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Fewest career regular-season homers for a player with at least 3 post-season homers

Posted by Andy on May 19, 2011

Among players with at least 3 career post-season homers, here are the players with the fewest regular-season homers:

Rk Player HR From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Larry Gardner 27 1908 1924 22-38 1923 7685 6688 867 1931 301 129 934 654 289 .289 .355 .384 .739 *54/6 BOS-PHA-CLE
2 Carlos Ruiz 32 2006 2011 27-32 513 1776 1528 178 394 101 5 200 201 199 .258 .351 .393 .744 *2/5 PHI
3 Eddie Perez 40 1995 2005 27-37 564 1651 1525 137 386 85 2 172 84 234 .253 .297 .390 .687 *2/3D ATL-CLE-MIL
4 Joe Harris 47 1914 1928 23-37 972 3574 3035 461 963 201 64 517 413 188 .317 .404 .472 .877 *37/9685 NYY-CLE-BOS-WSH-PIT-TOT
5 Aaron Ward 50 1917 1928 20-31 1061 4127 3611 457 966 158 54 446 339 457 .268 .335 .383 .717 *45/6389 NYY-CHW-CLE
6 Pat Sheridan 51 1981 1991 23-33 876 2700 2419 319 611 91 21 257 236 501 .253 .319 .371 .690 *987/D KCR-DET-TOT-NYY
7 Cesar Geronimo 51 1969 1983 21-35 1522 4229 3780 460 977 161 50 392 354 746 .258 .325 .368 .693 *89/7D3 HOU-CIN-KCR
8 Willie Randolph 54 1975 1992 20-37 2202 9462 8018 1239 2210 316 65 687 1243 675 .276 .373 .351 .724 *4/D5 PIT-NYY-LAD-TOT-MIL-NYM
9 James Loney 56 2006 2011 22-27 667 2602 2361 274 670 128 19 365 211 325 .284 .342 .425 .768 *3/9 LAD
10 Dustin Pedroia 56 2006 2011 22-27 596 2657 2345 398 705 174 5 263 244 214 .301 .369 .451 .820 *4/6D BOS
11 Shane Spencer 59 1998 2004 26-32 538 1867 1671 208 438 84 8 242 152 357 .262 .326 .428 .754 *79/D38 NYY-TOT-NYM
12 Rick Cerone 59 1975 1992 21-38 1329 4504 4069 393 998 190 15 436 320 450 .245 .301 .343 .644 *2/D13495 CLE-TOR-NYY-ATL-MIL-BOS-NYM-MON
13 Jason Lane 61 2002 2007 25-30 497 1363 1208 165 291 64 7 189 123 258 .241 .314 .457 .771 *9/873 HOU-TOT
14 Wayne Garrett 61 1969 1978 21-30 1092 3913 3285 438 786 107 22 340 561 529 .239 .350 .341 .691 *54/6 NYM-TOT-MON
15 Bake McBride 63 1973 1983 24-34 1071 4202 3853 548 1153 167 55 430 248 457 .299 .345 .420 .765 *98/D7 STL-TOT-PHI-CLE
16 Billy Martin 64 1950 1961 22-33 1022 3717 3419 425 877 137 28 333 188 355 .257 .300 .369 .669 *46/58 NYY-DET-CLE-CIN-TOT
17 Shane Victorino 68 2003 2011 22-30 828 3214 2893 474 807 145 47 312 238 375 .279 .342 .432 .775 *89/7 SDP-PHI
18 Mike Shannon 68 1962 1970 22-30 882 3056 2780 313 710 116 23 367 224 525 .255 .311 .387 .698 *59/782 STL
19 Mike Lamb 69 2000 2010 24-34 975 2988 2706 382 746 132 19 349 226 409 .276 .332 .415 .747 53/D7492 TEX-HOU-TOT-FLA
20 Mark Bellhorn 69 1997 2007 22-32 731 2491 2107 324 484 113 13 246 346 723 .230 .341 .394 .735 45/36D987 OAK-CHC-BOS-TOT-SDP-CIN
21 Terrence Long 69 1999 2006 23-30 890 3325 3068 428 824 166 21 376 227 460 .269 .318 .404 .722 879/D NYM-OAK-SDP-KCR-NYY
22 Frank Demaree 72 1932 1944 22-34 1155 4616 4144 578 1241 190 36 591 359 269 .299 .357 .415 .772 987 CHC-NYG-TOT-BSN-STL-SLB
23 B.J. Upton 73 2004 2011 19-26 706 2953 2581 399 670 156 13 314 330 728 .260 .344 .415 .759 *8/54D67 TBD-TBR
24 Willie McGee 79 1982 1999 23-40 2201 8188 7649 1010 2254 350 94 856 448 1238 .295 .333 .396 .729 *897/3D6 STL-TOT-SFG-BOS
25 Bert Campaneris 79 1964 1983 22-41 2328 9625 8684 1181 2249 313 86 646 618 1142 .259 .311 .342 .653 *6/574D83921 KCA-OAK-TEX-TOT-CAL-NYY
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Generated 5/18/2011.

