Players With 100 RBI, 100 BB, 100 Runs & 100 Ks With .300 BA
Hemingway's words certainly fit into the psyche of a ball player who hits the long ball along with the many strikeouts that go with his talents. Walking back to the bench after going down on strikes in a run-scoring situation brings an emptiness to a ball players mental state. But when he drives the ball into the gap or out of the park for a clutch, game-winning hit, his confidence builds and he thrives on repeat performances. And as the saying goes, "you have to take the good with the bad." So with that we look at some great hitters who were very productive, but often failed in several missed opportunities with numerous strikeouts.
With roughly 30 games remaining in the 2015 season, Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Joey Votto of the Reds have a strong opportunity to join a unique group of hitters.
All three sluggers are on pace to reach the 100 plateau in runs scored, RBI, walks and strikeouts while maintaining a batting average of .300 or higher.
Votto reached those levels in 2011, but for Goldschmidt and Harper, they are in line to join 19 other players who matched these marks 26 times. There have been six players who reached these totals in the same season multiple times—including Jeff Bagwell who did it a record three times during his 15 years with the Houston Astros.
Since it was rare for a player to strike out 100 times in a season during the early 1900s, the first time a player hit .300 and reached the century mark in runs, RBI, walks and strikeouts in the same season was in 1936 when Jimmie Foxx did it for the Boston Red Sox.
From 1936 through 1990 (55 years), a combination of these lofty season totals was achieved four times—twice by Mickey Mantle and once by Foxx and Hank Greenberg.
In the current era, with strikeouts being more mainstream in the game, this unusual feat has been accomplished 22 times over the last 24 years and with the possible addition of Votto, Goldschmidt and Harper in 2015, those totals will increase to 25 times over the last 25 years.
With 30 games remaining in the Reds’ season, Votto has 73 RBI, 83 runs, 116 walks, 107 strikeouts and a .316 BA. It will be a difficult challenge for Votto to reach 100 RBI, having to average almost an RBI per game for the remainder of the campaign.
Harper is in a similar situation as Votto, needing 22 RBI in Washington’s final 31 games to reach 100 RBI. His other totals are 92 runs, 100 walks, 107 strikeouts and a .333 batting average.
Goldschmidt appears to be a lock to reach these marks, holding a .322 BA with 85 runs, 97 RBI, 100 walks and 122 strikeouts with 29 games remaining on Arizona’s schedule.
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