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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ted Williams in 1954 second in home runs, which should qualify him for HR Rate.

Qualifying for leading in a rate or average stat should be based on opportunities, such as at bats (AB), or accomplishments, such as Hits for batting average (BA) or home runs (HR) for HR Rate (AB/HR). Top ten 1954 American League (AL) HR:

Rk Player HR AB BA Year Age Tm Lg G PA R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Larry Doby 32 577 .272 1954 30 CLE AL 153 673 94 157 18 4 126 85 94 3 1 9 7 3 1 .364 .484 .847 *8
2 Ted Williams 29 386 .345 1954 35 BOS AL 117 526 93 133 23 1 89 136 32 1 0 3 10 0 0 .513 .635 1.148 *7/H
3 Mickey Mantle 27 543 .300 1954 22 NYY AL 146 649 129 163 17 12 102 102 107 0 2 4 3 5 2 .408 .525 .933 *8/6H49
4 Jackie Jensen 25 580 .276 1954 27 BOS AL 152 674 92 160 25 7 117 79 52 2 1 11 32 22 7 .359 .472 .831 *89/7H
5 Al Rosen 24 466 .300 1954 30 CLE AL 137 566 76 140 20 2 102 85 43 3 1 11 14 6 2 .404 .506 .910 *53/H64
6 Roy Sievers 24 514 .232 1954 27 WSH AL 145 609 75 119 26 6 102 80 77 2 2 11 17 2 1 .331 .446 .777 *7/3H
7 Yogi Berra 22 584 .307 1954 29 NYY AL 151 651 88 179 28 6 125 56 29 4 1 7 9 0 1 .367 .488 .855 *2/H5
8 Mickey Vernon 20 597 .290 1954 36 WSH AL 151 674 90 173 33 14 97 61 61 5 4 6 10 1 4 .357 .492 .850 *3/H
9 Ray Boone 20 543 .295 1954 30 DET AL 148 620 75 160 19 7 85 71 53 2 2 4 18 4 2 .376 .466 .842 *5/6
10 Minnie Minoso 19 568 .320 1954 28 CHW AL 153 676 119 182 29 18 116 77 46 16 6 8 20 18 11 .411 .535 .946 *798/5H
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Generated 4/5/2016.

As you can see Ted Williams was second in HR and had 80 fewer AB than Al Rosen, the only other HR leader with fewer than 500 AB.

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

AB per HR  s c a p y
1.Williams (BOS)**13.3
2.Doby (CLE)18.0
3.Rosen (CLE)19.4
4.Mantle (NYY)20.1
5.Sievers (WSH)21.4
6.Jensen (BOS)23.2
7.Wilson (2TM)**21.1
8.Berra (NYY)26.5
9.Wertz (2TM)**25.9
10.Boone (DET)27.2

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. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order.
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Ted Williams in 1954 is a good example for both excluding from BA leaders but including among HR Rate leaders.

Ted Williams in 1954 did not qualify for Batting Average (BA).  Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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).
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Photo of Larry DobyPhoto of Ted Williams
So, who was the 1954 AL Home Run King: Larry Doby or Ted Williams?

1958 AL Home Run King: Rocky Colavito or Mickey Mantle?  Monday, April 4, 2016

Clearly, Rocky Colavito had the best HR Rate in the AL in 1958. Colavito had one fewer HR than the AL leader Mickey Mantle, who was second to Colavito in HR Rate. On average, Mantle took an extra half AB to homer.

So, who was the 1958 AL Home Run King: Rocky Colavito or Mickey Mantle?
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