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Seasons With 40+ HR, Less Than 160 Hits & Less Than 100 BB – Since 1961

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 25, 2011

Since 1961, how many players have hit 40 homeruns in a season where they also had less than 160 hits and less than 100 walks on the year?

Here is the list -

Rk Player Year HR H BB Age Tm Lg G PA AB R 2B 3B RBI IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Curtis Granderson 2011 41 152 84 30 NYY AL 152 674 567 134 26 10 119 0 165 12 4 7 11 24 10 .268 .370 .566 .936 *8/D
2 Mark Reynolds 2009 44 150 76 25 ARI NL 155 662 578 98 30 1 102 3 223 5 0 3 8 24 9 .260 .349 .543 .892 *53
3 Ryan Howard 2008 48 153 81 28 PHI NL 162 700 610 105 26 4 146 17 199 3 0 6 11 1 1 .251 .339 .543 .881 *3/D
4 Andruw Jones 2006 41 148 82 29 ATL NL 156 669 565 107 29 0 129 9 127 13 0 9 13 4 1 .262 .363 .531 .894 *8/D
5 Carlos Beltran 2006 41 140 95 29 NYM NL 140 617 510 127 38 1 116 6 99 4 1 7 6 18 3 .275 .388 .594 .982 *8/D
6 Andruw Jones 2005 51 154 64 28 ATL NL 160 672 586 95 24 3 128 13 112 15 0 7 19 5 3 .263 .347 .575 .922 *8
7 Paul Konerko 2004 41 156 69 28 CHW AL 155 643 563 84 22 0 117 5 107 6 0 5 23 1 0 .277 .359 .535 .894 *3D
8 Sammy Sosa 2003 40 144 62 34 CHC NL 137 589 517 99 22 0 103 9 143 5 0 5 14 0 1 .279 .358 .553 .911 *9
9 Javy Lopez 2003 43 150 33 32 ATL NL 129 495 457 89 29 3 109 5 90 4 0 1 10 0 1 .328 .378 .687 1.065 *2/D
10 David Justice 2000 41 150 77 34 TOT AL 146 605 524 89 31 1 118 3 91 1 0 3 13 2 1 .286 .377 .584 .961 79D/8
11 Ken Griffey 2000 40 141 94 30 CIN NL 145 631 520 100 22 3 118 17 117 9 0 8 7 6 4 .271 .387 .556 .942 *8
12 Carlos Delgado 1999 44 156 86 27 TOR AL 152 681 573 113 39 0 134 7 141 15 0 7 11 1 1 .272 .377 .571 .948 *3/D
13 Alex Rodriguez 1999 42 143 56 23 SEA AL 129 572 502 110 25 0 111 2 109 5 1 8 12 21 7 .285 .357 .586 .943 *6
14 Greg Vaughn 1999 45 135 85 33 CIN NL 153 643 550 104 20 2 118 3 137 3 0 5 9 15 2 .245 .347 .535 .881 *7/D
15 Greg Vaughn 1998 50 156 79 32 SDP NL 158 661 573 112 28 4 119 6 121 5 0 4 7 11 4 .272 .363 .597 .960 *7/D
16 Jose Canseco 1998 46 138 65 33 TOR AL 151 658 583 98 26 0 107 5 159 6 0 4 7 29 17 .237 .318 .518 .836 *D79
17 Juan Gonzalez 1997 42 158 33 27 TEX AL 133 579 533 87 24 3 131 7 107 3 0 10 12 0 0 .296 .335 .589 .924 *D9
18 Jay Buhner 1996 44 153 84 31 SEA AL 150 667 564 107 29 0 138 5 159 9 0 10 11 0 1 .271 .369 .557 .926 *9/D
19 Todd Hundley 1996 41 140 79 27 NYM NL 153 624 540 85 32 1 112 15 146 3 0 2 9 1 3 .259 .356 .550 .906 *2
20 Greg Vaughn 1996 41 134 82 30 TOT ML 145 609 516 98 19 1 117 6 130 6 0 5 7 9 3 .260 .365 .539 .903 *7/8D
21 Sammy Sosa 1996 40 136 34 27 CHC NL 124 541 498 84 21 2 100 6 134 5 0 4 14 18 5 .273 .323 .564 .888 *9
22 Jay Buhner 1995 40 123 60 30 SEA AL 126 539 470 86 23 0 121 7 120 1 2 6 15 0 1 .262 .343 .566 .909 *9/D
