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  1. I would declare Carew the champ based on his .082 ISO. What’s sad is the number of corner IF or OF in this list, positions you’d expect power from.

    Comment by David — April 17, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  2. Minor correct: you’ve transposed a “1987″ and a “1988″ in your Boggs blurb. (’87 was his big homer year.)

    Comment by DJG — April 17, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  3. When will we get our beloved Klaassen chats back? It’s been a terribly long and dark winter.

    Comment by El Vigilante — April 17, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  4. While I’m not going to be the guy who points out all the typos, there are some confusing ones that probably need corrected. I assume Cunningham’s triple slash of .345/.354/.478 should read .345/.453/.478, otherwise “he led baseball with a .453 on-base percentage” is pretty confusing.

    Also not sure what to make of Bogg’s 1988 season being on the 5 HR list when you then say “While 1988 was pretty clearly Boggs’ best season with the bat due to the 24 home runs.” I assume the first should be 87?

    Comment by Steve — April 17, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  5. I know he’s missing because you only went back to 1955, but I think Ty Cobb would be the all-time king of this category.

    Comment by DG — April 17, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  6. Luke Appling, CAREER .310/.399/.398

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — April 17, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  7. Ah yes, I remember Miguel Cabrera’s .4127 wOBA year. It was truly a wonder to behold.

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — April 17, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

  8. Also, 1,144 plate appearances against a single team has to be some kind of record in and of itself.

    Comment by brad — April 17, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

  9. I was surprised not to find Ichiro on this list, so I had a look at his stats. Even in his amazing 2004 he didn’t come close to a .400 wOBA. Quite shocking to me!

    Comment by Jason H. — April 17, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

  10. I’m assuming a lot of dead ball guys would dominate this list: Cobb, Wagner, Crawford, Jackson…probably a few others I’m forgetting also

    Comment by EDogg1438 — April 17, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

  11. You must not know how decimal points work.

    Comment by Marc — April 17, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

  12. Geez. Get a proof reader please.

    Comment by spliff(TONE) — April 17, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

  13. It seems quite odd to use four numbers after a decimal is odd when nothing else uses more than 3.

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — April 17, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  14. Ashburn crushes the competition in the higher OBP than slugging category. The next highest wOBA for a guy in that club since 1955 is Tony Phippips at .388, a full 22 points and hundreds of places behind Ashburn.

    Comment by TKDC — April 17, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

  15. errr, 21 points.

    Comment by TKDC — April 17, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

  16. Cobb, Crawford, Jackson, and Wagner were all big-time power guys in the context of their eras. Cobb led his league in SLG 8 times; Wagner, 6. Crawford is the all time leader in triples, and Jackson is one of the best hitters who ever lived. If you want high OBP, low power guys, here’s who you’re looking for:

    Jack Crooks, .241/.386/.322
    Donie Bush, .250/.356/.300
    Topsy Hartsel, .276/.384/.370
    Roy Thomas, .290/.413/.333
    Billy Hamilton, .344/.455/.432
    John McGraw, .334/.466/.410
    Miller Huggins, .265/.382/.314

    Comment by Jim — April 18, 2013 @ 12:22 am

  17. My picks:

    John McGraw, 1899: 1 HR, .494 WOBA
    Hughie Jennings, 1896: 0 HR, .461 WOBA
    George Sisler, 1922: 8 HR, .481 WOBA
    Roy Thomas, 1900: 0 HR, .401 WOBA*
    Nap Lajoie, 1906, 0 HR, ,413 WOBA

    * As a specific response to Thomas, who was known for fouling off every pitch in the strike zone, sometimes more than 20 in a row, the NL changed its rules after this season to make fouls strikes up to strike 2. Made no difference to Thomas, who continued to lead his league in walks every year.

    Comment by Jim — April 18, 2013 @ 12:50 am

  18. Joe Cunningham played for the White Sox in the ’60s when I attended games at old Comiskey as a kid. He had the best stretch of any first baseman I ever saw, he could almost lie on the ground and keep his foot on the bag. He had no power, which was kind of odd for a first baseman back then. Later, a bit character in “All in the Family” was named after him– Stretch Cunningham.

    Comment by baycommuter — April 18, 2013 @ 1:48 am

  19. Tony Gwynn hit .370 in ’87, not .380.

    Also worth nothing that year was his 56 steals, a career high.

    Comment by GlennBraggsSwingAndMissBrokenBat — April 18, 2013 @ 10:07 am

  20. Err.. noting, not nothing. Oy.

    Comment by GlennBraggsSwingAndMissBrokenBat — April 18, 2013 @ 10:08 am

  21. Aww, you shouldn’t have corrected it. I liked the idea that he had a career high in being worth nothing.

    Comment by Jason H — April 18, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  22. There were a number of low-power, high-OBP first basemen in the ’50s and ’60s. not only Cunningham and Carew but Pete Runnels and Ferris Fain, both two-time batting champs. (If you’ve never looked at Fain’s numbers, take a glance.) Bill James has written about the Red Sox’ mistake in replacing Runnels with a slugger, Dick Stuart.

    Comment by Mr Punch — April 18, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  23. I was happy to see Richie Ashburn mentioned in the article. He was a childhood hero of mine. A Nebraska HOFer whose name seemed to be in the sports news every night. I also liked the fact that he was so highly regarded with no power.

    Comment by Baltar — April 18, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

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