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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mickey Mantle: percent PA batting righty against lefty pitchers.

Mickey Mantle had a higher percentage of plate appearances (PA) batting righty against lefty pitchers at home in Yankee Stadium than on the road in 14 of his 18 seasons.  The exceptions were 1963, when he missed almost three months with a broken foot, and 1964, 1965 and 1967.  The differences in 1965 and 1967 were slight.  Mickey's very low and almost identical percentages of righty PA in his final season, both home and road, may have been a realization by both him and Yankee manager Ralph Houk that Mickey could no longer hit batting righty ... even against lefty pitching.

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Year vLhome% vLroad%
1951 42.23% 38.55%
1952 42.72% 35.49%
1953 41.70% 40.47%
1954 37.93% 30.91%
1955 30.50% 26.56%
1956 33.74% 30.06%
1957 31.74% 24.85%
1958 26.88% 20.06%
1959 28.22% 21.34%
1960 35.03% 23.48%
1961 36.45% 27.09%
1962 36.92% 27.43%
1963 26.32% 44.92%
1964 30.88% 34.75%
1965 44.44% 42.62%
1966 45.54% 38.89%
1967 40.23% 40.42%
1968 26.98% 25.08%

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