Thursday, November 26, 2009

Baseball's "300" Hitters

What players have had both 300+ times reaching base (RB) and 300+ total bases (TB) in the same season? Not many. RB includes hits, walks and HBP. To see a list of all such occurrences, go to 300RBTB. It is in chronological order.

When you get there, the list on the left has all the players who did it. The list on the right shows some near misses, guys who had 280+ in each stat but did not make it. The tables also show each player's offensive winning percentage and RCAA or runs created above average, which is park adjusted since it is from the Lee Sinins Complete Baseball Encyclopedia. The most recent occurrence was Pujols in 2009, with 310 RB & 374 TB. The table below shows the leaders in such seasons.

The next table shows the very near misses, guys who had 297+ in both stats but not 300+ in both. Frank Thomas has one other very near miss. In 1995, when the season was only 144 or 145 games, he had 294 RB & 299 TB.

Now the breakdown by decade:

1890s 2
1910s 2
1920s 19
1930s 20
1940s 9
1950s 6
1960s 3
1970s 2
1980s 3
1990s 21
2000s 24


Unknown said...

I'd say steroids had something to do with the large number of players reaching these milestones early in the 00's.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Maybe steroids had somethig to do with it but there are lots of guys from the 90s and 2000s who have not been implicated in PED use or seem to look like it.

mattybobo said...

Not to mention that the number in the 90s and 2000s is not that different from the 20s and 30s. I know it's complicated, but I thought that interesting.

Cyril Morong said...


Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Yes, there were alot in the 20s and 30s, so it shows there could be another cause besides steroids.