Monday, April 27, 2009

Single Season Sluggers

For one brief shinning moment, these guys were at the top of their game, then they either vanished altogether or faded away. This team is comprised of players who, for whatever reason, had a single outstanding season out of a career that left them largely forgotten. For example, Phil Plantier of the Padres had an amazing 1993 season; he earned the fewest hits by a player with more than 100 RBIs (111) and set a NL for one-year regular record for home runs and RBIs. To qualify, these players had to have at least 400 at bats, or pitched more than a single inning for each game played, and are not currently active. These players hold the all time records for their categories in a single season.

1. Highest batting average, Al Wingo/LF .370/.443/.527, 104 h, 5 hr, 68 rbi
2. Highest slugging %, Cliff Lee/RF .322/.366/.540, 136 h, 17 hr, 77 rbi
3. Highest on base %, after Al Wingo's .456, Tommy Glaviano/2B - .285/.421/.446, 117 h, 11 hr, 44 rbi
4. Most Home Runs (NL), Phil Plantier/CF - .240/.335/.509, 111 h, 34 hr, 100 rbi
5. Most Hits (NL), Chick Fullis/3B - .309/.346/.380, 200 h, 1 hr, 45 rbi
6. Most Runs, 105, Ike Davis/SS - .240/.313/.327, 135 h, 0 hr, 61 rbi
7. Most Home Runs (AL), Gary Alexander/C - .235/.408/.454, 76 h, 17 hr, 62 rbi(Oakland),
8. Most Home Runs (AL), Norm Zauchin/1B - .239/.335/.430, 114 h, 27 hr, 93 rbi
9. Most Home Runs (AL), Ken Phelps/DH (out of 332 at bats - Phelps never had a season where he had 400 at bats) - .259/.410/.548, 86 h, 27 hr, 68 rbi

*Bob Fothergill/OF, Most RBI's 114 - .359/.401/.516
*Hank Edwards/OF, Most Triples 16 - .301/.361/.509
*Dick Wakefield/OF, Most Hits (AL) 200 - .316/.376/.434
*Carl Lind/(SS,2B,3B), Most Doubles 42 - .294/.331/.375
*Eric Yelding/(OF,SS,2B,3B), Most Stolen Bases (NL) 64 - .254/.305/.297

1. Bill James, Most Wins, (NL) 26-7, Lowest era 1.90, - 332 ip, 1.14 whip
2. Bob Grim, Most Wins (AL) 20-6, 199 ip, 3.26 era, 1.307 whip
3. Floyd Youmans, Most Strikeouts (NL) 202 - 13-12, 219 ip, 3.53 era, 1.201 whip
4. Fred Olmstead, Lowest era (AL) 1.95 - 10-12, 184 ip, 1.125 whip
5. Gene Bearden, Most Shutouts (AL) 7 - 20-7, 229.2 ip, 2.43 era, 1.276 whip

1. Ed Correa, Most Strikeouts (AL) 189 - 12-14, 202 ip, 4.23 era, 1.448 whip
2. Buck O'Brien, Most Wins (AL) 20-13, 275.2 ip, 2.58 era, 1.186 whip
3. Bill Stemmeyer, Most Strikeouts (before 1900) 239 - 22-18, 348.2 ip, 3.02 era, 1.273 whip
4. Jocko Flynn, Highest Winning Percentage .793 (23-6) - 257 ip, 2.24 era, 1.051 whip
5. Henry Schmidt*, Most Wins (NL) 22-13 - 301 ip, 3.83 era, 1.465 whip
6. Ed Smith*, Most Wins (AL) 8-11 - 154.2 ip, 3.72 era, 1.332 whip

*Only played one season.
Source - Great Baseball Feats, Facts, and Firsts by David Nemec and Scott Flatow.

This team's strength lies mostly in their batting capabilities. Their overall batting averages are slightly higher than last year's world champions. Their fielding and pitching are mostly average. Overall, they could pose a threat to today's teams - but only for a season.

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GM-Carson said...

100 rbi on only 111 hits is almost unbelievable.

Burton said...

For one season only, some of these guys had impressive stats. I wonder what caused it, or what caused them to not do as well afterwards.

GM-Carson said...

I'd say roids, but a lot of these dudes were way before that period.

tamtam said...

all those 1-hit wonders...what a shame :(

Burton said...

Yup, it is a shame. I was going to do a team with the best of single-season players only, but the record holders were the same four guys in the AL and NL for hitting and pitching.

tamtam said...

lol! not much for variety, huh burtie?

i can remember 1 pitcher in my baseball-following lifetime (rather short, given that im still in my teens, and rather narrow scope of teams that i follow) who had 1 good season, and then his career tanked. does the name esteban loaiza ring a bell? he had 1 good season with the white sox in 2002 (i think), and then his career tanked. he hasnt been the same since

as for the cubs, would mark prior count as a 1-hit wonder? he had a quick rise and fall in the majors...

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