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Monday, March 7, 2016

Most Home Runs against righty pitchers. A-Rod could break career record in 2016.

Hank Aaron hit 755 Home Runs (HR). However, baseball-reference.com does not have details on 15 of those HR. Aaron's splits against right/lefty pitchers: 523/217, which adds up to only 740.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/A/Jaaroh1010.htm

Shows complete splits for Aaron: 534 against righties, 221 against lefties.

50 home runs righty/lefty splits. Sunday, March 6, 2016

baseball-reference.com is the source but it does not have complete splits before about 1956. Therefore, the data for some is incomplete, including: Babe RuthHack WilsonJimmie FoxxHank GreenbergRalph Kiner and Johnny Mize, so those players are omitted. Ruth and Mize batted left handed. Data for Willie Mays in 1955 is incomplete; Mays hit 51 home runs (HR) in 1955. His 1965 52 HR season is included...

Righty batters have hit 50 HR much more often. Only two lefties have hit 50 more than once...

Bat Left, Pitch Right: ...

Barry Bonds: most HR (56), HRtot (73) highest BA, OBP, SLG, OPS ...

Bat Right, Pitch Right: ...

Mark McGwire 1998: 55 HR against righties, 70, highest OBP, SLG, OPS

Sammy Sosa 54, 51 against righties.

Cecil Fielder fewest HR, only 26; lowest BA, OBP, SLG, OPS
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OK, let's pause. Obviously there is plenty of cool stuff in yesterday's post but some of it deserved more emphasis. That's the purpose of this post. Specifically, the number of HR hit off righty pitchers.

Lefty batter Barry Bonds hit the most in a season: 56. That's 56 of his record 73. See a lot of righty/lefty detail for seasons of at least 50 HR in the previous post. Bonds hit 535 of his 762 career HR against righties. That's one more than the 534 credited to Aaron by retrosheet.org

Bat Left, Pitch Right:
Rk I Player Split From To G HR HRtot GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip
1 Barry Bonds vs RHP as LHB 1986 2007 2607 535 762 8459 6496 1967 400 48 1336 0 0 1852 964 .303 .458 .626 1.084 4068 111 52 2 57 577 54 .283
2 Jim Thome vs RHP as LHB 1991 2012 2317 494 612 7412 5933 1735 340 24 1276 0 0 1381 1703 .292 .426 .608 1.034 3605 120 43 0 55 168 45 .327
3 Ken Griffey vs RHP as LHB 1989 2010 2401 444 630 7816 6710 1951 375 29 1278 0 0 993 1133 .291 .382 .554 .936 3716 143 42 3 68 226 62 .290
4 Willie McCovey vs RHP as LHB 1959 1980 2242 421 521 7344 6157 1706 274 39 1189 0 0 1085 1034 .277 .387 .539 .926 3321 139 49 0 50 245 76 .270
5 Rafael Palmeiro vs RHP as LHB 1986 2005 2567 409 569 8520 7330 2148 431 27 1260 0 0 1047 921 .293 .382 .527 .909 3860 164 59 2 82 162 59 .286
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/7/2016.

Remember, we do not have complete splits for Babe Ruth, who also batted lefty. retrosheet.org: 400 against righties, 149 against lefties. That's only 549 of Ruth's 714 HR.

Bat Right, Pitch Right:
For cumulative seasons, From 1913 to 2015, vs RHP as RHB (within Platoon Splits), (requiring HR≥400), sorted by greatest Home Runs for this split

Note: There are 154 games from 1913 missing RBIs from one or both teams.


Rk I Player Split From To G HR HRtot GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip
1 Alex Rodriguez vs RHP as RHB 1994 2015 2561 518 687 8896 7745 2325 395 19 1564 0 0 903 1682 .300 .381 .557 .937 4312 192 151 16 81 40 103 .321
2 Sammy Sosa vs RHP as RHB 1989 2007 2136 458 609 7276 6566 1743 267 33 1258 0 0 580 1721 .265 .327 .525 .853 3450 144 55 12 63 73 95 .289
3 Mark McGwire vs RHP as RHB 1986 2001 1709 427 583 5628 4592 1202 177 5 1036 0 0 918 1223 .262 .388 .581 .970 2670 109 63 3 52 81 45 .259
4 Harmon Killebrew vs RHP as RHB 1954 1975 2100 422 573 7182 6063 1541 224 18 1194 0 0 1026 1302 .254 .363 .506 .869 3067 178 39 0 54 81 108 .255
5 Albert Pujols vs RHP as RHB 2001 2015 2178 416 560 7425 6432 2000 413 12 1303 0 0 839 771 .311 .394 .573 .967 3685 237 85 1 68 197 74 .298
6 Manny Ramirez vs RHP as RHB 1993 2011 2153 414 555 7237 6156 1875 386 17 1368 0 0 925 1456 .305 .399 .575 .974 3537 188 88 2 66 115 49 .336
7 Mike Schmidt vs RHP as RHB 1972 1989 2158 406 548 7586 6320 1631 293 43 1208 0 0 1104 1515 .258 .369 .511 .880 3228 114 60 13 89 120 76 .273
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/7/2016.

