Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
January 11, 2007
BASEBALL: Full Plates

One of the many cool features of David Pinto's Day by Day Database is the charts showing the percentage of baserunners driven in by different hitters. You can look here at the total chart for 2000-06 for guys who batted with 1500 or more men on base (note that driving yourself in doesn't count; Pinto subtracts homers but includes the runners driven in on homers). Mike Sweeney and Larry Walker check in as the #1 & 2 best RBI men of the era, the punchless Luis Castillo the worst, with free-swinging Adam Dunn, Jose Cruz and Corey Patterson the worst with any power. A-Rod ranks a good deal higher than Jeter.

One interesting feature is the rankings by total baserunners. Here is the 11 seasons over the last 7 years in which one batter hit with 525 or more men on base - John Olerud, who doesn't do terribly on the overall chart, is the only one to drive in less than 100 runs, apparently due in large part to batting behind the glacially slow and often-on-first Edgar Martinez:

PlayerRunners OnRuns Batted InHome RunsRBI Pct.Year
Bret Boone5561413718.712001
Miguel Tejada5461503421.252004
John Olerud539952113.732001
Alex Rodriguez5341213516.102006
Andruw Jones5311163615.072003
Jeff Kent5301253317.362000
Vinny Castilla5291313518.152004
John Olerud5291031416.822000
Mike Sweeney5271442921.822000
Jeff Kent5271062215.942001
Edgar Martinez5251453720.572000
Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:02 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I understand why he excludes the batter from home run numbers, but somehow that seems to penalize the home run hitter. You came up with runners on base and didn't just come thru, but came thru big time.

Also would love to see it in terms of total bases. Driving people home from first ought to get more credit than knocking him in from third.

Posted by: stan at January 12, 2007 12:57 PM
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