Wednesday, October 3, 2007


The playoffs start today. Woo hoo! Since 1903, 59611 batters have gotten themselves out via strikeout, fly out, ground out, etc. I can only hope the media keeps track of what player makes the coveted 60000th out as a batter.

Who made the first out in the 1903 postseason? That would be Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Ginger Beaumont, flying out to center field on a pitch from Boston ace Cy Young.

Another example of the cool things you can find out via Baseball-Reference's Play Index: The last postseason out made in Polo Grounds history was a fly ball to left field off the bat of Vic Wertz on September 30, 1954.

Here's the last players to make an out for each of this year's playoff teams.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks - David Dellucci, 4-3 groundout, 10/5/2002
  • Boston Red Sox - Edgar Renteria, 4-3 groundout, 10/7/2005
  • Chicago Cubs - Paul Bako, fly ball to left, 10/15/2003
  • Cleveland Indians - Juan Gonzalez, 5-3 groundout, 10/15/2001
  • Colorado Rockies - John Vander Wal, strikeout swinging, 10/7/1995
  • Los Angeles Angels - Chone Figgins, 6-3 groundout, 10/8/2004
  • New York Yankees - Robinson Cano, 4-3 groundout, 10/7/2006
  • Philadelphia Phillies - Jim Eisenreich, fly ball to center, 10/23/1993

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