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Tulo…A Super Fine Power Hitter

If you are worried about Troy Tulowitzki performing away from Coors Field, don’t.

Over the last four seasons the Rockies shortstop has hit 36 home runs on the road.  He’s averaging one homer every 20 at bats.  This is nearly identical to that of teammate Carlos Gonzalez.  So far so good.

Using the a broader indicator of batting power we find his Isolated Slugging Percentage at a cool .218 away from home.  This is really freakin’ good.  Check this out from Baseball-Reference…

Highest ISO, 2011-2014, MLB hitters on the road (min. 30 HR’s):

Rk              Player  ISO   AB 2B HR
1         Brandon Moss .269  643 32 45
2         Chris Carter .269  648 34 46
3          David Ortiz .267  921 40 68
4        Jose Bautista .265  974 46 70
5       Carlos Quentin .260  622 51 37
6          Mike Napoli .255  825 45 53
7    Giancarlo Stanton .246  979 52 61
8           Mike Trout .238  977 58 49
9       Miguel Cabrera .237 1217 79 70
10       Josh Hamilton .236 1009 66 54
11   Edwin Encarnacion .232 1032 56 61
12    Paul Goldschmidt .230  871 64 44
13         Chris Davis .229  909 50 52
14          Mike Morse .229  850 46 49
15   Curtis Granderson .226 1012 40 55
16           Matt Kemp .225  912 57 44
17          Ryan Braun .225  966 58 49
18       Albert Pujols .224 1128 68 61
19       Mark Reynolds .224  955 41 57
20         Mark Trumbo .222 1038 53 57
21     Troy Tulowitzki .218  716 42 36
22         Nelson Cruz .218 1056 61 55
23       Pedro Alvarez .215  903 36 52
24        Hunter Pence .214 1306 67 64
25    Andrew McCutchen .214 1175 61 56

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/8/2014.

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Chasing History: Jonathan Lucroy Update

Jonathan Lucroy now has 44 doubles hit this season as a catcher.  He stands one double away from tying the all-time mark set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996.

See this post from last week for the full list of catchers with 40+ two-baggers in a single season.

 

The Reverse Insanity Hall-of-Fame Ballot

I count a bakers dozen retired MLB stars who would get my 2014 Hall-of-Fame vote…including only the returning players.  This excludes newbie shoe-in’s Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina and Tom Glavine.  Can I vote for seventeen guys?

Since the maximum players you can choose is ten, the voter is required to strategize their selections.  In that case I have to leave off newcomers Thomas, Maddux & Glavine since they will surely be voted in and vote for the least deserving of my seventeen to make sure they don’t fall off the ballot.

Therefore my 2014 ballot includes (in order of least deserving to most):

For the most insane of reasons I need to leave off Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina and Jeff Bagwell because they are too deserving!

Thanks stupid rules and stubborn baseball writers 🙂

The Consistent Slugger Nick Swisher

Very few power hitters have been as consistently good as Nick Swisher. Yesterday the Cleveland Indians first baseman reached the twenty-homer plateau for the ninth time in his career. Considering that Swisher has only played nine full seasons this is quite remarkable.

Swish has added twenty or more doubles in each of these seasons as well.  Doing a quick B-R Play Index search we find the short list of players who have done 20 HR/20 2B at least nine times in their first ten total seasons.  Nick was called up with Oakland for a cup-of-coffee in his third pro season before becoming an MLB starter in his fourth year out of college.  Hence we are looking at most 20/20 years during a players first 10 seasons as opposed to 9.

Here is the full list:

Rk

Yrs

1

Mark Teixeira

10

2

Albert Pujols

10

3

Ted Williams

10

4

Joe DiMaggio

10

5

Nick Swisher

9

6

Miguel Cabrera

9

7

Carlos Lee

9

8

Lance Berkman

9

9

Chipper Jones

9

10

Cal Ripken

9

11

Eddie Murray

9

12

Orlando Cepeda

9

13

Frank Robinson

9

14

Hank Aaron

9

15

Bob Johnson

9

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/16/2013.
So we’ve got three hall-of-famers, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols, plus Mark Teixeira as the only players in baseball history with more 20 HR/20 double seasons than Nick Swisher during their first decade in the major leagues. Quite impressive and a bit surprising.  

Jose Offerman meet Mickey Mantle

Just a fun little fact about former Dodgers prospect Jose Offerman and one Mickey Mantle.

