Extra Base Hits (The Underrated Baseball Statistic): Active Top 10 MLB Leaders
|Rank||Player (age 2017, seasons)||Extra Base Hits|
(1) Albert Pujols, LAA – (37, 16) – 1209
(2) Adrian Beltre, TEX – (38, 19) – 1072
(3) Carlos Beltran, HOU – (40, 19) – 1035
(4) Miguel Cabrera, DET – (34, 14) – 986
(5) Robinson Cano, SEA – (34, 12) – 790
(6) Matt Holliday, NYY – (37, 13) – 775
(7) Adrian Gonzalez, LAD – (35, 13) – 735
(8) Chase Utley, Free Agent – 38, 14) – 684
(9) Ryan Howard, Free Agent -(37, 13) – 680
(10) Curtis Granderson, NYM (36, 13) – 665
I have said it for a number of years: This stat is a true indication of how good a player is. It defines more than just the HR hitters, as a player puts himself in scoring position – or in the case of a Homer, drives himself in.
When looking at this list, you will notice that Adrian Beltre has already cracked the top 25 of the ALL – Time List as well. With 2 years left on his deal, and maybe being able to play 3 more years, he would need to tally just 118 Extra Base Hits to move into 8th place ALL – Time on the ALL time List. This should solidify his standing as a Hall of Famer, even though he is already deserving.
Albert Pujols has 5 years left on his current contract. Despite having trouble with his feet, he still managed 50 Extra Base knocks in 2016 ( 31 HRs and 19 Doubles). it is not inconceivable for him to crack another 169 XBH over the next 5 campaigns – in order to land him in 3rd place of this ALL – Time List.
I don’t think the man has it in him to crush 232 XBH over the next 5 years in order to pass Bonds for 2nd, or 264 XBH that it would take to usurp Hank Aaron out of the #1 slot, but no doubt Pujols is among higher standing already as the #7 guy for this category.
The one player I am fascinated by is Miguel Cabrera, at 986 XBH already in his 1st 14 years, as he is averaging about 68 XBH per campaign so far. Again, he had a comeback year in 2016, after being plagued with injuries the previous few campaigns.
Cabrera cracked 70 XBH in 2016 (38 HRs, 31 – 2B and 1 Triple.)
If there is anyone who will transition well to a permanent DH role it will be Miggy. I see him playing the last 7 years of his contract and then potentially another 2 seasons after that. If he were to fulfill 9 more campaigns – then he would just have to average around 55 XBH a year in order to overtake Aaron. I like him to do this.
Mike Trout has smashed 380 XBH already in a little over 5 seasons worth of ABs. I could see him bashing out 70 XBH for the next decade at least. At around 35 years old this would give him around 1100 XBH. He should end up in the top ALL – Time for this category provided he can play until he is 40.
Bryce Harper, who has collected 260 XBH, is one year younger than Trout. In the case of maximum optimization of using your power, I actually see Harper with a bigger window to lead this statistic more often. I wouldn’t be surprised if Harper challenges 100 XBH in a season down the road.
The mere fact that he doesn’t strike out as much as Trout could help him with the power over the next decade. Trout has a nice 120 XBH lead to start off with though. If Harper can take his talents to an American League club it would also help his exploits here. AL players are able to garner more Plate Appearances in a season with the pitcher not having to hit.
Particularly if Harper goes to Yankee Stadium in a few seasons – he could obliterate the short porch in RF, and also capitalize in the friendly hitter parks of the AL East. Trout will be mired in Los Angeles until at least 2020 It should be a fascinating for Harper vs Trout in all categories.
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Extra Base Hits||Bats|
|1.||Hank Aaron+ (23)||1477||R|
|2.||Barry Bonds (22)||1440||L|
|3.||Stan Musial+ (22)||1377||L|
|4.||Babe Ruth+ (22)||1356||L|
|5.||Willie Mays+ (22)||1323||R|
|6.||Alex Rodriguez (22)||1275||R|
|7.||Albert Pujols (16, 36)||1209||R|
|8.||Ken Griffey+ (22)||1192||L|
|David Ortiz (20)||1192||L|
|Rafael Palmeiro (20)||1192||L|
|11.||Lou Gehrig+ (17)||1190||L|
|12.||Frank Robinson+ (21)||1186||R|
|13.||Carl Yastrzemski+ (23)||1157||L|
|14.||Ty Cobb+ (24)||1136||L|
|15.||Tris Speaker+ (22)||1131||L|
|16.||Manny Ramirez (19)||1122||R|
|17.||George Brett+ (21)||1119||L|
|18.||Jimmie Foxx+ (20)||1117||R|
|Ted Williams+ (19)||1117||L|
|20.||Eddie Murray+ (21)||1099||B|
|21.||Dave Winfield+ (22)||1093||R|
|22.||Jim Thome (22)||1089||L|
|23.||Cal Ripken+ (21)||1078||R|
|24.||Reggie Jackson+ (21)||1075||L|
|25.||Adrian Beltre (19, 37)||1072||R|
AL Leaders in XBH 2016
|1.||David Ortiz (BOS)
|2.||Brian Dozier (min)
|3.||Evan Longoria (TBR)||81|
|4.||Mookie Betts (BOS)||78|
|Manny Machado (BAL)||78|
|6.||Edwin Encarnacion (TOR)||76|
|7.||Mark Trumbo (BAL)||75|
|8.||Robinson Cano (SEA)||74|
|Josh Donaldson (TOR)||74|
|10.||Nelson Cruz (SEA)||71|
|Jose Altuve (HOU)||71|
NL Leaders in XBH 2016
|1.||Freddie Freeman (ATL)||83|
|2.||Nolan Arenado (COL)||82|
|3.||Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||79|
|4.||Kris Bryant (CHC)||77|
|Daniel Murphy WSN)||77|
|6.||Matt Kemp (2TM: SD/LAD)||74|
|7.||Corey Seager (LAD)||71|
|8.||Adam Duvall (CIN)||70|
|9.||Charlie Blackmon (COL)||69|
|Carlos Gonzalez (COL)||69|
|Jake Lamb (ARI)||69|
|Chris Carter (MIL)||69|
MLB OVERALL LEADERS 2016
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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