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Archive for January, 2010

Less than 5% of PAs are extra-base hits

Posted by Andy on January 5, 2010

Here are the players in 2009 to have less than 5% of their plate appearances result in extra-base hits (minimum 400 PAs):

Rk XBH PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Ryan Theriot 32 677 2009 29 CHC NL 154 602 81 171 20 5 7 54 51 1 93 6 13 5 13 21 10 .284 .343 .369 .712 *6
2 Willy Taveras 14 437 2009 27 CIN NL 102 404 56 97 11 2 1 15 18 0 58 2 11 2 2 25 6 .240 .275 .285 .559 *8
3 Edgar Renteria 25 510 2009 33 SFG NL 124 460 50 115 19 1 5 48 39 5 69 1 5 5 17 7 2 .250 .307 .328 .635 *6
4 Alexei Ramirez 30 606 2009 27 CHW AL 148 542 71 150 14 1 15 68 49 3 66 1 6 8 15 14 5 .277 .333 .389 .723 *6
5 Nick Punto 17 440 2009 31 MIN AL 125 359 56 82 15 1 1 38 61 1 70 1 13 6 7 16 3 .228 .337 .284 .621 *46/5
6 Nyjer Morgan 25 533 2009 28 TOT NL 120 469 74 144 15 7 3 39 40 2 74 9 10 5 9 42 17 .307 .369 .388 .757 *78
7 Russell Martin 26 588 2009 26 LAD NL 143 505 63 126 19 0 7 53 69 9 80 11 2 1 18 11 6 .250 .352 .329 .680 *2/D5
8 Jason Kendall 23 526 2009 35 MIL NL 134 452 48 109 19 2 2 43 46 6 58 17 6 5 11 7 2 .241 .331 .305 .636 *2
9 Cesar Izturis 20 412 2009 29 BAL AL 114 387 34 99 14 4 2 30 18 0 38 3 4 0 11 12 4 .256 .294 .328 .622 *6
10 Tony Gwynn 19 451 2009 26 SDP NL 119 393 59 106 11 6 2 21 48 2 65 2 5 3 2 11 7 .270 .350 .344 .693 *89
11 Luis Castillo 16 580 2009 33 NYM NL 142 486 77 147 12 3 1 40 69 3 58 1 19 5 15 20 6 .302 .387 .346 .732 *4
12 Emilio Bonifacio 18 509 2009 24 FLA NL 127 461 72 116 11 6 1 27 34 0 95 2 8 4 5 21 9 .252 .303 .308 .611 *568/47
13 Willie Bloomquist 23 468 2009 31 KCR AL 125 434 52 115 11 8 4 29 27 1 73 1 4 2 7 25 6 .265 .308 .355 .663 9684/735D
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These are among the least productive players at the plate, at least in terms of slugging. Many of them still had good OBP, although it's beyond me why any team would let certain players play a full season. (Hello Willy Tavarez, Edgar Renteria, Cesar Izturis, and Emilio Bonifacio.)

To give you an idea, here are guys who finished their career with less than 5% of their PAs going for XBHs.

Rk Player PA XBH From To Age
1 Ozzie Smith 10778 499 1978 1996 23-41
2 Nellie Fox 10349 502 1947 1965 19-37
3 Richie Ashburn 9736 455 1948 1962 21-35
4 Bert Campaneris 9625 478 1964 1983 22-41
5 Willie Keeler 9594 419 1892 1910 20-38
6 Brett Butler 9545 462 1981 1997 24-40
7 Willie Randolph 9462 435 1975 1992 20-37
8 Larry Bowa 9103 376 1970 1985 24-39
9 Fred Tenney 8807 369 1894 1911 22-39
10 Donie Bush 8734 269 1908 1923 20-35
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There are lots of good players on there, but they generally were leadoff batters who played middle infield positions during eras in baseball when those positions tended to produce little offense. In other words, these guys were never expected to produce lots of extra-base hits, and these are among the best such players since they amassed the most plate appearances.

Following are the active leaders for the same calculation (less than 5% of PAs are XBHs.)

Rk Player PA XBH From To Age
1 Luis Castillo 7172 275 1996 2009 20-33
2 Juan Pierre 6064 291 2000 2009 22-31
3 Abraham Nunez 2804 125 1997 2008 21-32
4 Willy Taveras 2607 94 2004 2009 22-27
5 Nick Punto 2530 125 2001 2009 23-31
6 Jamey Carroll 2515 123 2002 2009 28-35
7 Aaron Miles 2423 119 2003 2009 26-32
8 Willie Bloomquist 1857 81 2002 2009 24-31
9 Tom Glavine 1645 28 1987 2008 21-42
10 Jason Tyner 1467 53 2000 2008 23-31
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Same deal with this list, in the sense that most of these guys are leadoff hitters and not expected to hit for a high SLG. But when a pitcher sneaks onto a list like this (see #9), it's telling you that the rest of the guys are in trouble.

