Where Matt Kemp’s April Fits in History

Over at ESPN yesterday, Jayson Stark posed the question of whether Matt Kemp‘s amazing April performance is the best April in the history of the game. Stark decided to tackle the question by looking only at the players that had matched or beaten him in a group of categories that contained BA, OBP, and SLG, but also HR, XBH, R, and RBI. I have a great deal of respect for Stark and enjoy his work, but at the end of the column, I couldn’t help but wonder what happened if we got rid of the useless numbers and looked at ones that put things in a little more context.

So, using our custom leaderboard function and the monthly split feature, I went year-by-year from 1974 (the first year we have monthly split data) to 2012 and looked for players who had matched Kemp’s 20 batting runs in the season’s first month. Batting Runs is the offensive component of WAR, and it offers a few advantages – it’s park and league adjusted so that different slash lines from different eras can be put on an even playing field, and since it is a counting stat, it evens out months where there are differences in playing time. After all, if a player hit nearly as well as Kemp but did it in 20 more plate appearances, that’s a comparable performance, even if it falls just shy by looking at rate metrics.

Over the last 39 years, eight players have created 20 or more batting runs above average in the first month of the season.

1. Barry Bonds, 2004: 92 PA, .472/.696/1.132, 326 wRC+, 27.3 batting runs

Not surprisingly, Bonds comes out on top. His run at the beginning of the century challenges Babe Ruth‘s prime for the greatest offensive performance in the history of the sport. How feared was Bonds? He was intentionally walked 18 times in April of 2004. Chase Headley is the only player to draw 18 unintentional walks in April of 2012. Obviously, people are going to have differing opinions on the validity of the numbers posted by Bonds during his late career surge, but unless we’re going to qualify the question as “non-Bonds division”, he’s the clear winner of best April since 1974.

2. Albert Pujols, 2006: 110 PA, .346/.509/.914, 243 wRC+, +21.2 batting runs

Pujols has had a bunch of monster months, but his start in 2006 was among the best ever. The 243 wRC+ isn’t as high as some others have posted, but because the season started earlier in 2006, he got 110 PA, and he sustained his greatness over a longer period of time. I would imagine the Angels would like to see this version of Pujols show up sometime soon.

3. Larry Walker, 1997: 106 PA, .456/.538/.911, 255 wRC+, +21.2 batting runs

And this is why you use a park/league adjusted metric. Walker’s line is crazy, but it came during the peak of the game’s offensive boom, and he got to take his hacks in the preeminent hitter’s ballpark of his generation. Even taking some of the air out of the numbers, it’s still an amazing performance, but perhaps a little less amazing than the slash line would suggest.

4. Barry Bonds, 1993: 94 PA, .431/.553/.889, 274 wRC+, 20.7 batting runs

For all the talk about how Bonds’ numbers are tainted, his age 28 season shows up here too. This was his first season in San Francisco, and he ended up posting the second +10 WAR season of his career. Regardless of how tainted you may or may not think his end-of-career numbers are, don’t forget that he played like one of the game’s all-time greats from the moment he got to the big leagues.

5. Jose Bautista, 2011: 111 PA, .366/.532/.780, 255 wRC+, 20.5 batting runs

It’s funny how we tend to have short memories, and we’re now asking whether Kemp’s April was the best ever when Bautista put up very comparable numbers just 12 months ago. He did it with more walks and a lower average, so it wasn’t quite as impressive from the standpoint of traditional metrics, but Bautista was a beast last year.

6. Barry Bonds, 2002: 100 PA, .375/.600/.828, 256 wRC+, 20.0 batting runs

Not much else left to say here. He was pretty good.

