The first walkoff pickoff in World Series history. Also known as a TOOTBLAN.
Who are the TOOTBLANiest duos in all of baseball?
We took a look at the team leaders for all 30 Major League teams - and, unsurprisingly, the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez (13) and Norichika Aoki (9) lead the way with 22 combined TOOTBLANs. (They’re seen celebrating above.)
In fact, their third and fourth most gaffe-prone baserunners - Jean Segura with 8 and Jonathan Lucroy with 7 - would have topped or tied 21 other teams.
The White Sox were second at 19, thanks almost entirely to TOOTBLAN King Alejandro De Aza’s 14.
Here’s the whole list:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Martin Prado (8), Gerardo Parra (7)
Atlanta Braves: B.J. Upton (7), Dan Uggla or Andrelton Simmons (6 each)
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (9), Adam Jones (5)
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia (9), Jacoby Ellsbury (8)
Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (8), Starlin Castro (7)
Chicago White Sox: Alejandro De Aza (14), Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios or Gordon Beckham (5 each)
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto (8), Shin-Soo Choo (7)
Cleveland Indians: Michael Bourn (9), Asdrubal Cabrera (9)
Colorado Rockies: Dexter Fowler (10), Eric Young Jr (7)
Detroit Tigers: Torii Hunter (7), Austin Jackson (7)
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve (10), Matt Dominguez (6)
Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer (9), Justin Maxwell (5)
Los Angeles Angels: Erick Aybar (10), Howard Kendrick (9)
Los Angels Dodgers: Yasiel Puig (9), Hanley Ramirez or Adrian Gonzalez (6 each)
Miami Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria (8), Logan Morrison (3)
Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez (13), Norichika Aoki (9)
Minnesota Twins: Ryan Doumit (6), Josh Willingham (4)
New York Mets: David Wright (6), David Murphy (5); Eric Young Jr. has 10, but seven were with the Rockies.
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano (6), Brett Gardner (5); Alfonso Soriano has seven, but four were with the Cubs.
Oakland Athletics: Eric Sogard (10), Coco Crisp (7)
Philadelphia Phillies: Michael Young (6), Dominic Brown or Ben Revere (5 each)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Starling Marte (10), Jordy Mercer (6)
San Diego Padres: Yonder Alonso (6), Everth Cabrera (6)
San Francisco Giants: Gregor Blanco (7), Pablo Sandoval (6)
Seattle Mariners: Michael Saunders (5), Raul Ibanez (5)
St. Louis Cardinals: Allen Craig (10), Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter or Matt Holliday (5 each)
Tampa Bay Rays: Desmond Jennings (7), Yunel Escobar (5)
Texas Rangers: Elvis Andrus (7), Ian Kinsler (7)
Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista (9), Jose Reyes (6)
Washington Nationals: Denard Span (7), Bryce Harper or Ian Desmond (6 each)
Yasiel Puig did Yasiel Puig things last night against the Cubs - he doubled, homered, walked, struck out and was thrown out at the plate.
The TOOTBLAN (you can see it here) was his seventh of the year in 51 games, bringing his adjusted on-base percentage to .364 (his official on-base percentage is .415).
Since he came up in June, Puig is recording a TOOTBLAN every 7.29 games - or basically once a week. That’s a faster rate than league TOOTBLAN leaders Alejandro De Aza (13 - or one every 7.84 games) and Carlos Gomez (11 - or one every 9.18 games).
Still counts as a TOOTBLAN, though.
The Brewers are very excited about this announcement!
Last week, we made individual TOOTBLAN leaders sortable in the TOOTBLAN Database.
This week, we are making it easier to rank the team TOOTBLAN leaders in the Database.
First visit the Database page (link to the right). Once there, click on this:
This will pull up the full TOOTBLAN list. Next click on the “TEAM” button on the far right side:
Next, click on the arrow next to the “TEAM” button, which will put them in descending order:
And that will give you this:
You can also keep track of team TOOTBLANs on the Team page, but the database is updated more frequently (the morning after games, typically).
Want to see a TOOTBLAN? Head to Arlington Aug. 13 and 14 to see the Brewers and Rangers play some interleague games.
They are your 2013 TOOTBLAN leaders:
Milwaukee Brewers: 51
Texas Rangers: 48
Boston Red Sox: 46
Chicago White Sox: 46
Los Angeles Angels: 46
The full team TOOTBLAN list can be found at the team page.
