Name That Stat: Sluggers (Solved)

This is a different take on a quiz, with an added variable of ranking. I’ll give you the ranked list, and you get to figure out the statistic that produces that list. In other words, just like a regular quiz, but with the added criterion of ranking.

So, here’s the list, showing the top 10 sluggers in a particular statistic. What is it? .

Hint #1: the stat involves traditional metrics for sluggers
Hint #2: the rankings could provide a clue as to the type of stat to look for.

Congratulations to Howard! He knew that these ten sluggers have the most consecutive seasons with 30 HR and 100 RBI. More after the jump.

Here’s the table again with the runs of consecutive 30/100 seasons noted.

Rk Name Consecutive 30 HR/100 RBI Seasons
1 Alex Rodriguez 13 (1998-2010)
2 Jimmie Foxx 12 (1929-1940)
3 Albert Pujols 10 (2001-2010)
4 Manny Ramirez 9 (1998-2006)
4 Rafael Palmeiro 9 (1995-2003)
4 Lou Gehrig 9 (1929-1937)
4 Sammy Sosa 9 (1995-2003)
8 Babe Ruth 8 (1926-1933)
8 Mark Teixeira 8 (2004-2011)
8 Albert Belle 8 (1992-1999)
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Generated 6/18/2020.
  • A-Rod’s streak also includes the longest 35/100 streak at 11 seasons. A-Rod tied Double-X’s record of 12 seasons by hitting both minimums on the nose in the Yankees’ 2009 championship season. To reach 30/100, Rodriguez homered twice and drove in 7 runs in the final game of the season (then took a seat for the last three innings of the game).
  • Foxx’s streak includes his triple crown season in 1933, and his 1938 season when he became the first player to homer 50 times and not win the home run derby.
  • Albert is the only player to start his top 10 streak in his debut season.
  • Man-Ram’s streak includes his 1999 season when his 165 RBI was the highest total in more than 60 years.
  • Gehrig’s streak includes 6 of his record 7 seasons with 150 RBI.
  • Sosa, Teixeira and Belle had no other 30/100 seasons outside of their streaks.
  • Sosa’s streak also includes the longest 50/100 streak at 4 seasons.
  • Raffy and the Babe are the only players to record all of the seasons in their streaks aged 30 or older.
  • The Babe’s 8-season streak is also the longest 40/100 streak.
  • Tex is the only player on the list to be traded during a season in his streak. Twice. In consecutive seasons.
  • Belle’s streak includes the strike-shortened 1994 season, and his unique 50 double/50 HR campaign in the strike-shortened 1995 season.
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kds
kds
3 months ago

Given all of the ties, I think it is likely that we are looking for something on a seasonal ranking basis, or seasonal accomplishment. But it can’t be very simple like most seasons leading in something, and probably not most seasons reaching some level, e.g., 40 HR, or Ruth would be at the top. Maybe something combined with a negative feature, e.g., most times >350 TB while not leading the league in SLG. I’ll keep looking.

Doug
Doug
3 months ago
Reply to  kds

Your inference from the tied rankings is correct. But, the metrics are not as complicated as you are envisioning.

Paul E
Paul E
3 months ago
Reply to  Doug

Where’s Barry Bonds? 🙁

Doug
Doug
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul E

He’s well down the list. Behind Gil Hodges, in fact.

howard
howard
3 months ago

Is it most 30/100 seasons?

howard
howard
3 months ago
Reply to  howard

Consecutive 30/100 seasons

Doug
Doug
3 months ago
Reply to  howard

You’ve got it, Howard. Well done.

Voomo
Voomo
3 months ago
Reply to  Doug

Alex Rodriguez got to 12 consecutive years in this game:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA200910040.shtml

Went into the final day of the season needing 2 HR and 7 RBI.
Got all of it in the same INNING.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOo9tLjtjz0

Doug
Doug
3 months ago
Reply to  Voomo

Northrup and Gentile had GSHR in consecutive plate appearances, but not in the same inning. So, A-Rod must have at least a tie for the record for most RBI in an inning.

Dr. Doom
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3 months ago
Reply to  Doug

Doug,

Fernando Tatis. This game. Third inning.

Kazzy
Kazzy
2 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

This is one of the few bits of MLB trivia history I have committed to history because I happened to be watching the game. This was in the early days of fantasy baseball and I remember the mad rush to add Tatis.

Richard Chester
Richard Chester
3 months ago

Looks like A-Rod will be the leader for at least another 13 years. Most RBI in a team’s first 60 games is Jimmie Foxx with 78 in 1938. Most HR is Barry Bonds with 32 in 2001.

Dr. Doom
Editor
3 months ago

The longest active streak, I believe, belongs to Nolan Arenado – five straight seasons of minimum 37/110. So if you don’t punish someone for missing the mark in 2020, he still needs 8 more years of that level of production to match A-Rod. There’s an argument that Hank Greenberg could’ve made the list, but for WWII… but you’re talking about FIVE years of data to extrapolate for there, so I don’t think that’s really fair to count. Even accounting for the War doesn’t get you Ted Williams, nor does the strike get you Mike Schmidt, two guys I thought maybe… Read more »

Richard Chester
Richard Chester
3 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

Arenado it is, followed by J.D. Martinez with 3 seasons. It gave me an opportunity to use my consecutive seasons spreadsheet.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris
2 months ago

Pujols one RBI short in 2011, otherwise his streak would be 12 seasons instead of 10 (he did it following year in 2012).

Doug
Doug
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Harris

Good point, Jeff.

Pujols homered for his 98th RBI in game 156 of the 2011 season. It was his 19th RBI of the month in which he was slashing .413/.449/.663, so you had to figure 100 RBI was in the bag. But, that was the end of his hot streak, as Pujols scuffled at .185/.214/.259 over the last 6 games. Such is baseball.