Batters with the most seasons of 10 triples & 80 walks (since World War II):

Rk

Yrs

From

To

1

Joe Morgan

3

1965

1971

2

Stan Musial

3

1947

1951

3

Bobby Abreu

2

1999

2000

4

Jose Offerman

2

1998

1999

5

Chuck Knoblauch

2

1996

1997

6

Brett Butler

2

1992

1993

7

Brady Anderson

2

1992

1995

8

Wally Moon

2

1956

1959

9

Mickey Mantle

2

1954

1955

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Generated 8/31/2013.

 

Guess Which Dodger is On A Hot List?

A super cool list of best first season Adjusted OPS+ in MLB history (min. 90 plate appearance)

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm G AB HR BA OBP SLG
1 Yasiel Puig 231 90 2013 22 LAD 22 85 7 .435 .467 .729
2 Willie McCovey 188 219 1959 21 SFG 52 192 13 .354 .429 .656
3 Mike Jacobs 180 112 2005 24 NYM 30 100 11 .310 .375 .710
4 Ken Griffey 180 92 1973 23 CIN 25 86 3 .384 .424 .570
5 Frank Thomas 177 240 1990 22 CHW 60 191 7 .330 .454 .529
6 Bret Barberie 168 162 1991 23 MON 57 136 2 .353 .435 .515
7 Bill Skowron 167 237 1954 23 NYY 87 215 7 .340 .392 .577
8 Dode Criss 167 91 1908 23 SLB 64 82 0 .341 .407 .415
9 Bill Sudakis 165 102 1968 22 LAD 24 87 3 .276 .382 .471
10 Bill Salkeld 163 317 1945 28 PIT 95 267 15 .311 .420 .547
11 Chris Dickerson 162 122 2008 26 CIN 31 102 6 .304 .413 .608
12 Johnny Mize 162 469 1936 23 STL 126 414 19 .329 .402 .577
13 Ted Williams 160 675 1939 20 BOS 149 565 31 .327 .436 .609
14 Albert Pujols 157 676 2001 21 STL 161 590 37 .329 .403 .610
15 Ryan Braun 154 492 2007 23 MIL 113 451 34 .324 .370 .634
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/27/2013.

Half of the previous 14 players are Hall-of-Fame in or likely in.

Chris Davis or Mickey Mantle?

Mickey Mantle’s highest single season slugging pct was .705 back in 1956.  Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is slugging .720 through 72 games this season.  

We are isolating just 303 plate appearances so expect Davis to regress quite a bit in the second half of the year, but if he kept this pace up it would be historic.  Besides one-off seasons by Mark McGwire and Frank Thomas, Davis’ .720 slugging would be the highest in the American League since Ted Williams in 1957 (.731 SLG).  

Brian McCann’s Consistent Power

Much to my surprise Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann has literally had a hall-of-fame start to his career.  3 of his top 6 most similar batters through age 28 are in the HOF.  

McCann ranks 8th all-time in home runs by a catcher through age 29.  His 162 HR’s are more than Ted Simmons, Bill Freehan, Gabby Hartnett, Carlton Fisk and Bill Dickey.  

We don’t know what his 30’s will bring but McCann has a real shot at HOF numbers if he has another 5 productive seasons.  

The company of B.J. Upton

Major League Baseball GM’s had only a short while this off-season to salivate at the idea of “Peak Upton” as B.J. Upton has just signed a nice, fat deal with the Braves.  Atlanta will have the center fielder under contract through age 33.

Here is the grand list of 27 year old’s with 100 homers & 200 steals in the history of ball & base:

Rk             Player  HR  SB   Age    G  BB   SO  CS
1         Barry  Bonds 176 251 21-27 1010 611  590  72
2         Bobby  Bonds 165 222 22-27  864 405  882  52
3          Eric  Davis 142 212 22-27  640 316  561  32
4        Cesar  Cedeno 142 397 19-27 1161 380  580 114
5      Hanley  Ramirez 134 216 21-27  852 369  607  69
6        Lloyd  Moseby 128 200 20-27 1129 421  821  71
7          B.J.  Upton 114 231 19-27  954 427 1008  69
8    Rickey  Henderson 103 660 20-27 1087 708  562 166

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

That’s more power than Rickey Henderson and more speed than Bobby Bonds…..

Braves fans can drool over themselves.

All-Star 2B AL #LaserShow


                                       
Split       G  AB  R  H 2B HR RBI SB CS   BA  OBP  SLG
1st Half   74 305 41 81 19  6  33  6  3 .266 .326 .400
2nd Half   66 256 40 81 19  9  32 13  3 .316 .369 .504

Despite being part of the worst Red Sox season since the Johnson Administration, Dustin  Pedroia is the in-season comeback player of the year in the AL.

The “Laser Show” is the silver lining in Bobby-V’s only first season in Boston.  The second baseman leads the team in hits, runs, steals & WAR (+4).