I quoted the baseball-reference.com search criteria for the results above because it does not include the 523 that it credits to Aaron unless you check an obscure box to permit incomplete results. Mays is also missing for the same reason; Mays 451 against righties and 209 against lefties for his total of 660. That data is in both:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/M/Jmaysw1010.htm

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?id=mayswi01&t=b

The second link is for the HR log of Mays. It took a while and advice from a couple of friends to finally get that. The search criteria used and specified by baseball-reference.com does not indicate whether the results are complete or incomplete. It should.

Bonds appears to have the record for most HR against righties at 535, with Aaron one behind. However, A-Rod is only 17 behind Bonds and could pass him in 2016. Something to watch.

Back to HR off righties in a season.

Bat Right, Pitch Right:
Rk I Player Split Year G HR HRtot GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Mark McGwire vs RHP as RHB 1998 145 55 70 498 379 119 17 0 120 0 0 113 117 .314 .474 .794 1.268 301 4 4 0 2 17 3 .306 106 239
2 Sammy Sosa vs RHP as RHB 1998 152 54 66 521 479 151 15 0 123 0 0 36 117 .315 .361 .685 1.046 328 18 1 0 5 5 7 .310 102 178
3 Sammy Sosa vs RHP as RHB 2001 153 51 64 574 484 153 29 4 130 0 0 75 123 .316 .406 .709 1.115 343 5 5 0 10 23 7 .319 89 201
4 Alex Rodriguez vs RHP as RHB 2002 157 49 57 544 465 149 19 1 118 0 0 65 88 .320 .412 .682 1.093 317 11 10 0 4 7 5 .301 115 198
5 Mark McGwire vs RHP as RHB 1999 143 49 65 501 399 114 14 1 117 0 0 97 109 .286 .423 .694 1.117 277 6 1 0 4 11 6 .265 99 191
6 Alex Rodriguez vs RHP as RHB 2007 151 47 54 532 447 146 17 0 131 0 0 59 98 .327 .419 .680 1.099 304 11 18 0 8 2 5 .319 105 198
7 Mark McGwire vs RHP as RHB 1997 149 46 58 508 423 115 19 0 96 0 0 69 119 .272 .380 .643 1.023 272 8 9 0 7 8 5 .260 96 176
8 Jose Bautista vs RHP as RHB 2010 154 46 54 554 461 124 28 3 107 0 0 83 92 .269 .388 .642 1.030 296 8 8 0 2 1 5 .240 107 186
9 Sammy Sosa vs RHP as RHB 1999 153 45 63 525 462 129 15 1 104 0 0 55 125 .279 .356 .608 .964 281 15 3 0 5 4 6 .283 93 151
10 Andruw Jones vs RHP as RHB 2005 153 42 51 526 461 122 17 3 105 0 0 48 90 .265 .346 .588 .934 271 16 12 0 5 10 4 .240 102 154
11 Adrian Beltre vs RHP as RHB 2004 149 42 48 502 464 161 25 0 104 0 0 34 73 .347 .390 .672 1.063 312 11 1 0 3 3 4 .338 107 183
12 Sammy Sosa vs RHP as RHB 2000 147 42 50 551 480 150 31 1 115 0 0 63 132 .313 .390 .644 1.034 309 8 2 0 6 12 10 .346 98 167
13 Albert Belle vs RHP as RHB 1995 139 42 50 473 413 134 41 0 101 0 0 49 55 .324 .401 .729 1.130 301 21 6 0 3 2 4 .288 106 202
14 Harmon Killebrew vs RHP as RHB 1962 149 42 48 598 502 120 19 1 111 0 0 88 133 .239 .355 .532 .886 267 13 4 0 4 5 9 .236 95 156
15 Alex Rodriguez vs RHP as RHB 2001 157 40 52 583 500 162 29 1 104 0 0 62 97 .324 .407 .626 1.033 313 13 13 0 8 2 8 .329 103 181
16 Harmon Killebrew vs RHP as RHB 1961 140 40 46 548 461 131 18 6 106 0 0 80 95 .284 .391 .610 1.000 281 10 3 0 4 4 8 .276 97 184
17 Mark McGwire vs RHP as RHB 1996 123 40 52 417 321 94 15 0 87 0 0 89 91 .293 .453 .713 1.167 229 11 6 0 1 12 0 .283 95 209
18 Andre Dawson vs RHP as RHB 1987 145 40 49 507 480 136 19 2 107 0 0 22 81 .283 .321 .581 .903 279 9 5 0 0 3 4 .267 100 145
19 Willie Mays vs RHP as RHB 1965 134 40 52 459 406 130 18 2 91 0 0 51 48 .320 .395 .670 1.065 272 10 0 1 1 11 8 .282 103 223
20 Miguel Cabrera vs RHP as RHB 2012 151 40 44 502 463 155 27 0 122 0 0 31 70 .335 .375 .652 1.027 302 15 2 0 6 6 3 .320 103 186
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/7/2016.