7. Ron Cey, 1977: 94 PA, .425/.543/.890, 270 wRC+, 20.0 batting runs

Stark noted this one in his column, and in terms of rate performance, it’s better than any of the above seasons besides Bonds’ best two Aprils. Dodgers fans have seen some pretty great opening months to the season. Which brings us to…

8. Matt Kemp, 2012: 98 PA, .417/.490/.893, 275 wRC+, 19.9 batting runs

Technically, he didn’t get to 20.0, but there’s no practical difference between decimal points here, so we’ll just round the next whole number and say that Kemp’s April is the offensive equal of the two just above him. By wRC+, only Bonds in 2004 was better, but it did come in fewer plate appearances than several of the other amazing Aprils over the last 39 years. Still, after the ’04 Bonds season, you could essentially toss the rest of these into a big pile and call them all essentially the same, as it takes some serious hair splitting to differentiate between #2 to #8 on this list.

So, is Matt Kemp’s April the greatest of all-time? Not unless we scrub Barry Bonds from the record books. But if you decide you want to just put his performance aside, it’s fair to say that Kemp’s April batting line is as good as anything we’ve seen in the last 39 years.



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Spunky
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4 years 4 months ago

Great article Dave! I’m kind of surprised that A-Rod’s April of 2007 didn’t make it, although now that I think about it, I think he peaked in May.

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

AROD did tie Barry Bonds record for most home runs in April that year with 14.

mattybobo
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mattybobo
4 years 4 months ago

Pujols tied that record (might have set it as the new NL record too, can’t remember) in 2006.

Berkeley
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Berkeley
4 years 4 months ago

It blows my mind that people forget that MLB did not outlaw steroids until AFTER Bonds juiced/creamed/etc.

Crumpled Stiltskin
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Crumpled Stiltskin
4 years 4 months ago

It blows my mind that people don’t understand that whatever Bonds did wasn’t even legally a steroid until after he did it. Thus, not against the rules. It blows my mind that people don’t know that what is and what is not a steroid is actually quite fluid, and that the use of any number of steroids, like cortisone, are actually allowed by major sports of all types.

Tony Tutone
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Tony Tutone
4 years 4 months ago

The definition of a steroid is hardly fluid. 17 carbon atoms arranged into 4 fused rings forms the basis for all steroids. How that ring set is functionalized determines the physiological activity and sub-classification, ranging from cholesterol to anabolic steroid and more. Whether new entries to the group are legal, available by prescription only, available OTC, or subject to abuse by those looking to gain an edge changes as more is know about each one, but that a compound is a steroid is pretty well defined once it’s structure is known.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

I’ve never understood all the Bonds hate.

Yeah, the guy was rubbing creams all over himself, and shooting up, etc, but he was just so much better than everyone else. There were plenty of guys juicing at that time (and in my opinion, the majority of the league), but he just stands so much higher than everyone else.

It wasn’t a level playing field, but not because of the steroids. But because Barry Bonds was just that much better than everyone else. (And I say this as someone who really dislikes Bonds)

Jay
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Jay
4 years 4 months ago

WAR ages 27-30: 34.3.
WAR ages 37-40: 47.8

Not a level playing field.

j6takish
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j6takish
4 years 4 months ago

They are performance enhancers, not talent creators.

ccoop
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ccoop
4 years 4 months ago

klaw typically presents the argument against the argument against bonds as:
bonds didn’t play nice with the media and thus will be unfairly viewed by the media when it comes to the HOF.

this is, of course, a gross misrepresentation of the bonds hate–how many media-voted MVPs does he have?–but whatevz. even the staunchist bonds hater will likely admit he was a HOFer before 1998.

as for your point…I’m trying to get my head around: “I’ve never understood all the Bonds hate” and “And I say this as someone who really dislikes Bonds”. if you really dislike him–and i’m guessing it’s not because you’re a former pitcher he abused or a racist–how can you not understand the polarizing nature that leads many to dislike him?

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

I dislike him because he’s an asshole, and has repeatedly called me a racist (as a member of the city I lived in).

I still think he should be a first ballot hall of famer.

MauerPower
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4 years 4 months ago

i meant to say “wasn’t” in my previous post, reply is giving me troubles for some reason though.

BookWorm
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4 years 4 months ago

“And in my opinion, the majority of the league…”

How can one have an opinion about whether or not a majority of people used steroids at the time? Seems like it’s something we either have data to support or we don’t, but unless you’ve seen such data, it’s not really an ‘opinion’ kind of a question.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

Of course its an opinion question.

