Comments on: Can Jay Bruce be the first ever? This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: ckollett Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:51:20 +0000 Bruce is at .296 at the end of June 25. Oh well...

By: ckollett Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:16:09 +0000 At the end of the Reds/Yankees game on June 20, Bruce was 29 for 96, for a batting average of .302.

On 6/21 he was 1 for 4, with the hit in his final at bat. So after his first at bat he was 29/97, for a batting average of .299. After his next two at bats his batting averages were .296 and .293. He ended the game at 30 for 100, so he has still had a batting average of at least .300 at the end of every game of his career. According to the first table above, no one with more than 50 at bats has done this since at least 1956, either, unless we let Juan Pierre round up. But since he's sitting at .301 right now, that seems likely to change soon, too.

By: mmayes Mon, 02 Jun 2008 14:08:56 +0000 On the first list, I'll bet Fatty McDonald has the highest slugging percentage, with 3 homers (his only 3 big league hits) in 9 at bats. Of course, guys like Esteban Yan probably do have a higher lifetime slugging percentage.

By: whiz Mon, 02 Jun 2008 05:41:53 +0000 Kosuke Fukodome was 3 for 3 in his first game and his lowest BA at the end of a game was .294, last week. That was the only game where he ended below .300. He was close to .300 a few times, and I haven't checked whether he went below .300 in the middle of a game.

By: smokedphish Fri, 30 May 2008 22:51:24 +0000 whoa i love that tidbit about barry bonds, really interesting thanks!

By: kingturtle Fri, 30 May 2008 01:36:52 +0000 Finally I get to share a stat I came up with that's been waiting for the proper discussion.

Barry Bonds had 16 consecutive years in which his year-end lifetime slugging average was higher than it was the year before. It is because he started his career as a lead-off hitter, and ended his career in the steroid era. Nevertheless, I don't think there is any other player who comes close to such a streak.