I find McGwire and Sosa hitting over 50 against righties astonishing. Yeah, I know, they and Bonds and A-Rod used PED, including steroids.

Bat Left, Pitch Right:
Rk I Player Split Year G HR HRtot GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Barry Bonds vs RHP as LHB 2001 138 56 73 475 335 112 23 1 103 0 0 133 59 .334 .526 .910 1.437 305 3 5 0 2 32 1 .252 108 256
2 Roger Maris vs RHP as LHB 1961 135 49 61 485 413 118 9 4 106 0 0 64 37 .286 .384 .683 1.066 282 11 4 0 4 0 5 .208 113 168
3 Jim Thome vs RHP as LHB 2001 142 45 49 479 384 120 18 1 102 0 0 90 118 .313 .445 .716 1.161 275 9 3 0 2 13 2 .336 122 189
4 Mickey Mantle vs RHP as LHB 1961 134 43 54 443 347 101 6 2 94 0 0 93 79 .291 .439 .692 1.131 240 0 0 1 2 5 5 .256 99 186
5 Larry Walker vs RHP as LHB 1997 141 43 49 494 424 165 32 4 107 0 0 61 65 .389 .470 .788 1.257 334 11 6 0 3 14 4 .382 113 214
6 Duke Snider vs RHP as LHB 1956 145 42 43 583 482 144 27 2 91 0 0 93 85 .299 .412 .624 1.036 301 15 1 5 2 26 3 .286 108 165
7 Ryan Howard vs RHP as LHB 2006 146 42 58 479 384 127 20 0 104 0 0 86 105 .331 .453 .711 1.164 273 4 4 0 5 34 3 .351 114 187
8 Todd Helton vs RHP as LHB 2001 146 42 49 500 418 148 41 1 119 0 0 75 67 .354 .453 .758 1.211 317 9 3 0 3 12 4 .340 116 200
9 Luis Gonzalez vs RHP as LHB 2001 145 42 57 506 423 140 23 7 100 0 0 74 51 .331 .435 .716 1.151 303 10 6 0 3 20 2 .294 106 186
10 Ken Griffey vs RHP as LHB 1997 143 42 56 487 412 132 26 2 108 0 0 62 69 .320 .405 .699 1.104 288 9 3 0 10 21 4 .289 114 175
11 Ken Griffey vs RHP as LHB 1999 150 40 48 514 436 134 21 2 107 0 0 71 72 .307 .409 .640 1.048 279 7 5 0 2 16 2 .288 118 158
12 Lance Berkman vs RHP as LHB 2002 153 40 42 541 449 138 27 1 114 0 0 85 98 .307 .420 .639 1.059 287 5 4 0 3 18 6 .312 114 167
13 Jim Thome vs RHP as LHB 2002 131 40 52 423 321 107 15 2 86 0 0 95 84 .333 .485 .766 1.251 246 1 3 0 4 17 4 .333 122 215
14 Lance Berkman vs RHP as LHB 2006 137 40 45 464 382 128 21 0 109 0 0 71 82 .335 .438 .704 1.142 269 7 4 0 7 18 5 .330 118 181
15 Duke Snider vs RHP as LHB 1957 138 40 40 559 481 134 24 4 87 0 0 72 91 .279 .372 .595 .966 286 17 1 2 3 12 6 .266 102 150
16 Prince Fielder vs RHP as LHB 2007 148 40 50 464 385 116 24 2 87 0 0 71 84 .301 .414 .686 1.100 264 5 5 0 3 19 2 .288 116 177
17 Chris Davis vs RHP as LHB 2013 141 40 53 434 367 116 29 1 93 0 0 58 125 .316 .415 .728 1.142 267 1 6 0 3 12 4 .371 127 203
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/7/2016.

Some astonishing stuff here, too. Again baseball-reference.com does not have complete splits for Ruth, Gehrig, and others, so its ad hoc query function produces incomplete results. This L/R list
is shorter than the R/R list and contains switch hitters Mantle and Berkman (twice). Berkman threw lefty and should have just batted lefty, his natural side. Note that in 1957 Snider hit ALL 40 HR against righties.

Note:
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1927/Jruthb1010141927.htm

Ruth 1927: 41/19 for his 60 HR season. But I'm not checking Ruth and others year by year. The discrepancies between baseball-reference.com and retrosheet.org need to be resolved.

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