3 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Managerial Aerobics

Posted by Raphy on January 4, 2010

Since 1954, there have been 18 occasions when a team has featured as many as 4 pitchers who appeared in a game for 1 batter or less. In 4 of those games the pitchers pitched consecutively.

April 29, 1981 - Cardinals at Cubs - 8th inning

August 26, 1987 -  Dodgers at Mets - 8th inning (Matt Young is listed as facing 0 batters. I assume he suffered an injury before he could complete a batter.

September 27, 1995 - Tigers vs. Red Sox - 9th inning

August 21, 2007 -  White Sox vs. Royals - 8th inning (The only 1 of these streaks that didn't end the game.)

2 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Issues Revisited – Joel Pineiro and the Stolen Base

Posted by Raphy on January 4, 2010

During the regular season, a lot of my posts are of the so and so has a chance to do such and such variety.  Most of these don't come to fruition and are often not worth revisiting. However, there is one in particular that seems worth mentioning.

On August 28th, we looked at Joel Pineiro's push to become the 8th pitcher since 1954 to finish a season with at least 200 innings pitched without allowing a SB. At the time, Pineiro had 170 IP and was driving hard. In fact Pineiro made it to 200 innings and beyond. However, on the last day of the season, in what would be his second to last inning, Alex Alcides Escobar stole 3rd base with Pineiro on the mound and Pineiro's name was banished from the list. The 2009 leader in IP without a SB allowed was Dallas Braden with 136.2.

3 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

The Anatomy of Every Start – 2009

Posted by Raphy on January 4, 2010

One of the projects that I've wanted to do since I started to work with the PI was to break down every starting pitcher's line and see how often pitchers with various innings pitched and runs allowed stats won their starts. The recent addition of the CSV option in the PI results has made it particularly easy to grab the information and import it into a spreadsheet. Therefore, the time has come to address the issue. I am going to present the info for the 2009 season and if there is enough interest (please let me know in the comments), future posts will contain information for a larger sampling of years. To do this, I simply used the PI pitching game finder and searched for all starts sorted by IP and (when I reached the results limit) just kept changing the IP requirements until I had a copy of all 4860 starts from 2009. Here is the information in couple of tables:

9 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Power Users, Stats

Bloops: Baseball Classifieds

Posted by Raphy on January 4, 2010

J.G. Preston takes a look some of the more interesting classified ads from the archives of the Sporting News. Nothing from the 2009 Mets, although I'm sure they must have considered it at some point.

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Tony Gwynn broke the mold

Posted by Andy on January 3, 2010

Tony Gwynn (Sr., that is) is likely to be the last great player of his particular mold, at least until the style of the game changes significantly. I am referring specifically to his incredibly low strikeout totals.

Over his career, Gwynn mashed 3,141 hits while striking out only 434 times. That's a ratio of 7.237 hits per strikeout. Here are the career hits leaders (1901-present) among players with a ratio at least as large as Gwynn's:

