• Not Short, Not Long, But, Great…Or At Least Really Good

    Posted by on March 13th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    The greatest non-pitchers in baseball history…who played at least 1,000 games but less than 2,000…retired players only:

    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Nap Lajoie 89.6 1988 1901 1916 26-41 8256 1083 2522 50 1141 293 .336 .382 .451
    2 Joe DiMaggio 78.3 1736 1936 1951 21-36 7673 1390 2214 361 1537 30 .325 .398 .579
    3 Arky Vaughan 73.0 1817 1932 1948 20-36 7722 1173 2103 96 926 118 .318 .406 .453
    4 Larry Walker 72.4 1988 1989 2005 22-38 8030 1355 2160 383 1311 230 .313 .400 .565
    5 Johnny Mize 70.9 1883 1936 1953 23-40 7370 1118 2011 359 1337 28 .312 .397 .562
    6 Reggie Smith 64.3 1987 1966 1982 21-37 8051 1123 2020 314 1092 137 .287 .366 .489
    7 Lou Boudreau 63.1 1646 1938 1952 20-34 7024 861 1779 68 789 51 .295 .380 .415
    8 Shoeless Joe Jackson 62.6 1332 1908 1920 20-32 5693 873 1772 54 785 202 .356 .423 .517
    9 Home Run Baker 62.4 1575 1908 1922 22-36 6663 887 1838 96 987 235 .307 .363 .442
    10 Mark McGwire 62.0 1874 1986 2001 22-37 7660 1167 1626 583 1414 12 .263 .394 .588
    11 Jackie Robinson 61.6 1382 1947 1956 28-37 5804 947 1518 137 734 197 .311 .409 .474
    12 Mike Piazza 59.2 1912 1992 2007 23-38 7745 1048 2127 427 1335 17 .308 .377 .545
    13 Dick Allen 58.6 1749 1963 1977 21-35 7315 1099 1848 351 1119 133 .292 .378 .534
    14 Bobby Bonds 57.7 1849 1968 1981 22-35 8090 1258 1886 332 1024 461 .268 .353 .471
    15 Hank Greenberg 57.6 1394 1930 1947 19-36 6097 1051 1628 331 1276 58 .313 .412 .605
    16 Bob Johnson 57.2 1863 1933 1945 27-39 8050 1239 2051 288 1283 96 .296 .393 .506
    17 Joe Gordon 57.1 1566 1938 1950 23-35 6538 914 1530 253 975 89 .268 .357 .466
    18 Will Clark 56.4 1976 1986 2000 22-36 8283 1186 2176 284 1205 67 .303 .384 .497
    19 Bill Dickey 55.9 1789 1928 1946 21-39 7064 930 1969 202 1209 36 .313 .382 .486
    20 Jim Wynn 55.7 1920 1963 1977 21-35 8011 1105 1665 291 964 225 .250 .366 .436
    21 Joe Medwick 55.6 1984 1932 1948 20-36 8143 1198 2471 205 1383 42 .324 .362 .505
    22 Chet Lemon 55.2 1988 1975 1990 20-35 7874 973 1875 215 884 58 .273 .355 .442
    23 Bobby Wallace 55.2 1743 1901 1918 27-44 6902 681 1618 10 704 154 .262 .325 .336
    24 Billy Herman 54.5 1922 1931 1947 21-37 8639 1163 2345 47 839 67 .304 .367 .407
    25 Bill Terry 54.3 1720 1923 1936 24-37 7108 1120 2193 154 1078 56 .341 .393 .506
    26 Joe Sewell 53.7 1903 1920 1933 21-34 8333 1141 2226 49 1054 74 .312 .391 .413
    27 Gabby Hartnett 53.4 1991 1922 1941 21-40 7297 867 1912 236 1179 28 .297 .370 .489
    28 Joe Tinker 53.3 1806 1902 1916 21-35 7152 774 1690 31 783 336 .262 .308 .353
    29 Jack Clark 52.9 1994 1975 1992 19-36 8230 1118 1826 340 1180 77 .267 .379 .476
    30 Stan Hack 52.5 1938 1932 1947 22-37 8508 1239 2193 57 642 165 .301 .394 .397
    31 Mickey Cochrane 52.0 1482 1925 1937 22-34 6207 1041 1652 119 832 64 .320 .419 .478
    32 Bobby Doerr 51.3 1865 1937 1951 19-33 8028 1094 2042 223 1247 54 .288 .362 .461
    33 Kirby Puckett 50.9 1783 1984 1995 24-35 7831 1071 2304 207 1085 134 .318 .360 .477
    34 Brian Giles 50.8 1847 1995 2009 24-38 7836 1121 1897 287 1078 109 .291 .400 .502
    35 Bob Elliott 50.7 1978 1939 1953 22-36 8205 1064 2061 170 1195 60 .289 .375 .440
    36 Minnie Minoso 50.2 1835 1949 1980 23-54 7712 1136 1963 186 1023 205 .298 .389 .459
    37 Tony Lazzeri 49.9 1740 1926 1939 22-35 7314 986 1840 178 1194 148 .292 .380 .467
    38 Fred Lynn 49.9 1969 1974 1990 22-38 7923 1063 1960 306 1111 72 .283 .360 .484
    39 Ralph Kiner 49.4 1472 1946 1955 23-32 6256 971 1451 369 1015 22 .279 .398 .548
    40 Larry Doby 49.4 1533 1947 1959 23-35 6299 960 1515 253 970 47 .283 .386 .490
    41 Jim Fregosi 48.6 1902 1961 1978 19-36 7403 844 1726 151 706 76 .265 .338 .398
    42 Dave Bancroft 48.6 1913 1915 1930 24-39 8249 1048 2004 32 591 145 .279 .355 .358
    43 Heinie Groh 48.5 1676 1912 1927 22-37 7036 918 1774 26 566 180 .292 .373 .384
    44 Larry Gardner 48.1 1925 1908 1924 22-38 7694 867 1931 27 934 165 .289 .355 .384
    45 Earl Averill 47.9 1669 1929 1941 27-39 7221 1224 2019 238 1164 70 .318 .395 .534
    46 Bobby Veach 47.8 1822 1912 1925 24-37 7572 953 2063 64 1166 195 .310 .370 .442
    47 Johnny Evers 47.7 1784 1902 1929 20-47 7210 919 1659 12 538 324 .270 .356 .334
    48 Art Fletcher 47.2 1533 1909 1922 24-37 6037 684 1534 32 675 160 .277 .319 .365
