By The Numbers – 57

In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees.  By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues.  Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.

Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #57.  30 players have donned #57 while playing in Chicago, 17 for the White Sox and 13 for the Cubs.

Acquired by the Cubs, along with Matt Clement, in the deal that sent Dontrelle Willis, among others, to the Marlins in March of 2002, Antonio Alfonseca became the closer for a miserable 2002 Cubs team, which just so happened to be my first as a season ticket holder.  The 12-fingered Alfonseca went 2-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 19 saves in his first go-around with the team.  In 2003, he lost the closer role and was not particularly effective, going 3-1 with a 5.83 ERA.  He was suspended for 5 games in September after bumping an umpire with his generous stomach.  He was perfect in the post-season, appearing in 4 games total giving up no runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Braves and the Marlins.  He became a free agent following that 2003 season.

#57 has been a mainstay of the back end of the White Sox bullpen for many years, shared amongst such luminaries as Jace Fry, Zach Putnam, Tony Pena, and Boone Logan.

2016 All Star Break Pitching Leaders

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles DodgersNow that the All Star Game is behind us and we await the start of the second half of the season, let’s take a look at the first half leaders on the defensive side of the ball for the 18 games I attended:

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 3
Mat Latos 2
13 tied with 1

Losses

Name Total
Carlos Rodon 3
Miguel Gonzalez 2
13 tied with 1

ERA (> 6 IP)

Name Total
Matt Albers 0.00
Danny Duffy 0.00
Mike Foltynewicz 0.00
Hector Santiago 0.00
Dan Jennings 0.87

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 29
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2015 Final Pitching Leaders

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles DodgersLast Friday, we looked at the leaders in the 39 games I attended this year on the offensive side of the ball.  It’s now time to wrap up our look back at the 2015 season with the pitching leaders, starting with everyone’s favorite pitching statistic:

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 5
Jake Arrieta 3
Carlos Rodon 2
John Danks 2
Zach Duke 2
David Price  2
Kyle Gibson  2

Losses

Name Total
Jose Quintana 4
Chris Sale 3
Jeff Samardzija 3
John Danks 2
Jon Lester 2

ERA (> 10 IP)

Name Total
Kyle Gibson 0.57
David Robertson 0.68
David Price 1.13
Chris Sale 2.89
Jake Arrieta 2.95

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 76
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2015 All Star Break Pitching Leaders

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles DodgersYesterday, we looked at the leaders in the 21 games I attended in the first half of this year on the offensive side of the ball.  With the second half slated to kick off today, let’s look at the first half pitching leaders:

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 4
Zach Duke 2
Carlos Rodon 2
13 tied with 1

Losses

Name Total
Jose Quintana 3
Jon Lester 2
16 tied with 1

ERA (> 6 IP)

Name Total
Mark Buehrle 0.00
Tommy Milone 0.00
David Robertson 0.00
Jake Arrieta 1.00
David Price 1.00
Corey Kluber 1.00

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 52
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2014 Final Pitching Leaders

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles DodgersYesterday, we looked at the leaders in the 35 games I attended this year on the offensive side of the ball. Today, let’s take a look at the pitchers.

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 4
Scott Carroll 2
John Danks 2
Hector Noesi 2
Jose Quintana 2

Losses

Name Total
Ronald Belisario 3
Andre Rienzo 3
Hector Noesi 2
Daniel Webb 2
25 tied with 1

ERA (> 6 IP)

Name Total
Scott Downs 1.17
Edwin Jackson 1.29
Masahiro Tanaka 1.35
Chris Sale 1.35
Justin Grimm 1.42

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 41
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2014 All Star Break Pitching Leaders

Tuesday, we looked at the leaders in the 17 games I attended in the first half of this year on the offensive side of the ball.  With the second half slated to kick off today, let’s look at the pitching leaders.

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 3
14 tied with 1

Losses

Name Total
Andre Rienzo 3
Ronald Belisario 2
12 tied with 1

ERA (> 6 IP)

Name Total
Danny Duffy 0.00
Scott Downs 1.17
Masahiro Tanaka 1.35
Javy Guerra 1.42
Hector Noesi 1.62

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 29
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