As of 2014, the longest recorded Major League Baseball at-bat happened in 1988 when Bartolo Colon of the Cleveland Indians threw 20 pitches to Ricky Guiterrez of the Houston Astros. Guiterrez took two strikes and three balls and fouled off 13 pitches before striking out on the 20th pitch.
There may have been earlier at-bats that extended beyond the 20 pitch record, but pitch counts were not kept by statisticians before 1980. Luke Appling is unofficially credited with a 24-pitch at-bat in 1940. In 2012, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers had an at-bat last roughly 9 minutes due to a complaint over the placement of batter's box. The grounds crew were forced to re-chalk the box before he could finish.Learn More
Of all MLB records, Pete Rose's 4,256 career hits stand tallest. Rose's longevity — more than 3,500 games played — and consistency at the plate — have been matched by few others.Full Answer >
The "Killer B's" was a nickname for a rotating group of standout players for the Houston Astros from about 1995 to 1999. The two constants in this squad were Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.Full Answer >
Jack Chesbro, Ed Walsh, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Joe McGinnity, Smoky Joe Wood, Pete Alexander, Cy Young, Jim Bagby, Jack Coombs, Lefty Grove, Denny McLain and Dizzy Dean are the 13 MLB pitchers who have won 30 games in a season as of 2014. McLain, the most recent 30-game winner, accomplished the feat in 1968. McLain had a record of 31-6 and led the Detroit Tigers to the World Series.Full Answer >
As of 2014, there are 30 Major League Baseball teams. Fifteen teams are in the National League, while the American League also has 15 teams. The majority of cities or regions have only one team, but some cities like New York, Chicago and the greater Los Angeles area have two teams.Full Answer >