Posted by Andy on August 27, 2009
I noticed that Nick Swisher had a really high OBP (.367) for a guy with such a low BA (.245.)
I did a season finder for qualified players ranked by OBP and then in Excel I subtracted each player's batting average. Here are the leaders in 2009 for highest differential of OBP minus BA:
Interesting how different guys end up on this list for different reasons. Pujols is hitting .318 but he walks so damn much. Carlos Pena barely hits at all (except for dingers) but he also walks a lot.
Lots of guys from the AL East on this list...a very tough division.