Rk Player H SO From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Ty Cobb 4189 357 1905 1928 18-41 3035 13072 11434 2246 724 295 117 1937 1249 0 94 295 0 0 892 178 .366 .433 .512 .945 *89/73145 DET-PHA
2 Tris Speaker 3514 220 1907 1928 19-40 2789 11988 10195 1882 792 222 117 1529 1381 0 103 309 0 0 432 129 .345 .428 .500 .928 *8/3971 BOS-CLE-WSH-PHA
3 Eddie Collins 3315 286 1906 1930 19-43 2826 12037 9949 1821 438 187 47 1300 1499 0 77 512 0 0 744 173 .333 .424 .429 .853 *4/69875 PHA-CHW
4 Paul Waner 3152 376 1926 1945 23-42 2549 10762 9459 1627 605 191 113 1309 1091 0 38 174 0 127 104 0 .333 .404 .473 .878 *9/387 PIT-TOT-BSN-BRO-NYY
5 Tony Gwynn 3141 434 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 9288 1383 543 85 135 1138 790 203 24 45 85 260 319 125 .338 .388 .459 .847 *98/7D SDP
6 Sam Rice 2987 275 1915 1934 25-44 2404 10246 9269 1514 498 184 34 1078 708 0 56 213 0 0 351 143 .322 .374 .427 .801 *98/71 WSH-CLE
7 Frankie Frisch 2880 272 1919 1937 20-38 2311 10100 9112 1532 466 138 105 1244 728 0 31 229 0 55 419 74 .316 .369 .432 .801 *45/6 NYG-STL
8 Charlie Gehringer 2839 372 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10237 8860 1774 574 146 184 1427 1186 0 50 141 0 27 181 89 .320 .404 .480 .884 *4/35 DET
9 Sam Crawford 2821 104 1901 1917 21-37 2385 10037 9054 1298 440 287 89 1446 730 0 20 233 0 0 346 30 .312 .364 .453 .817 *983/7 CIN-DET
10 George Sisler 2812 327 1915 1930 22-37 2055 9013 8267 1284 425 164 102 1175 472 0 48 226 0 0 375 127 .340 .379 .468 .847 *3/197845 SLB-TOT-BSN
11 Honus Wagner 2766 327 1901 1917 27-43 2298 9640 8507 1414 506 210 78 1375 836 0 99 198 0 0 601 15 .325 .392 .462 .853 *63/957481 PIT
12 Doc Cramer 2705 345 1929 1948 23-42 2239 9933 9140 1357 396 109 37 842 572 0 41 180 0 99 62 73 .296 .340 .375 .715 *8/9761 PHA-BOS-WSH-DET
13 Nellie Fox 2663 216 1947 1965 19-37 2367 10349 9232 1279 355 112 35 790 719 24 142 208 48 175 76 80 .288 .348 .363 .710 *4/53 PHA-CHW-HOU
14 Heinie Manush 2524 345 1923 1939 21-37 2008 8416 7654 1287 491 160 110 1183 506 0 70 186 0 11 114 58 .330 .377 .479 .856 *789/3 DET-SLB-TOT-WSH-BOS-BRO-PIT
15 Nap Lajoie 2521 74 1901 1916 26-41 1988 8256 7498 1083 510 101 51 1141 457 0 97 204 0 0 293 21 .336 .382 .452 .833 *43/657 PHA-TOT-CLE
16 Lloyd Waner 2459 173 1927 1945 21-39 1993 8326 7772 1201 281 118 27 598 420 0 26 108 0 57 67 0 .316 .353 .393 .747 *87/945 PIT-TOT-PHI
17 Pie Traynor 2416 278 1920 1937 21-38 1941 8293 7559 1183 371 164 58 1273 472 0 31 231 0 47 158 46 .320 .362 .435 .797 *5/63 PIT
18 Stuffy McInnis 2405 189 1909 1927 18-36 2128 8623 7822 872 312 101 20 1063 380 0 38 383 0 0 172 59 .307 .343 .381 .723 *3/6547 PHA-BOS-CLE-BSN-PIT-PHI
19 Edd Roush 2376 260 1913 1931 20-38 1967 8156 7363 1099 339 182 68 981 484 0 53 256 0 0 268 92 .323 .369 .446 .815 *8/7394 CHW-IND-NEW-TOT-CIN-NYG
20 Joe Sewell 2226 114 1920 1933 21-34 1903 8329 7132 1141 436 68 49 1055 842 0 80 275 0 0 74 72 .312 .391 .413 .804 *65/4 CLE-NYY
21 Arky Vaughan 2103 276 1932 1948 20-36 1817 7721 6622 1173 356 128 96 926 937 0 46 116 0 70 118 0 .318 .406 .453 .859 *65/74 PIT-BRO
22 Clyde Milan 2100 197 1907 1922 20-35 1982 8312 7359 1004 240 105 17 617 685 0 80 188 0 0 495 78 .285 .353 .353 .706 *87/9 WSH

So, wow, only Gwynn and Nellie Fox played as recently as 1950 from that group.

Among active players, only R.A. Dickey meets the criteria with at least 2 career hits. He's had 5 plate appearances, two singles, and no strikeouts.

If we drop the ratio requirement all the way down to 4, meaning 4 times as many hits as strikeouts, then we get these few active players:

Rk Player H SO From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Placido Polanco 1671 391 1998 2009 22-33 1465 6017 5511 826 279 30 90 579 314 10 80 77 35 150 71 30 .303 .348 .414 .761 *456/7D3 STL-TOT-PHI-DET
2 Juan Pierre 1663 337 2000 2009 22-31 1433 6064 5533 804 199 79 13 387 340 8 67 110 14 69 459 155 .301 .348 .372 .720 *87/D COL-FLA-CHC-LAD
3 Jeff Keppinger 329 82 2004 2009 24-29 350 1312 1181 139 57 7 20 121 92 7 9 21 9 46 7 5 .279 .333 .390 .723 65/4379 NYM-KCR-CIN-HOU
4 R.A. Dickey 2 0 2001 2009 26-34 144 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800 *1 TEX-SEA-MIN
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Pierre is actually juts a few hits shy of a ratio of 5.0, but it's likely that all active players will see their ratios decline as their careers advance, since strikeouts tend to get a little more common over time.

Tony Gwynn, who ranks among my all-time personal favorite players, was simply amazing. Keeping in mind that he averaged only 9 HR every 162 games, that makes his career OPS+ value of 132 all the more impressive. Here's another way of looking at it: fewest career homers for a player with an OPS+ of at least 132 and at least 1000 games played:

