91 Things That Never Happened in Baseball Until 2016

Plenty of baseball history was made last season

The 2016 MLB season will forever be remembered for the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series title in more than a century. But that historic ending was just one of numerous baseball “firsts” that occurred last season. Here is a rundown of all the history that was made on the diamond in 2016.

 

Related: The Weirdest Things That Happened in Baseball in 2016

 

2016 was the first time in baseball history that a team...

» Won an Opening Day shutout by a margin of as many as 15 runs (Dodgers).

» Was victorious on Opening Day despite getting just one hit (Rangers).

» Was shut out in its first three games of a season and/or in five of the first 10 (Padres).

» Had more strikeouts than hits in each of its first nine games of a season (Twins).

» Hit three pinch-hit home runs in one game (Cardinals).

» Won four consecutive contests after losing its first nine of a season (Braves, Twins).

» Had two starters with three or more wins and a sub-1.00 ERA 20 games into a season (Cubs, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel).

» Used three pitchers who failed to record an out, yet finished with a shutout (Marlins).

» Lost a home game despite erasing deficits in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (Pirates).

» Was saddled with a bullpen that allowed a run in 23 consecutive games (Reds).

» Got home runs from its first two batters of a game, both of whom were 22 or younger (Rangers, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara).

» Had four players simultaneously carrying 12-game hitting streaks in home games (Red Sox).

» Got a home run from two Canadian-born players in the same game (Blue Jays, Michael Saunders and Russell Martin).

» Gleaned 52 strikeouts from its pitchers in a three-game series (Astros vs. Orioles).

» Compiled a slugging percentage as high as 1.2051 in a game (Rockies).

» Received multiple-home run performances from four different players in four successive games (Mariners).

» Lost a game despite hitting six more homers than its opponent (White Sox vs. Blue Jays).

» Assembled a streak of 41 strikeouts between walks from its bullpen (Yankees).

» Turned a 3-3-5 triple play (Nationals).

» Got a home run from all four infielders and an assist from all three outfielders in the same game (Indians).

» Struck out 61 opposition batters in a four-game series (Astros vs. Blue Jays).

» Allowed exactly one run, each via a solo homer, in four consecutive contests (Royals).

» Hit four home runs in a game before making an out (Orioles, who lost anyway).

» Collected 17 pinch-hit homers (Cardinals).

» Put 28 players on the disabled list (Dodgers — including Andre Ethier, who broke his leg during spring training).

» Won 76.6 percent of its one-run games (Rangers).

» Connected on multiple home runs in the first inning of three straight games (Angels).

» Allowed 103 home runs by its relievers and/or 258 by its entire staff (Reds).

» Utilized nine pitchers in a shutout of nine or more innings (Indians).

» Won a game in which it overcame multiple two-run deficits with home runs in the ninth inning and later (Mets over Phillies).

» Struck out 1,543 times in one season (Brewers).

» Prevailed in 10 straight win-or-go-home postseason games (Giants).

» Received its first complete game of the year in a postseason contest (Blue Jays, Marco Estrada).

» Threw five shutouts in a single postseason (Indians).

 

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» Hit 42 home runs for a 100-loss team (Brian Dozier).

» Who won the batting title the previous year ripped three extra-base hits in his first game of the next (Dee Gordon).

» Produced a multi-homer game in each of his first 14 seasons in the majors (Miguel Cabrera).

» Hit three home runs in a game, one of which was a grand slam in extra innings (Aaron Hill).

» Was walked six times and hit by a pitch in the same contest (Bryce Harper).

» Hitting out of the 9-hole drove in at least six runs in a game for a second time in his career (Jackie Bradley Jr.).

» Homered in each of the first two innings of back-to-back tilts (Mookie Betts).

» With an average below .050 (min. 25 ABs) homered for the sole run of a game (Erik Kratz).

» Tripled and hit a grand slam in the first inning of a game (George Springer).

» Recorded his first 18 home runs of a season in games in which he which he also struck out (Chris Carter).

» Went deep three times and doubled twice in one game (Kris Bryant).

