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MLB: Left-Handed Pitchers with the Most Wins, Strikeouts and Saves in a Single-Season

Left-Handers With The Most Wins (Lefty Grove), Strikeouts (Sandy Koufax) And Saves (Randy Myers) In A Single Season

Left-Handers With The Most Wins (Lefty Grove), Strikeouts (Sandy Koufax) And Saves (Randy Myers) In A Single Season

Some time back, Sports List of the Day covered left-handed pitchers with the most career wins and most career strikeouts.

Warren Spahn has the most wins – a whopping 363, but he never won more than 23 (he did win 20 or more an incredible 13 times, though). So Spahn misses hitting today’s first list, which ranks lefties with the most wins in a single season.

And appropriately, it’s Lefty Grove with the record (31). He’s the only lefty in MLB history* to break the 30-win barrier. Grove also won 28.

In total, 14 left-handed pitchers have won more than 25 games in a season. Grove, Sandy Koufax, Hal Newhouser and Eddie Plank did it twice.

Today’s second list – left-handed pitchers with the most K’s in a season – is more in sync with the career list. They’re both dominated by Randy Johnson. Johnson holds the career strikeout record for lefties with 4,875 – and he appears five times on the single-season list.

But Sandy Koufax is king of the left-handed hill, here. His 382 strikeouts in 1965 was the all-time record (regardless of arm) until righty Nolan Ryan reset it by one in 1973.

Finally, a more modern mounting statistic – saves, led on the left-handed side of things by another Randy, Randy Myers. He’s the only lefty to break the 50-save barrier. The ten relievers (stoppers or closers, really) listed in today’s third featured list are all the left-handers who made it to 40.

WINS

PITCHER WINS SEASON TEAM
1. Lefty Grove 31 1931 Philadelphia Athletics
2. Hal Newhouser 29 1944 Detroit Tigers
3. Lefty Grove 28 1930 Philadelphia Athletics
4. Steve Carlton 27 1972 Philadelphia Phillies
4. Sandy Koufax 27 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Rube Waddell 27 1905 Philadelphia Athletics
4. Doc White 27 1907 Chicago White Sox
8. Lefty Gomez 26 1934 New York Yankees
8. Carl Hubbell 26 1936 New York Giants
8. Sandy Koufax 26 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Rube Marquard 26 1912 New York Giants
8. Hal Newhouser 26 1946 Detroit Tigers
8. Eddie Plank 26 1904 Philadelphia Athletics
8. Eddie Plank 26 1912 Philadelphia Athletics

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STRIKEOUTS

PITCHER STRIKEOUTS SEASON TEAM
1. Sandy Koufax 382 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Randy Johnson 372 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Randy Johnson 364 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Rube Waddell 349 1904 Philadelphia Athletics
5. Randy Johnson 347 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Randy Johnson 334 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Randy Johnson 329 1998 Houston Astros
8. Sam McDowell 325 1965 Cleveland Indians
9. Sandy Koufax 317 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Steve Carlton 310 1972 Philadelphia Phillies

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SAVES

PITCHER SAVES SEASON TEAM
1. Randy Myers 53 1993 Chicago Cubs
2. Brian Fuentes 48 2009 Los Angeles Angels
3. Dave Righetti 46 1986 New York Yankees
4. Eddie Guardado 45 2002 Minnesota Twins
4. Randy Myers 45 1997 Baltimore Orioles
6. Mark Davis 44 1989 San Diego Padres
6. Billy Wagner 44 2003 Houston Astros
8. Mitch Williams 43 1993 Philadelphia Phillies
9. Eddie Guardado 41 2003 Minnesota Twins
10. Billy Wagner 40 2006 New York Mets

* Statistics are from the NL-AL unified era, 1901-present.

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The Best Switch Hitters in Baseball History, Part 2 of 2: Tops in Doubles, Triples, Total Bases, OBP, OPS and Slugging

The Mick, Charlie Hustle, Chipper And Steady Eddie, In Their Early Days

The Mick, Charlie Hustle, Chipper And Steady Eddie, In Their Early Days

Let’s wrap up our look at the best switch hitters in baseball history. Yesterday, we looked at the all-time switch-hitting leaders in those all important primary statistical categories – hits, home runs, batting average, RBI and runs scored.

Based on those numbers, it’s pretty clear the kings of switch hitting are Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones.

More evidence here.

Pete Rose, not only the overall all-time hits leader, ranks first among switchies again in doubles (he’s second all-time behind Tris Speaker) and total bases. He’s also the only of the top four to make the triples rankings.

Mickey Mantle proves beyond any doubt he’s the greatest slugging switch hitter ever, adding leaderships in on-base percentage (he’s eighth all time in walks), OPS and slugging average to one in home runs.

Murray and Jones feature again, this time with a tilt in Jones’ favor.

DOUBLES

1. Pete Rose 746
2. Eddie Murray 560
3. Chipper Jones 549
4. Roberto Alomar 504
5. Ted Simmons 483
6. Jimmy Rollins 472
7. Frankie Frisch 466
8. Carlos Beltran 463
9. Omar Vizquel 456
10. Bernie Williams 449

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TRIPLES

1. Max Carey 159
2. Willie Wilson 147
3. Frankie Frisch 138
4. Pete Rose 135
5. Jose Reyes 114
6. Tim Raines 113
7. Lu Blue 109
7. Jimmy Rollins 109
9. Garry Templeton 106
10. Larry Bowa 99

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TOTAL BASES

1. Pete Rose 5,752
2. Eddie Murray 5,397
3. Chipper Jones 4,755
4. Mickey Mantle 4,511
5. Roberto Alomar 4,018
6. Carlos Beltran 4,005
7. Frankie Frisch 3,937
8. Chili Davis 3,914
9. Ted Simmons 3,793
10. Tim Raines 3,771

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ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (OPS)

1. Mickey Mantle .421
2. Roy Cullenbine .408
3. Lance Berkman .406
4. Lu Blue .402
5. Chipper Jones .401
6. Wally Schang .393
7. Augie Galan .390
8. Ken Singleton .388
9. Tim Raines .385
10. Miller Huggins .382

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ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING (OPS)

1. Mickey Mantle .977
2. Lance Berkman .943
3. Chipper Jones .930
4. Mark Teixeira .888
5. Bernie Williams .858
6. Reggie Smith .855
7. Carlos Beltran .849
8. Jorge Posada .848
9. Victor Martinez .841
10. Roy Cullenbine .840
10. Eddie Murray .836

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SLUGGING AVERAGE

1. Mickey Mantle .557
2. Lance Berkman .537
3. Chipper Jones .529
4. Mark Teixeira .522
5. Carlos Beltran .493
6. Reggie Smith .489
7. Tony Clark .485
8. Bernie Williams .477
9. Eddie Murray .476
10. Dmitri Young .4745

Photos: sports.yahoo.com / cleveland.com / Jonathan Newton (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution) via mlgu.wordpress.com / thefullcount1544.blogspot.com

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?

*

What about doubles, triples, total bases, on-base percentage, OPS and slugging? That’s in Part 2.

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

*

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)

*

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

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