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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mickey Mantle batting only righty: .323 BA; .400 twice.

Mickey Mantle might have increased his batting average (BA) from .298 to .323 had he batted only right handed instead of switch hitting.  And led in BA eight times.

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Mickey in the Twilight Zone (TZ) of batting only righty would still have had the highest BA in 1956 over Ted Williams: .358 to .345.  Real Mickey hit .353.  Previous posts have indicated that Al Kaline would have been first in RBI in 1956 because TZ Mickey would have lost home runs but still finished first in homers.  TZ Mickey would have had his personal best in 1964: .419; real Mickey had .303.  But, no, TZ Mickey would not have caught Pete Runnels (.326) in 1962; TZ Mickey would have plummeted from .321 to .292.  In his final season TZ Mick's BA: .198.  He was through.

Real Mickey's career splits by how the pitcher throws:
  throws BA
home L .323
home R .294    TZ: .307
road L .338
road R .271    TZ: .323

TZ Mickey's BA batting righty against righty pitchers would have kept him about the same at home but boosted him on the road from .271 to .323.

TZ Mickey would had led in BA: 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957 (.411), 1958, 1961, 1964 (.419).  That would have deprived Kaline of his one BA lead in 1955 and Williams of his final two in 1957 and 1958.


Year TZ Real TZ-Real
1951 0.216 0.267 -0.051
1952 0.333 0.311 0.022
1953 0.340 0.295 0.045
1954 0.319 0.300 0.019
1955 0.348 0.306 0.042
1956 0.358 0.353 0.005
1957 0.411 0.365 0.046
1958 0.373 0.304 0.069
1959 0.262 0.285 -0.023
1960 0.333 0.274 0.059
1961 0.366 0.317 0.049
1962 0.292 0.321 -0.029
1963 0.388 0.314 0.074    172 AB
1964 0.419 0.303 0.116
1965 0.253 0.255 -0.002
1966 0.279 0.288 -0.009
1967 0.280 0.245 0.035
1968 0.198 0.237 -0.039

                 .323          .298          .025
TotTZ Real TZ-Real

See post:
Mickey Mantle: BA home/road v lefty/righty. Tuesday, April 23, 2013

4 comments:

Unknown said...

Nice work.
Doing a few sloppy calculations(guesses and surmises)my best guess is Mantle finishes his career batting right handed with numbers very similar to Jimmy Foxx. Maybe a hundred or so more hits, a few less rbi, with about a .329 avg.
Sound right?

Kenneth Matinale said...

Thanks. I'm thinking Mantle batting righty all along becomes the greatest righty hitter of all time.

Marc Levine said...

Do you have a complete breakdown of his stats RT vs Left?
I've been looking for them for a long time.

Kenneth Matinale said...

Marc,

There was a problem with the link in paragraph two, which I corrected. Click it to view lots of details in many tabs. Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aHmtdCsP0pYpkvhpG7Dr1yFbj7iQP6y7sabz5Jmz0RY/pubhtml

Ken