Baseball Esoterica

September 27, 2005

Below Average Bonus

Loyal reader Will noticed another esoteric fact about our good friend Ryan Zimmerman: of his 16 hits this season, seven are doubles. Is that special?

Well, it depends how you look at it. Since 1920, a player has had at least as many hits and doubles as Zimmerman 25 times. That number drops to 17 if pitchers are excluded. To his credit, no player has ever hit more than four doubles in a season with his number of at-bats (38). The fewest at-bats in a seven-double season is 41, by the amazing Rudy Pemberton. In 1996, he went an other-worldly 21-for-41 (.512) with eight doubles. This guy had a .336 career average over three seasons, believe it or not. What's the highest...ahh, I'll save that for another day.

I'll revisit Mr. Zimmerman after the season's over...


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