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Large HR/PA % Age 29 And Older

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 27, 2010

This one is a random and simple list: Players age 29 or older, with the most seasons where they qualified for the batting title and their HR totals was greater than 7.5% of their total Plate Appearances. (Note that 2010 is games through 09/26/10.)

Here's the list:

Rk   Yrs From To Age  
1 Barry Bonds 5 1994 2003 29-38  
2 Mark McGwire 4 1996 1999 32-35  
3 Sammy Sosa 3 1998 2001 29-32  
4 Babe Ruth 3 1927 1929 32-34  
5 Jim Thome 2 2001 2002 30-31  
6 Jose Bautista 1 2010 2010 29-29  
7 Alex Rodriguez 1 2007 2007 31-31  
8 Carlos Pena 1 2007 2007 29-29  
9 David Ortiz 1 2006 2006 30-30  
10 Luis Gonzalez 1 2001 2001 33-33  
11 Greg Vaughn 1 1998 1998 32-32  
12 Kevin Mitchell 1 1994 1994 32-32  
13 Dave Kingman 1 1979 1979 30-30  
14 Willie Stargell 1 1971 1971 31-31  
15 Hank Aaron 1 1971 1971 37-37  
16 Willie Mays 1 1965 1965 34-34  
17 Mickey Mantle 1 1961 1961 29-29  
18 Johnny Mize 1 1947 1947 34-34  
19 Hack Wilson 1 1930 1930 30-30  
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Generated 9/27/2010.

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And, here's each season -

Rk Player HR PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Barry Bonds 73 664 2001 36 SFG NL 153 476 129 156 32 2 137 177 35 93 9 0 2 5 13 3 .328 .515 .863 1.379 *7/D
2 Mark McGwire 70 681 1998 34 STL NL 155 509 130 152 21 0 147 162 28 155 6 0 4 8 1 0 .299 .470 .752 1.222 *3
3 Sammy Sosa 66 722 1998 29 CHC NL 159 643 134 198 20 0 158 73 14 171 1 0 5 20 18 9 .308 .377 .647 1.024 *9/8
4 Mark McGwire 65 661 1999 35 STL NL 153 521 118 145 21 1 147 133 21 141 2 0 5 12 0 0 .278 .424 .697 1.120 *3
5 Sammy Sosa 64 711 2001 32 CHC NL 160 577 146 189 34 5 160 116 37 153 6 0 12 6 0 2 .328 .437 .737 1.174 *9
6 Sammy Sosa 63 712 1999 30 CHC NL 162 625 114 180 24 2 141 78 8 171 3 0 6 17 7 8 .288 .367 .635 1.002 *98
7 Babe Ruth 60 691 1927 32 NYY AL 151 540 158 192 29 8 164 137 0 89 0 14 0 0 7 6 .356 .486 .772 1.258 *97
8 Mark McGwire 58 657 1997 33 TOT ML 156 540 86 148 27 0 123 101 16 159 9 0 7 9 3 0 .274 .393 .646 1.039 *3
9 Luis Gonzalez 57 728 2001 33 ARI NL 162 609 128 198 36 7 142 100 24 83 14 0 5 14 1 1 .325 .429 .688 1.117 *7
10 Hack Wilson 56 709 1930 30 CHC NL 155 585 146 208 35 6 191 105 0 84 1 18 0 0 3 0 .356 .454 .723 1.177 *8
11 Alex Rodriguez 54 708 2007 31 NYY AL 158 583 143 183 31 0 156 95 11 120 21 0 9 15 24 4 .314 .422 .645 1.067 *5/D
12 David Ortiz 54 686 2006 30 BOS AL 151 558 115 160 29 2 137 119 23 117 4 0 5 12 1 0 .287 .413 .636 1.049 *D3
13 Mickey Mantle 54 646 1961 29 NYY AL 153 514 132 163 16 6 128 126 9 112 0 1 5 2 12 1 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8
14 Babe Ruth 54 684 1928 33 NYY AL 154 536 163 173 29 8 142 137 0 87 3 8 0 0 4 5 .323 .463 .709 1.172 *97
15 Jose Bautista 52 653 2010 29 TOR AL 154 541 106 143 34 3 118 98 2 109 10 0 4 9 8 2 .264 .384 .627 1.011 *95/38D
16 Jim Thome 52 613 2002 31 CLE AL 147 480 101 146 19 2 118 122 18 139 5 0 6 5 1 2 .304 .445 .677 1.122 *3D
17 Mark McGwire 52 548 1996 32 OAK AL 130 423 104 132 21 0 113 116 16 112 8 0 1 14 0 0 .312 .467 .730 1.198 *3D
18 Willie Mays 52 638 1965 34 SFG NL 157 558 118 177 21 3 112 76 16 71 0 2 2 11 9 4 .317 .398 .645 1.043 *8/97
19 Johnny Mize 51 664 1947 34 NYG NL 154 586 137 177 26 2 138 74 0 42 4 0 0 6 2 0 .302 .384 .614 .998 *3
20 Greg Vaughn 50 661 1998 32 SDP NL 158 573 112 156 28 4 119 79 6 121 5 0 4 7 11 4 .272 .363 .597 .960 *7/D
21 Jim Thome 49 644 2001 30 CLE AL 156 526 101 153 26 1 124 111 14 185 4 0 3 9 0 1 .291 .416 .624 1.040 *3/D
22 Barry Bonds 49 607 2000 35 SFG NL 143 480 129 147 28 4 106 117 22 77 3 0 7 6 11 3 .306 .440 .688 1.127 *7
23 Dave Kingman 48 589 1979 30 CHC NL 145 532 97 153 19 5 115 45 7 131 4 0 8 7 4 2 .288 .343 .613 .956 *7
24 Willie Stargell 48 606 1971 31 PIT NL 141 511 104 151 26 0 125 83 20 154 7 0 5 8 0 0 .295 .398 .628 1.026 *7
25 Hank Aaron 47 573 1971 37 ATL NL 139 495 95 162 22 3 118 71 21 58 2 0 5 9 1 1 .327 .410 .669 1.079 *39/7
26 Carlos Pena 46 612 2007 29 TBD AL 148 490 99 138 29 1 121 103 10 142 10 1 8 7 1 0 .282 .411 .627 1.037 *3/D
27 Barry Bonds 46 612 2002 37 SFG NL 143 403 117 149 31 2 110 198 68 47 9 0 2 4 9 2 .370 .582 .799 1.381 *7/D
28 Babe Ruth 46 587 1929 34 NYY AL 135 499 121 172 26 6 154 72 0 60 3 13 0 0 5 3 .345 .430 .697 1.128 *97
29 Barry Bonds 45 550 2003 38 SFG NL 130 390 111 133 22 1 90 148 61 58 10 0 2 7 7 0 .341 .529 .749 1.278 *7/D
30 Barry Bonds 37 474 1994 29 SFG NL 112 391 89 122 18 1 81 74 18 43 6 0 3 3 29 9 .312 .426 .647 1.073 *7
31 Kevin Mitchell 30 380 1994 32 CIN NL 95 310 57 101 18 1 77 59 15 62 3 0 8 12 2 0 .326 .429 .681 1.110 *7/3
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Generated 9/27/2010.

