Stats & Info: Randy Winn

Today’s Trivia: Among active managers, who has managed the most games without making the postseason?

Quick Hits: As the playoff races heat up, several players have some added incentive to extend the season. Here’s a look at notable players with an eye on October, who have never played in the postseason.
Randy Winn just can’t find himself a playoff team. He’s played 1,698 career games without appearing in the postseason. That’s the most for any active player, and 37th most all-time according to Winn joined the Seattle Mariners just after their early-decade dominance. Then he found himself with the San Francisco Giants as they transitioned away from Barry Bonds. After 12 seasons in the bigs, Winn still hadn’t tasted the postseason. Signing with the New York Yankees in the offseason would change that, right? New York released him in May after he hit just .213. Again, Winn had his chance to sign with a contender. On June 5, he signed with the first-place St. Louis Cardinals – a team that is now six games out.

Michael Young may finally see his long wait come to an end. Making his debut the season after the Texas Rangers' last playoff appearance, Young has the second-most career games among active players who haven’t made the postseason.

• The Giants’ Aubrey Huff, who is third behind Winn and Young, could also find himself playing late into October for the first time. Prior to this season, Huff’s teams were 546-776 in games in which he appeared.

• Among all active pitchers, Francisco Cordero has appeared in the most games without appearing in the postseason. Like Young, he made his Rangers debut the year after their last postseason appearance.
Roy Halladay has a Cy Young Award and perfect game, but Boof Bonser, Jorge Sosa and Brian Duensing all have something he does not: A playoff start. No active pitcher has made more starts without appearing in the postseason.

Today’s Leaderboard: Adam Dunn, who will be a free agent at the end the season, actually has the fourth-most career homers for a player with no playoff experience. With another typical season for him, he’ll be second behind the all-time leader. Ernie Banks has both the most career games and home runs without making the postseason.

Key Matchups: With a pivotal series about to begin in San Diego, the Giants need their bats to come alive. San Francisco has posted a 2-9 record against the San Diego Padres this season, largely courtesy of a .219 batting average in those games. Thursday’s starter, Matt Cain, has certainly suffered. The Giants offense has managed a total of five runs in his three starts against San Diego. So who might step up Thursday? Jose Guillen, who has four hits in his last eight at-bats, might be the man to give San Francisco a spark. He is 9-for-19 in his career against Jon Garland, though it’s been two years since they met.

• After snapping their three-game losing streak on Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves host the Cardinals in a matchup of faltering contenders. Adam Wainwright has had a great deal of success against the team that drafted him 10 years ago. He is a perfect 5-0 in five starts against Atlanta, having never allowed more than three earned runs. Derrek Lee, hitting .400 in his last five games, has only four hits in his last 26 at-bats against Wainwright.

Trivia Answer: Ned Yost, who took over as Kansas City Royals manager in May, has managed 1,063 games in the majors, but never brought his team to the postseason. Of course, part of the reason for that was his 2008 season in Milwaukee. Yost was fired with 12 games to go and his team tied for the Wild Card lead. Dale Sveum took over and the Milwaukee Brewers went just 7-5 but made the postseason.

Trevor's the Hoff-MAN

September, 8, 2010
LAST NAMETrevor Hoffman has played in 1,032 career games in his 18-year career. On Tuesday, he became the first pitcher in major-league history to reach 600 career saves. Here’s an inside look at how he closed out number 600 and some perspective on what the historic feat actually means.

From The Elias Sports Bureau: Hoffman’s 600th save was his 25th against the Cardinals. Excluding Hoffman’s longtime team, the Padres, it’s his fewest saves against any team that has been in the National League throughout his major-league career.

How Trevor Hoffman saved his 600th game against the Cardinals
1. Against Colby Rasmus, Hoffman threw an 85 MPH fastball that Rasmus swung and missed at. After a 78 MPH fastball on 0-1, Rasmus hit a 72 MPH change up to center field. The change up was right down the middle of the plate.

2. Randy Winn pinch hit and saw all fastballs ranging from 83 to 85 MPH. Hoffman was down 2-0 in the count, but went down and away on Winn to get two called strikes. On 2-2, Winn swung at a fastball middle/down and grounded into a six-four-three double play.

3. With two down, Aaron Miles worked a full count before grounding out to the shortstop on an 85 MPH fastball over the middle of the plate for the final out of the game.

Historical Perspective
Taking history one step deeper
On the day Trevor Hoffman earned his first career save (April 29, 1993), Lee Smith was the all-time saves leader. A lot has changed in those 17 years including the all-time saves list. Compare the list on the day Hoffman got his first save to the day he recorded 600 and you’ll see that Hoffman and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera have climbed to the top.

Taking history even further
Joining the 600-club in any category is not a common feat. This chart illustrates that throughout MLB history only 39 players have ever joined a 600 club (Hoffman is the only pitcher).