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Grand Granderson

Posted by Andy on January 21, 2008

Last year, Curtis Granderson managed 338 total bases with "just" 23 homers.

To give you an idea of the context, here are all the players in 2007 to get at least 320 total bases:

  Cnt Player            **HR**  TB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Alex Rodriguez      54   376 2007  31 NYY AL 158 708 583 143 183 31  0 156  95  11 120  21   0   9  15  24  4  .314  .422  .645 1.067 *5/D
    2 Prince Fielder      50   354 2007  23 MIL NL 158 681 573 109 165 35  2 119  90  21 121  14   0   4   9   2  2  .288  .395  .618 1.013 *3/D
    3 Matt Holliday       36   386 2007  27 COL NL 158 713 636 120 216 50  6 137  63   7 126  10   0   4  23  11  4  .340  .405  .607 1.012 *7/D
    4 David Ortiz         35   341 2007  31 BOS AL 149 667 549 116 182 52  1 117 111  12 103   4   0   3  16   3  1  .332  .445  .621 1.066 *D/3
    5 Miguel Cabrera      34   332 2007  24 FLA NL 157 680 588  91 188 38  2 119  79  23 127   5   1   7  17   2  1  .320  .401  .565  .966 *5/D
    6 Alfonso Soriano     33   324 2007  31 CHC NL 135 617 579  97 173 42  5  70  31   4 130   4   0   3   9  19  6  .299  .337  .560  .897 *78/4
    7 Carlos Lee          32   331 2007  31 HOU NL 162 697 627  93 190 43  1 119  53  10  63   4   0  13  27  10  5  .303  .354  .528  .882 *7/D
    8 Albert Pujols       32   321 2007  27 STL NL 158 679 565  99 185 38  1 103  99  22  58   7   0   8  27   2  6  .327  .429  .568  .997 *3
    9 Jimmy Rollins       30   380 2007  28 PHI NL 162 778 716 139 212 38 20  94  49   5  85   7   0   6  11  41  6  .296  .344  .531  .875 *6
   10 Adrian Gonzalez     30   324 2007  25 SDP NL 161 720 646 101 182 46  3 100  65   9 140   3   0   6   6   0  0  .282  .347  .502  .849 *3
   11 David Wright        30   330 2007  24 NYM NL 160 711 604 113 196 42  1 107  94   6 115   6   0   7  14  34  5  .325  .416  .546  .962 *5
   12 Hanley Ramirez      29   359 2007  23 FLA NL 154 706 639 125 212 48  6  81  52   3  95   7   4   4  10  51 14  .332  .386  .562  .948 *6/D
   13 Magglio Ordonez     28   354 2007  33 DET AL 157 678 595 117 216 54  0 139  76   8  79   2   0   5  20   4  1  .363  .434  .595 1.029 *9D
   14 Alexis Rios         24   320 2007  26 TOR AL 161 711 643 114 191 43  7  85  55   3 103   6   0   7   9  17  4  .297  .354  .498  .852 *98
   15 Curtis Granderson   23   338 2007  26 DET AL 158 676 612 122 185 38 23  74  52   3 141   5   5   2   3  26  1  .302  .361  .552  .913 *8/7

A lot of these players got so many TB on the strength of a lot of homers. Rollins was helped by lots of triples. But Granderson's got the fewest homers of all, despite having the 8th-most total bases.
In history, here are all the seasons even more lopsided than Granderson's. So these are seasons with at least 338 total bases an no more than 23 homers.