    49 Devon White 47.0 1941 1985 2001 22-38 8080 1125 1934 208 846 346 .263 .319 .419
    50 Buddy Myer 47.0 1923 1925 1941 21-37 8190 1174 2131 38 848 157 .303 .389 .406
    51 Mike Cameron 46.7 1955 1995 2011 22-38 7884 1064 1700 278 968 297 .249 .338 .444
    52 Gene Tenace 46.7 1555 1969 1983 22-36 5527 653 1060 201 674 36 .241 .388 .429
    53 Kiki Cuyler 46.7 1879 1921 1938 22-39 8100 1305 2299 128 1065 328 .321 .386 .474
    54 Matt Williams 46.4 1866 1987 2003 21-37 7595 997 1878 378 1218 53 .268 .317 .489
    55 Roy White 46.3 1881 1965 1979 21-35 7735 964 1803 160 758 233 .271 .360 .404
    56 Ernie Lombardi 46.0 1852 1931 1947 23-39 6351 601 1792 190 990 8 .306 .358 .460
    57 Thurman Munson 45.9 1423 1969 1979 22-32 5905 696 1558 113 701 48 .292 .346 .410
    58 Tommy Leach 45.7 1996 1901 1918 23-40 8401 1260 1991 57 737 334 .270 .341 .372
    59 Edd Roush 45.6 1967 1913 1931 20-38 8155 1099 2376 68 981 268 .323 .369 .446
    60 Del Pratt 45.6 1836 1912 1924 24-36 7613 856 1996 43 968 247 .292 .345 .403
    61 Larry Doyle 45.4 1766 1907 1920 20-33 7382 960 1887 74 793 298 .290 .357 .408
    62 Vern Stephens 45.3 1720 1941 1955 20-34 7241 1001 1859 247 1174 25 .286 .355 .460
    63 Wally Schang 45.0 1840 1913 1931 23-41 6431 769 1506 59 711 121 .284 .393 .401
    64 Rocky Colavito 44.8 1841 1955 1968 21-34 7559 971 1730 374 1159 19 .266 .359 .489
    65 J.D. Drew 44.7 1566 1998 2011 22-35 6153 944 1437 242 795 87 .278 .384 .489
    66 Bill Freehan 44.6 1774 1961 1976 19-34 6900 706 1591 200 758 24 .262 .340 .412
    67 Chuck Knoblauch 44.6 1632 1991 2002 22-33 7387 1132 1839 98 615 407 .289 .378 .406
    68 Nomar Garciaparra 44.3 1434 1996 2009 22-35 6116 927 1747 229 936 95 .313 .361 .521
    69 Fred Clarke 44.3 1373 1901 1915 28-42 5902 931 1528 30 590 240 .301 .380 .420
    70 Travis Jackson 44.1 1657 1922 1936 18-32 6680 833 1768 135 929 71 .291 .337 .433
    71 George Foster 43.9 1977 1969 1986 20-37 7812 986 1925 348 1239 51 .274 .338 .480
    72 Chuck Klein 43.5 1753 1928 1944 23-39 7170 1168 2076 300 1201 79 .320 .379 .543
    73 Tony Oliva 43.2 1676 1962 1976 23-37 6880 870 1917 220 947 86 .304 .353 .476
    74 Charlie Keller 43.1 1170 1939 1952 22-35 4604 725 1085 189 760 45 .286 .410 .518
    75 Al Dark 43.0 1828 1946 1960 24-38 7833 1064 2089 126 757 59 .289 .333 .411
    76 Frank Chance 42.9 1115 1901 1914 24-37 4541 703 1134 18 547 378 .298 .397 .396
    77 Dixie Walker 42.7 1906 1931 1949 20-38 7670 1037 2064 105 1023 59 .306 .383 .437
    78 Jorge Posada 42.6 1829 1995 2011 23-39 7150 900 1664 275 1065 20 .273 .374 .474
    79 Amos Otis 42.6 1998 1967 1984 20-37 8247 1092 2020 193 1007 341 .277 .343 .425
    80 Dolph Camilli 42.5 1489 1933 1945 26-38 6352 936 1482 239 950 60 .277 .388 .492
    81 Earle Combs 42.5 1456 1924 1935 25-36 6513 1186 1866 58 632 98 .325 .397 .462
    82 Ken Williams 42.4 1398 1915 1929 25-39 5624 860 1552 196 916 154 .319 .393 .530
    83 Don Mattingly 42.2 1785 1982 1995 21-34 7722 1007 2153 222 1099 14 .307 .358 .471
    84 Lenny Dykstra 42.2 1278 1985 1996 22-33 5282 802 1298 81 404 285 .285 .375 .419
    85 Jose Canseco 42.1 1887 1985 2001 20-36 8129 1186 1877 462 1407 200 .266 .353 .515
    86 Jimmy Sheckard 42.0 1772 1901 1913 22-34 7657 1055 1717 45 621 345 .271 .374 .372
    87 Wally Berger 42.0 1350 1930 1940 24-34 5665 809 1550 242 898 36 .300 .359 .522
    88 Curt Flood 41.9 1759 1956 1971 18-33 6957 851 1861 85 636 88 .293 .342 .389
    89 Davey Lopes 41.9 1812 1972 1987 27-42 7340 1023 1671 155 614 557 .263 .349 .388
    90 Bill Nicholson 41.8 1678 1936 1953 21-38 6418 837 1484 235 948 27 .268 .365 .465
    91 Darryl Strawberry 41.8 1583 1983 1999 21-37 6326 898 1401 335 1000 221 .259 .357 .505
    92 Doug DeCinces 41.7 1649 1973 1987 22-36 6534 778 1505 237 879 58 .259 .329 .445
    93 Jack Fournier 41.5 1530 1912 1927 22-37 6032 822 1631 136 859 146 .313 .392 .483
    94 Andy Van Slyke 41.2 1658 1983 1995 22-34 6495 835 1562 164 792 245 .274 .349 .443
    95 Ben Chapman 41.2 1717 1930 1946 21-37 7425 1144 1958 90 977 287 .302 .383 .440
    96 Jim Gilliam 41.1 1956 1953 1966 24-37 8322 1163 1889 65 558 203 .265 .360 .355
    97 Roger Bresnahan 40.8 1438 1901 1915 22-36 5355 681 1246 26 527 212 .279 .386 .377
    98 Darrell Porter 40.8 1782 1971 1987 19-35 6570 765 1369 188 826 39 .247 .354 .409
    99 Tim Salmon 40.8 1672 1992 2006 23-37 7039 986 1674 299 1016 48 .282 .385 .498
    100 Augie Galan 40.7 1742 1934 1949 22-37 7005 1004 1706 100 830 123 .287 .390 .419
