Here’s a very quick post that I still think you’ll find interesting. I found the top 100 players of all time in terms of RBI from low-leverage situations. Hank Aaron is #1, as you might expect, since he’s pretty much #1 in anything RBI-related. Then, I calculated the fraction those low-leverage RBI represented of their total career RBI. Let’s call this the “Alex Rodriguez RBI” stat, since he’s so often accused of driving in runs when they don’t really matter.

Click through for the large table of how these 100 guys stack up.

This table shows the player’s rank in raw total low-leverage RBI, followed by his name, his raw low-leverage RBI total, his raw overall RBI total, and the percentage of low-leverage RBI.

rank    player          llRBI   RBI     %
48	Jim Edmonds	376	1199	31.4%
80	Derrek Lee	333	1078	30.9%
77	Vinny Castilla	340	1105	30.8%
2	Alex Rodriguez	598	1950	30.7%
30	Graig Nettles	400	1314	30.4%
64	Steve Finley	355	1167	30.4%
93	Shawn Green	325	1070	30.4%
7	Sammy Sosa	503	1667	30.2%
85	Mark Teixeira	331	1101	30.1%
32	Paul Molitor	391	1307	29.9%
100	Mo Vaughn	318	1064	29.9%
40	Andruw Jones	380	1289	29.5%
92	Norm Cash	325	1104	29.4%
35	Ivan Rodriguez	389	1332	29.2%
28	Dwight Evans	404	1384	29.2%
17	Mickey Mantle	440	1509	29.2%
4	Frank Robinson	525	1812	29.0%
58	Bernie Williams	363	1257	28.9%
39	Carlton Fisk	383	1330	28.8%
22	Luis Gonzalez	414	1439	28.8%
38	Paul Konerko	384	1336	28.7%
42	David Ortiz	380	1326	28.7%
3	Barry Bonds	571	1996	28.6%
98	Frank Howard	319	1119	28.5%
9	Jim Thome	484	1699	28.5%
25	Albert Pujols	408	1434	28.5%
63	Derek Jeter	356	1254	28.4%
89	Rocky Colavito	327	1159	28.2%
69	Carlos Beltran	350	1243	28.2%
18	Jeff Bagwell	430	1529	28.1%
6	Ken Griffey	515	1836	28.1%
16	H Killebrew	444	1583	28.0%
10	Reggie Jackson	477	1702	28.0%
79	Ellis Burks	337	1206	27.9%
26	Eddie Mathews	406	1454	27.9%
41	Carlos Lee	380	1363	27.9%
33	Robin Yount	390	1406	27.7%
15	Chipper Jones	450	1623	27.7%
44	Orlando Cepeda	377	1365	27.6%
54	Mike Piazza	368	1335	27.6%
51	Darrell Evans	373	1354	27.5%
12	Frank Thomas	469	1704	27.5%
57	Al Oliver	364	1326	27.5%
37	Jose Canseco	386	1407	27.4%
5	Willie Mays	522	1903	27.4%
47	Johnny Bench	376	1376	27.3%
60	Pete Rose	358	1314	27.2%
72	Gil Hodges	347	1274	27.2%
99	Craig Biggio	319	1175	27.1%
81	George Foster	333	1239	26.9%
1	Hank Aaron	614	2297	26.7%
66	Ruben Sierra	353	1322	26.7%
75	Miguel Tejada	342	1282	26.7%
97	Lance Berkman	320	1200	26.7%
62	Todd Helton	357	1345	26.5%
8	Rafael Palmeiro	485	1835	26.4%
53	Juan Gonzalez	370	1404	26.4%
70	Duke Snider	350	1333	26.3%
83	Edgar Martinez	331	1261	26.2%
52	Mark McGwire	371	1414	26.2%
23	Al Kaline	414	1582	26.2%
55	Jason Giambi	367	1405	26.1%
19	Harold Baines	425	1628	26.1%
76	Larry Walker	341	1311	26.0%
86	Paul ONeill	330	1269	26.0%
29	Fred McGriff	402	1550	25.9%
87	Tino Martinez	329	1271	25.9%
84	Scott Rolen	331	1287	25.7%
24	Mike Schmidt	410	1595	25.7%
43	Billy Williams	378	1474	25.6%
74	Gary Gaetti	343	1341	25.6%
73	Bobby Abreu	345	1349	25.6%
11	C Yastrzemski	471	1844	25.5%
20	Gary Sheffield	425	1676	25.4%
90	Moises Alou	326	1287	25.3%
56	Jim Rice	366	1451	25.2%
13	Dave Winfield	462	1833	25.2%
36	Willie Stargell	388	1540	25.2%
82	Ted Williams	332	1324	25.1%
45	Jeff Kent	377	1518	24.8%
78	Garret Anderson	339	1365	24.8%
67	Andr Galarraga	353	1425	24.8%
50	Carlos Delgado	373	1512	24.7%
21	Cal Ripken	418	1695	24.7%
14	Manny Ramirez	451	1831	24.6%
27	Tony Perez	406	1652	24.6%
65	Joe Carter	354	1445	24.5%
34	George Brett	389	1596	24.4%
94	Ron Santo	324	1331	24.3%
59	Vlad Guerrero	361	1496	24.1%
88	Chili Davis	329	1372	24.0%
91	Brooks Robinson	325	1358	23.9%
61	Dave Parker	357	1493	23.9%
71	Rusty Staub	348	1466	23.7%
49	Andre Dawson	375	1591	23.6%
46	Ernie Banks	377	1636	23.0%
95	Yogi Berra	321	1431	22.4%
68	Stan Musial	353	1698	20.8%
31	Eddie Murray	396	1917	20.7%
96	Willie McCovey	320	1556	20.6%

So, wow, A-Rod really does rank pretty close to the top in terms of low-leverage RBI. Jim Edmonds, a guy often accused of show-boating, steals the top spot.

Hank Aaron, despite having the most llRBI of all time, finished middle of the pack.

It is killing me that Joe Carter has a very low percentage–just about a dozen spots from best.

This is pretty interesting, I think–what do you think?

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