- Dumb Luck Wins
- Tough Luck Losses
- Out Prevention Percentage
- Infield Outs Prevented
The Players With The Highest Fraction Of Intentional Walks Rating MLB Managers By Playing Ability
Baseball brings us together. In this post, I try to bring together the nations of Europe by matching as many of them as I can with the names of current or former MLB players.
First, the ground rules. Only major league players are eligible. The players’ actual names are preferred to nicknames, though I used a few nicknames where they were particularly apt. I mostly matched players to country names, eponyms, language names, or capital cities, though there are a few wild card choices.
My goal was to match as many countries to players as possible; for several countries, there were lots of good choices, but I only listed one or two. If you think someone else is a better fit for a certain country, please let me know in the comments.
The countries below are listed in order of decreasing population, from Russia down to Vatican City. It’s not a complete list; I’ve left off the countries for which I couldn’t find a match.
UPDATE 2/17/2012: I included a few reader suggestions.
United KingdomBritt Burns
Bosnia & Herzegovina
IcelandGeorge Bjorkman Ray Chadwick
Vatican CityConrad Cardinal
Okay, that’s all I could come up with. If you have any alternate suggestions for the countries above, or ideas for the countries I couldn’t find a match for, please leave a comment.
The unmatched countries in Europe are: Belgium, Slovakia, Lithuania, Armenia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Malta, Andorra, and Liechtenstein.
Tagged with: Al Hrabosky Alex Madrid Blas Monaco Britt Burns Charlie Chech Conrad Cardinal countries Dane Iorg Dave Koslo Dave Pope Dennis Aust Dick Pole Dutch Holland Eddie Kazak Esteban German Europe Fin Wilson Frank Cipriani Frenchy Bordagaray Geography George Bjorkman Germany Schaefer Gibson Alba Greek George Heinie Meine Hugh Poland Ice Box Chamberlain Irish Meusel Italo Chelini Jason Bulger Jesse Crain Joe Albanese Johnny Bucha Jon Switzer Larry French Lefty George Marino Pieretti Mark Portugal names Neal Finn Oscar Georgy Paul Bako Paul Moskau Rigo Beltran Roman Mejias Rome Chambers Steve Nicosia Stoney McGlynn Swede Risberg Theme Teams Tim Ireland Tony La Russa Turk Wendell Turkey Tyson United Nations Whitey Herzog Woody English Zeke Bella
This blog is devoted to the invention and use of unusual baseball statistics. These Junk Stats are designed to reveal the not-so-meaningful quirks that make baseball so fascinating.
JunkStats is written by Jacob Peterson, who also writes for the Braves blog Talking ChopBeyond the Boxscore
For more about the site or the author, read the About page
What I’ve Done For You Lately
- The Braves Won 2 Straight Games With No RBIs
- The All-Time Labor Day Team
- Jason Vargas Could Make Home Run History
- The Most Runs Scored On A Small Number Of Hits
- Most Team Games Scoring Exactly __ Runs In A Season
- The 2012 Astros And The Longest Extra-Inning Loss Streaks
- The 2012 Orioles And The Longest Extra-Inning Win Streaks
- Most Doubles Allowed By A Pitcher In A Game
- Most RBIs While Driving In All Of A Team’s Runs
- Player Hits Three Homers, Team Scores Three Runs
GraffitiA's Albert Pujols bad pitching Billy Wagner Brad Lidge Braves Carlos Zambrano CC Sabathia Craig Kimbrel Diamondbacks Dodgers dumb luck wins Giants good bad games Greg Maddux Hank Aaron home runs Indians Kelly Johnson Kenny Rogers Livan Hernandez Mark Reynolds Mets names Phillies Pirates Prince Fielder Randy Johnson Rangers rare feats Reds relief pitching Roberto Clemente Roy Halladay Ryan Howard Sammy Sosa streaks strikeouts Theme Teams tough luck losses Twins walks week in JunkStats Willie Mays Yankees