• If Andrew McCutchen Keeps It Up This Season

    Posted by on July 20th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    He would be in some crazy, sick, company:

    Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Babe Ruth 255 616 1920 25 NYY AL 142 54 137 14 .376 .532 .847
    2 Babe Ruth 238 693 1921 26 NYY AL 152 59 171 17 .378 .512 .846
    3 Ted Williams 235 606 1941 22 BOS AL 143 37 120 2 .406 .553 .735
    4 Mickey Mantle 221 623 1957 25 NYY AL 144 34 94 16 .365 .512 .665
    5 Lou Gehrig 220 717 1927 24 NYY AL 155 47 175 10 .373 .474 .765
    6 Babe Ruth 217 543 1919 24 BOS AL 130 29 114 7 .322 .456 .657
    7 Ted Williams 216 671 1942 23 BOS AL 150 36 137 3 .356 .499 .648
    8 Jeff Bagwell 213 479 1994 26 HOU NL 110 39 116 15 .368 .451 .750
    9 Frank Thomas 212 517 1994 26 CHW AL 113 38 101 2 .353 .487 .729
    10 Mickey Mantle 210 652 1956 24 NYY AL 150 52 130 10 .353 .464 .705
    11 Jimmie Foxx 207 702 1932 24 PHA AL 154 58 169 3 .364 .469 .749
    12 Rogers Hornsby 207 704 1922 26 STL NL 154 42 152 17 .401 .459 .722
    13 Ty Cobb 206 590 1910 23 DET AL 140 8 91 65 .383 .456 .551
    14 Norm Cash 201 673 1961 26 DET AL 159 41 132 11 .361 .487 .662
    15 Jimmie Foxx 201 670 1933 25 PHA AL 149 48 163 2 .356 .449 .703
    16 Ty Cobb 200 609 1912 25 DET AL 140 7 83 61 .409 .456 .584
    17 Nap Lajoie 198 582 1901 26 PHA AL 131 14 125 27 .426 .463 .643
    18 Ty Cobb 196 654 1911 24 DET AL 146 8 127 83 .420 .467 .621
    19 Andrew McCutchen 194 371 2012 25 PIT NL 87 22 65 14 .369 .423 .649
    20 Babe Ruth 194 382 1918 23 BOS AL 95 11 66 6 .300 .411 .555
    21 Ty Cobb 194 501 1913 26 DET AL 122 4 67 51 .390 .467 .535
    22 Lou Gehrig 193 677 1928 25 NYY AL 154 27 142 4 .374 .467 .648
    23 Shoeless Joe Jackson 193 641 1911 23 CLE AL 147 7 83 41 .408 .468 .590
    24 Ty Cobb 193 651 1909 22 DET AL 156 9 107 76 .377 .431 .517
    25 Shoeless Joe Jackson 192 623 1913 25 CLE AL 148 7 71 26 .373 .460 .551
    26 Shoeless Joe Jackson 192 653 1912 24 CLE AL 154 3 90 35 .395 .458 .579
    27 Rogers Hornsby 191 674 1921 25 STL NL 154 21 126 13 .397 .458 .639
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    Generated 7/20/2012.

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    Comments on If Andrew McCutchen Keeps It Up This Season

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 20th, 2012 | 4:03 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      He would be in some crazy, sick, company.

      Isn’t he already? Everyone on that list is either in the Hall of Fame, will be in the Hall of Fame or would’ve been in the Hall of Fame but for a gambling scandal nearly 100 years ago.

    2. July 20th, 2012 | 4:21 pm

      He still has to keep it up for the rest of the season to finish with these guys.

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 20th, 2012 | 4:43 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      He still has to keep it up for the rest of the season to finish with these guys.

      Why? Your query pulled in best OPS+ seasons for batters under 26. If he decided to retire tomorrow morning to become a shepherd in New Zealand, he’d still have a 194 OPS+ for the 2012 season. He’s already in the company of those guys no matter what happens.

    4. #15
      July 20th, 2012 | 6:48 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      But he wouldn’t get in teh HOF. My guess, and it’s only a guess, there is a much larger set of guys, many not in the HOF, that pulled off a similar hot stretch for three months.

      I’d have thought A-Rod, Albert, maybe Manny, Willie Mays, Stan M., Hank and maybe Joe D would have cracked the list.

    5. July 20th, 2012 | 7:41 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Why? Your query pulled in best OPS+ seasons for batters under 26. If he decided to retire tomorrow morning to become a shepherd in New Zealand, he’d still have a 194 OPS+ for the 2012 season. He’s already in the company of those guys no matter what happens.

      And, if he goes 20 for 350 for the rest of the season, then he will be off the list. That’s why he has to keep it up.

    6. Evan3457
      July 20th, 2012 | 7:57 pm

      #15 wrote:

      @ MJ Recanati:
      But he wouldn’t get in teh HOF. My guess, and it’s only a guess, there is a much larger set of guys, many not in the HOF, that pulled off a similar hot stretch for three months.
      I’d have thought A-Rod, Albert, maybe Manny, Willie Mays, Stan M., Hank and maybe Joe D would have cracked the list.

      Albert, A-Rod and Manny aren’t their because their OPS+ is blunted by the high overall OPS in the era in which they played. Same thing for Joe D. Joe D, Willie and Hank’s OPS+ are blunted by their relatively low number of walks. Stan Musial was not a big HR hitter in his seasons before age 26.

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