    101 Gil McDougald 40.7 1336 1951 1960 23-32 5398 697 1291 112 576 45 .276 .356 .410
    102 Jim Sundberg 40.5 1962 1974 1989 23-38 6899 621 1493 95 624 20 .248 .327 .348
    103 Phil Rizzuto 40.5 1661 1941 1956 23-38 6718 877 1588 38 563 149 .273 .351 .355
    104 David Justice 40.4 1610 1989 2002 23-36 6602 929 1571 305 1017 53 .279 .378 .500
    105 Carney Lansford 40.4 1862 1978 1992 21-35 7905 1007 2074 151 874 224 .290 .343 .411
    106 Babe Herman 40.3 1553 1926 1945 23-42 6228 882 1818 181 997 94 .324 .383 .532
    107 Clyde Milan 40.2 1982 1907 1922 20-35 8318 1004 2100 17 617 495 .285 .353 .353
    108 Moises Alou 39.8 1942 1990 2008 23-41 7913 1109 2134 332 1287 106 .303 .369 .516
    109 Albert Belle 39.8 1539 1989 2000 22-33 6676 974 1726 381 1239 88 .295 .369 .564
    110 Reggie Sanders 39.8 1777 1991 2007 23-39 7043 1037 1666 305 983 304 .267 .343 .487
    111 Maury Wills 39.7 1942 1959 1972 26-39 8306 1067 2134 20 458 586 .281 .330 .331
    112 Lance Parrish 39.6 1988 1977 1995 21-39 7797 856 1782 324 1070 28 .252 .313 .440
    113 George Burns 39.4 1853 1911 1925 21-35 8252 1188 2077 41 611 383 .287 .366 .384
    114 Eddie Stanky 39.3 1259 1943 1953 27-37 5436 811 1154 29 364 48 .268 .410 .348
    115 Donie Bush 39.3 1948 1908 1923 20-35 8750 1280 1804 9 436 406 .250 .356 .300
    116 Harlond Clift 39.2 1582 1934 1945 21-32 6894 1070 1558 178 829 69 .272 .390 .441
    117 Jesse Barfield 39.2 1428 1981 1992 21-32 5394 715 1219 241 716 66 .256 .335 .466
    118 Rico Petrocelli 39.1 1553 1963 1976 20-33 6171 653 1352 210 773 10 .251 .332 .420
    119 Bill White 38.9 1673 1956 1969 22-35 6678 843 1706 202 870 103 .286 .351 .455
    120 Hack Wilson 38.9 1348 1923 1934 23-34 5556 884 1461 244 1063 52 .307 .395 .545
    121 Magglio Ordonez 38.6 1848 1997 2011 23-37 7745 1076 2156 294 1236 94 .309 .369 .502
    122 Lonny Frey 38.6 1535 1933 1948 22-37 6402 848 1482 61 549 105 .269 .359 .374
    123 Juan Gonzalez 38.5 1689 1989 2005 19-35 7155 1061 1936 434 1404 26 .295 .343 .561
    124 Lonnie Smith 38.5 1613 1978 1994 22-38 5952 909 1488 98 533 370 .288 .371 .420
    125 Kirk Gibson 38.4 1635 1979 1995 22-38 6656 985 1553 255 870 284 .268 .352 .463
    126 Johnny Callison 38.4 1886 1958 1973 19-34 7437 926 1757 226 840 74 .264 .331 .441
    127 Sid Gordon 38.3 1475 1941 1955 23-37 5813 735 1415 202 805 19 .283 .377 .466
    128 Kent Hrbek 38.3 1747 1981 1994 21-34 7137 903 1749 293 1086 37 .282 .367 .481
    129 Roger Maris 38.2 1463 1957 1968 22-33 5847 826 1325 275 850 21 .260 .345 .476
    130 Troy Glaus 38.0 1537 1998 2010 21-33 6355 889 1375 320 950 56 .254 .358 .489
    131 Elmer Flick 38.0 1084 1901 1910 25-34 4680 662 1249 27 467 241 .304 .375 .432
    132 Paul Blair 37.9 1947 1964 1980 20-36 6673 776 1513 134 620 171 .250 .302 .382
    133 Terry Turner 37.9 1659 1901 1919 20-38 6656 699 1499 8 528 256 .253 .308 .318
    134 Bill Madlock 37.8 1806 1973 1987 22-36 7372 920 2008 163 860 174 .305 .365 .442
    135 Ray Lankford 37.8 1701 1990 2004 23-37 6675 968 1561 238 874 258 .272 .364 .477
    136 George Davis 37.7 990 1901 1909 30-38 4056 464 937 13 443 189 .265 .336 .345
    137 Frank Howard 37.6 1895 1958 1973 21-36 7352 864 1774 382 1119 8 .273 .352 .499
    138 George Kell 37.5 1795 1943 1957 20-34 7529 881 2054 78 870 51 .306 .367 .414
    139 Dick McAuliffe 37.5 1763 1960 1975 20-35 7161 888 1530 197 697 63 .247 .343 .403
    140 Max Bishop 37.3 1340 1924 1935 24-35 5789 966 1216 41 379 40 .271 .423 .366
    141 Jeff Heath 37.0 1383 1936 1949 21-34 5559 777 1447 194 887 56 .293 .370 .509
    142 Art Devlin 36.7 1313 1904 1913 24-33 5241 603 1185 10 505 285 .269 .364 .338
    143 Garry Maddox 36.7 1749 1972 1986 22-36 6777 777 1802 117 754 248 .285 .320 .413
    144 Lu Blue 36.7 1615 1921 1933 24-36 7223 1151 1696 44 695 151 .287 .402 .401
    145 Andy Pafko 36.7 1852 1943 1959 22-38 7027 844 1796 213 976 38 .285 .350 .449
    146 Dick Groat 36.6 1929 1952 1967 21-36 8179 829 2138 39 707 14 .286 .330 .366
    147 Don Money 36.5 1720 1968 1983 21-36 6998 798 1623 176 729 80 .261 .328 .406
    148 Don Buford 36.4 1286 1963 1972 26-35 5347 718 1203 93 418 200 .264 .362 .379
    149 Pie Traynor 36.3 1941 1920 1937 21-38 8297 1183 2416 58 1273 158 .320 .362 .435
    150 Danny Murphy 36.0 1474 1901 1915 24-38 5894 694 1543 44 696 189 .290 .336 .407
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    Some names you know, some you didn’t and some you haven’t thought about in a while. Always a fun look back…