Rk Player HR OPS+ G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Roberto Hernandez 0 166 1010 1991 2007 26-42 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 *1 CHW-TOT-TBD-KCR-ATL-PHI-NYM
2 Frank Chance 18 139 1114 1901 1914 24-37 4537 3809 702 1133 181 71 547 517 0 29 112 99 0 0 376 0 .297 .397 .396 .793 *3/9278 CHC-NYY
3 Elmer Flick 27 146 1084 1901 1910 25-34 4680 4114 662 1249 198 124 467 413 0 0 57 96 0 0 241 0 .304 .375 .432 .807 *98/47 PHI-TOT-CLE
4 Fred Clarke 30 137 1373 1901 1915 28-42 5902 5073 931 1528 223 144 590 579 0 50 63 187 0 0 240 0 .301 .380 .420 .799 *7/9685 PIT
5 Eddie Collins 47 142 2826 1906 1930 19-43 12037 9949 1821 3315 438 187 1300 1499 0 286 77 512 0 0 744 173 .333 .424 .429 .853 *4/69875 PHA-CHW
6 Nap Lajoie 51 151 1988 1901 1916 26-41 8256 7498 1083 2521 510 101 1141 457 0 74 97 204 0 0 293 21 .336 .382 .452 .833 *43/657 PHA-TOT-CLE
7 Joe Jackson 54 170 1332 1908 1920 18-30 5690 4981 873 1772 307 168 785 519 0 158 59 131 0 0 202 61 .356 .423 .517 .940 798/3 PHA-CLE-TOT-CHW
8 Honus Wagner 78 152 2298 1901 1917 27-43 9640 8507 1414 2766 506 210 1375 836 0 327 99 198 0 0 601 15 .325 .392 .462 .853 *63/957481 PIT
9 Sherry Magee 83 136 2087 1904 1919 19-34 8546 7441 1112 2169 425 166 1176 736 0 359 109 260 0 0 441 12 .291 .364 .427 .790 *7839/645 PHI-BSN-TOT-CIN
10 Sam Crawford 89 146 2385 1901 1917 21-37 10037 9054 1298 2821 440 287 1446 730 0 104 20 233 0 0 346 30 .312 .364 .453 .817 *983/7 CIN-DET
11 Arky Vaughan 96 136 1817 1932 1948 20-36 7721 6622 1173 2103 356 128 926 937 0 276 46 116 0 70 118 0 .318 .406 .453 .859 *65/74 PIT-BRO
12 Frank Baker 96 135 1575 1908 1922 22-36 6660 5984 887 1838 315 103 987 473 0 182 50 153 0 0 235 28 .307 .363 .442 .805 *5 PHA-NYY
13 John Kruk 100 133 1200 1986 1995 25-34 4603 3897 582 1170 199 34 592 649 83 701 2 12 43 92 58 31 .300 .397 .446 .842 *379/D8 SDP-TOT-PHI-CHW
14 Roy Cullenbine 110 132 1181 1938 1947 24-33 4787 3879 627 1072 209 32 599 853 0 399 11 44 0 61 26 20 .276 .408 .432 .840 *973/58 DET-TOT-SLB-CLE
15 Paul Waner 113 134 2549 1926 1945 23-42 10762 9459 1627 3152 605 191 1309 1091 0 376 38 174 0 127 104 0 .333 .404 .473 .878 *9/387 PIT-TOT-BSN-BRO-NYY
16 Ty Cobb 117 168 3035 1905 1928 18-41 13072 11434 2246 4189 724 295 1937 1249 0 357 94 295 0 0 892 178 .366 .433 .512 .945 *89/73145 DET-PHA
17 Tris Speaker 117 157 2789 1907 1928 19-40 11988 10195 1882 3514 792 222 1529 1381 0 220 103 309 0 0 432 129 .345 .428 .500 .928 *8/3971 BOS-CLE-WSH-PHA
18 Gavvy Cravath 119 151 1220 1908 1920 27-39 4645 3951 575 1134 232 83 719 561 0 514 28 105 0 0 89 9 .287 .380 .478 .858 *97/83 BOS-TOT-PHI
19 Bob Nieman 125 132 1113 1951 1962 24-35 3947 3452 455 1018 180 32 544 435 18 512 9 26 25 104 10 30 .295 .373 .474 .847 *79 SLB-DET-CHW-TOT-BAL-STL
20 Tony Gwynn 135 132 2440 1982 2001 22-41 10232 9288 1383 3141 543 85 1138 790 203 434 24 45 85 260 319 125 .338 .388 .459 .847 *98/7D SDP
21 Jack Fournier 136 142 1530 1912 1927 22-37 6033 5208 822 1631 252 113 859 587 0 408 89 149 0 0 145 94 .313 .392 .483 .875 *3/7981 CHW-NYY-STL-BRO-BSN
22 Jackie Robinson 137 132 1382 1947 1956 28-37 5802 4877 947 1518 273 54 734 740 7 291 72 104 9 113 197 30 .311 .409 .474 .883 *4537/69 BRO
23 Bill Terry 154 136 1721 1923 1936 24-37 7111 6428 1120 2193 373 112 1078 537 0 449 9 137 0 38 56 6 .341 .393 .506 .899 *3/97 NYG
24 Chick Hafey 164 133 1283 1924 1937 21-34 5113 4625 777 1466 341 67 833 372 0 477 33 83 0 28 70 7 .317 .372 .526 .898 *789 STL-CIN
25 Babe Herman 181 140 1552 1926 1945 23-42 6226 5603 882 1818 399 110 997 520 0 553 11 92 0 43 94 0 .324 .383 .532 .915 *937 BRO-CIN-CHC-TOT-DET
Rk Player HR OPS+ G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
26 Tommy Henrich 183 132 1284 1937 1950 24-37 5409 4603 901 1297 269 73 795 712 0 383 34 60 0 62 37 19 .282 .382 .491 .873 *93/87 NYY
27 Harry Heilmann 183 148 2148 1914 1932 19-37 8960 7787 1291 2660 542 151 1539 856 0 550 40 277 0 0 113 64 .342 .410 .520 .930 *93/847 DET-CIN
28 Charlie Keller 189 152 1170 1939 1952 22-35 4604 3790 725 1085 166 72 760 784 0 499 10 20 0 50 45 23 .286 .410 .518 .928 *79 NYY-DET
29 Al Rosen 192 136 1044 1947 1956 23-32 4374 3725 603 1063 165 20 717 587 9 385 27 9 26 121 39 33 .285 .384 .495 .879 *5/3647 CLE
30 Jeff Heath 194 139 1383 1936 1949 21-34 5560 4937 777 1447 279 102 887 593 0 670 10 20 0 59 56 47 .293 .370 .509 .879 *79/8 CLE-TOT-SLB-BSN
31 Ken Williams 196 138 1397 1915 1929 25-39 5616 4862 860 1552 285 77 913 566 0 287 28 160 0 0 154 106 .319 .393 .530 .924 *78/934 CIN-SLB-BOS
32 Gene Tenace 201 136 1555 1969 1983 22-36 5525 4390 653 1060 179 20 674 984 58 998 91 21 39 77 36 42 .241 .388 .429 .817 *23/594D7 OAK-SDP-STL-PIT
33 Rico Carty 204 132 1651 1963 1979 23-39 6318 5606 712 1677 278 17 890 642 65 663 13 3 54 206 21 26 .299 .369 .464 .833 7D/3295 MLN-ATL-TOT-CLE-TOR
34 Joe Medwick 205 134 1984 1932 1948 20-36 8142 7635 1198 2471 540 113 1383 437 0 551 26 44 0 203 42 0 .324 .362 .505 .867 *7/983 STL-TOT-BRO-NYG
35 Miguel Cabrera 209 140 1040 2003 2009 20-26 4441 3921 630 1220 253 12 753 446 90 825 33 5 36 125 24 13 .311 .383 .542 .925 5379/D FLA-DET
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First, chuckle your way past #1 Roberto Hernandez, and then check out Gwynn's company. In this day and age, it's tough to get such a high OPS+ without hitting many homers. The guys just had so many hits. I carried the list down to the first active player, Miguel Cabrera.