Cnt Player            Year  TB HR Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+----+---+--+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Curtis Granderson 2007 338 23  26 DET AL 158 676 612 122 185 38 23  74  52   3 141   5   5   2   3  26  1  .302  .361  .552  .913 *8/7
    2 George Brett      1979 363 23  26 KCR AL 154 701 645 119 212 42 20 107  51  14  36   0   1   4   8  17 10  .329  .376  .563  .939 *5/3D
    3 Dave Parker       1977 338 21  26 PIT NL 159 706 637 107 215 44  8  88  58  13 107   7   0   4   7  17 19  .338  .397  .531  .928 *9/4
    4 Rod Carew         1977 351 14  31 MIN AL 155 694 616 128 239 38 16 100  69  15  55   3   1   5   6  23 13  .388  .449  .570 1.019 *3/4D
    5 Stan Musial       1946 366 16  25 STL NL 156 702 624 124 228 50 20 103  73   0  31   3   2   0   7   7  0  .365  .434  .587 1.021 *37
    6 Stan Musial       1943 347 13  22 STL NL 157 701 617 108 220 48 20  81  72   0  18   2  10   0  17   9  0  .357  .425  .562  .987 *978
    7 Joe Medwick       1936 367 18  24 STL NL 155 677 636 115 223 64 13 138  34   0  33   4   3   0  14   3  0  .351  .387  .577  .964 *7
    8 Charlie Gehringer 1936 356 15  33 DET AL 154 731 641 144 227 60 12 116  83   0  13   4   3   0   0   4  1  .354  .431  .555  .986 *4
    9 Joe Medwick       1935 365 23  23 STL NL 154 670 634 132 224 46 13 126  30   0  59   4   2   0  15   4  0  .353  .386  .576  .962 *7
   10 Bill Terry        1930 392 23  31 NYG NL 154 710 633 139 254 39 15 129  57   0  33   1  19   0   0   8  0  .401  .452  .619 1.071 *3
   11 Freddie Lindstrom 1930 350 22  24 NYG NL 148 671 609 127 231 39  7 106  48   0  33   0  14   0   0  15  0  .379  .425  .575 1.000 *5
   12 Kiki Cuyler       1930 351 13  31 CHC NL 156 741 642 155 228 50 17 134  72   0  49  10  17   0   0  37  0  .355  .428  .547  .975 *97
   13 Babe Herman       1929 348 21  26 BRO NL 146 637 569 105 217 42 13 113  55   0  45   0  13   0   0  21  0  .381  .436  .612 1.048 *9/3
   14 Heinie Manush     1928 367 13  26 SLB AL 154 697 638 104 241 47 20 108  39   0  14   0  20   0   0  17  5  .378  .414  .575  .989 *7
   15 Paul Waner        1927 342  9  24 PIT NL 155 709 623 114 237 42 18 131  60   0  14   3  23   0   0   5  0  .380  .437  .549  .986 *93
   16 Kiki Cuyler       1925 369 18  26 PIT NL 153 700 617 144 220 43 26 102  58   0  56  13  12   0   0  41 13  .357  .423  .598 1.021 *98
   17 Jim Bottomley     1925 358 21  25 STL NL 153 681 619  92 227 44 12 128  47   0  36   2  13   0   0   3  4  .367  .413  .578  .991 *3
   18 Tris Speaker      1923 350 17  35 CLE AL 150 693 574 133 218 59 11 130  93   0  15   4  22   0   0   8  9  .380  .469  .610 1.079 *8
   19 George Sisler     1922 348  8  29 SLB AL 142 654 586 134 246 42 18 105  49   0  14   3  16   0   0  51 19  .420  .467  .594 1.061 *3
   20 Harry Heilmann    1921 365 19  26 DET AL 149 672 602 114 237 43 14 139  53   0  37   2  15   0   0   2  6  .394  .444  .606 1.050 *9/3
   21 Rogers Hornsby    1921 378 21  25 STL NL 154 674 592 131 235 44 18 126  60   0  48   7  15   0   0  13 13  .397  .458  .639 1.097 *4/7653
   22 George Sisler     1920 399 19  27 SLB AL 154 692 631 137 257 49 18 122  46   0  19   2  13   0   0  42 17  .407  .449  .632 1.081 *3/1
   23 Ty Cobb           1911 367  8  24 DET AL 146 654 591 147 248 47 24 127  44   0   0   8  11   0   0  83  0  .420  .467  .621 1.088 *8
   24 Nap Lajoie        1901 350 14  26 PHA AL 131 582 544 145 232 48 14 125  24   0   0  13   1   0   0  27  0  .426  .463  .643 1.106 *46
   25 Ed Delahanty      1899 338  9  31 PHI NL 146 645 581 135 238 55  9 137  55   0   0   4   5   0   0  30  0  .410  .464  .582 1.046 *7
+----+-----------------+----+---+--+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
  Cnt Player            Year  TB HR Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+----+---+--+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
   26 Sam Thompson      1895 352 18  35 PHI NL 119 576 538 131 211 45 21 165  31   0  11   5   2   0   0  27  0  .392  .430  .654 1.084 *9
   27 Hugh Duffy        1894 374 18  27 BSN NL 125 606 539 160 237 51 16 145  66   0  15   1   0   0   0  48  0  .440  .502  .694 1.196 *8/76
   28 Ed Delahanty      1893 347 19  25 PHI NL 132 652 595 145 219 35 18 146  47   0  20  10   0   0   0  37  0  .368  .423  .583 1.006 *784/3
   29 Tip O'Neill       1887 357 14  29 STL AA 124 572 517 167 225 52 19 123  50   0   0   5   0   0   0  30  0  .435  .490  .691 1.181 *7

So it's pretty darn rare, happening just 4 times since 1946 (although oddly twice in 1977.) Five guys (Musial, Medwick, Cuyler, Sisler, and Delahanty) did it twice apiece. I have to say I would not be shocked if Granderson did it again before his career is over. I also wouldn't be surprised if he wins an MVP or two.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 8:33 am and is filed under Season Finders. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Grand Granderson”

  1. Mike Minetti Says:

    Here's the short list of 20+ HR & 3B since 1871. If we change it to 22+ Granderson becomes only the second player ever to achieve this, and the first since 1899.

    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/RpAS

  2. Something to consider.
    Since 1945 there have been 10 players who had 15 or more triples at the age of 26.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/JEag
    All of the previous 9 had significant drop-offs in the next year and pretty much for the rest of their careers.

    Given that fact and the fact that home runs still tend to increase some after 26, I don't think that Granderson is as likely to make this list again as it would appear.

  3. Here's a connection between your star from yesterday and today.
    In 1954 baseball made the sacrifice fly a permanent stat.
    Since that time only 1 player, Adam Dunn in 2004, has had at least 80 extra base hits in a season without a SF. Granderson had only 2 last year tying him for fifth on that list.

    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/j7Pr

  4. [...] Stat of the Day » Grand Granderson More stat-y goodness about Granderson’s season. In addition to joining Willie Mays for his acomplishments, he can also be mentioned alongside Stan Musial and Ducky Medwick [...]

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