Saturday, December 11, 2010

MLB's Top 20 Batting Leaders

In the offseason things can get pretty boring baseball-wise here at WSBGMs headquarters. Aside from a blockbluster trade involving Blanton and Ibanez to Seattle for King Felix or the Cliff Lee signing to a Philly-friendly contract of 3/$45M there won't be much excitement until spring training rolls around...and I use the term excitement liberally there. What to do to pass the time? For me, stats. The following is a list of offensive categories that active players rank in the Top 20. You'll notice many PED users (A-Rod, Manny, Tejada, Cameron, Giambi) and 1 current and one ex-Phillie. Enjoy...

Games Played:
15t. Omar Vizquel- 2850

20. Alex Rodriguez- 1757

17. Alex Rodriguez- 1831
18. Manny Ramirez- 1830

6. Alex Rodriguez- 613
8. Jim Thome- 589
14. Manny Ramirez- 555

9. Jim Thome- 1679

2. Jim Thome- 2395
10. Mike Cameron- 1842
11. Alex Rodriguez- 1836
13. Manny Ramirez- 1809
20. Jim Edmonds- 1729

On Base %:
12. Albert Pujols- .426
15. Todd Helton- .424

Slugging %:
4. Albert Pujols- .624
9. Manny Ramirez- .587
12. Ryan Howard- .572
13. Alex Rodriguez- .571
16. Vladimir Guerrero- .563
19t. Jim Thome- .559

5. Albert Pujols- 1.050
9. Manny Ramirez- .998
11. Todd Helton- .979
17. Jim Thome- .963
19. Alex Rodriguez- .958
20. Lance Berkman- .954

Hit By Pitch:
5. Jason Kendall- 254
14. Jason Giambi- 170
19t. Derek Jeter- 152
19t. Alex Rodriguez- 152

Ground Into Double Play:
2. Ivan Rodriguez- 331
20t. Miguel Tejada- 261

It's obvious that baseball has evolved into a hitting first mindset over the past couple decades. Pitchers used to dominate, but with PEDs, better conditioning, and smaller ballparks the batter appears to have the upper hand. Hence the offensive leaderboard being riddled with players from this generation, especially in the power department. C'mon, Lance Berkman is a good sometimes great ball player, but to have the 20th best OPS in the history of the game...really?

Notes- Carlos Delgado was disqualified due to not holding MLB employment last season. Ken Griffey Jr. was disqualified for retiring mid-season. Both are not currently active.

Tomorrow we'll unveil MLB's Top 20 Pitching Leaders.


ripjgarcia said...

I would imagine Chase is destined to make that HBP list.

Also, good luck to those in the first round of the playoffs in the WSBGM's fantasy football league.

GM-Carson said...

Utley is sure to crack the Top 20 of HBP someday. Dude gets plunked about 20 times a season.

Oh yeah, thanks for rubbing it in RIP J Garcia, my team the Polish My Kolb is in the consolation round.

GM-Carson said...

UmpBump takes a look at Ryan Howard's contract and how freaking ridiculous it is. Of course, I've been saying this since the beginning, but nobody wants to listen to little old me. Fact- Howard is getting paid like he's the 2nd best player in the game when he barely cracks the Top 50 (and some would argue he doesn't). The man is a slugging 1st baseman, they're a dime a dozen.

Bob D said...

What no false Greinke trade rumors for the Phils?

ripjgarcia said...

We don't have any prospects left to trade to the Royals.

GM-Carson said...

My 2 cents- if Greinke was a Phillie he'd post Blanton-esque #'s.