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David Freese breaks the all-time single-season post-season RBI record

Posted by Andy on October 28, 2011

With his 2-run double in the 1st inning of Game 7 tonight, David Freese now has 21 RBI this post-season, an all-time record. This particular stat of course favors players on good teams from the wild card era, who tend to have more games each post-season.

Before tonight's games, here were the all-time leaders:

Rk Player Year RBI ▾
1 Scott Spiezio 2002 19
2 David Freese 2011 19
3 Sandy Alomar 1997 19
4 David Ortiz 2004 19
5 Alex Rodriguez 2009 18
6 Ivan Rodriguez 2003 17
7 Ryan Howard 2009 17
8 Rich Aurilia 2002 17
9 John Valentin 1999 17
10 Barry Bonds 2002 16
11 Manny Ramirez 2007 16
12 B.J. Upton 2008 16
13 Fred McGriff 1996 16
14 Benito Santiago 2002 16
15 Nelson Cruz 2011 16
16 Albert Pujols 2011 16
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Generated 10/28/2011.

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23 Responses to “David Freese breaks the all-time single-season post-season RBI record”

  1. oneblankspace Says:

    Freese is also the first to get to 50 Total Bases in a single postseason. Pujols was the first to 48. (Playing 18 games helps.)

  2. What's the record for most consecutive plate appearances that create lead changes? Freese's game 7 double made it three in a row.

  3. BooAllTheTime Says:

    I'd like to a comparison stat to use for pre-Wild Card players, IE RBI's per AB/Game. Thanks for the consistently great posts.

  4. I'm in favor of keeping World Series stats seperate from the other layers of playoffs.

  5. Well here are the most RBI in a single World Series:

    Rk Player Year RBI ▾
    1 Bobby Richardson 1960 12
    2 Mickey Mantle 1960 11
    3 Mike Napoli 2011 10
    4 Ted Kluszewski 1959 10
    5 Yogi Berra 1956 10
    6 Sandy Alomar 1997 10
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  6. Imbroglio21 Says:

    Single season RBI Leaders from the 2 round playoff era only:

    Reggie Jackson, NYY 1978... 14
    Dwight Evans, BOS 1986........13
    Paul Molitor, TOR 1993...........13
    Willie Stargell, PIT 1979......... 13
    Dusty Baker, LAN 1977.......... 13
    Davey Lopes, LAN 1978.........12
    Dan Gladden, MIN 1987..........12
    7 players................................... 11

  7. Imbroglio21 Says:

    Molina's base-loaded walk in the 5th inning was the 9th ever in a 7th World Series game: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/STKgo

    Furcal's base-loaded HBP in the 5th inning was only the 2nd ever in a 7th World Series game:
    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/Vl3AU

  8. #5: Richardson was the only World Series MVP from a losing team, thanks to the combined efforts of Ralph Terry and Bill Mazeroski.

  9. #3: Just looking at the wild card era, a few high RBI per post-season game performances:
    Nomar played in only 4 post-season games in 1998, but had 11 RBI (2.75 per game). Among players with at least 10 post-season games played, John Valentin had 10 games played and 17 RBI (1.7 per game). Among players with more than 10 post-season games played, David Ortiz had 14 games played and 19 RBI (1.36 per game).

  10. CONGRATS TO THE REDBIRDS!

  11. eyeHATEbonds Says:

    Waaaaaaaay 2 go CARDS!!!

  12. eyeHATEbonds Says:

    Undoubtedly the best World Series I have personally witnessed.

  13. Freese had 55 RBI this season, which would seem to make him the most unlikely person on this list. Upton drove in 67, every other player looks to be over 80 for the season in which they appear.

  14. @5.

    Only one of the top 6 WS RBI performances was in a winning cause. Guess it pays to have contributions spread throughout your lineup.

  15. One odd thing about this series (and something nobody will remember).

    Prior to this series, there had been only 51 WS games ever where a 40+ year-old pitcher had appeared. This series had 6 such games, the most ever.

    This year was also only the 6th series with two 40+ pitchers and the first where both such pitchers appeared more than once. Of those 6 series, four have occurred since 2003. Apparently, pitchers do last longer when you look after them.

  16. Allen Craig is the 3rd player to hit HR's in Game 6 & 7 of the same World Series. He's in good company, joining HOF'ers Mickey Mantle (1952 & 1964) & Roberto Clemente (1971).

  17. Anyone happen to know where this ranks among post-season OPS+ for anyone with, say, 50 PAs (or anyone that played through to the WS)? Or just OPS?

    I see that his postseason OPS is 1.258 in 71 PAs with an utterly insane 1.9 WPA.

  18. *

  19. most WS RBIs doesn't mean team success:
    1. Bobby Richardson, 1960, 12 WINNER
    2. Mickey Mantle, 1960, 11 LOSER
    3. Mike Napoli, 2011, 10 LOSER
    4. Ted Kluszewski, 1959, 10 LOSER
    5. Yogi Berra, 1956, 10 WINNER
    6. Sandy Alomar, 1997, 10 LOSER

  20. Richard Chester Says:

    @19

    Bobby Richardson played for a loser. If you re-read your list you have Richardson as a winner and Mantle as a loser in the same series.

  21. thanks, that's what i meant!

    most WS RBIs doesn't mean team success:
    1. Bobby Richardson, 1960, 12 LOSER
    2. Mickey Mantle, 1960, 11 LOSER
    3. Mike Napoli, 2011, 10 LOSER
    4. Ted Kluszewski, 1959, 10 LOSER
    5. Yogi Berra, 1956, 10 WINNER
    6. Sandy Alomar, 1997, 10 LOSER

  22. @8

    Jim Coates and Hal Smith had just as much to do with this.

  23. Matthew Conrwell Says:

    Freese's "only 55 RBI's" came in 333 ABs.