23 Matt Williams 1994 43 119 33 28 SFG NL 112 483 445 74 16 3 96 7 87 2 0 3 11 1 0 .267 .319 .607 .926 *5
24 Ken Griffey 1994 40 140 56 24 SEA AL 111 493 433 94 24 4 90 19 73 2 0 2 9 11 3 .323 .402 .674 1.076 *8/D9
25 David Justice 1993 40 158 78 27 ATL NL 157 670 585 90 15 4 120 12 90 3 0 4 9 3 5 .270 .357 .515 .871 *9
26 Mark McGwire 1992 42 125 90 28 OAK AL 139 571 467 87 22 0 104 12 105 5 0 9 10 0 1 .268 .385 .585 .970 *3
27 Juan Gonzalez 1992 43 152 35 22 TEX AL 155 632 584 77 24 2 109 1 143 5 0 8 16 0 1 .260 .304 .529 .833 *87/D9
28 Jose Canseco 1991 44 152 78 26 OAK AL 154 665 572 115 32 1 122 7 152 9 0 6 16 26 6 .266 .359 .556 .915 *9D
29 Cecil Fielder 1990 51 159 90 26 DET AL 159 673 573 104 25 1 132 11 182 5 0 5 15 0 1 .277 .377 .592 .969 *3D
30 Kevin Mitchell 1989 47 158 87 27 SFG NL 154 640 543 100 34 6 125 32 115 3 0 7 6 3 4 .291 .388 .635 1.023 *7/5
31 Darrell Evans 1985 40 125 85 38 DET AL 151 594 505 81 17 0 94 12 85 1 1 2 5 0 4 .248 .356 .519 .875 *3D/5
32 Mike Schmidt 1980 48 157 89 30 PHI NL 150 652 548 104 25 8 121 10 119 2 0 13 6 12 5 .286 .380 .624 1.004 *5
33 Reggie Jackson 1980 41 154 83 34 NYY AL 143 601 514 94 22 4 111 15 122 2 0 2 7 1 2 .300 .398 .597 .995 *9D
34 Dave Kingman 1979 48 153 45 30 CHC NL 145 589 532 97 19 5 115 7 131 4 0 8 7 4 2 .288 .343 .613 .956 *7
35 Gorman Thomas 1979 45 136 98 28 MIL AL 156 668 557 97 29 0 123 6 175 2 5 6 8 1 5 .244 .356 .539 .895 *8/D
36 Jeff Burroughs 1977 41 157 86 26 ATL NL 154 671 579 91 19 1 114 2 126 0 0 6 8 4 1 .271 .362 .520 .882 *9
37 Willie Stargell 1973 44 156 80 33 PIT NL 148 609 522 106 43 3 119 22 129 3 0 4 6 0 0 .299 .392 .646 1.038 *7
38 Davey Johnson 1973 43 151 81 30 ATL NL 157 651 559 84 25 0 99 9 93 9 0 2 8 5 3 .270 .370 .546 .916 *4
39 Hank Aaron 1973 40 118 68 39 ATL NL 120 465 392 84 12 1 96 13 51 1 0 4 7 1 1 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79
40 Willie Stargell 1971 48 151 83 31 PIT NL 141 606 511 104 26 0 125 20 154 7 0 5 8 0 0 .295 .398 .628 1.026 *7
41 Rico Petrocelli 1969 40 159 98 26 BOS AL 154 643 535 92 32 2 97 13 68 1 3 6 12 3 5 .297 .403 .589 .992 *6/5
42 Harmon Killebrew 1964 49 156 93 28 MIN AL 158 682 577 95 11 1 111 5 135 8 0 4 15 0 0 .270 .377 .548 .924 *7/9
43 Willie McCovey 1963 44 158 50 25 SFG NL 152 627 564 103 19 5 102 5 119 11 1 1 10 1 1 .280 .350 .566 .915 *73/9
44 Harmon Killebrew 1963 45 133 72 27 MIN AL 142 596 515 88 18 0 96 4 105 3 0 6 16 0 0 .258 .349 .555 .904 *7
45 Jim Gentile 1961 46 147 96 27 BAL AL 148 601 486 96 25 2 141 5 106 11 0 8 12 1 1 .302 .423 .646 1.069 *3
46 Roger Maris 1961 61 159 94 26 NYY AL 161 698 590 132 16 4 141 0 67 7 0 7 16 0 0 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98
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Generated 9/25/2011.

