Monday, November 3, 2008

Re-writing the record book

Season 3 has come to a close and season 4 activities are already underway. But if you weren't paying close enough attention last season, you missed several performances that had The Bigs historians getting out their erasers and re-writing the record book. Several big single season offensive records were broken, as were a few pitching marks. Here now are some notable record-breaking performances from season 3 that you may have missed:

Gregg Black breaks his own runs record
The king of the record book himself broke one of his own records in season 3 when he scored a whopping 167 runs for the season. Black beat his own record of 145 runs scored which he achieved in season 1. Milwaukee's Luis Martinez and Bob Malone also jumped the old record, but finished behind Black with 149 runs and 146, respectively.

Justin Hernandez gets traded, steals single season record
Charlotte's Hernandez broke Pepe Hernandez's (no relation) single season stolen base mark of 124 when he swiped 134 bases this season. Hernandez was dealt from the Diamondbacks to the Blue Devils about a quarter of the way through the season and then proceeded to top his personal best stolen base mark by 35. Take that Arizona.

Calvin Chang walks into the record books
San Juan finished 3rd in The Bigs in walks last season and can thank Chang for much of that. Chang broke Gregg Black's single season walk record of 138 when he strolled down to first base 143 times in season 3. Of course walks are nothing new to Chang, who also holds the career record for walks at 394.

Rico Valdes and others go streaking
Emmett Yearwood held the hit streak record coming into season 3 when he hit safely in 26 straight games in season 1. That mark was topped twice and tied once in season 3. Coming out of the dogpile with the record was Fargo's Rico Valdes, who hit safely in 28 consecutive games played. Louisville's Bernard Young hit safely in 27 straight to top Yearwood's mark and Milwaukee's Bob Malone tied Yearwood by hitting in 26 straight.

Dunwoody tops Henriquez as King of K
In what is becoming a friendly rivalry between the two pitchers, Salem's Dave Dunwoody surpassed Dirtbag Javier Henriquez's single season strikeout record of 265 whiffs by notching 274 last season. In season 2, it was Henriquez who broke Dunwoody's record of 257 strikeouts in a season, set in season 1. So by my math, that means Henriquez will strikeout 284 batters next season to set a new record, right?

Can't get enough of these records? Check out the side bar on the right side of this page to view more records. Also coming soon, All-Time Team Records.

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