Category Archives: MLB Baseball

The Best Switch Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2: Tops in Hits, Home Runs, Batting Average, RBI and Runs Scored

The Four Best Switch Hitters In Baseball History: Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray And Chipper Jones

The Four Best Switch Hitters In Baseball History: Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray And Chipper Jones

Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, was a switch hitter. The great Mickey Mantle, a switch hitter.

Another switch hitter – a more balanced and equally statistically impressive one, in fact – can be easily forgotten amongst giants like those two, but definitely should not be.

It’s Eddie Murray, and take a seat before checking his numbers.

Rose, of course, has more hits than any switch hitter. Next on the list? Murray. They are the only 3,000-switch hit men. Mantle finished with 2,415, out of the top 10 below.

Mantle smacked 536 home runs, 16th all-time and most amongst switch hitters. Murray smacked 504. They are the only 500-HR switch hit men. Rose? 160. Way, way out of the top 10.

OK, Murray “only” finished with a .287 lifetime batting average, but he has more RBI than either Rose or Mantle and the most ever amongst switch hitters.

Runs scored? They’re one-two-three.

Fourth? Chipper Jones (and he’s fifth amongst switchies in hits, third in home runs, third in batting average and second in RBI, too).

Jones is the one switch hitter to appear on all five lists.

A final note. Only five switch hitters finished with a career .300 average* (including Jones, again). Makes you wonder. Does it really pay to be one?

HITS

1. Pete Rose 4,256
2. Eddie Murray 3,255
3. Frankie Frisch 2,880
4. Omar Vizquel 2,877
5. Chipper Jones 2,726
6. Roberto Alomar 2,724
7. Max Carey 2,665
8. Tim Raines 2,605
9. Ted Simmons 2,472
10. Ozzie Smith 2,460

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HOME RUNS

1. Mickey Mantle 536
2. Eddie Murray 504
3. Chipper Jones 468
4. Carlos Beltran 368
5. Lance Berkman 366
6. Mark Teixeira 358
7. Chili Davis 350
8. Reggie Smith 314
9. Ruben Sierra 306
10. Bernie Williams 287
10. Bobby Bonilla 287

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BATTING AVERAGE

1. Frankie Frisch .316
2. Victor Martinez .304
3. Chipper Jones .303 (.3034)
3. Pete Rose .303 (.3029)
5. Roberto Alomar .300
6. Mickey Mantle .298
7. Jose Vidro .298
8. Bernie Williams .297
9. Willie McGee .295
10. Bip Roberts .294 (.2942)
10. Tim Raines .294 (.2936)
10. Lance Berkman .294 (.2935)

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RBI

1. Eddie Murray 1,917
2. Chipper Jones 1,623
3. Mickey Mantle 1,509
4. Ted Simmons 1,389
5. Chili Davis 1,372
6. Carlos Beltran 1,358
7. Ruben Sierra 1,322
8. Pete Rose 1,314
9. Bernie Williams 1,257
10. Frankie Frisch 1,244

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RUNS

1. Pete Rose 2,165
2. Mickey Mantle 1,676
3. Eddie Murray 1,627
4. Chipper Jones 1,619
5. Tim Raines 1,571
6. Max Carey 1,545
7. Frankie Frisch 1,532
8. Roberto Alomar 1,508
9. Omar Vizquel 1,445
10. Carlos Beltran 1,370

* Includes players only from the unified NL-AL era (1901-present) who played for a minimum of 10 seasons.

Photos: sportsradiointerviews.com / pophistorydig.com / orioleshangout.com / Howard Simmons via newyorkdailynews.com

The Wildest Pitchers in Baseball History

Nolan Ryan Led The League In Wild Pitches Six Times

Nolan Ryan Led The League In Wild Pitches Six Times

Not wild, like party wild. Not wild, like big beards, purple parachute pants or daring ‘dos. Not wild, like Mitch Williams.

These guys threw the most wild pitches ever.

Not so wild they couldn’t make it in the big leagues or even just make the big leagues. Just the opposite. A handful are even Hall of Famers, including the wildest of them all, Nolan Ryan. The others are Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton, Gaylord Perry, Walter Johnson and Tom Seaver.

It helps to have a lengthy career. Most of these pitchers played nearly 20 years or more than 20.

Ryan missed the mitt 277 times, a full 51 more than second place, knuckler Niekro. Niekro is considered the best knuckle ball pitcher of all time and Ryan is baseball’s all-time strikeouts leader (and has a likely untouchable seven no-hitters).

Naturally, knuckle ballers pepper the list: both Niekros (brother Joe), Charlie Hough and Tim Wakefield.

It’s a colorful list of interesting players overall. They played all of their careers in the 20th and 21st centuries (no dudes from the 1800′s here). I excluded pitchers who accumulated wads of wild pitches before the unification of the National and American Leagues in 1901 (including Cy Young).

Most are right-handers. Then again, most pitchers have been right-handed.

And there’s one active. Where will A.J. Burnett finish up? He’s already in the top 10.