Anyway, I have my doubts that we'll ever see another player like Tony Gwynn.

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More RBI than hits

Posted by Andy on January 2, 2010

Steve's post about players with some RBI but no career hits got me to thinking.

Here are the players with the most career RBI, where they have at least as many RBI as career hits:

Rk Player RBI H From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Mike Busch 23 22 1995 1996 26-27 51 105 100 11 4 0 7 5 0 40 0 0 0 2 0 0 .220 .257 .470 .727 /*53 LAD
2 Mike Hart 17 17 1984 1987 26-29 47 116 105 7 2 0 4 7 0 21 0 2 2 1 1 5 .162 .211 .295 .506 /*879 MIN-BAL
3 Arquimedez Pozo 14 14 1995 1997 21-23 26 80 74 4 4 1 1 2 0 15 1 1 2 1 1 0 .189 .215 .311 .526 /*54 SEA-BOS
4 Ray Poat 14 14 1942 1949 24-31 116 133 122 9 3 1 1 7 0 56 0 4 0 2 0 0 .115 .163 .180 .343 *1 CLE-NYG-TOT
5 Jeff Juden 13 13 1991 1999 20-28 147 132 119 5 3 0 1 1 0 60 1 11 0 3 0 0 .109 .124 .160 .284 *1 HOU-PHI-TOT-MON-CLE-MIL-ANA-NYY
6 George Canale 13 12 1989 1991 23-25 44 88 73 15 4 0 4 12 0 15 0 1 2 5 0 2 .164 .276 .384 .659 /*3 MIL
7 Zeb Eaton 12 9 1944 1945 24-25 35 43 42 3 1 0 2 1 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 .214 .233 .381 .614 /*1 DET
8 Rick Lancellotti 11 11 1982 1990 25-33 36 68 65 4 2 0 2 2 0 18 0 0 1 0 0 0 .169 .191 .292 .483 /379 SDP-SFG-BOS
9 Charlie Barnabe 11 7 1927 1928 27-28 29 32 27 6 4 0 1 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .259 .355 .519 .873 /*1 CHW
10 Joe Koshansky 10 9 2007 2008 25-26 35 55 50 5 4 0 3 3 0 22 1 0 1 2 0 0 .180 .236 .440 .676 /3 COL
11 Casey Parsons 10 10 1981 1987 27-33 63 61 53 9 1 0 2 3 1 11 2 2 1 2 0 0 .189 .254 .321 .575 /987D3 SEA-CHW-CLE
12 Bob Rice 10 8 1926 1926 27-27 19 59 54 3 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .148 .193 .185 .378 /*564 PHI
13 Bobby Keefe 10 10 1907 1912 25-30 75 125 107 11 2 1 0 11 0 36 0 7 0 0 0 0 .093 .178 .131 .309 /*1 NYY-CIN
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Here are the single-season leaders for the same category:

