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Puig In The Company of Greatness

In the history of MLB there have been only a dozen players with career stats lines of:

  • .300 Batting Average
  • .400 On Base
  • .550 Slugging

Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig is on this very elite list…

Player            HR   BA  OBP  SLG From
Yasiel  Puig       28 .323 .401 .552 2013
Albert  Pujols    504 .320 .408 .597 2001
Manny  Ramirez    555 .312 .411 .585 1993
Frank  Thomas     521 .301 .419 .555 1990
Larry  Walker     383 .313 .400 .565 1989
Stan  Musial      475 .331 .417 .559 1941
Ted  Williams     521 .344 .482 .634 1939
Hank  Greenberg   331 .313 .412 .605 1930
Jimmie  Foxx      534 .325 .428 .609 1925
Lou  Gehrig       493 .340 .447 .632 1923
Rogers  Hornsby   301 .358 .434 .577 1915
Babe  Ruth        714 .342 .474 .690 1914

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/22/2014.

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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).