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At least 3 times as many homers as doubles in a season

Posted by Andy on January 30, 2011

This came up in the comments on another thread, so here is the list. Here are reasons where the batter had at least 3 times as many homers as doubles, minimum 20 HR:

Rk Player Year HR OPS+ 2B Age Tm G PA AB R H 3B RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Frank Thomas 2006 39 140 11 38 OAK 137 559 466 77 126 0 114 81 81 .270 .381 .545 .926 *D
2 Mark McGwire 2001 29 105 4 37 STL 97 364 299 48 56 0 64 56 118 .187 .316 .492 .808 *3
3 Mark McGwire 2000 32 202 8 36 STL 89 321 236 60 72 0 73 76 78 .305 .483 .746 1.229 *3/467
4 Glenallen Hill 2000 27 133 9 35 TOT 104 321 300 45 88 1 58 19 76 .293 .336 .600 .936 7D
5 Mark McGwire 1999 65 176 21 35 STL 153 661 521 118 145 1 147 133 141 .278 .424 .697 1.120 *3
6 Sammy Sosa 1998 66 160 20 29 CHC 159 722 643 134 198 0 158 73 171 .308 .377 .647 1.024 *9/8
7 Mark McGwire 1998 70 216 21 34 STL 155 681 509 130 152 0 147 162 155 .299 .470 .752 1.222 *3
8 Mark McGwire 1995 39 200 13 31 OAK 104 422 317 75 87 0 90 88 77 .274 .441 .685 1.125 *3D
9 Lance Parrish 1986 22 122 6 30 DET 91 374 327 53 84 1 62 38 83 .257 .340 .483 .824 *2/D
10 Dave Kingman 1982 37 99 9 33 NYM 149 607 535 80 109 1 99 59 156 .204 .285 .432 .717 *3
11 Dale Murphy 1979 21 113 7 23 ATL 104 429 384 53 106 2 57 38 67 .276 .340 .469 .809 *32
12 Hank Aaron 1973 40 177 12 39 ATL 120 465 392 84 118 1 96 68 51 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79
13 Hank Aaron 1972 34 147 10 38 ATL 129 544 449 75 119 0 77 92 55 .265 .390 .514 .904 *39
14 Norm Cash 1971 32 149 10 36 DET 135 523 452 72 128 3 91 59 86 .283 .372 .531 .903 *3
15 Art Shamsky 1966 21 121 5 24 CIN 96 271 234 41 54 0 47 32 45 .231 .321 .521 .842 79
16 Harmon Killebrew 1964 49 153 11 28 MIN 158 682 577 95 156 1 111 93 135 .270 .377 .548 .924 *7/9
17 Willie McCovey 1962 20 154 6 24 SFG 91 261 229 41 67 1 54 29 35 .293 .368 .590 .957 739
18 Roger Maris 1961 61 167 16 26 NYY 161 698 590 132 159 4 141 94 67 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98
19 Mickey Mantle 1961 54 206 16 29 NYY 153 646 514 131 163 6 128 126 112 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8
20 Jim Lemon 1960 38 130 10 32 WSH 148 611 528 81 142 1 100 67 114 .269 .354 .508 .861 *7
21 Gus Triandos 1959 25 110 7 28 BAL 126 468 393 43 85 1 73 65 56 .216 .330 .430 .760 *2
22 Gus Triandos 1958 30 119 10 27 BAL 137 544 474 59 116 0 79 60 65 .245 .327 .456 .782 *2
23 Wes Covington 1957 21 138 4 25 MLN 96 371 328 51 93 8 65 29 44 .284 .339 .537 .875 *7
24 Roy Campanella 1956 20 88 6 34 BRO 124 461 388 39 85 1 73 66 61 .219 .333 .394 .727 *2
25 Ed Bailey 1956 28 142 8 25 CIN 118 446 383 59 115 2 75 52 50 .300 .385 .551 .936 *2
26 Gus Zernial 1955 30 116 9 32 KCA 120 454 413 62 105 3 84 30 90 .254 .304 .508 .812 *7
27 Luke Easter 1952 31 141 10 36 CLE 127 486 437 63 115 3 97 44 84 .263 .337 .513 .850 *3
28 Babe Ruth 1932 41 200 13 37 NYY 133 589 457 120 156 5 137 130 62 .341 .489 .661 1.150 *97/3
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Generated 1/30/2011.

I included OPS+ to show that most of these were sublime seasons.

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28 Responses to “At least 3 times as many homers as doubles in a season”

  1. David Carter Says:

    Headline is incorrect: "3 times as many DOUBLES as HOMERS."

