Deane: 2016 baseball briefs

From SABR member Bill Deane at WordPress on April 20, 2017:

Inspired by the late Bob Davids’s annual “Baseball Briefs,” for the past two decades I have been compiling my own tidbits about each major league season. Baseball Digest usually publishes a selection of them, as they did in the current March/April 2017 issue. Following are the 2016 items that didn’t make the cut:

Boston’s Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award, but didn’t get a single point in MVP voting. Only three previous Cy Young Award-winners failed to get a mention in MVP voting: Pat Hentgen (1996, AL), Roy Halladay (2003 AL), and Brandon Webb (2006, NL).

Two long-time managers finished the 2016 season exactly at .500 for their careers. The Athletics’ Bob Melvin has a 955-955 lifetime won-lost record, and the Mets’ Terry Collins is at 925-925.

Padres’ rookie Ryan Schimpf hit 20 home runs, but just 18 singles, enabling him to join sluggers Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire as the only players to have more homers (minimum 20) than singles in a season.

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Originally published: April 24, 2017. Last Updated: April 24, 2017.