    David Robertson Vs. Darren O’Day

    Posted by on February 18th, 2014 · Comments (10)

    It’s pretty darn close.

    Player WAR G From To Age GS GF W L W-L% SV IP ER BB SO ERA ERA+
    David Robertson 9.6 339 2008 2013 23-28 0 72 21 14 .600 8 329.0 101 143 428 2.76 156
    Darren O’Day 9.3 323 2008 2013 25-30 0 81 20 9 .690 4 309.2 90 78 276 2.62 168
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    Young SS As Hitters

    Posted by on February 15th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Jim Fregosi was pretty good when he was young, eh?

    Rk Player oWAR PA From To Age G R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Alex Rodriguez 67.6 6385 1994 2004 18-28 1430 1121 1707 309 24 381 1096 639 205 .305 .381 .574
    2 Arky Vaughan 57.9 5744 1932 1940 20-28 1305 867 1591 271 109 78 726 728 78 .325 .416 .473
    3 Robin Yount 48.0 6621 1974 1984 18-28 1549 885 1727 323 72 129 713 424 142 .286 .331 .427
    4 Derek Jeter 44.8 4981 1995 2002 21-28 1093 839 1390 214 38 117 563 470 167 .317 .389 .463
    5 Jim Fregosi 43.2 5546 1961 1970 19-28 1322 660 1327 204 69 110 513 519 69 .271 .341 .408
    6 Cal Ripken 42.6 5680 1981 1989 20-28 1315 793 1402 266 24 204 744 553 19 .277 .347 .461
    7 Vern Stephens 36.5 5003 1941 1949 20-28 1154 708 1290 205 31 177 824 495 19 .288 .360 .466
    8 Joe Sewell 36.2 4817 1920 1927 21-28 1097 644 1326 280 52 19 677 507 57 .323 .404 .431
    9 Joe Cronin 34.5 4886 1926 1935 19-28 1134 658 1281 282 88 60 782 537 59 .302 .383 .452
    10 Lou Boudreau 33.0 4552 1938 1946 20-28 1043 552 1137 255 51 36 478 500 45 .290 .373 .409
    11 Alan Trammell 32.6 5281 1977 1986 19-28 1289 702 1300 214 42 90 504 488 149 .281 .349 .403
    12 Donie Bush 30.4 5471 1908 1916 20-28 1222 817 1095 118 51 8 295 773 314 .245 .359 .299
    13 Cecil Travis 28.9 4616 1933 1941 19-27 1102 606 1370 237 73 25 581 337 20 .327 .381 .436
    14 Jose Reyes 27.6 4840 2003 2011 20-28 1050 735 1300 222 99 81 423 333 370 .292 .341 .441
    15 Travis Jackson 27.1 4919 1922 1932 18-28 1212 632 1337 232 66 103 683 320 65 .299 .347 .450
    16 Harvey Kuenn 25.5 4749 1952 1959 21-28 1049 620 1372 244 43 53 423 322 51 .314 .360 .426
    17 Edgar Renteria 23.8 6193 1996 2005 19-28 1449 834 1595 300 21 91 635 489 246 .288 .345 .399
    18 Jimmy Rollins 22.9 5162 2000 2007 21-28 1114 769 1307 269 81 114 485 368 248 .277 .331 .441
    19 Garry Templeton 20.5 4740 1976 1984 20-28 1128 598 1298 189 82 36 420 180 189 .288 .315 .390
    20 Dick Bartell 20.2 5366 1927 1936 19-28 1214 714 1395 285 60 31 424 390 67 .295 .355 .400
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    Most Games Played By Superstars In Their Last Season

    Posted by on February 13th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    One list:

