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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mickey Mantle distribution of non SO outs.

Mickey Mantle is the most famous switcher hitter of all time. He hit 536 home runs. This blog contains over 100 posts about Mantle, which can be seen by clicking his name under "Labels" to the right, which then takes you to this link:

http://radicalbaseball.blogspot.com/search/label/Mickey%20Mantle

This post deals with the 3,900 or so outs made by Mantle when he did not strike out (SO). They could be grounders or flies. Derived from data in baseball-reference.com. Percentages are based on totals for each category:
RHP: right handed pitching
LHP: left handed pitching

As far as we know Mantle always batted right handed against LHP. He batted left handed for all but a few cases against RHP. See:

Mickey Mantle batting right handed against a right handed pitcher. Sunday, March 20, 2016


RHPLHPALL
mid55.06%53.76%54.13%
pull25.52%29.46%26.67%
opp19.18%16.13%17.95%
unk0.24%0.66%1.26%


LFCFRF
ALL10.58%15.26%10.01%
RHP11.36%16.11%9.49%
LHP9.28%13.92%11.12%
3BSS2B1B
ALL11.76%13.80%18.15%11.71%
RHP7.46%8.17%23.13%15.63%
LHP19.88%24.37%9.20%4.64%
PC
ALL4.92%2.93%
RHP5.18%3.23%
LHP4.49%2.43%

Outs to the outfield and catcher are probably all fly balls. The catcher may have fielded a short grounder, like a bunt, that resulted in an out.

Pop ups to the opposite side are possible and may be included in outs at 3B and 1B. baseball-reference.com does break that down but it's not included here.

There's a symmetry to the outfield outs. Look at the pull outs. Mantle made out to CF more against RHP, which is a bit surprising considering the huge dimensions of Yankee Stadium when Mantle played that would have provided far more area for a fly to be caught in left center:
- left center: 457
- center: 461
- right center: 407.

Mickey Mantle: plate appearance distribution Monday, April 22, 2013

Mickey Mantle had 33% of his plate appearances (PA) from his natural right side.

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

Pitchers feared his home run power, especially when The Mick batted lefty at home in Yankee Stadium.  AB/HR home: 19.5 v lefties, 13.1 v righties; road almost dead even: 15.15, 15.33.
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