Your 2013 TOOTBLAN leaders through Tuesday night’s games. Enjoy.
We have made a significant improvement to the TOOTLBAN Database by allowing users to easily sort the table to see season leaders.
It takes a few clicks (detailed below), but it’s worth it - if you care to see who has made the most on-base, non-force outs this year.
We have gone back through mid-June to tally player totals. We are confident this captures the top 15 or 20 or so, as the league leaders certainly have recorded a TOOTBLAN in the last six weeks. We’ll get through the rest of the season in the coming weeks.
Go to the TOOTBLAN Database and click “See All Records” in the upper right corner:
Then, click on the “Number” header once all of the names pop up:
Finally, click on the up arrow button to sort the list in descending order:
There you go. You’ll have the season leaders for TOOTBLANs. It will look like this:
Enjoy. And let me know if you see any errors.
In its never-ending smug quest to stick it to the man (journalists, sports leagues, high-profile athletes), Deadspin wrote yesterday that “Ryan Braun does not owe the sample collector an apology.”
In support of this Slate-esque contrarian position, Deadspin writer Sean Newell wrote that this was the “offending quote” from Braun in 2012 that smeared Dino Laurenzi Jr.’s name:
"There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked, that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened."
Well, then. That doesn’t sound so bad. Newell goes on to say that any journalist that disagrees is a “management stooge.”
How hip. How brazen. How juvenile.
Problem is, that wasn’t Braun’s full quote. Here is the full quote, via Grantland (emphasis mine):
"There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened," Braun said at the time. “We spoke to biochemists and scientists, and asked them how difficult it would be for someone to taint the sample. They said, if they were motivated, it would be extremely easy.”
Big difference, no?
Now, Braun doesn’t overtly say that Laurenzi himself tainted the sample. But the “collector” is the only individual mentioned in his diatribe - and is a mere sentence away from the specter of “someone” tainting the sample.
What’s gotten into the New York Yankees?
After committing just 17 TOOTBLANs in 81 games in April, May and June, the Yankees have committed eight in 14 July games. (They also had one on June 30, making it nine in 15 games.)
Not only that, the Yankees have seven TOOTBLANs in the last five games - including three by rookie Zoilo Almonte, who has been picked, off, doubled off and thrown out at home in the last week.
That said, the Yankees are 4-1 in games in which they have TOOTBLAN’d in July. (More base runners means more opportunities for TOOTBLANs - and runs.)
There have been 1,034 TOOTBLANs (give or take a few) this season. Here are some awards to get us through the All-Star Break:
TOOTBLANiest TEAM: Milwaukee Brewers, with 50. The Brewers have committed TOOTBLANs against 15 different teams (including seven against the Cubs alone).
TOOTBLANiest PLAYER: Alejandro De Aza, with 11. De Aza, a center fielder for the White Sox, has TOOTBLAN’d at every base, has been doubled off five times and picked off three times.
De Aza’s adjusted on-base percentage is .289 - considerably lower than his .327 OBP.
TOOTLBAN OF YEAR: Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers. It got him automatic admission into the Hall of Fame.
See the database for all of the baserunning carnage.
TOOTBLAN notes from Wednesday night:
The Yankees had just their second two-TOOTBLAN game of the year (and first since the first week of the season), including the second of the year from Ichiro and third from Robinson Cano.
The Brewers recorded their MLB-leading 49th TOOTBLAN of the year. They are on pace for 90 for the season (that’s a lot).
Miguel Cabrera had just his second TOOTBLAN of the year. He’s been on base 188 times.
Carlos Gomez has 10 TOOTBLANs and has been on base 119 times, while Alejandro De Aza has 10 TOOTBLANs and has been on base 118 times.
(Miggy is better.)
With their three-TOOTBLAN day Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers took the season lead from longtime TOOTBLAN leader Houston.
The Brewers have 45 TOOTBLANs on the season, with 10 from Carlos Gomez (the MLB leader), nine from Norichika Aoki (second in MLB), five from Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez, and four from Rickie Weeks.
Not only do the Brewers spread the TOOTBLANs generously among the players, they commit them in bunches.
Starting with two on Opening Day, Milwaukee has had multiple TOOTBLANs in five games this year. That includes three games with three TOOTBLANs (yesterday, June 25 and June 20).
Appropriately, Gomez, Aoki and Segura have committed at least one TOOTBLAN in each of the multiple-TOOTBLAN games.