    Rk Player G Year Age Tm PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Al Kaline 147 1974 39 DET 630 .262 .337 .389
    2 George Brett 145 1993 40 KCR 612 .266 .312 .434
    3 Mickey Mantle 144 1968 36 NYY 547 .237 .385 .398
    4 Edgar Martinez 141 2004 41 SEA 549 .263 .342 .385
    5 Kenny Lofton 136 2007 40 TOT 559 .296 .367 .414
    6 Ryne Sandberg 135 1997 37 CHC 480 .264 .308 .403
    7 Cal Ripken 128 2001 40 BAL 516 .239 .276 .361
    8 Robin Yount 127 1993 37 MIL 514 .258 .326 .379
    9 Rod Carew 127 1985 39 CAL 518 .280 .371 .345
    10 Barry Bonds 126 2007 42 SFG 477 .276 .480 .565
    11 Paul Molitor 126 1998 41 MIN 559 .281 .335 .382
    12 Stan Musial 124 1963 42 STL 379 .255 .325 .404
    13 Carl Yastrzemski 119 1983 43 BOS 437 .266 .359 .408
    14 Ron Santo 117 1974 34 CHW 418 .221 .293 .299
    15 Joe Morgan 116 1984 40 OAK 438 .244 .356 .351
    16 Joe DiMaggio 116 1951 36 NYY 482 .263 .365 .422
    17 Reggie Jackson 115 1987 41 OAK 374 .220 .297 .402
    18 Ted Williams 113 1960 41 BOS 390 .316 .451 .645
    19 Nap Lajoie 113 1916 41 PHA 455 .246 .272 .312
    20 Chipper Jones 112 2012 40 ATL 448 .287 .377 .455
    21 Barry Larkin 111 2004 40 CIN 386 .289 .352 .419
    22 Rafael Palmeiro 110 2005 40 BAL 422 .266 .339 .447
    23 Johnny Bench 110 1983 35 CIN 334 .255 .308 .432
    24 Roberto Clemente 102 1972 37 PIT 413 .312 .356 .479
    25 Larry Walker 100 2005 38 STL 367 .289 .384 .502
    26 Tim Raines 98 2002 42 FLA 114 .191 .351 .258
    27 Bobby Grich 98 1986 37 CAL 366 .268 .354 .412
    28 Gary Carter 95 1992 38 MON 325 .218 .299 .340
    29 Ty Cobb 95 1928 41 PHA 393 .323 .389 .431
    30 Scott Rolen 92 2012 37 CIN 330 .245 .318 .398
    31 Wade Boggs 90 1999 41 TBD 334 .301 .377 .377
    32 Jimmie Foxx 89 1945 37 PHI 248 .268 .336 .420
    33 Hank Aaron 85 1976 42 MIL 308 .229 .315 .369
    34 Lou Whitaker 84 1995 38 DET 285 .293 .372 .518
    35 Ozzie Smith 82 1996 41 STL 261 .282 .358 .370
    36 Johnny Mize 81 1953 40 NYY 118 .250 .339 .394
    37 Graig Nettles 80 1988 43 MON 104 .172 .240 .247
    38 Honus Wagner 74 1917 43 PIT 263 .265 .337 .304
    39 Pete Rose 72 1986 45 CIN 272 .219 .316 .270
    40 Frank Thomas 71 2008 40 TOT 289 .240 .349 .374
    41 Tony Gwynn 71 2001 41 SDP 112 .324 .384 .461
    42 Alan Trammell 66 1996 38 DET 207 .233 .267 .259
    43 Willie Mays 66 1973 42 NYM 239 .211 .303 .344
    44 Arky Vaughan 65 1948 36 BRO 144 .244 .354 .341
    45 Tris Speaker 64 1928 40 PHA 212 .267 .310 .450
    46 Sam Crawford 61 1917 37 DET 113 .173 .204 .269
    47 Jim Thome 58 2012 41 TOT 186 .252 .344 .442
    48 Eddie Murray 55 1997 41 TOT 185 .222 .281 .317
    49 Luke Appling 50 1950 43 CHW 144 .234 .300 .320
    50 Charlie Gehringer 45 1942 39 DET 52 .267 .365 .333
    51 Ivan Rodriguez 44 2011 39 WSN 137 .218 .281 .323
    52 Mike Schmidt 42 1989 39 PHI 172 .203 .297 .372
    53 Jeff Bagwell 39 2005 37 HOU 123 .250 .358 .380
    54 Ernie Banks 39 1971 40 CHC 92 .193 .247 .325
    55 Frank Robinson 36 1976 40 CLE 79 .224 .329 .358
    56 Ken Griffey 33 2010 40 SEA 108 .184 .250 .204
    57 Eddie Mathews 31 1968 36 DET 57 .212 .281 .385
    58 Rickey Henderson 30 2003 44 LAD 84 .208 .321 .306
    59 Babe Ruth 28 1935 40 BSN 92 .181 .359 .431
    60 Carlton Fisk 25 1993 45 CHW 58 .189 .228 .245
    61 Brooks Robinson 24 1977 40 BAL 52 .149 .212 .255
    62 Rogers Hornsby 20 1937 41 SLB 63 .321 .397 .429
    63 Frankie Frisch 17 1937 38 STL 34 .219 .242 .281
    64 Harry Heilmann 15 1932 37 CIN 31 .258 .258 .323
    65 Lou Gehrig 8 1939 36 NYY 33 .143 .273 .143
    66 Mel Ott 4 1947 38 NYG 4 .000 .000 .000
    67 Al Simmons 4 1944 42 PHA 6 .500 .500 .500
    68 Eddie Collins 3 1930 43 PHA 3 .500 .500 .500
    69 Paul Waner 1 1945 42 NYY 1 1.000
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    So, how many games will Derek Jeter play in 2014?  I am thinking less than 130.

    Top Ten Position Players In The Derek Jeter Era

    Posted by on February 12th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Only four better than him during his time – and you have to wonder who many of them were not on something:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Alex Rodriguez 116.2 1995 2013 19-37 2551 11285 1915 2928 654 1967 1237 319 .300 .385 .560
    2 Barry Bonds 96.4 1995 2007 30-42 1705 7203 1337 1648 503 1236 1747 205 .309 .482 .666
    3 Albert Pujols 92.9 2001 2013 21-33 1958 8546 1425 2347 492 1498 1067 93 .321 .410 .599
    4 Chipper Jones 85.0 1995 2012 23-40 2491 10610 1617 2724 468 1623 1511 150 .303 .401 .529
    5 Derek Jeter 71.5 1995 2013 21-39 2602 11968 1876 3316 256 1261 1047 348 .312 .381 .446
    6 Adrian Beltre 70.7 1998 2013 19-34 2276 9387 1177 2426 376 1307 629 116 .282 .334 .478
    7 Scott Rolen 69.9 1996 2012 21-37 2038 8518 1211 2077 316 1287 899 118 .281 .364 .490
    8 Jim Thome 69.9 1995 2012 24-41 2331 9517 1482 2152 582 1604 1657 11 .278 .407 .563
    9 Manny Ramirez 68.3 1995 2011 23-39 2189 9383 1488 2487 536 1766 1285 34 .315 .414 .590
    10 Carlos Beltran 67.6 1998 2013 21-36 2064 8949 1346 2228 358 1327 934 308 .283 .359 .496
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    Best Of The Big Outfielders