Steroids have been ubiquitous with sport since the 60s. The idea that baseball was some sort of mystical land of no performance enhancers is absurdly naive.

matt w
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matt w
4 years 4 months ago

It’s an opinion question because we don’t have conclusive evidence.

BookWorm
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BookWorm
4 years 4 months ago

…but how could that opinion be an informed one? When you say majority, you’re saying that a certain number of players used steroids. On what is your opinion based? No doubt people used, and no doubt it extends further back than is popularly acknowledged, but the word “majority” implies something specific — something based in fact, not opinion.

Anon
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Anon
4 years 4 months ago

Expectation would be a better word to use.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

The word fits perfectly.

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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4 years 4 months ago

Eric Walker’s research found that the evidence suggests that it was a juiced ball, not juiced humans, that led to the era of high offense: http://highboskage.com/juiced-ball.shtml

His subsequent research into PEDs found further evidence that it could not have been steroids or other PEDs that helped boost performance: http://steroids-and-baseball.com/

mattybobo
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mattybobo
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you. I can’t believe people don’t talk about that guy’s work more often. I keep wondering if it has been completely refuted somehow and that’s why nobody ever mentions it, but I have never seen such a refutation.

m4fox90
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m4fox90
4 years 4 months ago

he was also a huge douche

Eric Walker
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4 years 4 months ago

We could discuss that at another time in another place, but what does it have to do with the validity of the medical and other sciencitifc literatures and baseball analyses (by well-respcted analysts, not just me) cited on the subject web site?

You have no idea how tired I have gotten over the years dealing with people who just don’t even read the site; one literally said he read the first paragraph and dismissed it all as obvious error. If someone disagrees with a proposition set forth there, let him or her explain exactly why and set forth reputatble citations or calculations to substantiate his or her contrary position.

MauerPower
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4 years 4 months ago

I’m no steroid expert, but I’ve always wondered how much performance enhancers actually help. It’s not like Bonds was a hell of a player before he supposedly juiced.

FredMertz65
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FredMertz65
4 years 4 months ago

Bonds and others were juiced illegally. His stats should be purged when doing a statistical comparison like this.

That said, I think Bonds and the others saved baseball by bring in the fans who hate pitching performances and wanted to see amazing hitting.

baty
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baty
4 years 4 months ago

Those “enhanced statistics” happened, and it’s a shallow practice to selectively remove pieces of history. For Good or for Bad, it’s still factual. If you get rid of those numbers you might as well just say baseball didn’t exist during that time frame, because you’d have to remove those “tainted numbers” from any aspect of play they effected. And it effected everything and everyone.

Big Daddy V
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Big Daddy V
4 years 4 months ago

Why couldn’t baseball still be like the old days, when players used amphetamines, cocaine, and monkey testosterone instead of steroids?

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

Cocaine was cheating yourself, rather than against competitors. Similar to suggesting that some players being lazy is an argument for invalidating the statistical record.

jayT
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jayT
4 years 4 months ago

Cocaine will hurt your chances at a long career, but on a per season basis, it is definitely a performance enhancer, much like amphetamines.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

Even leaving out the “definitely”, jayT’s claim is an astounding one. Even leaving out the “the season” basis, it’s astounding. But on the chance any 8-year old’s read this site, I figure I’ll point that out.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

Its astounding, but its true.

Pretty much every stimulant is an atheletic performance enhancer. Cocaine is a stimulant.

Cocaine is also an anesthetic. Which also helps performance, especially in a sport where guys supposedly play hurt the whole seasons.

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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4 years 4 months ago

Wasn’t there somebody who threw a no-hitter while high on cocaine, I am think a Pittsburgh Pirate’s pitcher, maybe Dock Ellis?

Michael
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Michael
4 years 4 months ago

Doc Ellis was on LSD when he threw his no-hitter.

