Just reading through some of what I missed while I was on vacation and a couple of people asked questions with hopes that I would look up the answers for them and I wanted to oblige. Besides, it's quiet here today and I'm not ready to get back to work yet:
1) FVA asked: "I was wondering...if there was a way to find out what percentage of 30-50 teams were able to get back to .500?"
To answer your question, yes there is a way. Before this season there had been 54 teams that started the season at 30-50. Not one of those teams finished the season at .500 or better. The 1927 Reds had the best final record for a team that started at 30-50 when they went 45-28 for the rest of the season and finished with a 75-78 record.
As for where they stand right now, there have been 52 teams that had a 62-75 record after 137 games. The best final winning percentage from that group was the 1944 Chicago Cubs who finished at 75-79. The best record in the 162-game era is the 1982 Toronto Blue Jays who finished the season at 78-84.
2) Shortstop2 asked:"is slyde gonna bring back the reds terror level or whatever?"
No. That thing was a headache. It was always breaking down and I swear I had to call maintenance in to fix it on at least 6 different occasions. That's what I get for buying sight unseen on eBay.
3) Once again, FVA looks for help:"30/30 and a gold glove? I wonder how often that's been done before?"
I'm disappointed that no one else got this one. I mean, it's right there on the interwebs.
Year Player HR/SB Position
1957 Willie Mays 35/38 OF
1973 Bobby Bonds 39/43 OF
1983 Dale Murphy 36/30 OF
1987 Eric Davis 37/50 OF
1990 Barry Bonds 33/52 OF
1992 Barry Bonds 34/39 OF
1996 Barry Bonds 42/40 OF
1996 Barry Larkin 33/36 SS
1997 Barry Bonds 40/37 OF
1997 Larry Walker 49/33 OF
As you can see, Larkin is the only non-OF to accomplish the feat. By the way, the Gold Glove was started in 1957, the year after Mays first joined the 30/30 club, so I'm guessing he really should be on the list 2 times.
That's all I remember seeing. If you've got a burning question that needs answered, let me know. If you got a burning sensation that needs looked at, go see a doctor.