Monday, November 12, 2012
2012 Chachi #60 Batting Leaders - Jimmy Rollins & Kevin Frandsen
I'm sure if I was more savvy with the tools available on Baseball Reference, I could figure out the following question: When was the last time, prior to this past season, when the Phillies had only player with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title?
A player needs 502 plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, and only one Phillie, Jimmy Rollins with 699 plate appearances, qualified. John Mayberry, Jr. was next in line with 479 plate appearances. So while there were a few players with a higher batting average than Rollins' pedestrian .250, he holds the dubious distinction of winning the team's 2012 batting title.
If you throw qualifying plate appearances out the window, here are the Phillies position players who hit over .300 last season:
1. Kevin Frandsen - .338 (195 AB)
2. Darin Ruf - .333 (33 AB)
3. Carlos Ruiz - .325 (372 AB and 421 PA)
4. Pete Orr - .315 (54 AB)
5. Juan Pierre - .307 (394 AB and 439 PA)
6. Jason Pridie - .300 (10 AB)
And if you use a qualifying mark of 3.1 plate appearances per team games played, both Ruiz and Pierre would qualify for the title.
Finally, and amazingly, we have to go back to 1888 and Phillies Room favorite Sid Farrar to find the last time someone led the team with an average as low as Rollins' .250:
1. Sid Farrar - .244 in 1888
2. Jimmy Rollins - .250 in 2012
3. Gary Matthews - .258 in 1983
4. Tony Gonzalez - .264 in 1968