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

LSD, although containing amphetamines is no performance enhancer. I’ve done a ton a drugs but LSD and love me my heoin and bath salts and cocaine and well you get the idea. LSD is only good for hiding under your covers for 8 hours hoping it all will JUST STOP. KUDOS to Doc Ellis for tossing a no-hitter on that shit. It’s a testament to what kind of man he is. Mentally Strong!

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

So? Its funny to me that Steroids is always what the media jumps on.

MLB banned / started testing for Steroids in 2004.

And basically nothing happened in the leaguewide batting statistics.

And then MLB started testing for Amphetimines after 2007. And R/G has dropped every single year since.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll leave this alone after this, as there’s no point in debating with some folks, never mind arguing. To which end I won’t check this anymore either. But once again, it’s astounding to argue that amphetamines helped hitters, but not pitchers.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

I never argued that they didn’t.

I said that banning steroids had no effect on MLB stats. Banning Amphetemines did.

So the whole “he did steroids” seams a bit silly to me, when removing them from the game has had no effect.

vivalajeter
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vivalajeter
4 years 4 months ago

Richie, that’s a pretty weak post to go out on.

Matthias
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4 years 4 months ago

Maybe I’m putting words in Richie’s mouth, but isn’t it possible that steroids essentially cancelled out some effects since both pitchers and hitters were on them?

Pat G
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Pat G
4 years 4 months ago

so we’re going through the case where one of the greatest pitcher of the last 20 years is being, rather convincingly, accused of steroids, and you jump on the people that hate pitching???

the steroid era occured because baseball law hadnt caught up with something that gave people a boost to their livelihood…

morals aside, if you didnt use, you put yourself at a significant disadvantage… for the natural 7s/8s they had the decision to let similar guys elevate their game at the expense of their conscience, guys like maddux and pedro (hopefully) decided it wasnt worth it and makes their dominance all the more impressive, and im sure there are guys on the offensive side (please cal, your ironman is significantly less impressive if ANY rumor leaked out, some guys werent up to the moral fortitude to watch lesser players play better, comes with the territory of being a world class athlete (ego)…. you can’t erase what happened, you have to tell the truth and let people decide for themselves… as for me, bonds was a great player who let his humanity get the best of him, the only 400/400 player ever was jealous of mcgwire and sosa and it was his downfall….. he is still a hall of famer and a part of baseball history… i hope people see it my way in time, but if not i understand why, but baseball and life is rarely in black and white

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braun is crazy?
4 years 4 months ago

braun juiced, aroid, manny, slamming sammy, juan gone, big pappi, bagwell, purge em all

with that said, what about tino martinez 37 rbi april? its one for the ages?

j6takish
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j6takish
4 years 4 months ago

37 RBI? The guys who got on base ahead of him sure had an April for the ages

scatterbrian
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scatterbrian
4 years 4 months ago

You’re certain Tino wasn’t using anything?

joser
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joser
4 years 4 months ago

“purge em all” Right. And then we of course have to scrub the records of every pitcher who pitched against any of those guys. And then update in turn the records of any other hitters who batted against them or in the same lineup as the users, and… Ah, let’s just throw out all the records of everything since the first known user of steroids in baseball, which was Pud Galvin in 1889.

RC
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RC
4 years 4 months ago

Gotta purge Babe Ruth while we’re at it. He injected sheep testosterone.

Gotta purge Hank Aaron. He took amphetimines.

Gotta purge Willie Mays. He was on speed.

Gotta purge …

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

If you are gonna use RBI’s on a Sabermetric site at least get the number right. It was 34 in 1997.

Paul O’Neill had a 413 obp in april 1997
Derek Jeter had a 415 obp in april 1997
Bernie Williams had a 445 obp in April 1997
Tim Raines had a 367 obp in 60 PA in April 1997
Wade Boggs had an OBP of 445 in April 1997

Tino had a 1005 Ops with 9 home runs, 7 doubles and a 327 batting average. The guys that hit ahead of him in the order had an obp in the range of 430 cumulatively and none of them had big home run months. So needless to say he had RBI chances. I would say this though. Those 97-98 Yankee teams were the true roots of moneyball.

