Major League Baseball: Best Hitters in Playoff History and Postseason Offensive Records

Reggie Jackson, Mr. October

Reggie Jackson, Mr. October (bleacherreport.com)

As we gear up for the 2011 MLB Postseason – Yeah ! – let’s take a look at the record books for the best hitters in playoff history.  Thanks to baseball-reference.com for these stats – the top 10 postseason players in numerous offensive categories.

Now, it’s important to note that today’s players play more playoff games in general – there are more playoff rounds today, so those players today that make the postseason a number of times similar to those players of yesteryear have more chances (especially in some teams’ cases) to play more playoff games.

I gave a rundown of how the playoff systems have changed over the years in a previous post.

So for the below, many records are held by Derek Jeter, for example, who of course is good, but also has played in the most playoff games.  It helps to be a New York Yankee, too. The number on the far right of the tables are each player’s plate appearances.

You have to give props then every time you see one of those earlier ballplayers (especially pre-1969 or 1995) on the lists.  Take Reggie Jackson, Mr. October himself, who’s on a few.

LIST UPDATED through 2012 postseason. The second column of numbers in each list = PA (Plate Appearances). Original post above published Sep. 25, 2011.

GAMES

1. Derek Jeter 158 734
2. Jorge Posada 125 492
3. Bernie Williams 121 545
4. David Justice 112 471
5. Manny Ramirez 111 493
6. Tino Martinez 99 405
7. Kenny Lofton 95 438
8. Chipper Jones 93 412
9. Paul O’Neill 85 340
10. Reggie Jackson 77 318

BATTING AVERAGE

1. Bobby Brown .439 46
2. Pepper Martin .418 60
3. Sean Casey .410 41
4. Fred Lynn .407 61
5. Billy Hatcher .404 61
6. Jose Offerman .400 53
7. Lou Brock .391 92
8. Ryne Sandberg .385 47
9. Ryan Ludwick .382 39
10. Ryan Braun .379 64

HITS

1. Derek Jeter 200 734
2. Bernie Williams 128 545
3. Manny Ramirez 117 493
4. Jorge Posada 103 492
4. Kenny Lofton 97 438
6. Chipper Jones 97 417
7. David Justice 89 471
8. Albert Pujols 88 321
9. Pete Rose 86 301
10. Paul O’Neill 85 340

DOUBLES

1. Derek Jeter 32 734
2. Bernie Williams 29 545
3. Jorge Posada 23 492
4. Manny Ramirez 19 493
5. Albert Pujols 18 321
5. Chipper Jones 18 417
5. David Ortiz 18 289
8. David Justice 17 471
8. Paul O’Neill 17 340
8. Roberto Alomar 17 263

TRIPLES

1. George Brett 5 184
1. Derek Jeter 5 734
1. Rafael Furcal 5 285
4. Kenny Lofton 4 438
4. Omar Vizquel 4 264
4. Rickey Henderson 4 262
4. Devon White 4 211
4. Mariano Duncan 4 159
4. Tris Speaker 4 83
4. Tommy Leach 4 64
4. Billy Johnson 4 63

HOME RUNS

1. Manny Ramirez 29 493
2. Bernie Williams 22 545
3. Derek Jeter 20 734
4. Albert Pujols 18 321
4. Reggie Jackson 18 318
4. Mickey Mantle 18 273
7. Jim Thome 17 251
8. Babe Ruth 15 167
9. David Justice 14 471
9. Jayson Werth 14 206
9. Carlos Beltran 14 151
9. Nelson Cruz 14 137

RBI

1. Bernie Williams 80 545
2. Manny Ramirez 78 493
3. David Justice 63 471
4. Derek Jeter 61 734
5. Albert Pujols 52 321
6. Reggie Jackson 48 318
7. Chipper Jones 47 417
7. David Ortiz 47 289
9. Jorge Posada 42 492
9. Jim Edmonds 42 263

RUNS

1. Derek Jeter 111 734
2. Bernie Williams 83 545
3. Manny Ramirez 67 493
4. Kenny Lofton 65 438
5. Chipper Jones 58 417
6. David Justice 55 471
7. Albert Pujols 54 321
8. Jorge Posada 53 492
9. Rickey Henderson 47 262
10. Tino Martinez 44 405

ON BASE PCT

1. Bobby Brown .500 46
2. Jose Offerman .491 53
3. Willie Aikens .490 49
4. Hank Thompson .486 37
5. Lou Gehrig .477 150
6. Carlos Beltran .485 101
7. Babe Ruth .467 167
8. Pepper Martin .467 60
9. Billy Hatcher .466 61
10. Ryan Ludwick .462 39

SLUGGING AVG

1. Carlos Beltran .782 151
2. Carlos Delgado .757 43
3. Troy Glaus .756 88
4. Babe Ruth .744 167
5. Juan Gonzalez .742 66
6. Lou Gehrig .731 150
7. Willie Aikens .725 49
8. Chris Young .721 53
9. Hank Aaron .710 74
10. Bobby Brown .707 46

OPS (ON BASE + SLG)

1. Carlos Beltran 1.252 151
2. Willie Aikens 1.215 49
3. Babe Ruth 1.211 167
4. Lou Gehrig 1.208 150
5. Bobby Brown 1.207 46
6. Carlos Delgado 1.199 43
7. Chris Young 1.174 53
8. Ryan Ludwick 1.167 39
9. Troy Glaus 1.154 88
10. Sean Casey 1.131 41

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