  2. Thanks David. I guess I should have coffee before I make early-morning posts.

  3. When I clicked on this, I thought for sure Tommy Herr was going to be on here with his ridiculous RBI:HR ratio.

  4. Oh crap, I was brought here by Facebook that had it the other way around! On that note, I am surprised there wasn't a season where Rob Deer or Pete Incaviglia had only eight doubles. :)

  5. Now this one was a surprise. I rushed to get here, sure the list was going to be populated by the Dave Kingmans of the world. I heard someone refer to his type as the Sunday softball hitters.

    He's here, but this list is dominated by great seasons. Interesting.

  6. Love that Wes Covington also has twice the triples.

  7. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    It's surprising that Adam Dunn has yet to make this list. Trust me; given time, both he and Mark Reynolds will make {if not dominate} it.

  8. I would be surprised if Dunn or Reynolds ever made this list. As they age, the home run power will drop, with some of those going to doubles. Both already hit a fair number of doubles. You have to be a real plodder to hit 13 doubles (39 HR) or fewer in a season, and neither of those guys are.

  9. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Re #6: List of players with at least twice as many triples as doubles (minimum three doubles), sorted by home runs. Some fun names on there, including Deion Sanders, Jim Thorpe, Zip Collins (6 3B/1 2B?!!), and one pitcher.

  10. Wow. McGwire had more than 25 doubles in a season just twice (87 and 97). From 1994 until the end of his career in 2001, he had exactly 3 times as many homers as doubles (118 to 354)

  11. If I've done the search correctly, there are no players who have hit 3 times as many doubles as HR with HR>=20. There are 17 players who have hit at least 3 times as many doubles as HR with HR>=15.

    2010, 45 2Bs, 15 HRs, Billy Butler
    2009, 48 2Bs, 15 HRs, Dustin Pedroia
    2009, 56 2Bs, 16 HRs, Brian Roberts
    2008, 54 2Bs, 17 HRs, Dustin Pedroia
    2008, 47 2Bs, 15 HRs, Alexis Rios
    2006, 52 2Bs, 15 HRs, Luis Gonzalez
    2005, 45 2Bs, 15 HRs, Marcus Giles
    2004, 52 2Bs, 16 HRs, Lyle Overbay
    1999, 56 2Bs, 16 HRs, Craig Biggio
    1996, 46 2Bs, 15 HRs, Jeff Cirillo
    1995, 51 2Bs, 17 HRs, Mark Grace
    1946, 50 2Bs, 16 HRs, Stan Spence
    1946, 50 2Bs, 16 HRs, Stan Musial
    1938, 51 2Bs, 17 HRs, Joe Cronin
    1936, 64 2Bs, 18 HRs, Joe Medwick
    1936, 60 2Bs, 15 HRs, Charlie Gehringer
    1923, 59 2Bs, 17 HRs, Tris Speaker

    It's a bunch of HOFers and Stan Spence up until 1946, then no one until the mid-90s. However, it's unlikely that those players who are on this list after 1946 will become HOFers, except for Craig Biggio, although it's probably too early to project Butler and Pedroia's chances.

    Obviously if you lower the HR requirement you will get many more players - for instance, if you drop the HR requirement to 10 then there are 362 occurrences, which include these 17 listed here.

  12. @ArtieZ: It' not too surprising there's no 3-times-2B candidates if your threshold is 20 HR -- there's only been six seasons with 60+ doubles anyway.

  13. dukeofflatbush Says:

    Beat me to it Atom

  14. I don't understand how the 1961 Yankees won the WS when their #3 and #4 hitters only combined for 32 doubles. What a couple of losers.

  15. So is this a list of power hitters who didn't always run hard out of the box?

  16. Re #11, when Stan Spence had those 16 HR in 1946, he led his team - in fact, he had twice as many as runner-up Mickey Vernon. 14 of his 16 HR were on the road. His team, the Senators, hit 60 HR that year, 44 of them on the road. Griffith Stadium was the anti-Coors Field.

  17. John DiFool Says:

    "So is this a list of power hitters who didn't always run hard out of the box?"

    I suspect that's it more that in a career year for HRs, many guys are turning what would have been long doubles for them in more "typical" seasons into homers-i.e. it's a selection effect. Either that or there's a tendency here for these guys to blast high-arcing moonshots which either leave the yard or are caught.

  18. Jeffrey Trotter Says:

    This is unrelated to the topic at hand, but seeing Gus Triandos on this list immediately reminded me of the great, great TV show "The Wire."