Thomas
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Thomas
4 years 4 months ago

Wouldn’t it be worth looking at positional adjustment too? I know its not going to make up the 7.3 run difference between him and Bonds, but what’s so impressive to me is Kemp is doing this while playing a decent centerfield.

Azmanz
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Azmanz
4 years 4 months ago

Kinda, Kemp overall hasn’t played a decent CF and Bonds for the most part played an extremely great LF. The positional adjustment from CF to LF is like 9-10 runs/year? Bonds was about a +10 LF for his career when Kemp has been around a -2 to -3. It evens out.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

By the two latter years cited here, Barry was no longer a +10 leftfielder.

Azmanz
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Azmanz
4 years 4 months ago

Ah true. 93 he was tho. If a full season is worth 9-10 runs, then 1 month is only worth like 1.5 runs, which wouldn’t make up the difference either.

AA
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AA
4 years 4 months ago

UZR has historically underrated Kemp – especially his arm. If Barry Bonds had his arm, he would have played CF and been as good as Mays in the field

Derek
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Derek
4 years 4 months ago

I miss Barry Lamar Bonds.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

Minor quibble, but Barry wasn’t great from the absolute get-go. A very good young player through ‘Year 4’, but I’d wager most of those don’t step up to greatness. It was ‘Year 5’ that Barry exploded.

gonfalon
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gonfalon
4 years 4 months ago

+1

will h
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will h
4 years 4 months ago

Black Flag!

muchogusto
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4 years 4 months ago

I can’t stand Barry Bonds as a human being. He was, however, one of the finest players of the game of baseball in history. There is no context needed for the previous assertion: he was just that good. Matt Kemp’s month has been preposterous, and yet we see Bonds’ name appear four times. Both the svelte, single-earring, BBD-empathizing version and the Incredible Hulk, crossdressing version of the man enjoyed hitting baseballs in April. The man’s talent requires profound respect, much as the man’s character demands intense scrutiny.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

Fully agree except that in Barry’s character was such that it needed very little scrutinizing. And unless you’re arguing that such character really really really affected the performance of those around him, it otherwise wasn’t such a baseball issue as to again merit all that much scrutinizing. As to evaluation purposes.

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

Mind you, I’m of the camp that character does have some effect on the performance of those around you. So does count some against Barry as a player. Just not all that big of a ‘some’.

AA
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AA
4 years 4 months ago

So…is that why Jeff Kent had his best years playing on the same team? Rich Aurelia?

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

I dare say that is the nature of man. He whose performance demands the respect of us all has character issues which we should all examine. Abnormally large ego’s and senses of entitlment are either born out of etraordinary performance or a persons’s delusion of etraordinary performance. In Bonds case a little of both.

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

*extraordinary

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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4 years 4 months ago

I’m not saying that he had a positive effect on Jeff Kent, but before joining the Giants Kent wasn’t much of a player, wasn’t even a full-time starter, but he ends up MVP one season with Bonds.

Granted, his rates were such that giving him full time playing helped him greatly, but one has to wonder if Bonds helped Kent get over the hump to go beyond that.

Still, scuttlebutt was that Bonds drove Kent crazy and was a large part of the reason why he didn’t try to re-sign with the Giants, despite his success with them.

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I am a Red Sux Fan
4 years 4 months ago

Maybe he gave Kent some Cream and Clear an their battles were nothing but roid rage squared.

baty
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baty
4 years 4 months ago

“intense scrutiny”? Not sure I’d want to waste my time with that.

“profound respect”? I’ll acknowledge it. The talent certainly existed.

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mattingly is crazy?
4 years 4 months ago

just wish kemp could knock some sense into mattingly and play jansen as closer, and then they couldve tied most wins in april: 19

Richie
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Richie
4 years 4 months ago

No, they just would’ve lost a game or two in the 8th inning that they instead lost in the 9th.

mattingly is crazy?
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mattingly is crazy?
4 years 4 months ago

kemp and ethier go bonkers in the 9th for the dub

TKDC
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4 years 4 months ago

I think it should be noted that this season started April 5th (for Kemp). For many of the other guys, it was earlier. For example, Jose Bautista played in one more game than Kemp last year even though he had an early injury that cost him some games. This is because the season started April 1 for him. Since you’re using a counting stat, years in which the season starts earlier give players an advantage. I hardly think that should be a factor in determining “best Aprils ever.”