  PITCHER WILD PITCHES ARM SEASONS TEAMS
1. Nolan Ryan 277 R 1966, 1968-1993 New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers
2. Phil Niekro 226 R 1964-1987 Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Jack Morris 206 R 1977-1994 Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians
4. Tommy John 187 L 1963-1974, 1976-1989 Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, California Angels, Oakland A’s
5. Steve Carlton 183 L 1965-1988 St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins
6. Charlie Hough 179 R 1970-1994 Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Florida Marlins
7. Joe Niekro 172 R 1967-1988 Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins
8. Gaylord Perry 160 R 1962-1983 San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals
9. Walter Johnson 154 R 1907-1927 Washington Senators
10. A.J. Burnett 152 R 1999-present Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies
11. David Cone 149 R 1986-2001, 2003 Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox
12. John Smoltz 145 R 1988-1999, 2001-2009 Atlanta Braves
13. Roger Clemens 143 R 1984-2007 Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Houston Astros
14. Sam McDowell 140 L 1961-1975 Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates
15. Mike Moore 135 R 1982-1995 Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers
16. Tim Wakefield 134 R 1992, 1993, 1995-2011 Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox
17. Chuck Finley 130 L 1986-2002 California/Anaheim Angels, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals
18. Bobby Witt 128 R 1986-2001 Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks
19. Jim Kaat 128 L 1959-1983 Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals
20. Tom Seaver 126 R 1967-1986 New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

Photo: sportslogos.net

Derek Jeter’s Career Statistical Rankings

GAMES PLAYED

28. Graig Nettles 2,700
29. Darrell Evans 2,687
30. DEREK JETER 2,686
31. Paul Molitor 2,683
32. Ken Griffey 2,671

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AT BATS

9. Stan Musial 10,972
10. Rickey Henderson 10,961
11. DEREK JETER 10,956
12. Willie Mays 10,881
13. Craig Biggio 10,876

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PLATE APPEARANCES

11. Willie Mays 12,496
12. Dave Winfield 12,358
13. DEREK JETER 12,343
14. Robin Yount 12,249
15. Paul Molitor 12,167

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HITS

7. Honus Wagner 3,420
8. Carl Yastrzemski 3,419
9. DEREK JETER 3,410
10. Paul Molitor 3,319
11. Eddie Collins 3,315

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SINGLES

3. Eddie Collins 2,643
4. Cap Anson 2,614
5. DEREK JETER 2,552
6. Willie Keeler 2,513
7. Honus Wagner 2,424

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STOLEN BASES

102. Hughie Jennings 359
102. Fielder Jones 359
104. Buck Ewing 354
104. DEREK JETER 354
104. Gary Pettis 354

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HIT BY PITCH

14. Carlos Delgado 172
15. Alex Rodriguez 169
16. DEREK JETER 167
17. Kid Elberfeld 165
18. Chase Utley 163

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STRIKEOUTS

14. Dave Kingman 1,816
15. Manny Ramirez 1,813
16. DEREK JETER 1,807
17. Alfonso Soriano 1,803
18. Ken Griffey, Jr. 1,779

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DOUBLES

34. David Ortiz 539
34. Al Simmons 539
36. Lou Gehrig 534
36. DEREK JETER 534
38. Al Oliver 529

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RUNS

9. Stan Musial 1,949
10. Alex Rodriguez 1,919
11. DEREK JETER 1,909
12. Lou Gehrig 1,888
13. Tris Speaker 1,882

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TOTAL BASES

23. Paul Molitor 4,854
24. Al Kaline 4,852
25. DEREK JETER 4,850
26. Reggie Jackson 4,834
27. Manny Ramirez 4,826
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OFFENSIVE WAR
18. Mel Ott 103.5
19. Nap Lajoie 97.8
20. DEREK JETER 95.2
21. Jimmie Foxx 94.3
22. Eddie Mathews 93.8

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EXTRA-BASE HITS

77. Sam Crawford 864
78. DEREK JETER 858
78. Joe Medwick 858
80. Jim Edmonds 855
80. Paul Konerko 855

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WALKS

88. Ozzie Smith 1,072
89. DEREK JETER 1,071
90. Harlond Clift 1,070
90. Keith Hernandez 1,070
92. Bernie Williams 1,069
93. Bill Dahlen 1,064

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WAR

56. Larry Walker 72.6
57. Harry Heilmann 72.1
57. DEREK JETER 72.1
59. Rafael Palmeiro 71.6
60. Johnny Mize 71.0

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RBI

117. Moises Alou 1,287
117. Scott Rolen 1,287
119. DEREK JETER 1,286
120. Del Ennis 1,284
121. Bob Johnson 1,283

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BATTING AVERAGE

98. Baby Doll Jacobson .311(2)
98. DEREK JETER .311(2)
98. Taffy Wright .311(2)
101. Robinson Cano .311(0)
101. Rip Radcliff .311(0)

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HOME RUNS

190. Matt Holliday 258
190. DEREK JETER 258
192. Bob Allison 256
192. Larry Parrish 256
192. Vada Pinson 256

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TRIPLES

435. Gus Bell 66
435. Bobby Bonds 66
435. Lou Boudreau 66
435. Fred Carroll 66
435. Rickey Henderson 66
435. Orlando Hudson 66
435. Derek Jeter 66
435. Harry Lumley 66
435. Jack McCarthy 66
435. Hal McRae 66
435. Lloyd Moseby 66
435. Jack O’Connor 66
435. Amos Otis 66
435. Heinie Peitz 66
435. Curt Welch 66

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ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (OBP)

175. Gavvy Cravath .380
175. Carl Yastrzemski .380
177. DEREK JETER .379
177. David Wright .379
179. George Sisler .379

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ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING (OPS)

285. Bruce Campbell .822
285. Rod Carew .822
285. Brad Fullmer .822
285. Harry Stovey .822
289. DEREK JETER .822
290. Joe Adcock .822

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SLUGGING AVERAGE

475 Wade Boggs .443
475 DEREK JETER .443
475 John Romano .443
478 Juan Rivera .443
478 David Segui .443

 

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