The Most Underrated Statistic: Extra Base Hits (XBH)

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Saturday, February.02/2013

Alex  Rodriguez is the Active Leader for XBH with 1190, however who knows when he will have a chance to resume his career again and is still owed 114 Million Dollars over the next 5 years

Alex Rodriguez is the Active Leader for XBH with 1190, however who knows when he will have a chance to resume his career again with injuries + allegations of PED use perhaps sparking an investigation/suspension for the MLB and is still owed 114 Million Dollars over the next 5 years.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner):

I have nothing against sabermetrics in baseball.  Yes I know they are not going away and I will probably learn them one day as someone who can comprehend Math pretty good.  However, I understand the frustration of the casual fan who will not set a foot near them – although they know what Home Runs and Runs Batted In are.  I have thrown the topic out for discussion on Twitter – and am extremely curious to see what percentage of fans actually follow the new numbers formats.  This site totally allows our writers to convey any form of statistical analysis they want.  The only thing that I request, is that if  they use sabermetrics, to also add some regular stats with them.

One of the stats that can gauge any era since the beginning of baseball is Extra Base Hits.  Before the fences were brought in (or even put up), Doubles and Triples could be hit at any time.  Singles are great in the game too.  There have been several great baseball players that are singles hitters, that also compiled a bunch of Doubles and Triples.  That is why this statistic is fairest to all of the hitters in the history of the game and the most comparable.  Like the old saying, (hit’em where they ain’t), players that can hit the baseball into the open areas of the outfield are special.  Babe Ruth re-coined the phrase later when he said “Well they ain’t over the fence, so that’s where I hit them!”  The Bambino was right.  In the course of this article, we will list the top active list for this category – and some underrated hitters that may stack up nicely against historical hitters.

(Pete Rose Highlights):

Stan Musial is 2nd (Aaron) ALL-Time for Total Bases with 6134. of them for his Career.. He is 3rd ALL-Time with 1377 XBH. He also is 5th ALL-Time in RBI with 1951 (1 ahead of A-ROD) and 8th in Runs Scored with 1949. " src= width="588" height="350" /> Stan Musial is 2nd (Aaron) ALL-Time for Total Bases with 6134. of them for his Career. He is 3rd ALL-Time with 1377 XBH. He also is 5th ALL-Time in RBI with 1951 (1 ahead of A-ROD) and 8th in Runs Scored with 1949.  His 725 Doubles trail only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb on the ALL-Time List.  His 177 Triples are only good for 19th ALL-Time.  Meanwhile, only 4 players have topped 100 3B on the Active List: (Crawford-119, Reyes - 114, Damon -109, Rollins 105) and Juan Pierre (92) has a shot at the century mark for his Career.  The game has changed, importance of XBH has not.

Stan Musial is 2nd (Aaron) ALL-Time for Total Bases with 6134. of them for his Career.. He is 3rd ALL-Time with 1377 X.  Stan Musial is 2nd (Aaron) ALL-Time for Total Bases with 6134. of them for his Career. He is 3rd ALL-Time with 1377 XBH. He also is 5th ALL-Time in RBI with 1951 (1 ahead of A-ROD) and 8th in Runs Scored with 1949. His 725 Doubles trail only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb on the ALL-Time List. His 177 Triples are only good for 19th ALL-Time. Meanwhile, only 4 players have topped 100 3B on the Active List: (Crawford-119, Reyes – 114, Damon -109, Rollins 105) and Juan Pierre (92) has a shot at the century mark for his Career. The game has changed, importance of XBH has not.

As you can in this list below of ALL-Time hitters, the top two HR guys (Aaron and Bonds) are 1-2 in XBH as well with the order just flip flopping.  Then you come to Stan “The Man” Musial, who hit 475 HRs, but added 725 Doubles and 177 Triples.  Ruth hit 121 less XBH than Aaron, but also marked his total with 4000 less official At-Bats.  Only what would have happened if Ted Williams did not have 5 years of his career interrupted by Military Service – and for Lou Gehrig having his Career cut short by ALS (Later changed to the Lou Gehrig’s Disease)?  Ty Cobb (12th) and Pete Rose (25th) even made the list even though they are 1-2 in Career Singles. These 2 are also the only guys to have over 4000 hits (Rose – 4256, Cobb – 4192).

‘Extra Base Hits top 25 of ALL-Time

Name Extra Base Hits Rank
Hank Aaron 1,477 1
Barry Bonds 1,440 2
Stan Musial 1,377 3
Babe Ruth 1,356 4
Willie Mays 1,323 5
Rafael Palmeiro 1,192 6
Ken Griffey, Jr. 1,191 7
Lou Gehrig 1,190 8
Alex Rodriguez 1,189 9
Frank Robinson 1,186 10
Carl Yastrzemski 1,157 11
Ty Cobb 1,136 12
Tris Speaker 1,131 13
Manny Ramirez 1,122 14
George Brett 1,119 15
Jimmie Foxx 1,117 16
Ted Williams 1,117
Eddie Murray 1,099 18
Dave Winfield 1,093 19
Jim Thome 1,089 20
Cal Ripken, Jr. 1,078 21
Reggie Jackson 1,075 22
Mel Ott 1,071 23
Chipper Jones 1,055 24
Pete Rose 1,041 25
RK Player XBH
1  Rodriguez, A  1189
2  Ramirez, M 1122
3  Thome, J 1089
4  Pujols, A 995
5  Guerrero, V 972
6  Helton, T 960
7  Rodriguez, I 934
8  Abreu, B 911
9  Ortiz, D 899
10  Rolen, S 876
11  Damon, J 866
12  Jones, A 853
13  Lee, C 846
14  Jeter, D 844
15  Beltre, A 839
16  Soriano, A 836
17  Giambi, J 833
18  Beltran, C 824
19  Konerko, P 816
20  Berkman, L 801
21  Tejada, M 790
22  Ramirez, A 787
23  Hunter, T 735
24  Cabrera, M 720
25  Rollins, J 719