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If anything, this list shows us that Jose Bautista's season this year is pretty unique - in terms of his age and homerun production. And, until now, I never realized how much it looks like what Carlos Pena did back in 2007:

Rk Player HR PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jose Bautista 52 653 2010 29 TOR AL 154 541 106 143 34 3 118 98 2 109 10 0 4 9 8 2 .264 .384 .627 1.011 *95/38D
2 Carlos Pena 46 612 2007 29 TBD AL 148 490 99 138 29 1 121 103 10 142 10 1 8 7 1 0 .282 .411 .627 1.037 *3/D
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Generated 9/27/2010.

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16 Responses to “Large HR/PA % Age 29 And Older”

  1. Henry Aaron, 1971: 31 HR in 62 games started in Atlanta. Amazing.

  2. Thome's current season just misses... 7.46%. He might still get there. Assuming 20 more PA, just 2 HRs would do it. 11 or fewer more PAs and he just needs 1.

  3. @2
    BSK -- But Thome won't qualify for the batting title, which was a requirement for the list. (Not to take anything away from his fine season.)

  4. On a tangent ... Jason Heyward's .400 OBP at age 20 has been widely reported as most unusual, but I haven't heard much about Mike Stanton's power feats at age 20.

    Age 20 or under, highest isolated power (min. 300 PA):
    1) Mel Ott, .306.
    2) through 5) Ted Williams, Alex Rodriguez, Bob Horner, Frank Robinson.
    6) Mike Stanton, .260.
    7) through 10) Tony Conigliaro (twice), Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle.

    Age 20 or under, most HRs:
    1) Mel Ott, 42.
    ...
    13) Mike Stanton, 21.

    Age 20 or under, 15+ HRs and HRs >= 5% of PA:
    Mel Ott, Frank Robinson, A-Rod, Tony C. (twice), Bob Horner, Mike Stanton.