Ivdown
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Ivdown
4 years 4 months ago

So the 22 or 23 games in April wasn’t enough for you? Are his stats tainted because of that? Number 1 on the list is Bonds with just about the same exact amount of PA.

El Guapo
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El Guapo
4 years 4 months ago

Back in the day, we recall Roy Smalley of he Cincinnati Redlegs starting out the year hot — 12 HRs in Arpil. Forget the exact year. Think he ended the season with 14 or so. heh heh

Matthias
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4 years 4 months ago

How about that Chris Shelton April in 2006?

wRC+ of 195, 10 bombs, .326/.404/.723 slash. Probably the hottest waiver commodity known to fantasy sports. Not that it really compares to these guys….but it was Chris Shelton.

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Brian Cartwright
4 years 4 months ago

Willie Stargell, 1971, .347/.398/ .813 11 HR 27 RBI

Alex
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Alex
4 years 4 months ago

Hold on, you throw out Walker’s 97 and trash him as being in an extreme hitter’s park with such thin air we need to use balanced metrics Pujols was therefore better etc etc etc. Walker had a higher road OPS than home OPS in 97. He drew more walks on the road. He hit more home runs on the road. He stole more bases….at home. So if we’re going to have yet another anti-Coors circlejerk in here, why not at least make sure the premise isn’t flawed like it is here? Walker’s April should be second, not third

james wilson
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james wilson
4 years 4 months ago

No doubt Bonds would not have acheived the remarkable dominance which he did without steroids, but it is good to remember that he was hitting against steroids as well.

Train
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Train
4 years 4 months ago

“people are going to have differing opinions on the validity of the numbers posted by Bonds during his late career surge”

really?

Crumpled Stiltskin
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Crumpled Stiltskin
4 years 4 months ago

I completely understand that batting runs and WAR are stats much more indicative of underlying repeatable performance, but it’s completely foolish not to consider runs and rbi. In terms of actual value, luck matters. Really, it does. It doesn’t matter if it’s sustainable or repeatable. The actual events matter. (ie. They are not useless numbers, at least not in terms of accessing past value, in terms of accessing history.) Of course, there are other things to consider like turning the lineup over and not making outs (well, those are actually the same thing), etc . . . Those things are important too. But hitting well with men on base matters. Scoring actual runs matters.

Basically, situation matters. And if so, not to consider the situation that the hits come doesn’t consider the question. It considers whose April was the best if we were to run it through a computer program. Not whose April contributed most to his team winning actual baseball games.

Pat G
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Pat G
4 years 4 months ago

would be interesting to scour through the box scores for these games and add each batter’s conversion percentage on game tying or go ahead rbi’s

will take a look tomorrow, may help if another interested party split the work

cheers

KCB
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KCB
4 years 4 months ago

“Regardless of how tainted you may or may not think his end-of-career numbers are, don’t forget that he played like one of the game’s all-time greats from the moment he got to the big leagues.”

And this in a nutshell is the tragedy of Bonds. He would have been a first ballot HOF’er without juicing. He was that good.

Pat G
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Pat G
4 years 4 months ago

don’t know if his story at this point is widely accepted, but i absolutely believe the musings that say he juiced out of jealousy…

first player to EVER go 400/400 for a career and it happened in 98 when the entire world was focused on baseball… i was 11 at the time and i dont remember this at all, maybe it got some press but i certainly remember the HR chase.

poor barry bonds didnt get the recognition he deserved so he went out to prove us all dumb by tarnishing his legacy for publicity

such a terrible way to end the story of one of the greatest to play the game

Ivdown
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Ivdown
4 years 4 months ago

I’m glad to see an article starting out based on Kemp got him maybe 8% of the total comments.

Oh well…

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