Rk Player RBI H Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Mark McGwire 147 145 1999 35 STL NL 153 661 521 118 21 1 65 133 21 141 2 0 5 12 0 0 .278 .424 .697 1.120 *3
2 Jason Giambi 113 113 2006 35 NYY AL 139 579 446 92 25 0 37 110 12 106 16 0 7 10 2 0 .253 .413 .558 .971 *D3
3 Mark McGwire 90 87 1995 31 OAK AL 104 422 317 75 13 0 39 88 5 77 11 0 6 9 1 1 .274 .441 .685 1.125 *3D
4 Paul Sorrento 79 76 1995 29 CLE AL 104 378 323 50 14 0 25 51 6 71 0 0 4 10 1 1 .235 .336 .511 .847 *3/D
5 Mark McGwire 73 72 2000 36 STL NL 89 321 236 60 8 0 32 76 12 78 7 0 2 5 1 0 .305 .483 .746 1.229 *3/467
6 Mark McGwire 64 56 2001 37 STL NL 97 364 299 48 4 0 29 56 3 118 3 0 6 7 0 0 .187 .316 .492 .808 *3
7 Eddie Robinson 42 36 1955 34 NYY AL 88 215 173 25 1 0 16 36 7 26 5 0 1 7 0 0 .208 .358 .491 .849 *3
8 Greg Norton 37 37 2002 29 COL NL 113 195 168 19 8 1 7 24 0 52 0 1 2 4 2 3 .220 .314 .405 .719 53/7D
9 Charlie Keller 36 36 1947 30 NYY AL 45 193 151 36 6 1 13 41 0 18 1 0 0 3 0 0 .238 .404 .550 .954 *7
10 Archi Cianfrocco 31 31 1995 28 SDP NL 51 132 118 22 7 0 5 11 1 28 2 0 1 3 0 2 .263 .333 .449 .782 *36/9457
11 Frank Fernandez 30 23 1968 25 NYY AL 51 170 135 15 6 1 7 35 2 50 0 0 0 3 1 0 .170 .341 .385 .726 *2/9
12 Bobby Hofman 30 28 1954 28 NYG NL 71 148 125 12 5 0 8 17 0 15 1 3 2 3 0 0 .224 .317 .456 .773 34/5
13 Don Padgett 30 30 1946 34 TOT NL 63 138 128 8 4 0 3 9 0 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 .234 .285 .336 .621 *2
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It seems like McGwire always sneaks onto lists like this, but until now Jason Giambi's 2006 had entirely escaped me. I think that most of the players making this list had one or both of the following true: they hit a lot of homers, hence a lot of RBI per hit, or they played for good offensive teams and thus had a lot of runners on base, making it easier to score multiple runners with a single hit.

Going back to career totals, if we set a cutoff of 80%, meaning RBI total is at least 80% of hits total, just a few players make it with significant playing time:

Rk Player RBI H From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Mark McGwire 1414 1626 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 6187 1167 252 6 583 1317 150 1596 75 3 78 147 12 8 .263 .394 .588 .982 *3/D54967 OAK-TOT-STL
2 Ryan Howard 640 750 2004 2009 24-29 732 3145 2687 465 136 11 222 406 105 878 25 0 27 50 10 3 .279 .376 .586 .961 *3/D PHI
3 Frank Colman 106 130 1942 1947 24-29 271 624 571 66 25 8 15 49 0 66 2 2 0 9 0 0 .228 .291 .378 .669 /937 PIT-TOT-NYY
4 Jack Harshman 65 76 1948 1960 20-32 258 522 424 46 7 0 21 72 0 119 0 18 8 8 0 0 .179 .294 .344 .638 *1/38 NYG-CHW-BAL-TOT-CLE
5 Kevin Roberson 51 61 1993 1996 25-28 165 345 309 44 10 1 20 27 0 93 7 0 2 6 0 2 .197 .275 .430 .706 /978 CHC-NYM
6 Julio Zuleta 36 43 2000 2001 25-26 79 191 174 24 11 0 9 10 1 51 6 0 1 5 0 2 .247 .309 .466 .774 /*37 CHC
7 Frank Secory 36 37 1940 1946 27-33 93 186 162 21 5 0 7 17 0 24 0 7 0 3 1 0 .228 .302 .389 .691 /798 DET-CIN-CHC
8 Jim Breazeale 33 40 1969 1978 19-28 89 197 179 20 5 0 9 16 1 25 0 0 2 4 0 1 .223 .284 .402 .686 /3D5 ATL-CHW
9 Landon Powell 30 32 2009 2009 27-27 46 155 140 19 7 0 7 14 0 36 0 0 1 3 0 0 .229 .297 .429 .725 /*23D OAK
10 Mike Busch 23 22 1995 1996 26-27 51 105 100 11 4 0 7 5 0 40 0 0 0 2 0 0 .220 .257 .470 .727 /*53 LAD
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This is one of the things that bugs me about Ryan Howard. I feel like his RBI totals have been inflated by virtue of high home run totals and because the Phillies have been a very good offensive team. I have not felt that Howard is as productive as his numbers suggest. This is a moot point if he continues to hit at least 45 HR per season but if his long ball numbers fall, his overall seasons might not look quite so good anymore.