» Reached on catcher’s interference 12 times in a season (Jacoby Ellsbury).

» Batted above .450 with a minimum of 50 at-bats prior to an All-Star Game (Sandy Leon).

» Aged 40 or older batted cleanup in an All-Star Game (David Ortiz).

» Hit safely in each of his first five All-Star Games (Mike Trout).

» Homered off a 16th different Cy Young Award winner (David Ortiz).

» Struck out 221 times in his first 150 major league games (Miguel Sano).

» Fanned four times in a game as both a teenager and a 40-year-old (Alex Rodriguez).

» Did not draw a walk until the 282nd plate appearance of his career (Bartolo Colon).

» Went 5-for-5 or better five times in a two-year span (Yunel Escobar).

» Homered multiple times in a 5-for-5 performance more than once in a season (Kris Bryant).

» Racked up more than 30 hits, with at least 10 of them leaving the yard, in the first 22 games he played in a season (Gary Sanchez).

» Hit a 134th first-inning home run in a career (Albert Pujols).

» Drew 21 walks as a pinch-hitter (Matt Joyce).

» Passed 400 career home runs before hitting his first regular-season walk-off (Mark Teixeira).

» Was batting below .200 for his career at the time he hit his 50th home run (Mike Zunino).

» Struck out 174 times in a 50-stolen base season (Jonathan Villar).

» Amassed as many as 216 hits in a 20-homer/30-stolen base campaign (Jose Altuve).

» Went deep twice hitting out of the 9-hole in a World Series game (Roberto Perez).

» Homered to lead off a World Series Game 7 (Dexter Fowler).

 

A pitcher...

» Won a third consecutive Opening Day start for a third different team (David Price).

» Pitched a postseason game for a different team in four consecutive seasons (David Price).

» Was removed with a no-hitter as late as the eighth inning only to see a reliever ruin the no-no (Ross Stripling).

» Made two scoreless starts of at least six innings and also won two games in relief, all in April (Logan Verrett).

» Was removed from a no-hitter as late as 23 outs into a game (Adam Conley).

» Lost five decisions out of the bullpen in April (Brett Cecil).

» Struck out at least 10 batters while issuing no more than one walk in six straight starts (Clayton Kershaw).

» With an ERA of 8.00-plus after a minimum of five starts allowed no runs and struck out 12 or more batters in his next one (Matt Shoemaker).

» Threw at least six scoreless innings and allowed three or fewer hits in four straight starts of the same season (Michael Fulmer).

» Pitched six or more innings and allowed fewer than six hits in 12 consecutive games (Marco Estrada).

» Allowed 12 runs in a modern-era start in which he failed to record four outs (Edinson Volquez).

» Gave up only one hit in a start of at least five innings with that hit being a grand slam (Kyle Hendricks).

» Made 43 straight appearances without surrendering an earned run (Zach Britton).

» Saved 56 games prior to his 22nd birthday (Roberto Osuna).

» Walked five or more batters in three consecutive appearances of less than four innings (Brandon McCarthy).

» Roped the first nine hits of his season for extra bases (Adam Wainwright).

» Had issued only nine walks at the time of his 150th strikeout (Clayton Kershaw).

» Retired the first 21 batters of a game, then was yanked (Rich Hill).

» Saved at least 30 games for one team and 15 for another in the same campaign (Mark Melancon).

» Struck out eight batters in the first three innings of a postseason game (Corey Kluber).

 

A rookie...

» Homered in each of his first three MLB games (Trevor Story).

» Hit 10 home runs in the month of his big-league debut (Trevor Story).

» Homered three times in a game while playing shortstop (Corey Seager).

» Produced an ERA below 0.95 in any 10-start stretch of his debut season (Michael Fulmer).

» Homered in his first MLB at-bat immediately following a teammate who did the same (Aaron Judge, after Tyler Austin).

» Included 38 extra-base hits among his first 50 knocks in the majors (Ryan Schimpf).

» Drove in the first run of four postseason games (Corey Seager).

 

— Compiled by Bruce Herman for Athlon Sports

 
Event Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 16:03

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