Going to the Active List, it is well within reason that Albert Pujols will take a serious run at Hank Aaron‘s XBH record of 1477.  Big “Albert” is only 482 behind him right now.  You can project that Pujols will reach that mark in the next 7-8 years if he can average 60-70 XBH a year.  BTW..  Just in case all of you thought that Pujols had an off-year, he still clubbed 80 XBH in 2012 – even though the slugger was hovering around the Mendoza Line for the 1st 6 weeks of the season and couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag.  Pujols has a great chance of dethroning Tris Speaker (792)  for the ALL-Time Doubles list at 505 through last year.  This may be even easier than Pujols trying to run down Bonds and his 762 HRs, at 287 HRs behind the former Giants Superstar it is the same amount as he is behind Speaker for 2-Baggers.

7 out of the top 8 Active Players listed by the MLB (That’s a fairly loose interpretation as MLB still has several players listed as active even though they haven’t seen action in years i.e. Edgardo Alfonso is still on the Active List and it is safe to say that he is retired, having last played in 2006) are either recently retired – or severely have slowed down.  As the leader right now, A-Rod will be lucky if he isn’t blackballed by the whole MLB like Jose Canseco was.  The Yankees definitely would love MLB Baseball to void his last 5 years of his 114 Million Dollar Deal.  Besides him, Ortiz is aging rapidly, Rolen, Damon and Jones do not possess MLB contracts with teams for 2013.  Carlos Lee is still looking for a contract offer himself.  Giambi and Tejada will be lucky to see the plate ever again in their lives at the big league level.

Derek Jeter has a few seasons left in him, however he may max out at about 50 XBH right now.  Soriano (37), Rollins (34) and Beltran (36 on April.24/2013) have some years left in them – and could challenge 1000 XBH for their Career, yet I think they may only have 2-3 years left each. These guys are unique in that they could all steal bases – and all are on the ALL-Time Active Stolen Base Leaders List.  They are distinctive 30/30  HR/SB Club Members and Soriano even reached 40/40 with the Nationals in 2006.  Torii Hunter (37) may be one of the most underrated players of the last decade.  He will have a couple of years to add to his totals.  Lance Berkman (37 on Feb.10,2013) falls into this category of maybe having a few seasons left.   This leaves us with 4 players that have a chance to crack the top 25 ALL-Time list.  Here they all are in picture mode with a nice write-up for each. 

Miguel Cabrera has hit 321 HRs, 386 Doubles and 13 Triples in his 1st 10 years  in the Major Leagues.

Miguel Cabrera has hit 321 HRs, 386 Doubles and 13 Triples in his 1st 10 years in the Major Leagues.

Miguel Cabrera has many years to accomplish the list and has a great chance to pull himself into the upper echelon of the list as he will only turn 30 on April.18/2013. 

Paul Konerko (37 on March.5, 2013),

Paul  Konerko heads into the last year of a contract.  At 37, Konerko has 816 XBH already after netting 48 more in 2012 and 56 in 2011.  If Konerko can play for a 4-5 more years, he may just crack into the top 25 of ALL-Time.

Paul Konerko heads into the last year of a contract. At 37, Konerko has 816 XBH already after netting 48 more in 2012 – and 56 in 2011. If Konerko can play for 4-5 more years, he may just crack into the top 25 of ALL-Time.

Aramis Ramirez (34)

Ramirez has 778 Extra Base Hits by the age of 34 - including 80 last year (1st in the NL).  It is not to hard to conceive that he could hit

Ramirez has 778 Extra Base Hits by the age of 34 – including 80 last year (1st in the NL). It is not too hard to conceive that he could hit 277 XBH the rest of his career to enter the Top 25 – or even 409 to reach the top 10 of ALL-Time.  He will have to end up in the AL being a DH at some point.

Adrian Beltre (34 on April.7/2013) 

Frank Robinson" src= width="580" height="386" /> Beltre has hit for 134 XBH in the last 2 seasons with the Texas Rangers. He has 346 HRs, 463 2B and 30 3B so far. He could end up with 500 HRs and 650 2B by the time he is finished playing baseball. He must pass Frank Robinson (1186) or Lou Gehrig (1190) to end up in the top 10 of ALL-Time.  He is only 216  XBH behind Chipper Jones for 25th -1055 (Pujols will enter the top 25 next year so you must look at the 24th spot.)  Beltre is 351 XBH behind Gehrig.  Beltre has 4 years left on his Rangers contract and could see some time as a DH afterwards in the AL.

Beltre has hit for 134 XBH in the last 2 seasons with the Texas Rangers. He has 346 HRs, 463 2B and 30 3B so far. He could end up with 500 HRs and 650 2B by the time he is finished playing baseball. He must pass Frank Robinson (1186) or Lou Gehrig (1190) to end up in the top 10 of ALL-Time. He is only 216 XBH behind Chipper Jones for 25th -1055 (Pujols will enter the top 25 next year so you must look at the 24th spot.) Beltre is 351 XBH behind Gehrig. Beltre has 4 years left on his Rangers contract and could see some time as a DH afterwards in the AL.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth- Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here . You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days- click here.  I am happy to be part of such an awesome Magazine-Style Baseball Website and am looking forward to talking to all of the fans of the MLB.  You can reach me on Twitter here

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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