Quite a list, huh? A lot of these guys hit memorable playoff homers but many of them had fairly disappointing careers otherwise.

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22 Responses to “Fewest career regular-season homers for a player with at least 3 post-season homers”

  1. Can you include a column that displays the number of post-season HRs they've hit?

  2. Marc Glucksman Says:

    Where is Adam Kennedy? 75 career/4 postseason?

  3. Just realized I accidentally posted fewest career HR for players with at least 3 post-season games with a homer. Does Kennedy have two 2-HR games? If so that's why he doesn't show up. I'll fix it later today.

  4. Correct me if I'm wrong, but after Larry Gardner (fewest HR by a player with 3+ postseason homers, the next record-holders are:

    4 postseason HR: Carlos Ruiz, 32
    5 postseason HR: Mike Lamb, 69
    6 postseason HR: BJ Upton, 73

    A couple of queries about play-index: is there any way to generate, say, a listing of players with the most career postseason home runs (as can easily be done for the regular season)?

    And, why does the postseason game finder default to "1903 to 1903"?

  5. Larry R. Says:

    Only 6 on the list pre-1969. Those extra rounds sure help.

    And Billy Martin was a beast in the postseason. .333/.371/.566 in 105 PAs. He was clutch. I also noticed he's buried in the same cemetery as the Babe. I wonder if he requested that...he died up around Binghamton.

  6. OK. There are a number of players I missed from my original search. There are a bunch of guys who have homered in fewer than 3 post-season games but have at least 3 post-season homers.

    They are:

    Adam Kennedy (2 games with homers, 4 total homers), Eric Karros (2, 4), Willie Aikens (2, 4), Magglio Ordonez (2, 3), Troy O'Leary (2, 3), Ted Kluszewski (2, 3), Shawn Green (2, 3), Greg Vaughn (2, 3), Alan Trammell (2, 3), Frank Thomas (2, 3), Chris Sabo (2, 3), Rico Petrocelli (2, 3).

    So Kennedy with 75 career homers should have been on my original list.

    The guys with the next-fewest homers are Aikens, Sabo, and O'Leary, but none of them cracks the top 25 on my original list.

    Thanks to Marc at #2 for catching my mistake.

  7. John Autin Says:

    We should have a poll to find out what percentage of readers saw the headline and immediately thought of Adam Kennedy. :)

    Andy -- Adam Kennedy hit 3 HRs in the 5th and last game of the 2002 ALCS. Two of them were big WPA events -- a go-ahead solo shot in the 5th, and a go-ahead-from-2-runs-down 3-run blast in the bottom of the 7th, the latter off Johan Santana.

  8. John Autin Says:

    (My timing, as always, is impeccable....)

  9. oneblankspace Says:

    I wonder where Scott Podsednik would appear on the list if you dropped it down to 2 postseason HR.

  10. This list brings back memories of the 1973 series with Garrett and Campaneris, especially game 3. The Mets were so close to winning game 3 which would have changed the whole dynamic of that series. And then the Mets were up 3-2 and Berra decided to use Seaver on short rest instead of holding him for game 7.

    Garrett leads off the game with a solo HR against Hunter and the Mets end up scoring another run to lead 2-0 after the top of first with Tom Seaver on the mound.

    In the top of the 8th, Campaneris hits a single and steals second and then scores on Rudi's single to tie the game.

    In the top of the 11th Kubiak hits and single and then advances to second on a passed ball. He later scores on a Bert Campaneris single.

    In game 7 in the fourth inning of a 0-0 game, Ken Holtzman hits a double and the Campaneris hits a HR. Talk about improbable!! What are the odds that a pitcher would hit a double followed by a Campaneris HR? Matlack most have been so flustered that he gave up a single to Rudi and HR to Reggie Jackson a few batters later.

    And then Campaneris' walk-off HR in the bottom of the 11th in game 3 of the ALCS was a huge HR that's never talked about.