Let me expand the above list by droppnig the requirement to 70%. Here are all players with at least 500 career RBI where their RBI total is at least 70% of their hit total.

Rk Player RBI H From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Babe Ruth 2217 2873 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10616 8398 2174 506 136 714 2062 0 1330 43 113 0 2 123 117 .342 .474 .690 1.164 971/83 BOS-NYY-BSN
2 Lou Gehrig 1995 2721 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9660 8001 1888 534 163 493 1508 0 790 45 106 0 2 102 101 .340 .447 .632 1.080 *3/976 NYY
3 Jimmie Foxx 1922 2646 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9670 8134 1751 458 125 534 1452 0 1311 13 71 0 69 87 72 .325 .428 .609 1.038 *352/7196 PHA-BOS-TOT-CHC-PHI
4 Manny Ramirez 1788 2494 1993 2009 21-37 2207 9437 7962 1506 531 20 546 1283 212 1748 103 2 87 237 37 32 .313 .411 .591 1.002 79D CLE-BOS-TOT-LAD
5 Mike Schmidt 1595 2234 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 8352 1506 408 59 548 1507 201 1883 79 16 108 156 174 92 .267 .380 .527 .908 *53/64 PHI
6 Harmon Killebrew 1584 2086 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9831 8147 1283 290 24 573 1559 160 1699 48 0 77 243 19 18 .256 .376 .509 .884 357D/49 WSH-MIN-KCR
7 Jim Thome 1565 2138 1991 2009 20-38 2284 9463 7706 1486 412 24 564 1619 162 2313 66 1 71 145 19 20 .277 .404 .557 .961 3D5 CLE-PHI-CHW-TOT
8 Willie McCovey 1555 2211 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9686 8197 1229 353 46 521 1345 260 1550 69 5 70 176 26 22 .270 .374 .515 .889 *37/9D SFG-SDP-TOT
9 Carlos Delgado 1512 2038 1993 2009 21-37 2035 8657 7283 1241 483 18 473 1109 186 1745 172 0 93 152 14 8 .280 .383 .546 .929 *3D/72 TOR-FLA-NYM
10 Mark McGwire 1414 1626 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 6187 1167 252 6 583 1317 150 1596 75 3 78 147 12 8 .263 .394 .588 .982 *3/D54967 OAK-TOT-STL
11 Jose Canseco 1407 1877 1985 2001 20-36 1887 8129 7057 1186 340 14 462 906 64 1942 84 1 81 178 200 88 .266 .353 .515 .867 D97/81 OAK-TOT-TEX-BOS-TOR-TBD-CHW
12 Juan Gonzalez 1404 1936 1989 2005 19-35 1689 7155 6556 1061 388 25 434 457 74 1273 62 2 78 184 26 19 .295 .343 .561 .904 9D78 TEX-DET-CLE-KCR
13 Jason Giambi 1330 1871 1995 2009 24-38 1952 8135 6625 1159 376 9 409 1262 88 1388 164 2 82 145 18 11 .282 .405 .527 .932 *3D7/59 OAK-NYY-TOT
14 Hank Greenberg 1276 1628 1930 1947 19-36 1394 6096 5193 1051 379 71 331 852 0 844 16 35 0 66 58 26 .313 .412 .605 1.017 *37 DET-PIT
15 Albert Belle 1239 1726 1989 2000 22-33 1539 6673 5853 974 389 21 381 683 91 961 55 4 78 193 88 41 .295 .369 .564 .933 *79D CLE-CHW-BAL
16 Dave Kingman 1210 1575 1971 1986 22-37 1941 7429 6677 901 240 25 442 608 72 1816 53 16 75 139 85 49 .236 .302 .478 .780 37D59/1 SFG-NYM-TOT-CHC-OAK
17 Rudy York 1152 1621 1934 1948 20-34 1603 6720 5891 876 291 52 277 792 0 867 12 25 0 155 38 26 .275 .362 .483 .845 *32/57 DET-BOS-TOT-PHA
18 Greg Vaughn 1072 1475 1989 2003 23-37 1731 7070 6103 1017 284 23 355 865 54 1513 37 11 54 101 121 59 .242 .337 .470 .807 *7D/89 MIL-TOT-SDP-CIN-TBD-COL
19 David Ortiz 1068 1458 1997 2009 21-33 1451 6055 5172 889 380 14 317 795 90 1107 29 2 57 117 10 5 .282 .377 .545 .922 *D3 MIN-BOS
20 Hack Wilson 1063 1461 1923 1934 23-34 1348 5556 4760 884 266 67 244 674 0 713 20 102 0 15 52 5 .307 .395 .545 .940 *879/4 NYG-CHC-BRO-TOT
21 Cecil Fielder 1008 1313 1985 1998 21-34 1470 5939 5157 744 200 7 319 693 76 1316 43 0 46 169 2 6 .255 .345 .482 .827 *3D/547 TOR-DET-TOT-NYY
22 Darryl Strawberry 1000 1401 1983 1999 21-37 1583 6326 5418 898 256 38 335 816 131 1352 38 1 53 64 221 99 .259 .357 .505 .862 *9D/78 NYM-LAD-SFG-NYY