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Of course, Granderson's numbers can change - since there's still a few games left to play this season.

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26 Responses to “Seasons With 40+ HR, Less Than 160 Hits & Less Than 100 BB – Since 1961”

  1. Some of these guys not hitting 100 walks surprised me. Sosa in 03, for example. How about ole Kevin Mitchell taking 32 IBBs but fewer than 100 walks combined?

    It's "fewer than" 160 hits and "fewer than" 100 walks, by the way, not "less than."

  2. N17317 - Thanks. I'm the Rob Deer of the Grammar Class. Lots of swings and misses.

  3. Sosa, before steroids elevated him to a superstar, had all the statistical markings of a player whose poor strike-zone judgment would cause him to vastly underperform his talent.

  4. Steve, if you want to miss this one less often, if you count it, it's "fewer," if instead you measure it's "less." Traditionally, that means any number gets "fewer" but modern usage is inconsistent when it comes to decimals and numbers so large that they're presumed to be inexact estimates.

  5. @1 & 2 & 4 -- FWIW, while I'm usually a strict constructionist on grammar, I can't stand that particular rule, and I no longer follow it consistently.

    Doesn't grammar exist mainly to promote clarity and ease of reading or hearing? If so, what is improved by requiring "fewer" in this instance? Steve's meaning is immediately clear, and in my opinion "less than" reads more smoothly in that sentence.

  6. In baseball history 122 players have hit between 40 and 42 HRs in a season. If you rank them by "times on base", Granderson ranks 75th. If you do this since 1961, Granderson ranks 51st out of 86.

    Granderson is having a unique statistical season by a variety of measures. I'm not quite sure that this is one of them.

  7. Rico Petrocelli-
    1 less homer, one more hit, 2 more walks and there would be an even 45 players on this list

  8. I'm not sure about the value of the distinction between "less" and "fewer" but I'm sure there's value added in maintaining the distinction between "grammar" and "usage." If the sentence has the same form, then it's not a matter of grammar.

  9. I've university-level training in writing English and I can safely say that most of the famous so-called grammar rules are, to use the technical term, hirsute chundering nonsense. They're an outgrowth of modern nation states trying to impose standardized speech in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century, and were usually developed by people who had a poor grasp of how language learned , or an inappropriate desire to impose Latin usages (or both).

    Don't get me started on Strunk & White.

    (And before anyone picks out any errors in this post, I direct you to Muphry's Law.)

  10. (whoops, an error in my HTML reduces a clause to nonsense, thus proving my point about Muphry)

  11. 46 players 159 and fewer hits and 99 and fewer walks
    47 players 159 and fewer hits and 100 and more walks
    98 players 160 and more hits and 99 and fewer walks
    36 players 160 and more hits and 100 and more walks. Not surprising this is the smallest set.

  12. Granderson has received zero intentional walks, which is not surprising since he's hit second most of the year. Intentionally walking Granderson to face Teixeira, A-Rod and Cano is not something recommended.

    Since none of these players broke 100 BBs, I'm guessing many of them had a low number of IBBs these seasons. Anyway to run the list adding them in?

  13. @12, to myself!

    Apologies. I see IBBs are included as a column.

  14. Roger Maris was NEVER intentionally walked in his 61-homer season. I understand Mantle was behind him, but that's still fascinating.

  15. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Roger Maris was NEVER intentionally walked in his 61-homer season. I understand Mantle was behind him, but that's still fascinating.

