Comments on: Fewest singles in a career This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Nash Bruce Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:58:10 +0000 (not exactly what you were getting at, Mike, but I still had to smile:))

By: Nash Bruce Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:46:19 +0000 Mike D., you mentioned "non-pitcher class", but, it still amazes me, to think that, for example, Nolan Ryan hit a whopping .110 over 957 plate appearances over a 27 year career (80 singles, equaling 12% of PA's) and yet 11 players on this list, managed to beat him......

By: MikeD Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:24:12 +0000 So does Killebrew hold the "record" for fewest singles from a HOF player (non-pitcher class, obviously)?

By: MikeD Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:22:53 +0000 @38, Why do you assume Thome was clean? Not saying he did anything, but just becasue a player hasn't failed a test doesn't mean he was clean.

By: mccombe35 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:33:00 +0000 And for the Kittle love

22. Ron Kittle 15.39 R

By: mccombe35 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:31:35 +0000 Thome is the greatest "clean" slugger of this generation. And assuming (I know..) Howard, Dunn, & Pujols don't see the AB / HR increase over the rest of the career Thome is the 2nd best "slugger" of all time.

Rank Player (age) AB per HR Bats
1. Mark McGwire 10.61 R
2. Babe Ruth+ 11.76 L
3. Ryan Howard (30) 12.79 L
4. Barry Bonds 12.92 L
5. Jim Thome (39) 13.55 L
6. Adam Dunn (30) 14.05 L
Albert Pujols (30) 14.05 R
8. Ralph Kiner+ 14.11 R
9. Harmon Killebrew+ 14.22 R
10. Alex Rodriguez (34) 14.40 R

By: John Autin Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:51:11 +0000 Kds @35 -- Actually, Thome's RHP/LHP frequency last year was virtually the same as his career rate. In 2010, lefty pitchers accounted for 27.6% of his PAs; for his career, 28.4%.

The "skeleton in the closet" of Thome's HOF-worthy career is that he really never has hit lefties well. His BA is 56 points lower vs. LHP (.238 - .294), and his HR rate is also much lower (4.6% of ABs vs. LHP, 8.6% vs. RHP). His career OPS split is .763 vs. LHP, 1.047 vs. RHP.

Thome's BA and OPS vs. LHP and RHP last year were about the same as his career averages.

By: Frank Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:25:46 +0000 re: McGwire.

It's a shame about the PEDs (and the injuries). His rookie year I thought I was seeing someone who would be one of the best power hitters of all time, which he turned out to be - with the taint.

re: Don Lock

I had his 1967 baseball card, which I recall showed him as a Senator, although he played for "my" Phillies all year.

By: kds Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:43:10 +0000 Topper009 #28; Wasn't Thome pretty much a platoon player last year? it is always dangerous to assume that, "everything else is equal."

By: Dvd Avins Thu, 10 Feb 2011 03:26:16 +0000 Buhner was traded for Ken Phelps, who misses the list because he only had 2287 PA. But his 249 1B and 10.9% are certainly notable.