    Posted by on January 31st, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Here’s one slice of it:

    Rk Player WAR/pos Ht Wt From To Age G PA R H HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dave Winfield 63.9 78 220 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 1669 3110 465 1833 1216 1686 223 .283 .353 .475
    2 Dale Murphy 46.2 76 210 1976 1993 20-37 2180 9041 1197 2111 398 1266 986 1748 161 .265 .346 .469
    3 Jose Canseco 42.1 76 240 1985 2001 20-36 1887 8129 1186 1877 462 1407 906 1942 200 .266 .353 .515
    4 Ken Singleton 42.1 76 210 1970 1984 23-37 2082 8559 985 2029 246 1065 1263 1246 21 .282 .388 .436
    5 Matt Holliday 40.4 76 250 2004 2013 24-33 1434 6119 949 1681 251 966 596 1010 101 .311 .387 .531
    6 Dave Parker 39.9 77 230 1973 1991 22-40 2466 10184 1272 2712 339 1493 683 1537 154 .290 .339 .471
    7 Paul O’Neill 38.8 76 200 1985 2001 22-38 2053 8329 1041 2105 281 1269 892 1166 141 .288 .363 .470
    8 Frank Howard 37.6 79 255 1958 1973 21-36 1895 7352 864 1774 382 1119 782 1460 8 .273 .352 .499
    9 Alex Rios 27.8 77 210 2004 2013 23-32 1455 5997 791 1542 161 708 362 957 227 .278 .324 .443
    10 Jayson Werth 27.1 77 225 2002 2013 23-34 1135 4464 628 1051 170 577 537 1045 114 .274 .367 .471
    11 Josh Hamilton 26.2 76 225 2007 2013 26-32 888 3787 544 1002 182 632 310 778 47 .295 .354 .530
    12 Cliff Floyd 25.7 77 220 1993 2009 20-36 1621 6063 824 1479 233 865 601 1064 148 .278 .358 .482
    13 Hunter Pence 23.6 76 220 2007 2013 24-30 1056 4474 566 1169 165 615 329 817 89 .285 .339 .476
    14 Tom Brunansky 21.7 76 205 1981 1994 20-33 1800 7169 804 1543 271 919 770 1187 69 .245 .327 .434
    15 Jermaine Dye 20.3 76 210 1996 2009 22-35 1763 7214 984 1779 325 1072 597 1308 46 .274 .338 .488
    16 Matt Kemp 20.0 76 215 2006 2013 21-28 966 3897 573 1033 157 559 312 919 162 .293 .350 .493
    17 Jason Heyward 18.4 77 240 2010 2013 20-23 532 2170 293 489 73 234 248 446 43 .259 .352 .443
    18 Pat Burrell 18.4 76 235 2000 2011 23-34 1640 6520 767 1393 292 976 932 1564 7 .253 .361 .472
    19 Ellis Valentine 17.1 76 205 1975 1985 20-30 894 3392 380 881 123 474 180 462 59 .278 .315 .458
    20 Adam Dunn 16.6 78 285 2001 2013 21-33 1870 7817 1048 1537 440 1104 1246 2220 62 .238 .366 .495
    21 Corey Hart 16.0 78 235 2004 2012 22-30 945 3802 529 950 154 508 269 775 83 .276 .334 .491
    22 Giancarlo Stanton 14.7 78 240 2010 2013 20-23 489 2002 261 464 117 294 224 572 17 .265 .354 .535
    23 Johnny Lindell 14.3 76 217 1941 1954 24-37 854 3121 401 762 72 404 289 366 17 .273 .344 .429
    24 Dick Wakefield 13.2 76 210 1941 1952 20-31 638 2506 334 625 56 315 360 270 10 .293 .396 .447
    25 George Altman 12.9 76 200 1959 1967 26-34 991 3419 409 832 101 403 268 572 52 .269 .329 .432
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    There really weren’t that many “big men” in the outfield, back in the day, were there?

    How about pre-1973? See below:

    Rk Player WAR/pos Ht Wt From To Age G PA H HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Frank Howard 37.5 79 255 1958 1972 21-35 1810 7101 1716 370 1090 758 1432 8 .274 .353 .500
    2 Johnny Lindell 14.3 76 217 1941 1954 24-37 854 3121 762 72 404 289 366 17 .273 .344 .429
    3 Dick Wakefield 13.2 76 210 1941 1952 20-31 638 2506 625 56 315 360 270 10 .293 .396 .447
    4 George Altman 12.9 76 200 1959 1967 26-34 991 3419 832 101 403 268 572 52 .269 .329 .432
    5 Jim Lemon 6.9 76 200 1950 1963 22-35 1010 3873 901 164 529 363 787 13 .262 .332 .460
    6 Ken Singleton 4.8 76 210 1970 1972 23-25 326 1185 264 32 122 161 211 6 .263 .366 .399
    7 Len Gabrielson 1.9 76 210 1960 1970 20-30 708 1940 446 37 176 145 315 20 .253 .309 .366
    8 Al Libke 1.8 76 215 1945 1946 26-27 254 968 236 9 95 77 112 6 .268 .329 .364
    9 Howie Goss 0.3 76 204 1962 1963 27-28 222 570 113 11 54 40 164 9 .216 .273 .333
    10 Jerry Mallett 0.0 77 208 1959 1959 23-23 4 16 4 0 1 1 3 0 .267 .313 .267
    11 Bill McNulty -0.4 76 205 1969 1972 22-25 9 29 1 0 0 2 11 0 .037 .103 .037
    12 Purnal Goldy -0.7 77 200 1962 1963 24-25 29 80 18 3 12 0 16 0 .231 .238 .385
    13 Roberto Ortiz -1.2 76 200 1941 1950 26-35 213 718 168 8 78 43 95 4 .255 .310 .349
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    Purnal Goldy.  Great name.

