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100 Walks


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Mike Trout just earned his 100th walk of the season, becoming only the 6th Angel to do so. Here is the all-time list for Angels:


1. Tony Phillips 113 (1995)

2. Troy Glaus 112 (2000)

3. Troy Glaus 107 (2001)

4. Brian Downing 106 (1987)

5. Tim Salmon 104 (2000)

6. Chone Figgins 101 (2009)

7. Mike Trout 100 (2013)

8t. Albie Pearson 96 (1961)

8t. Tim Salmon 96 (2001)

10t. Albie Pearson 95 (1962)

10t. Tim Salmon 95 (1997)


In the second half this year, Trout has 53 walks in 53 games, so with 13 games to go after today's game he's got a chance of breaking Phillips' record. If not this year then he'll probably do it at some point, as I don't see his walk rate dropping significantly. A the least, he's probably going to finish above everyone but Phillips and Glaus.

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My point is ... If he's not going to be swinging the bat he shouldn't be batting third in the order. I see him as a great lead off hitter .

Four RBI's in September isn't very good. Seems to be taking the first pitch routinely .

Lets not micromanage Trout. I think he knows more about hitting - and succeeding - than anybody else.

Let me guess, you are actually Arte Moreno and Moreno is now micromanaging Trout's pitch selection? Not totally an outlandish accusation.

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A .540 OBP is much more valuable and rare than a .617 SLG - in a vacuum, at least.


Because I'm a big stat nerd, among qualifying seasons in major league history (going back to 1871), there have been:


221 seasons of a .617+ SLG

5 seasons of a .540+ OBP


If you're curious, those seasons are:

1. Barry Bonds 2004: .609

2. Barry Bonds 2002: .582

3. Ted Williams 1941: .553

4. John McGraw 1899: .547

5. Babe Ruth 1923: .545


Ruth's 1923 is the highest single season fWAR on record at 15.0 (!).


Anyhow, to find a comparable OBP to .617 - that is with ~220 players who have ever accomplished the feat - you'd have to go all the way down to .449 (and a .362 BA).


To put that in other words, a .617 SLG is comparable in terms of rarity to .449 OBP and a .362 BA. Not bad. A .540 OBP is comparable to a ~.430 BA and a ~.790 SLG. Ridonkulous.

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