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Friday, June 12, 2015

.500 batting average would make hitters and pitchers even.

I've long held that the essence of the game is slow pitch softball, in which the pitcher facilitates getting the ball in play.  Baseball has devolved into a pitcher dominated bore, which may be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will not recover.  Too many pitchers are throwing too many pitches too fast from too close.

For those who mindlessly drone on about the perfect state of baseball and how any changes should be to reign in the hitters from reducing their overwhelming rate of failure, here are complimentary sets of data about how few occurrences there have been since 1901 when the hitters have even been even.

Hitters: most At Bats (AB) in a season with a .500 Batting Average (BA):
Rk Player AB BA PA Year Age Tm Lg G R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Gil Coan 42 .500 47 1947 25 WSH AL 11 5 21 3 2 0 3 5 6 0 0 0 2 1 .553 .667 1.220 *9
2 Rudy Pemberton 41 .512 45 1996 26 BOS AL 13 11 21 8 0 1 10 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 3 1 .556 .780 1.336 *9/H7
3 Cameron Maybin 32 .500 36 2008 21 FLA NL 8 9 16 2 0 0 2 3 0 8 0 1 0 0 4 0 .543 .563 1.105 /*8
4 Tripp Sigman 29 .517 32 1929 30 PHI NL 10 8 15 1 0 2 9 3 1 0 0 0 .563 .759 1.321 /*87
Generated 6/11/2015.

Pitchers: most AB in a season with a .500 BA against:
Rk Player AB BA IP Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ HR BF 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Brady Raggio 38 .579 7.0 1998 25 STL NL 4 1 0 0 2 1 1 .500 0 22 12 12 3 3 15.43 5.85 29 1 43 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .605 .737 1.341 262
2 Joe Horgan 37 .514 6.0 2005 28 WSN NL 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 15 14 4 5 21.00 3.85 21 0 44 8 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .558 .730 1.288 249 146 94
3 Wilton Lopez 35 .514 6.1 2014 30 COL NL 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 8 8 0 4 11.37 8.03 40 3 36 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .829 1.329 255 115 78
4 Bruce Chen 34 .500 6.1 2015 38 CLE AL 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 17 9 9 1 4 12.79 8.48 32 3 35 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .514 .853 1.367 276 123 84
5 Duaner Sanchez 30 .500 6.0 2003 23 PIT NL 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 1.000 0 15 11 11 1 3 16.50 7.86 28 2 34 2 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .529 .767 1.296 240 110 67
6 Nate Minchey 30 .533 6.0 1996 26 BOS AL 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 16 11 10 5 4 15.00 6.51 35 1 36 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 .583 .700 1.283 222
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/11/2015.

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