    Vada Pinson & Johnny Damon

    Posted by on January 30th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Sooooooo close…

    Player WAR/pos H From To Age G PA 2B 3B HR RBI SO HBP SH SF SB BA OBP SLG
    Johnny Damon 56.4 2769 1995 2012 21-38 2490 10917 522 109 235 1139 1257 50 57 71 408 .284 .352 .433
    Vada Pinson 54.2 2757 1958 1975 19-36 2470 10402 485 127 256 1170 1196 54 52 78 305 .286 .327 .442
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    Generated 1/30/2014.

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    The 10 Japanese Starting Pitchers To Come To MLB Before The Age Of 30

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Here are their total career stats in the US, to-date for the ones still pitching:

    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS GF W L W-L% SV IP BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF
    1 Hideo Nomo 21.7 1995 2008 26-39 323 318 2 123 109 .530 0 1976.1 908 1918 4.24 97 251 8462
    2 Tomo Ohka 11.9 1999 2009 23-33 202 178 11 51 68 .429 0 1070.0 302 590 4.26 105 140 4620
    3 Shigetoshi Hasegawa 11.5 1997 2005 28-36 517 8 191 45 43 .511 33 720.1 265 447 3.70 125 76 3031
    4 Yu Darvish 9.7 2012 2013 25-26 61 61 0 29 18 .617 0 401.0 169 498 3.34 127 40 1657
    5 Daisuke Matsuzaka 9.1 2007 2013 26-32 124 123 1 53 40 .570 0 707.0 337 642 4.52 100 79 3085
    6 Hideki Irabu 3.3 1997 2002 28-33 126 80 28 34 35 .493 16 514.0 175 405 5.15 89 91 2236
    7 Junichi Tazawa 2.3 2009 2013 23-27 117 4 26 8 8 .500 1 140.2 27 134 3.45 124 15 599
    8 Kazuhito Tadano 0.2 2004 2005 24-25 15 4 2 1 1 .500 0 54.1 18 40 4.47 98 6 241
    9 Kazuhisa Ishii 0.2 2002 2005 28-31 105 102 0 39 34 .534 0 564.0 354 435 4.44 90 70 2496
    10 Kei Igawa -0.6 2007 2008 27-28 16 13 1 2 4 .333 0 71.2 37 53 6.66 68 15 337
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    Generated 1/22/2014.

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    So, how will Masahiro Tanaka do in the U.S. over the life of his contract, now that he is pitching here?  If he has an ERA+ over 100, he’ll be one of the few to do it.

    Was John Valentin The Best Player In Baseball In 1995?

    Posted by on January 17th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    You tell me…

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
    1 John Valentin 8.3 1995 28 BOS 135 621 108 155 37 27 102 81 67 20 5 .298 .399 .533
    2 Barry Bonds 7.5 1995 30 SFG 144 635 109 149 30 33 104 120 83 31 10 .294 .431 .577
    3 Edgar Martinez 7.0 1995 32 SEA 145 639 121 182 52 29 113 116 87 4 3 .356 .479 .628
    4 Albert Belle 6.9 1995 28 CLE 143 631 121 173 52 50 126 73 80 5 2 .317 .401 .690
    5 Chuck Knoblauch 6.7 1995 26 MIN 136 629 107 179 34 11 63 78 95 46 18 .333 .424 .487
    6 Tim Salmon 6.6 1995 26 CAL 143 638 111 177 34 34 105 91 111 5 5 .330 .429 .594
    7 Reggie Sanders 6.6 1995 27 CIN 133 567 91 148 36 28 99 69 122 36 12 .306 .397 .579
    8 Bernie Williams 6.4 1995 26 NYY 144 648 93 173 29 18 82 75 98 8 6 .307 .392 .487
    9 Craig Biggio 6.2 1995 29 HOU 141 673 123 167 30 22 77 80 85 33 8 .302 .406 .483
    10 Mike Piazza 6.2 1995 26 LAD 112 475 82 150 17 32 93 39 80 1 0 .346 .400 .606
    11 Barry Larkin 5.9 1995 31 CIN 131 567 98 158 29 15 66 61 49 51 5 .319 .394 .492
    12 Jim Thome 5.9 1995 24 CLE 137 557 92 142 29 25 73 97 113 4 3 .314 .438 .558
    13 Jim Edmonds 5.6 1995 25 CAL 141 620 120 162 30 33 107 51 130 1 4 .290 .352 .536
    14 Mark McGwire 5.5 1995 31 OAK 104 422 75 87 13 39 90 88 77 1 1 .274 .441 .685
    15 Rafael Palmeiro 5.5 1995 30 BAL 143 624 89 172 30 39 104 62 65 3 1 .310 .380 .583
    16 Sammy Sosa 5.3 1995 26 CHC 144 629 89 151 17 36 119 58 134 34 7 .268 .340 .500
    17 Frank Thomas 5.3 1995 27 CHW 145 647 102 152 27 40 111 136 74 3 2 .308 .454 .606
    18 Brian Jordan 5.1 1995 28 STL 131 525 83 145 20 22 81 22 79 24 9 .296 .339 .488
    19 Mark Grace 5.0 1995 31 CHC 143 627 97 180 51 16 92 65 46 6 2 .326 .395 .516
    20 Jeff Bagwell 4.8 1995 27 HOU 114 539 88 130 29 21 87 79 102 12 5 .290 .399 .496
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    Recent Young Lefties Who Threw A Lot Of Innings

