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
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.
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.