    P.S. to Steve -- Is there a tutorial on how to directly post the results of P-I searches, as you and others do?

  5. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    I have to admit that Aaaro really surprised me with his post-age-35 output. In fact, I never figured he'd last long enough to break Ruth's record until he had passed Mays on the all-time list by twenty or so.

    But then, I was also the one who said that 29-year-old rookie that was the Giants' main reliever was just a flash in the pan, too. No way he'd last more than a couple of years, so it was a good thing they had Marv Grissom to rely on. And I was right -- Hoyt Wilhelm lasted "only" a couple of decades after that.

  6. Johnny Twisto Says:

    He was no Joe Black, eh Frank?

  7. @5,

    Speaking of not-so-great predictions, in 1980, my brother and I predicted that fellow Brave Bob Horner would become the all-time HR leader some day.

    but as I see the lists in #4 above, maybe the guess wasn't so bad considering the other names on the lists.

  8. ~~Is there a tutorial on how to directly post the results of P-I searches, as you and others do?~~

    Do you mean in a comment/reply to a post?

  9. Speaking of Carlos Pena:

    Pena has the chance this season to become the first-ever full-time player with an average below the Mendoza Line and an above-average OPS+. As of right now, he's at .198 and 103, respectively.

    Only five previous players have done that with at least 100 at-bats:

    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/8nppK

  10. @9
    John -- Technically, Billy Ashley does not belong in that table, since he hit .200 even -- you said "below the Mendoza Line."

  11. @8
    Steve -- Yes, I meant, how can I post P-I search results right here in a blog reply?
    But perhaps I've figured it out -- let's see if I can post a corrected list of players with BA 100:

    Rk
    Player
    OPS+
    BA
    AB
    Year
    Age
    Tm
    Lg
    G
    PA
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    RBI
    BB
    IBB
    SO
    HBP
    SH
    SF
    GDP
    SB
    CS
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS
    Pos

    1
    Frank Fernandez
    124
    .170
    135
    1968
    25
    NYY
    AL
    51
    170
    15
    23
    6
    1
    7
    30
    35
    2
    50
    0
    0
    0
    3
    1
    0
    .341
    .385
    .726
    *2/9

    2
    Oscar Gamble
    112
    .184
    125
    1984
    34
    NYY
    AL
    54
    151
    17
    23
    2
    0
    10
    27
    25
    0
    18
    0
    0
    1
    1
    1
    0
    .318
    .440
    .758
    *D9

    3
    Roger Repoz
    107
    .199
    297
    1971
    30
    CAL
    AL
    113
    360
    39
    59
    11
    1
    13
    41
    60
    6
    69
    1
    0
    2
    3
    3
    5
    .333
    .374
    .707
    *983/7

    4
    Mark McGwire
    105
    .187
    299
    2001
    37
    STL
    NL
    97
    364
    48
    56
    4
    0
    29
    64
    56
    3
    118
    3
    0
    6
    7
    0
    0
    .316
    .492
    .808
    *3

    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool UsedGenerated 9/28/2010.

  12. No, that didn't come out right at all. I used "Share > HTML table", then I copied & pasted into my reply.

    Maybe it works if I delete some of the extraneous columns? --

    Rk
    Player
    OPS+
    BA
    AB
    Year
    Tm
    G
    PA
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS
    Pos

    1
    Frank Fernandez
    124
    .170
    135
    1968
    NYY
    51
    170
    15
    23
    6
    1
    7
    .341
    .385
    .726
    *2/9

    2
    Oscar Gamble
    112
    .184
    125
    1984
    NYY
    54
    151
    17
    23
    2
    0
    10
    .318
    .440
    .758
    *D9

    3
    Roger Repoz
    107
    .199
    297
    1971
    CAL
    113
    360
    39
    59
    11
    1
    13
    .333
    .374
    .707
    *983/7

    4
    Mark McGwire
    105
    .187
    299
    2001
    STL
    97
    364
    48
    56
    4
    0
    29
    .316
    .492
    .808
    *3

    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool UsedGenerated 9/28/2010.

  13. OK, I give up. Anyone?

  14. John - give up on what?

  15. John Autin, ah, now I see, your comments were held in moderation because of the html code in them. It's something that WP does. Have you tried using the pre-formatted [pre] type tables? Those may post better in comments sections.

  16. Yeah, John, I noticed that after I posted it. Mostly, I was just having fun with my first shared P-I report. :-P

    Anyways, the point stands: Pena's season (still) a rarity.