Currently Historic: Juan Pierreby Jason Linden
August 23, 2012
Hello out there in the land of number minutiae! This week, we start with a comment from Richard Chester, who points out that Derek Jeter just set the single-season record for homers by a shortstop in the I'm not 37 anymore club. Jeterino currently sits at 12 and still has five or six weeks to pad his total.
I don't want this to become a weekly tracking of Adam Dunn's TTO pursuits, but I do have a lot of interesting TTO stuff, so I'm going to keep rolling it out slowly (once again, thanks to Paul Golba for the research).
Dunner, as you may have heard, cracked homer 400 this week. But that is, frankly, the least interesting thing about Adam Dunn this year. His 36/89/177 TTO line still represent a major league triple crown, something that hasn't been done by anyone other than Babe Ruth. He is now on pace for 233 strikeouts. That would be 10 more than the record. He is on pace for 397 total TTOs, which would also beat the old record by 10. He needs just 14 strikeouts to reach 2,000.
But this is all a prelude to the next neat number I have for you. Right now, Adam Dunn is finishing 57.5 percent of his plate appearances with a walk, a K, or a homer. That would be the second highest percentage ever among players with 500 plate appearances, trailing only Jack Cust and his remarkable 2007 season. Believe it or not, this will be Dunn's first appearance in the top ten. His highest ranking before now was 2004, when he finished 51.2 percent of his PAs with a TTO. That currently ranks 16th, though it will move down a notch at the end of this season.
Given the recent exploits of Billy Hamilton, I thought it might be nice to talk a bit about major league steals. I've been tracking a few players making a push for their 400th steals this year. Bobby Abreu was sent down, of course. And Jimmy Rollins (395) and Jose Reyes (398) are still working on it. Something I hadn't noticed until, literally, this afternoon, is that Juan Pierre, in addition to being the active leader, just moved into the top-20 all-time in steals. He's also only one behind Maury Wills for 19th.
Now Juan Pierre is not a great baseball player, but being the 20th most prolific base stealer ever, in this era, is something. That he's done is in only 13 seasons, is even more impressive. And he has a huge lead over the next active player (Ichiro Suzuki at 442). Carl Crawford (432) and Reyes are the two players with the best shot at the active-leader crown, but there are definite questions about both.
I don't know how long someone will keep paying Juan Pierre to be fast, but if he hangs one a few more years, he'll move up the ranks quickly (though entering the top-10 will be tough with Honus Wagner sitting pretty at 723).
Aroldis Chapman saw K/9 rate dip slightly down to 16.52. What a slacker. However, that's still the best ever for a pitcher with at least 50 innings. Craig Kimbrel, meanwhile, has a 15.80 rate that would rank him fourth ever if he had five more innings. It will be interesting to see who finishes on top.
The Red Sox are keeping at it. They're on pace for 367 doubles. That's just 10 short of the record. We're running out of time here, but that record is still very much in-play.
ARod is still rehabbing. Here's your weekly, don't-forget-about-him post: If Alex Rodriguez gets back on the field (no reason to think he won't), he'll pass Andres Galarraga for fourth all-time strike outs, Ty Cobb for seventh all-time in RBI, and Tris Speaker for 11th all-time in runs. Sure bets every one of those. He's currently tied for 15th all-time in HBP.
Derek Jeter had a great week, but he slugged too much for our purposes and still needs four singles to catch Honus Wagner. In the midst of his slugging week, Jeter passed Craig Biggio and is now 14th on the all time runs scored list. Next up is Mel Ott, who's only 13 away. He is still three HBP behind ARod and Kid Elberfeld. He also needs hit into six more double plays to be 20th all-time.
Derek Jeter now has only 11 men in front of him on the hits list. He'll likely pass Willie Mays in a few weeks, but he still needs 60 to pass Eddie Collins for 10th. That will likely need to wait until next year. Still, holy cow. He's leading baseball in hits and he's 38. If he plays everyday for two more years, he's a virtual lock to move into the top five.
R.A. Dickey slipped behind Stephen Strasburg and is now second in Ks.
Ryan Howard now needs six homers to get to 300. That's still one a week.
Jamey Wright didn't hit anyone and still needs three batters to enter the top-20 all-time.
Jason Giambi is still three HBP away from Andres Galarraga for 11th all-time.
Trip across something new that you think I should be tracking? Let me know in the comments.
Jason has too many irons in the fire. He fancies himself a fiction writer and also writes about the Reds at Redleg Nation, books at Elephants for Bookends, and everything else at The Winesburg Eagle. Email him at winesburgeagle *at* gmail or follow him on Twitter @jasonlinden