92 Things That Never Happened in Baseball Until 2019

There's always a first time for everything when it comes to America's pastime

The 2019 MLB season will forever be remembered for the Washington Nationals winning their first World Series title in franchise history. It will also be remembered for the first time the phrase "banging scheme" entered the sport's lexicon with the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

 

But those historic moments at the end of the season were just a few of numerous baseball "firsts" that occurred last season. Here is a rundown of all the history that was made on the diamond in 2019.

 

2019 was the first time that...

 

A Team (Semi-Conventional Edition)

• Fielded two sons of Hall of Famers (Blue Jays; Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio).

• That was the defending World Series champ allowed as many as 12 runs in its opening game (Red Sox).

• Lost seven of its first 10 games despite scoring more than 70 runs (Cubs).

• Fanned four times in an extra inning in which it manufactured the winning run (Yankees).

• Was shut out on nine occasions before recording its 11th victory (Marlins).

• Won a nine-inning game in which three of its players struck out at least four times (Royals).

• Hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs for a second time in franchise history (Nationals).

• Won three consecutive contests with a walk-off homer from different rookies (Dodgers: Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo, Will Smith).

• Won six extra-inning games in a 10-game span (Giants).

• Overcame a seven-run deficit to win a game the day after blowing a seven-run deficit to lose one (Rays).

• Scored 15 runs in a game despite hitting only two singles (Dodgers).

• Began 60 consecutive contests with a record no more than two games over or under .500 (Diamondbacks).

• Scored at least 36 runs while allowing just one in a two-game span (Astros).

• Won a game of at least nine innings in which it put just a single runner on base (Diamondbacks).

• Was outscored by as many as 221 runs in its home games (Tigers).

• Led the majors in most pitching strikeouts and fewest batting strikeouts (Astros).

• Placed 30 different players on the injured list (Yankees).

• Deployed two switch-hitters who reached double digits in home runs from both sides of the plate (Diamondbacks; Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar).

 

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A Team (Home Run Apocalypse Edition)

• Hit eight in its season opener (Dodgers).

• Belted one in each of its first 20 games (Mariners).

• Cranked one in 31 straight games (Yankees).

• Hit one in 33 consecutive home games (Dodgers).

• Swatted two or more in 10 straight (Orioles).

• Got more than one in the same game from four batters (Twins).

• Slugged eight in one game and surrendered eight in another during the same season (Diamondbacks).

• Both hit and allowed one in 15 straight contests (Yankees).

• Either hit or allowed one in each of its first 107 games of a season (Mariners).

• Hit five or more in 11 games of the same season (Twins).

• Popped 43 at a single road venue in a single season (Yankees at Baltimore’s Camden Yards).

• Hit one in 139 different games (Yankees).

• Stroked 74 in a calendar month (Yankees in August; previous record was 58).

• Deployed 14 players in double digits (Yankees).

• Deployed five with 30 or more (Twins).

• Hit 19 homers in a span of four games (Yankees).

• Belted four or more in five consecutive contests (Dodgers).

• Allowed a leadoff homer in five straight games (Rockies).

• Served up 36 in ninth innings (Mets; previous record was 27).

• Won multiple games in which it allowed six or more (Tigers).

• Allowed 100 by its 48th game, 200 by its 105th and 305 for a season (Orioles).

 

A Batter

• Had a three-homer game in one of his first two with a new team (Paul Goldschmidt).

• Who was a position player went 54 at-bats and 62 plate appearances in a row without a hit (Chris Davis).

• Logged two triples, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the same game (Cedric Mullins).

• Drove in 37 runs prior to May 1 (Cody Bellinger).

• Recorded his 100th career home run before his 100th single (Joey Gallo).

• Had 15 hits and 10 RBIs in a four-game series (Charlie Blackmon).

• Rapped three or more hits in six consecutive home games (Charlie Blackmon).

• Hit a home run in Europe (Aaron Hicks).

• Took the same pitcher deep in five successive at-bats of the same season (Max Kepler vs. Trevor Bauer).

• Was a 30-HR/20-SB man by his team’s 93rd game of a season (Christian Yelich).

