What Was Your Slash, Nerd?

Known and worthy sabermetric Lewie Pollis recently conffessed to an .067 batting average and a .533 on-base percentage. His numbers reminded me so piercingly of my own .000/.380/.000 slash (15+ steals) from grad school and my adult amateur league that I began to wonder: What kind of slash would a team — a fast-pitch, adult amateur team — comprised solely of NotGraphs writers, readers, and trolls post?

So, in the form below, please do kindly post your best guess for your career baseball slash — preferably high school through college through adult amateur leagues. No softball, please. Even I can hit a softball.




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Sky
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Sky
3 years 2 months ago

Last played baseball the summer after 7th grade, so I’ll abstain from the official poll. Probably hit something like .300/.600/.300. Also pitched, but by then my abilities to throw extremely slow strikes was no longer viable. ERA- of 110-120. Was a pretty good fielder, though!

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 2 months ago

My stats are for the baseball league I joined in 4th grade. I did not get a hit all year, coming closest on an infield pop fly which was dropped while I failed to run it out. However, 10-year-olds are very poor at pitching, so I walked in nearly half my plate appearances.

I believe my fondness for walks at age 10 was a sign that sabermetrics is a passion acquired at a very young age.

Zach Sanders
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3 years 2 months ago

Oh man, career stats. I didn’t have a great career, but my last two seasons were glorious.

Something of a .500/.700/.525 in my last two years.

rd
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rd
3 years 2 months ago

I second the need for pitching stats. My slash was Felix Fermin-esque, but I would have pushed for a starting rotation spot with my 1992 House League Team Best Pitcher plaque stashed away at home.

chrisb
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chrisb
3 years 2 months ago

I also feel like I was unwittingly ahead of my time in 8th grade Dixie Boys baseball. A little early for the sample, but a .000/.500/.000 line. Why swing? My best fielding play in the rightfielder-one-inning-a-game-guy (ROIGY) slot may have come on the night I took a warm-up throw in the nose, meaning I didn’t have to play the field at all in that game.

Matt Hunter
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3 years 2 months ago

I stopped playing in 8th grade, but I’m pretty sure I had a 30% walk rate, 5% strikeout rate, and the rest were ground balls to short. Luckily I had some wheels and it was Little League defense so I probably had a .300 BABIP or so on those hits. All in all I’d say my line was around .275/.430/.290

KM
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KM
3 years 2 months ago

little league estimates, but i would say like 400/400/400…. Pretty much a single or nothing(but a ton of singles) Probably average 2-3 steals per game. hunter pence would have been proud of my wild swings at pitches a few feet outside the zone.

Pinstripe Wizard
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3 years 2 months ago

Ah good old Little League. I probably put up a .550/.700/.900 slash or something (and I was the third best hitter on the team). We had a guy hit over .900 one year.

Pablo Sanchez
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3 years 2 months ago

1.000/1.000/4.000

mrrr
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mrrr
3 years 2 months ago

I was a slap hitter through high school and led my 9th and 10th grade teams in AVG and walks, respectively, but my varsity coach evidently didn’t like my approach because I think I got maybe 20 ABs total on varsity between my 11th and 12th grade years even though I was the starting CF my senior year (I got DH’d for). I guess my high OBP, low power, above average base-running and defense skills were ahead of their time (this was early ’90s)

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 2 months ago

You got DH’d for as a position player? They preferred the pitcher to you?

Youthful Enthusiast
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Youthful Enthusiast
3 years 2 months ago

Ben Sheetz was such a bad hitter in HS that they DH’d for him, even on the days he played the field.

gnomez
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gnomez
3 years 2 months ago

On a lot of high school teams, the pitcher was the best hitter on the team. I was not in said subset of pitchers.

mrrr
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mrrr
3 years 2 months ago

Yep. Our pitcher was usually one of our 3/4/5 hitters. Basically our coach thought I was the worst hitting starter on the team.

mrrr
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mrrr
3 years 2 months ago

We had a very talented high school team (3rd place in state my junior year) so our lineup was very solid. A lot of it was our coach – I hit over .400 as a freshman so I wasn’t a total slouch with the bat. After my senior season ended I went from getting DH’d for to being the DH in my first game in Legion ball with essentially the same lineup of guys. Whatever. My sophomore coach once batted be cleanup due to my penchant for walks. He figured they’d be even more likely to pitch around me in the clean-up spot. I think I drew 3 walks that day but it only ended up being a 1-game experiment.

Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
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Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
3 years 2 months ago

I pitched for a perenially ranked (and occassional national champion) D3 school prior to injury. I batted 3rd or 4th all the way through adult amateur baseball. I don’t remember my slash line at all, but I did lead the adult team in HR the last three years that I batted.

kasghl bvavsdg
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kasghl bvavsdg
3 years 2 months ago

My over-the-line base running stats were awful, I never could take the extra base or steal.

Bryz
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3 years 2 months ago

I had one PA in my varsity career. I walked.

Thus according to this form, my slash was .000/1.000/.000

remedy
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remedy
3 years 2 months ago

I’ve never actually played baseball in any way shape or form.

AC of DC
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AC of DC
3 years 2 months ago

I think I’m in the same boat as a bunch of other commenters, having last played organized baseball at the little league level around the age of 10 or 11 and being a high OBP, no power sort. I was rather wee, and figured that if I swung and did manage to make contact, the ball wasn’t going anywhere, so I rarely swung, which places the burden of hitting a very small strike zone 3 times in 6 pitches on a 10 or 11 year old pitcher. I walked a lot, though the KO was not unknown to me as well. As we had a very good offensive team at the top of the order, I was batted in often; I cannot promise it was so for the whole season, but for a stretch at least I definitely had more Runs than AB. Family members swear I had at least one hit, if not two, but of this I have no recollection.

I was also HBP a lot. Like, once every couple games on average ( and also in practice). Point is, I was awarded many trips to first base without having moved a muscle.

Phrozen
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Phrozen
3 years 2 months ago

I was on one of the few High School teams where the pitcher (when it was me) was not remotely the best hitter. I was a barely adequate hitter, but a decent pitcher (threw three shutouts).

The highlight of my batting career was a triple. I was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park homerun.

Ryan Potter
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Ryan Potter
3 years 2 months ago

I was a pretty good high school player. High BABIP guy with absolutely no power. First made the varsity as a RFTCOP (Runner for the catcher or pitcher).

badmotorfinger
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badmotorfinger
3 years 2 months ago

The only season I can remember is my first and only year of high school baseball. Made the freshman team and put up a .333/.400/.593 line (OBP is estimated, but I had a pretty decent eye so I think it’s a fair estimation). I remember my stats because I actually had more extra base hits than singles.

I finished strong enough that I was invited to play on the JV summer team, where I put up an atrocious slash line (I think I had one hit). That’s right around when I hung them up…

Pinstripe Wizard
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3 years 2 months ago

My hitting stats were average at best, but we need pitching stats. It’s hard to put up good hitting stats without consistent PAs. My career ERA was certainly in the sub-terrible range (excluding my one 8th grade start with the varsity (0.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER). Apparently my mid 60s fastball as a 13 year old was not a strikeout pitch.

LeeTro
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LeeTro
3 years 2 months ago

Man I feel like I’m awesome, pitching at the D2 level. I was a .250 hitter who took walks and didn’t have much power, hitting all of one homer in HS. Now that you made me look up my college stats, how did I not allow more runs than I did? 70.1 IP, 71 BB+HBP, 70 K, 1 HR.

Bryan
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3 years 2 months ago

Little League (ages 11 and 12) something like .450/.570/.800
Senior League (ages 13 and 14)- maybe .170/.290/.190
Middle School- .000/.500/.000 (BB and a K)
Played tennis in high school; probably wouldn’t have made the baseball team.

Peter
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Peter
3 years 2 months ago

I only played up to Little League. I almost played in high school but work and other commitments came first. In Little League I was a part-time player, they stuck me in the outfield and I sucked. Outfield is hard – especially when you had a pitcher who got rocked often, so you’d have to take all these crazy routes. I played second base once and let the ball go through my legs, so fielding wasn’t my specialty. Hitting wise, I almost hit a home run if the wind was a bit kinder too me. I mainly had a knack for getting hit by the ball. Also I stole two bases in one inning, that was the highlight of my playing days.

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