    For some reason I feel like looking at this tonight. It's a well-known "fact" that Maris and Mantle always hit 3-4 that season, but sometimes I like to check to see how often these regular lineups were used. How often did Ruth-Gehrig hit 3-4? Surprised to see how much Mattingly hit 2nd in '85.

    Anyway.

    Mantle hit 3rd in a plurality of his career PA. But he batted 4th in every game he started in 1961. In '60 he and Maris flip-flopped quite a bit, with Mantle ahead of Maris more often than not. In mid-August, Mantle settled in as the cleanup hitter, and he remained in that spot for the most part through 1963.

    While Mantle was ensconced at #4 from the start of the '61 season, defending MVP Maris was bouncing around a bit. He was hitting 5th to begin the season. He batted 7th against some lefties. But by the end of May, he was the clear #3 hitter.

    It looks like Maris and Mantle hit 3-4 in 130 games that season.

  16. OT, but Ellsbury just hit his 3rd HR of the day (he had 2 in the early game and 1 in the late game). What is the most amount of HRs hit in a day? I know the record is 4 in a game, and my hunch is that the most hit in a day is 4, but how would we go about searching the most X in a day, accounting for double-headers?

  17. And I mean games that are started and played on the same game. I don't mean games that run past mid-night and then the following day's game.

  18. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Stan Musial and Nate Colbert both hit 5 homers in doubleheaders.

  19. Wow, Old Henry played only 120 games in '73 for his 40. It's almost like they didn't want him to break Ruth's record until the next year. Having played some 1B the previous few years, he only played RF and LF in '73 and presumably rested some to stay sharp. But the Braves 1B in 73 was Mike Lum, who previously was an OF and over 10 years younger. So if playing the OF was that much more physically taxing, one suspects that in another dozen starts he could have gotten his usual 44 HR at age 39 and spent the winter as the HR king.

  20. @ 19
    He also only played 129 in '72. He was getting old, that's all.

  21. @16

    I wonder how a player who's hit 20 HR's in 4 years and 1,400+ AB's turns around and hits 31 in 646 Ab's.

    Career year at 27(magic age, we know)...

    Ellsbury is an odd power hitter this year unlike Batista who never got a full seasons worth of AB's til he was 30.

    It's just strange to me how a typical speed guy/leadoff hitter suddenly becomes this power hitter after missing an entire season no less.

  22. In math and programming "<" means "less than". In many programming languages the "<" syntax can be replaced directly with "LT" or "LESS THAN".

    The Play Index is a program. This is a direct text description of the query. I would go with "less than".

  23. The column that sticks out to me is the R column. Granderson didn't reach base many times to accumulate 134 runs. I'm curious about H + BB / R basically.

  24. Mosc: here are the players with R/TOB > .542 sorted by runs scored:
    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/7JNfy

    Granderson is one of a handful to have that rate with 100 runs scored.

    BTW it should be noted that Granderson has 12 HBP, so combined with his 85 walks he has a pretty high total of free passed.

  25. wow, thanks! That to me explains Granderson's importance to the Yankees more than any other list. He scores an incredibly high percentage of their runs considering how much offense the yankees have. Some of that is home runs, but a lot of it is his speed and also the guys behind him in the lineup. Elsbury has Crawford right behind him frequently though, which probably explains why he isn't competing for runs this year.

    Doing a little team R / 9 to give you the highly improbably evenly expected run production for every lineup spot, A typical Yankee (not a typical replacement player) would be at 95 runs in 687 PA (granderson only has 680, but it's pretty close). At 134, he's putting up about 44 runs in his lineup spot more than the other 8 average yankee hitters.

    Stat guys don't generally care about R's anymore than they care about RBI's for much the same reasons but R's are in many ways another way to highlight speed. I think we forget that too often. Granderson isn't asked to steal much with power hitters behind him so his SB total doesn't reflect his speed.

  26. @25: Elsbury has Crawford right behind him frequently though

    FYI: Ellsbury has hit #1 in the lineup in 142 of his 156 games this year. Crawford has only hit #2 in 10 games this year.