23 Jay Buhner 965 1273 1987 2001 22-36 1472 5927 5013 798 233 19 310 792 41 1406 56 12 54 123 6 24 .254 .359 .494 .852 *9/D873 NYY-TOT-SEA
24 Richie Sexson 943 1286 1997 2008 22-33 1367 5604 4928 748 260 17 306 588 31 1313 52 0 36 145 14 13 .261 .344 .507 .851 *37/D9 CLE-TOT-MIL-ARI-SEA
25 Pat Burrell 891 1257 2000 2009 23-32 1428 5864 4947 700 269 15 265 842 49 1392 28 0 47 110 7 1 .254 .363 .475 .838 *7D/39 PHI-TBR
Rk Player RBI H From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
26 Roy Campanella 856 1161 1948 1957 26-35 1215 4816 4205 627 178 18 242 533 30 501 30 30 18 143 25 15 .276 .360 .500 .860 *2 BRO
27 Gorman Thomas 782 1051 1973 1986 22-35 1436 5486 4677 681 212 13 268 697 41 1339 18 41 53 84 50 49 .225 .324 .448 .772 *8D9/735 MIL-TOT-SEA
28 Adam Dunn 777 1101 2001 2009 21-29 1290 5417 4417 780 230 8 316 913 97 1433 62 2 23 65 59 20 .249 .383 .520 .903 *739/D CIN-TOT-WSN
29 Gus Zernial 776 1093 1949 1959 26-36 1234 4561 4131 572 159 22 237 383 3 755 24 3 20 106 15 7 .265 .329 .486 .815 *7/39 CHW-TOT-PHA-KCA-DET
30 Charlie Keller 760 1085 1939 1952 22-35 1170 4604 3790 725 166 72 189 784 0 499 10 20 0 50 45 23 .286 .410 .518 .928 *79 NYY-DET
31 Dick Stuart 743 1055 1958 1969 25-36 1112 4363 3997 506 157 30 228 301 34 957 22 6 37 118 2 7 .264 .316 .489 .806 *3/75 PIT-BOS-PHI-TOT-CAL
32 Ryan Howard 640 750 2004 2009 24-29 732 3145 2687 465 136 11 222 406 105 878 25 0 27 50 10 3 .279 .376 .586 .961 *3/D PHI
33 Rob Deer 600 853 1984 1996 23-35 1155 4512 3881 578 148 13 230 575 27 1409 32 2 22 38 43 31 .220 .324 .442 .766 *97/3D8 SFG-MIL-DET-TOT-SDP
34 George Selkirk 576 810 1934 1942 26-34 846 3322 2790 503 131 41 108 486 0 319 23 23 0 10 49 32 .290 .400 .483 .883 *97/8 NYY
35 Carlos Pena 566 776 2001 2009 23-31 929 3713 3136 495 153 20 202 495 33 973 47 4 31 47 18 13 .247 .355 .502 .858 *3/D7 TEX-TOT-DET-BOS-TBD-TBR
36 Jim Gentile 549 759 1957 1966 23-32 936 3479 2922 434 113 6 179 475 54 663 45 5 32 69 3 1 .260 .368 .486 .854 *3 BRO-LAD-BAL-KCA-TOT
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Now perhaps you can see what I mean about Howard. Yes, there are some of the most talented offensive players in the game on this list. However, we also see a bunch of names of players who, while productive, did not have excellent all-around offensive talent. These are guys who typically didn't hit a lot of extra-base hits other than homers and didn't have particularly good batting averages. Among the players I'm referring to are Kingman, Vaughn, Fielder, Buhner, Sexson, Burrell, Thomas, Dunn, and Deer. Right now, I'm worried that Howard is going to end up in this group. Hopefully that will not be the case.

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Welcome 2010

Posted by Andy on January 1, 2010
Sorry that I have made so few posts lately. My family and I suffered a significant tragedy a couple of weeks ago so I've been out of action. I expect to get back to posting more regularly now.

Here are players with career totals matching the year of 2010.

Career hits:

Rk H From To
1 Mark Grudzielanek 2010 1995 2008
2 Bobby Bonilla 2010 1986 2001
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Career plate appearances:

Rk PA From To
1 Maurice Van Robay 2010 1939 1946
2 Alex Arias 2010 1992 2002
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Career at-bats:

Rk AB From To
1 Craig Wilson 2010 2001 2007
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I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and successful year.

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