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  1. +1 for Kieschnick reference. Mobile, so without access to stats, I’m surprised Andy Benes didn’t make the list. I’m also pretty sure I have a Mike Hampton baseball card somewhere where the photo is him batting.

    Comment by gnomez — June 24, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  2. I would crush Micah and his 112 OPS+

    Comment by G.H. Ruth — June 24, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  3. Zambrano only holds the all-time *pitcher* record for breaking bats after a strikeout, right? I would guess Bo Jackson leads among position players.

    Comment by Al Dimond — June 24, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  4. Kersh and bills were like the worst hitting pitchers last year. What’s changed? Mattingly is actually letting his pitchers swing the bat which is just awesome. I beleive kershaw had been leading the league in sac bunts the last few years.

    Comment by z — June 24, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  5. (After recalling Bo, I had to compare his hitting stats to Zambrano’s. Obviously, Bo was a much better hitter. But they have similarly impressive career strikeout rates of around 35%, yielding plenty of opportunities for bat-breaking.)

    Comment by Al Dimond — June 24, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  6. any chance a team picks up Owings and trys to convert him to a position player? A team like the Pirates could sure use his bat at 1st base for example…

    Comment by A guy from PA — June 24, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  7. He did last year.

    Comment by Bip — June 24, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  8. While I believe that Billingsley could legitimately hit well enough for a season to make this list, having watched a lot of Kershaw’s at bats, I really think that he’s mostly getting lucky, being as he rarely hits the ball very hard. Then again, it doesn’t take a lot of luck to out hit the competition when you’re holding them to a .569 OPS.

    Comment by Bip — June 24, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  9. Rhoden is now a damned good golfer, winning often on the Celebrity Players Tour.

    Comment by Linkmeister — June 24, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  10. Haters gonna hate.

    Comment by Lyle Overbay — June 25, 2011 @ 12:25 am

  11. When calculating hitting WAR for pitchers, I think fangraphs should compare a pitcher’s offensive production to that of the average pitcher, rather than the average hitter. If a particular pitcher isn’t used, he’s going to be replaced by another pitcher so good hitting pitchers are that much more valuable than those who are worse.

    Comment by chuckb — June 26, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

  12. I’m surprised Wes Ferrell didn’t make an appearance. Put up a 3+ win season w/ the bat.

    Comment by Scott — June 26, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

  13. turns out I should’ve read the whole as far back as 1950 thing

    Comment by Scott — June 27, 2011 @ 1:08 am

  14. This is a pretty random article. Kershaw’s hitting this year is sheer luck (all singles). Would be far more useful to figure out which pitchers have had the highest impact in terms of wins added over several seasons.

    Comment by evo34 — June 27, 2011 @ 3:32 am

  15. What about me??!!!

    i hit 35 HR(and 111 RBI) in 740 career AB’s….

    i hit 7 HR in a season twice, 6 HRs once, 5 HRs twice and 4 HR another year….

    in 1966 i OPS’d .799 to my opp .639 while hitting 7 HR in 96 AB and was 13-6 with a 2.59 ERA

    in 1967 i led the league with 22 wins (22-11 and 3.27 ERA)

    and in 1968 i OPS’d .741 to my opp .628 while hitting 7 HR in 88 AB and was 13-12 with a 2.85 ERA with 10 CG and 3 SHO…

    35 HRs in 740 career ABs!

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wilsoea01.shtml

    Comment by Earl F'in Wilson! — June 27, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  16. Mattingly just took them aside one day during Spring Training and thoroughly discussed the team’s offense. They immediately knew they’d have to provide their own runs if they we’re both going to finish above .500 this year.

    Comment by TheMooseOfDeath — June 28, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

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