• Hitting leadoff and playing catcher homered three times in a game (Travis d’Arnaud).

• Paired 60 homers with 30 stolen bases over a 162-game span (Christian Yelich).

• Who was in the starting lineup earned a save (Stevie Wilkerson).

• Amassed 650 home runs and 650 doubles in a career (Albert Pujols).

• Who had not yet turned 21 delivered a second season of at least 20 home runs and 70 RBIs (Juan Soto).

• Doubled in nine consecutive games (Bo Bichette).

• Homered, stole two bases and pitched in the same game (Roman Quinn).

• Fashioned multiple home run streaks of four or more games before turning 22 (Ronald Acuna Jr.).

• Had a six-hit game that included four doubles (Rafael Devers).

• With a hyphenated surname (Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who singled in the at-bat) faced a pitcher with a hyphenated surname (Sean Reid-Foley).

• Pounded a grand slam for two different teams in the same season while playing shortstop (Freddy Galvis).

• Walked as few as 15 times, yet won a league batting title (Tim Anderson).

• Homered in three straight win-or-go-home games of a single postseason (Anthony Rendon).

 

A Pitcher

• Allowed at least one run without recording an out in four successive appearances (Trevor Rosenthal).

• Named Lopez (Reynaldo) started against another pitcher named Lopez (Pablo).

• Wearing No. 0 (Adam Ottavino) faced a batter wearing No. 0 (Terrance Gore).

• Threw a 100-mph pitch and hit a ball at 100 mph in the same game (Zack Wheeler).

• Who started on Opening Day for a defending World Series championship team reached May with an 0–5 record (Chris Sale).

• Allowed no more than one earned run in eight of his first 10 major league starts (Mike Soroka).

• Won each of his next 10 decisions after throwing a no-hitter (Mike Fiers).

• Allowed five home runs in a start of three or fewer outs (Mike Fiers).

• Fanned 17 batters in an outing of no more than seven innings (Chris Sale).

• Drove in all of his team’s runs (minimum: two) and struck out at least 12 in a game (Kenta Maeda).

• Did not allow a run in 40 consecutive appearances (Ryan Pressly).

• Was staked to a lead of 15 or more runs as late as the fifth inning but did not get a win (Jose Berrios).

• Was selected for the All-Star Game after finishing with the worst ERA among qualifiers the previous season (Lucas Giolito).

• Struck out 13 batters and walked none in a start that lasted less than six innings (Matthew Boyd).

• Had a hit, stole a base and struck out at least 10 batters in a game for a second time in a career (Max Scherzer).

• Embroiled in a losing streak as long as 13 decisions made a start of at least six hitless innings (Aaron Sanchez).

• Punched out at least 10 while walking two or fewer in seven consecutive starts (Justin Verlander).

• Struck out 24 batters in a span of nine innings as a starter (Yu Darvish).

• Reached double digits in strikeouts in 18 appearances of seven innings or less (Gerrit Cole; previous record was 13).

• Whiffed at least 13 batters and homered in the same game twice not only in a season, but also in a career (Jacob deGrom).

• Pitched to his brother in his first MLB appearance (Brian Moran to Colin).

• Recorded a win, save, home run, stolen base and walk-off RBI in the same season (Michael Lorenzen).

• Gave up as few as 40 hits of which at least 15 were home runs (Yimi Garcia).

• Allowed a home run in each of his first 11 major league appearances (Dylan Cease).

• Won a third winner-take-all postseason game in his career (Charlie Morton).

• Charted three double-digit-strikeout games in his first five postseason appearances (Stephen Strasburg).

• Opened a postseason game with at least six hitless innings for a second time in his career (Anibal Sanchez).

• Struck out 12 in a postseason outing of five or fewer innings (Patrick Corbin).

• Allowed seven runs while getting just one out in a postseason appearance (Mike Foltynewicz and Dakota Hudson).

• Lost four straight starts that could have clinched a playoff series (Justin Verlander).

 

— Compiled by Bruce Herman for Athlon's 2020 MLB Preview. At 224 pages, it's the largest on the newsstand and the most complete preview available today. Click here to get your copy.

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