baseball. Even if it seems like no-hitters are on the rise, there is an argument that isn't the case, and no matter how you slice it, it is one of the game's greatest achievements to get 27 or

Most consecutive games with a home run

July 27, 2019

In the history of Major League Baseball, only seven players have homered in at least seven straight games, the most recent of whom is Kendrys Morales. How difficult is it to go deep in seven straight? There have been many more 30-game hitting streaks, four-strikeout innings and six-hit games. There

These players hit multiple cycles in their careers

July 24, 2019

Brock Holt made big league history during the 2018 American League Division Series, becoming the first player in postseason history to complete a cycle in Boston's 16-1 blowout win over the Yankees in Game 3. Holt found his way into another fairly exclusive club with the feat. While hitting one

Perfect games broken up in 9th inning or later

Pitchers coming ever so close to one of baseball's rarest feats
July 20, 2019

There have only been 23 perfect games in Major League history, but there have been several occasions in which other pitchers' names could have been etched in the history books had it not been for a hitter reaching base in the ninth inning or later. Here are the 12 most

Players with at least 6 hits in a 9-inning game

July 14, 2019

Getting a hit in a Major League game is unquestionably one of the most difficult things to do in professional sports. Now imagine trying to do that six times in a nine-inning game -- a task made all the more difficult because you're also dependent upon your teammates having big

Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby, but his pursuit of history has just begun

July 11, 2019

By now, you've probably heard of Pete Alonso. It's not an easy task to have a coming-out party after you've already been named an All-Star, hit 30 home runs in the first half of the season and been involved in beef with fellow rookies. It's even harder to do that

Players with at least 30 HR by All-Star Game

July 7, 2019

When a player approaches 30 homers at the All-Star break -- the unoffical, if not actual, midpoint of the season -- the excitement of a potential 60-plus-homer season really swings into gear. "I think it's something definitely to be proud of," said Chris Davis, who tied the American League record

Ruth tops 2-homer games list

Sultan of Swat had 70 such performances
May 11, 2019

The home run has endured as one of sports' most exciting plays throughout Major League Baseball's lengthy history. With one swing of the bat, a player can alter the course of a game, and some of the most prolific home run hitters had a penchant for doing so more than

Exclusive club could get new member soon

Baseball's 3,000-strikeout fraternity is probably smaller than you think
April 24, 2019

Baseball is about to see a player enter one of its most exclusive clubs, and it could happen in CC Sabathia's next start. With three more K's, Sabathia, who has announced that 2019 is his final season, would become just the 17th pitcher to reach the 3,000 mark, joining this

Pitchers with 4 strikeouts in one inning

April 23, 2019

The number of four-strikeout frames -- made possible when a hitter takes first base after a third strike is dropped by the catcher plus either first is vacant or there are two outs -- has grown exponentially in the 21st century. While there were no such achievements by a pitcher

Players with home run in first at-bat

April 19, 2019

The Yankees had a pair of rookies achieve the amazing feat of homering in their first at-bat, doing it in back-to-back at-bats on Aug. 13, 2016, when Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates in Major League history to accomplish it in a game. "It was exciting," Judge

Players with two home runs in an inning

April 9, 2019

Connecting for a homer is a difficult enough feat in baseball. Getting the chance at a second at-bat in an inning, and then going yard again is a truly remarkable -- and historic -- achievement. 56 different players have done it, but there's an even more exclusive club -- players

Into rivers, across state lines -- these are the 8 coolest places in baseball to hit home runs

April 8, 2019

Prized free agent Manny Machado hit his first home run as a San Diego Padre the other night. First home runs are cool, but what made it even cooler was that it slammed off a building just beyond the left-field fence. Petco Park's Western Metal Supply Company building, to be

MLB legends comprise exclusive 3,000-hit club

March 20, 2019

The 3,000-hit club is one of the most famous, and one of the most exclusive, in all of baseball. The players who have gotten 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues are few and far between. They are legends of the game -- nearly all of the 32 members are Hall

All players with unassisted triple plays

March 11, 2019

When it comes to the ultimate defensive gem, it's hard to argue against the unassisted triple play. Turning a triple play with the help of your teammates is noteworthy enough. But to record all three outs yourself -- single-handedly killing a rally in the process -- is especially rare. "It's

MLB pitchers who have won the Triple Crown

March 11, 2019

Unlike the batter's Triple Crown, where the rare combination of hitting for power and a high average led to a nearly five-decade gap between the most recent two winners, the pitcher's Triple Crown is slightly more common, with winners in each league as recently as 2011. However, leading one's league

300-game winners in MLB history

Exclusive club has 24 members, four since 1990
March 11, 2019

Winning 300 career games as a Major League pitcher is a rare accomplishment, and the 300-win club is one of the most exclusive in MLB history. Here's a look at each pitcher who has ever won at least 300 games in his career: Randy Johnson: June 4, 2009 Career total:

All-time rookie no-hitters in MLB history

March 11, 2019

Throwing a no-hitter is hard enough for a crafty veteran. But doing it as a rookie? Well, that puts you into some of the most elite company in the game's history. Only 23 big leaguers have accomplished the feat, and it's a wonder that the number is that large. It's

All-time perfect games in MLB history

March 11, 2019

Even with a surprising run of five perfect games in three seasons from 2010-12 -- including a three in '12 alone -- the achievement of retiring all 27 men in order remains one of the rarest of baseball's gems. There have been just 23 such outings among the hundreds of