  11. I see that Campaneris played every position, plus DH, at some point in his career.

    That might be an interesting blog topic - who are the best candidates for the Mr. Versatility award.

  12. Bastaducci Says:

    I was suprised Bellhorn did not hit more homeruns.

    Doug, Biggio would be my choice as he played a fine catcher,2b and oufielder.

  13. fredsbank Says:

    shane spencer!
    how often does the Home Run Dispencer appear on a list of offensive utility, good to see him, the only member of the late 90s yankees on there, no?

  14. Larry R. Says:

    @11

    Including every position in a single game in 1964, I believe.

  15. I expected a few more players who played the majority of their careers in the dead ball era but the expanded playoffs was more than enough to offset the small number that actually ever played in a World Series game in those days.

    "That might be an interesting blog topic - who are the best candidates for the Mr. Versatility award.'

    My votes would go to Jackie Robinson, Gil McDougald, Cesar Tovar & Junior Gilliam, in that order. Tovar was far and away the most flexible of the bunch and regularly played all over the field but Robinson & McDougald were gold glove caliber players at multiple defensive positions.

  16. Thomas Court Says:

    @5

    I knew that Billy Martin was good in the post-season. I didn't know that he was that good.

    I have always wondered why Bill James did not include him in the top 100 second baseman in his Historical Baseball Abstract. Martin was no Craig Biggio for sure, but he had to be one of the top 100 at his position. He doesn't even get mentioned in the top 125 listed at the end of that section. I know James was/is a huge Royals fan and I wonder if that plays into his omission at all. The HBA also does not mention anything about the intense Yankees/Royals rivalry from the 70s-80s. No mention of the Pine Tar game. Am I missing something here or did Martin have a run in with Bill James family at one of those games at Royal's Stadium?

  17. art kyriazis Says:

    its interesting to see that both Bake McBride and Shane Victorino, key elements of World Series champions in two different Phillies era teams (the 76-83 and 2006-11 current version) are on this list.

    Bake McBride came up huge in the 1980 WS v KC with key HRs, and Victorino famously hit a grand slam v. CC Sabathia in just the 2d inning of the NLDS or NLCS to break a pitching duel wide open. These were guys known for their speed, defense and hitting for average, not their HR power, but in the playoffs and WS, they knew how to jack it into the seats when necessary.

    Bill James and others have noted that guys like Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Rod Carew, George Brett or Wade Boggs, who hit for average, could hit for the seats when they wanted and it counted.

    That's what you have with this list--guys who know their career isn't built on HRs, but they know how to swing for the fences when a game is on the line.

    --AK, philly

  18. art kyriazis Says:

    I neglected to mention Carlos Ruiz on the prior comment, who really has been a great post-season hitter. He always seems to get the bat on the ball and hit it up the middle or jack the ball over the short porch in left at the Bank.

    I think if you check, Bob Boone, known more for his glove than his bat, also was a good hitter in the post-season, both in Philly and later for the Angels. He certainly hit some key hits down the stretch in a close division race with a very talented Montreal Expo team that had Andre Dawson and Gary Carter among others on it.

    Also, all the above comments are really right on the money--guys like Billy Martin, Junior Jim Gilliam et al. could really play. All they did was win.

    AK philly

  19. Re: Carlos Ruiz

    He seems to have a 55PA/HR career average and 154 postseason PAs. You'd expect him to have 3 postseason homers and 4 certainly shouldn't surprise anyone.

  20. Thomas Court @ 16 Martin was really only a full-time regular in 2 seasons and in those seasons he was maybe the 4th or 5th best 2nd baseman in an 8 team league. In some others, he didn't rank better than 7th or even 8th. He did hit well in 3 of his 4 world series appearances and that should count for something but I don't think it's enough to put him in the top 100.

    Put a 22 year old Jerry Remy (James's #100) and a 22 year old Martin in front of me & I'll pick Remy every time. Or compare Martin to a contemporary of his Billy Gardner- pretty much identical players, similar peaks & career lengths, both went on to manage the Minnesota Twins & Gardner didn't crack the top 125 either.

  21. Richard Chester Says:

    @11, @14

    On Sept. 8, 1965 Campaneris played one inning at each position. The game went into extra innings but he played only the first nine.

  22. @17 Art K,

    Excellent point about Bake Mcbride. I've never really understood why Mcbride hasn't received credit for what he did for the 1980 Phillies. His name rarely comes up when discussing that team.

    He hit: .309/.342/.453 during the season and was the second best position player after Schmidt. and then he hit .304/.360/.478 in the WS.