  19. surprised at how many HOF are on here as opposed to the rob deer types.

  20. Michael E Sullivan Says:

    The season that really jumps out at me on this list is Kingman's 1982. Not only was it not particularly sublime, it was actually below average offense due to his horrible BA/OBP, despite leading the league in HRs that year.

    It's hard to believe that's happened often.

  21. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    OPS+ 100 or less, RBI 60 or more, and OPS+ = RBI:

    99 RBI with 99 OPS+: Dave Kingman, 1982
    95 RBI with 95 OPS+: Dale Sveum, 1987; Del Ennis, 1956
    94 RBI with 94 OPS+: Joe Vosmik, 1936
    92 RBI with 92 OPS+: Garret Anderson, 1997
    87 RBI with 87 OPS+: Tony Batista, 2001
    85 RBI with 85 OPS+: Roy Smalley Sr., 1950
    84 RBI with 84 OPS+: Jose Guillen, 1998
    83 RBI with 83 OPS+: Gary Carter, 1987
    82 RBI with 82 OPS+: Pedro Feliz, 2009
    79 RBI with 79 OPS+: Alex Gonzalez, 2004; George Stovall, 1911
    78 RBI with 78 OPS+: Gary Ward, 1987
    71 RBI with 71 OPS+: Rod Barajas, 2009
    70 RBI with 70 OPS+: Manny Trillo, 1975
    66 RBI with 66 OPS+: Derek Bell, 1999
    62 RBI with 62 OPS+: Everett Scott, 1921
    61 RBI with 61 OPS+: Doug Flynn, 1979

  22. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    #14/... Depstein Says: "I don't understand how the 1961 Yankees won the WS when their #3 and #4 hitters only combined for 32 doubles. What a couple of losers."

    Depstein, the Yankees hit only 194 doubles in 1961, which was last in the AL that year. How in the world did they win 110 games and the WS? Well, 240 HR's and Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Roger Maris at their peak helps a lot.

  23. Mark McGwire's 2001 was one of the strangest statistical seasons I can remember. Not only did he have only 4 doubles to go with those 29 homers, he also had only 23 singles. Swing hard in case you hit it, indeed.

  24. @8, Jon: "You have to be a real plodder to hit 13 doubles (39 HR) or fewer in a season."

    Plodding certainly helps one make this list -- but Mickey Mantle, Sammy Sosa and Dale Murphy still had good speed in the seasons shown above.

  25. @23, Jim

    Yes it certainly was. Other related oddities about McGwire's 2001 season:

    1) Of players with more HR than other hits combined (HR > 0.5*H) in a season, he had by far the most HR, 29 (Frank Thomas had 12 HR and 23 H in 2005).

    2) It was the highest OPS+ (105) with a BA below .190 (175 PA min).

    3) It was also the highest OPS/BA ratio, 4.32 (125 PA min).

  26. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    RE: posts 15 and 17, I was struck by an oddity when I started searching these guys' stats for triples.
    McGwire and Sosa, hardly any triples.
    Aaron, Murphy, Kingman, even Killebrew and Campanella, a healthy dose of triples depending on their speed capabilities.
    What you are looking at is a list comparing the "old fashioned" guys who played for the team, and ran the bases while the ball was in flight - sometimes caroming off the wall instead of going over it - versus the "modern era" guys who play only for themselves and everything they can get in their next contract, standing in the batter's box or slowly trotting toward first while they watch their towering shots head toward the outfield wall, and then bounce off it for a single or double.
    I watch home run balls these days that remind me of Dave Kingman's high-altitude shots, but I look down and I don't see any of these guys reminding me of the way - despite his bad reputation - Dave Kingman legged out his hits for everything he could get on the scoreboard. Dave Kingman for the HOF? No. But at least he respected the game and knew well enough to save the home run trot until AFTER the ball went over the wall.
    This is a list of guys who take their millions for granted, versus guys who took nothing for granted. Just compare their triples. You have to hustle to get those.

  27. The Thomas seasons are interesting. Heading into the '05 season he had more career 2Bs than HRs (444 to 436). Then came that horrible foot injury - that actually cut short his '04 season during a "Thomas-Esque" season with a 156+ OPS in 74 games.

    '05 - '06 he had 14 2Bs & 51 HRs. His only way to get around the bases was the HR trot....

    51 HRs & just 96 runs over 2 seasons.

    From a guy that in his prime was among the top 10 in runs 7 times & doubles 3 times. And leading the league 1 time each.

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