The Most Underrated Statistic: Extra Base Hits (XBH)
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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):
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|
|Ken Griffey, Jr.||1,191||7|
|Cal Ripken, Jr.||1,078||21|
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 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),
Aramis Ramirez (34)
Adrian Beltre (34 on April.7/2013)
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Posted on February 2, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 30/30 club, 40/40 Club, alex rodriguez, alfonso soriano, ALL-Time Doubles Leaders MLB, ALL-Time Extra Base Hits Leader Career, ALL-Time Extra Base Hits Leaders Active, ALL-Time Home Runs Leaders MLB, ALL-Time Stolen Base Leaders Active Players, ALL-Time Triples Leaders MLB, ALS, American league, andriuw jones, aramis ramirez, babe ruth, Bobby Abreu, Carl Yastremski, carlos beltran, Carlos lee, chicago white sox, chipper jones, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, dave winfield, derek jeter, detroit tigers, eddie murray, george brett, hank aaron, harmon killebrew, ivan rodriguez, jason giambi, jim thome, jimmie foxx, jimmy rollins, jose canseco, ken griffey jr, lance berkman, manny ramirez, mel ott, Miguel Tejada, mlb, national league leaders, paul konerko, pete rose, rafael palmeiro, reggie jackson, sf giants, stan musial, ted williams, texas rangers, todd helton, Torii Hunter, tris speaker, twitter @chuckbooth3024, ty cobb, vladimir guerrero, willie mays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.