Big Dave’s 5 Nuggets Of Knowledge For Your Noggin’ – Baseball Opening Day Edition – (3/30/23)

Here are Big Dave’s 5 Nuggets of Knowledge for your Noggin’ – a special Baseball Opening Day Edition – for this Thursday, March 30th, 2023. Let’s learn something together:

  1. Say what you want about baseball’s new rules, but at least they’re not as goofy as having THREE teams playing at once.  There was once a three-way pro baseball game.  In 1944, the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants played to raise money for World War Two.  Each team batted three times against both other teams’ pitching and defense.  The Dodgers won.
  2. The New York Yankees have the best winning percentage of any Major League Baseball franchise.  Since they were founded in 1903, they’ve won 57% of their games.  The Miami Marlins are last, at 46%.
  3. There are FIVE MLB teams that have won every time they’ve been in the World Series.  The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are both 2-and-0, and the Los Angeles Angels, the Washington Nationals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are 1-and-0.  And FIVE teams have LOST every time they’ve been in the World Series.  The San Diego Padres, the Texas Rangers, and the Tampa Bay Rays are all 0-and-2, and the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies are 0-and-1.  Then, there’s the Seattle Mariners:  They’re the only active team that’s never been to the World Series.
  4. From 1876 to 1887, Major League Baseball players could request where the pitcher threw the pitches during an at-bat:  High, low, or middle.  And the umpire adjusted the strike zone to the request.
  5. There’s nothing in the official Major League Baseball rules that forces players to wear hats, other than a helmet when batting or running the bases.

Be sure to share these 5 Nuggets of Knowledge for your Noggin’ with your family, friends & coworkers at some point today!

 

(MLB / Baseball Reference / Wikipedia / MLB / MLB)

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