    Posted by on January 15th, 2014 · Comments (10)
    Rk Player WAR IP From To Age G GS CG W L W-L% BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF
    1 Clayton Kershaw 32.2 1180.0 2008 2013 20-25 184 182 11 77 46 .626 393 1206 2.60 146 73 4740
    2 Frank Tanana 32.1 1385.0 1974 1979 20-25 189 183 83 89 64 .582 369 1098 2.92 123 126 5667
    3 Fernando Valenzuela 27.0 1537.0 1981 1986 20-25 200 200 84 97 68 .588 535 1258 2.97 118 86 6297
    4 CC Sabathia 19.2 1165.1 2001 2006 20-25 185 185 12 81 56 .591 427 933 3.95 111 111 4898
    5 Dontrelle Willis 17.1 1022.2 2003 2007 21-25 162 162 15 68 54 .557 344 757 3.78 111 94 4393
    6 Jim Abbott 16.8 1061.0 1989 1993 21-25 157 157 24 58 66 .468 360 603 3.66 109 77 4495
    7 Steve Avery 12.6 1091.1 1990 1995 20-25 179 178 13 65 52 .556 331 729 3.75 106 93 4546
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    Protect that arm, Los Angeles.

    Tim Raines & Rod Carew

    Posted by on January 9th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Close call.

    Player PA TOB From To Age G R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB CS OBP SLG
    Tim Raines 10359 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 1571 2605 430 113 170 980 1330 808 146 .385 .425
    Rod Carew 10550 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 1424 3053 445 112 92 1015 1018 353 187 .393 .429
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    The 3,000-600-400 Club

    Posted by on January 3rd, 2014 · Comments (2)

    It’s a gang of four.

    Rk Player WAR/pos SB 2B H From To Age G PA R 3B HR RBI BB HBP SH BA OBP SLG
    1 Ty Cobb 151.2 897 724 4189 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13082 2246 295 117 1938 1249 94 291 .366 .433 .512
    2 Tris Speaker 134.0 436 792 3514 1907 1928 19-40 2790 11992 1882 222 117 1531 1381 103 309 .345 .428 .500
    3 Paul Molitor 75.5 504 605 3319 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 1782 114 234 1307 1094 47 75 .306 .369 .448
    4 Craig Biggio 64.8 414 668 3060 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 1844 55 291 1175 1160 285 101 .281 .363 .433
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    Greatest Batting Season By A 23-Year Old

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (4)
    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Willie Mays 10.6 1954 23 NYG 151 641 119 195 33 13 41 110 66 .345 .411 .667
    2 Ted Williams 10.6 1942 23 BOS 150 671 141 186 34 5 36 137 145 .356 .499 .648
    3 Ty Cobb 10.5 1910 23 DET 140 590 106 194 35 13 8 91 64 .383 .456 .551
    4 Eddie Collins 10.5 1910 23 PHA 153 658 81 188 16 15 3 81 49 .324 .382 .418
    5 Cal Ripken 9.9 1984 23 BAL 162 716 103 195 37 7 27 86 71 .304 .374 .510
    6 Mickey Mantle 9.5 1955 23 NYY 147 638 121 158 25 11 37 99 113 .306 .431 .611
    7 Reggie Jackson 9.2 1969 23 OAK 152 678 123 151 36 3 47 118 114 .275 .410 .608
    8 Arky Vaughan 9.2 1935 23 PIT 137 609 108 192 34 10 19 99 97 .385 .491 .607
    9 Shoeless Joe Jackson 9.2 1911 23 CLE 147 641 126 233 45 19 7 83 56 .408 .468 .590
    10 Ken Griffey 8.8 1993 23 SEA 156 691 113 180 38 3 45 109 96 .309 .408 .617
    11 Stan Musial 8.8 1944 23 STL 146 668 112 197 51 14 12 94 90 .347 .440 .549
    12 Albert Pujols 8.6 2003 23 STL 157 685 137 212 51 1 43 124 79 .359 .439 .667
    13 Joe Cronin 8.4 1930 23 WSH 154 686 127 203 41 9 13 126 72 .346 .422 .513
    14 Andruw Jones 8.1 2000 23 ATL 161 729 122 199 36 6 36 104 59 .303 .366 .541
    15 Hank Aaron 8.0 1957 23 MLN 151 675 118 198 27 6 44 132 57 .322 .378 .600
    16 Mel Ott 7.9 1932 23 NYG 154 673 119 180 30 8 38 123 100 .318 .424 .601
    17 Troy Glaus 7.8 2000 23 ANA 159 678 120 160 37 1 47 102 112 .284 .404 .604
    18 George Brett 7.5 1976 23 KCR 159 705 94 215 34 14 7 67 49 .333 .377 .462
    19 Vladimir Guerrero 7.4 1998 23 MON 159 677 108 202 37 7 38 109 42 .324 .371 .589
    20 Jim Wynn 7.4 1965 23 HOU 157 663 90 155 30 7 22 73 84 .275 .371 .470
    21 Jose Canseco 7.3 1988 23 OAK 158 705 120 187 34 0 42 124 78 .307 .391 .569
    22 Fred Lynn 7.3 1975 23 BOS 145 605 103 175 47 7 21 105 62 .331 .401 .566
    23 Eddie Mathews 7.3 1955 23 MLN 141 616 108 144 23 5 41 101 109 .289 .413 .601
    24 Evan Longoria 7.1 2009 23 TBR 157 671 100 164 44 0 33 113 72 .281 .364 .526
    25 Frank Thomas 6.9 1991 23 CHW 158 701 104 178 31 2 32 109 138 .318 .453 .553
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    Generated 1/2/2014.

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    Something for Yasiel Puig to shoot for this year.

    From 1968 To 1978, Sal Bando Was The 5th Best Player In Baseball During Those 11 Years

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (4)

    According to WAR, that is:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 68.0 1968 1978 24-34 1488 6466 1035 1473 267 179 731 1095 512 .280 .403 .453
    2 Johnny Bench 64.5 1968 1978 20-30 1607 6667 869 1579 308 309 1105 700 59 .269 .345 .487
    3 Reggie Jackson 62.2 1968