Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ted Williams in 1954 did not qualify for Batting Average (BA).

Photo of Ted Williams
In 1952 (April 15-30) and 1953 (Aug. 6 - Sep. 27) Ted Williams played in only 43 games total because he was on active duty, including flying combat missions in the Korean War. In 1954 Williams played in 117 games: 526 plate appearances (PA), 386 at bats (AB), American League (AL) leading 136 Bases on Balls (BB) and 133 Hits. Since the 162 game schedule started in the AL in 1961, 502 PA qualifies a batter for rate or average stats. It shouldn't. The criteria in 1954 was silly but Williams should not have qualified for BA. He just didn't have enough AB (#43) or Hits (#24).

baseball-reference.com lists Russell freakin' Branyan tied with Mickey Mantle in AB/HR. Oh, the humanity. Monday, April 4, 2016

This is sad. baseball-reference.com uses lazy old criteria for rate stats like batting average (BA)...


baseball-reference.com lists Russell freakin' Branyan tied with Mickey Mantle in AB/HR. This could make your head explode.

From 1945-1956, a player must have 2.6 at bats per team game. Note, however, that from 1951-1954 a player could lead if they still led after the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to their at bat total.

From 1957 to the present, a player must have 3.1 plate appearances per team game. Note, however, that from 1967 to the present a player could lead if they still led after the necessary number of hitless plate appearances were added to their at bat total...

Why would people as intelligent as those running baseball-reference.com use PA when it's not part of the stat? It's just going along with the establishment ...

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/1954-batting-leaders.shtml

1954 American League Batting Leaders


A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year.




At Bats  s c a p y
1.Kuenn (DET)656
2.Fox (CHW)631
3.Busby (WSH)628
4.Carrasquel (CHW)620
5.Vernon (WSH)597
6.Berra (NYY)584
7.Jensen (BOS)580
8.Doby (CLE)577
9.Minoso (CHW)568
10.Avila (CLE)555

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