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What are these numbers?

Posted by John Autin on October 22, 2011

I've tried a few mystery challenges in these pages, but I've yet to stump the experts for long.
Let's see if this one can up the ante:

What do the following totals represent?

.239 BA / .316 OBP / .392 SLG / .709 OPS

23 HR, 91 RBI, 87 R

764 PA, 678 AB

31 2B, 2 3B

162 H, 66 BB, 7 IBB, 144 SO, 12 HBP, 5 SH, 3 SF, 10 ROE, 16 GDP

11 SB, 8 CS

Compiled by 97 different players ... none of them named Cliff Clavin.

Individual leaders: 9 games, 39 PAs, 9 hits, 3 HR, 8 RBI.

There is a timely reason to mention these stats.

Let the questions begin!

29 Responses to “What are these numbers?”

  1. Joshua P. Says:

    World Series DHs?

  2. joereload Says:

    that is just INSANE ! lol

  3. John Autin Says:

    I GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, they are the combined totals of all DHs in the World Series.
    Well done, Joshua P.!
    How did you get it so quickly? Did I give it away by saying there was a timely reason?

  4. Joshua P. Says:

    Yeah, between the BA (I literally did not have to look past this), and the "timely" hint meaning it had to be World Series something, I figured that was it.

  5. Mike Felber Says:

    That is lower production that I would have expected from the DH. They played through the recent offensive era, & while the top starters only get most starts & thus pitching has an advantage, I would have thought the DH could do better.

    Who agrees? And how did all other WS hitters do since the DH came in?

  6. The Original Jimbo Says:

    Too many of these DH's are NL bench players, that's part of why the numbers are poor.

  7. JDV Says:

    How do these averages compare with those of position players? I'm wondering if overall WS offensive performance is not so impressive.

  8. joe baseball Says:

    NL DHs do better than AL DHs

  9. Mike L Says:

    Looks a lot like a Rubin Sierra season when he was just past his prime but not yet a bench player. I know it's not-just feels that way

  10. Don Says:

    For the World Series DH era 1976-2011, I get the following numbers for position players (no P, PH, DH, PR):

    BA 0.259
    OBP 0.332
    SA 0.400

    Assuming I did it right, not necessarily a safe assumption...

  11. Kingturtle Says:

    can you run those numbers through a Similarity Scores algorithm? what player's career is most like that?

  12. BSK Says:

    Interesting that it works out to basically a full season's worth of numbers, at least judging by the PA/ABs.

  13. dukeofflatbush Says:

    I think it is a ‘team’s' post season batting?
    Am I warm?

  14. dukeofflatbush Says:

    oops didn’t see it was got.

  15. birtelcom Says:

    @11: Steve Buechele is one guy whose career numbers would produce very similar results over a 764 PA stretch. BTW, for Buechele fans, Steve's son Garrett played in A ball in the Giants' system this season after being drafted by San Francisco in June. And if you don't remember Steve, his name is pronounced Boo-shell.

  16. Timothy P. Says:

    @6 Very true, what are the numbers for the AL DH only? Wonder if the AL DH gets his rhythm messed up because he now either has to play the field, or he sits in the NL park. Michael Young playing first is a big advantage for the Rangers, they did not lose a big bat and Young has good range, it helped them sneak out of StL with a win.

  17. John Autin Says:

    I meant to follow up with the AL/NL splits, but was so crestfallen at the speed of Joshua's answer that I forgot. I'll try to get them up soon....

  18. John Autin Says:

    The AL/NL splits for World Series DHs are virtually the same:

    AL -- .234 BA / .320 OBP / .382 SLG / .702 OPS
    NL -- .244 BA / .312 OBP / .403 SLG / .715 OPS

    AL -- 11 HR / 48 RBI / 48 Runs
    NL -- 12 HR / 43 RBI / 39 Runs

    AL -- 15 2B / 1 3B / 3 SB / 3 CS / 7 GDP
    NL -- 16 2B / 1 3B / 8 SB / 5 CS / 9 GDP

    AL -- 36 BB / 4 IBB / 73 SO / 8 HBP
    NL -- 30 BB / 3 IBB / 71 SO / 4 HBP

  19. John Autin Says:

    The HR leader among WS DHs is an NL player, Ryan Klesko, with 3.
    Klesko hit 1 each in games 3, 4 and 5 of the '95 WS.

  20. RJ Says:

    I haven't watched much AL this year, but when the heck did Nelson Cruz turn into 2002 Barry Bonds?

  21. TM Says:

    I apologize if this has already been brought up but I'd be interested to find out what championship team used the most pitchers in a World Series --- only because it appears that IF the Cardinals win it, they're going to shatter whatever the previous record was. It'd be cool if it was broken down into most used in a 4-game series, 5-game series, etc.

  22. SocraticGadfly Says:

    These numbers are ... 3 home runs for The Machine! 🙂

  23. Cabriael Says:

    The cancerous umpires did it again.

    They decided to make up what Denkinger had done on today.

    The collapse of the Rangers didn't occur until they messed up.

    One day an umpire who made a crucial bad call will end up like K-daffy. I look forward seeing the day soon.

  24. Thomas Court Says:

    Yesterday the poll on was whether or not Pujols - who was 0-6 at the time - was choking in the World Series. A ridiculous question to ask, considering the small sample size.

    I think he answered tonight.

  25. Nash Bruce Says:

    I missed the theme of the "All-Time Cardinals/Rangers Team", due to my lazy perusing of same thread topic, lack of free time, etc etc excuses, excuses. Got me! I'll plead guilty, and eat the 50$ fine, and time served. OK.
    But, man, to call for the death of umpires, on not just one thread, but multiple threads.....damn. I barely had time to make this comment. Don't you like, have a f***en' life, or something??
    THAT is the issue here, not the umpiring, but, rather, that you Don't. Have. A. Life.
    Get one, maybe?

  26. Cabriael Says:

    Those who coddel umpires and protect and rationalize their bad calls tend to be former umpires or members of law enforcement.

    They simply can't grasp the fact that umpires have ceased to be relevant in this technologically advanced world.

    K-daffy messed up Libya for only 43 years, while umpires messed up baseball for more than a century. It is time to show that they can be struck back for all the bad deeds, attitudes and missed calls.

  27. Gonzo Says:

    Your hint gave it away. My guess was NL DH's. Very hard to believe there have only been 23 homers.

  28. Bill Tuck Says:

    Who is Cliff Clavin? The original question had the answer that Cliff wasn't the one. Did such a person even exist?

  29. Gonzo Says:

    @28 - Search Youtube for Cliff Clavin Jeopardy. Funniest scene in the history of television.