Today in Dubious Achievements

Between the beginning of the current millennium through 2012, 24 players have met the plate appearance minimum to qualify for the batting title, and finished a season with an on-base percentage greater than their slugging percentage, with an OBP of .350 or worse. It’s a true mark of offensive ineptness.

Presently, nine players thus far in the 2013 season have taken enough trips to the plate to qualify for the OBP > SLG club. Five of them either are on the Phillies or have been in the recent past. Two are on the club now: Michael Young and Ben Revere; the others are Juan Pierre, Greg Dobbs, and Placido Polanco — all Marlins. Unsurprisingly, the Marlins have the worst runs per game average in baseball (2.71) and the Phillies are third-worst (3.49).

The list:

Player Year OBP SLG Age Tm PA
1 Michael Young 2013 .350 .341 36 PHI 197
2 Ben Revere 2013 .300 .291 25 PHI 163
3 Juan Pierre 2013 .286 .282 35 MIA 171
4 Rickie Weeks 2013 .285 .278 30 MIL 186
5 Greg Dobbs 2013 .287 .275 34 MIA 164
6 Miguel Montero 2013 .280 .276 29 ARI 189
7 Placido Polanco 2013 .288 .266 37 MIA 191
8 Ruben Tejada 2013 .275 .270 23 NYM 195
9 Dustin Ackley 2013 .266 .250 25 SEA 171
10 Jamey Carroll 2012 .343 .317 38 MIN 537
11 Jemile Weeks 2012 .305 .304 25 OAK 511
12 Juan Pierre 2011 .329 .327 33 CHW 711
13 Jason Bartlett 2011 .308 .307 31 SDP 618
14 Juan Pierre 2010 .341 .316 32 CHW 734
15 Yunel Escobar 2010 .337 .318 27 TOT 567
16 Chone Figgins 2010 .340 .306 32 SEA 702
17 Elvis Andrus 2010 .342 .301 21 TEX 674
18 Nyjer Morgan 2010 .319 .314 29 WSN 577
19 Ryan Theriot 2010 .321 .312 30 TOT 640
20 Cesar Izturis 2010 .277 .268 30 BAL 513
21 Jason Kendall 2009 .331 .305 35 MIL 526
22 Jason Kendall 2008 .327 .324 34 MIL 587
23 Willy Taveras 2008 .308 .296 26 COL 538
24 Nick Punto 2007 .291 .271 29 MIN 536
25 David Eckstein 2006 .350 .344 31 STL 552
26 Brad Ausmus 2006 .308 .285 37 HOU 502
27 Jason Kendall 2005 .345 .321 31 OAK 676
28 David Eckstein 2004 .339 .332 29 ANA 637
29 Craig Counsell 2004 .330 .315 33 MIL 551
30 Brad Ausmus 2003 .303 .291 34 HOU 509
31 Ramon Santiago 2003 .292 .284 23 DET 507
32 Andy Fox 2002 .338 .333 31 FLA 502
33 Luis Castillo 2001 .344 .341 25 FLA 612
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/28/2013.

No further analysis is necessary. It is interesting to look at, though.

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9 comments

  1. Chris S.

    May 28, 2013 11:25 AM

    Jason Kendall would did it two more years where he had an OBP over .350, he was a master at being on base more than what he slugged 6 of his last 7 years in the MLB were of that nature. His career line is .366 OBP and a .378 SLUG.

  2. Jonny5

    May 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    5 of 9 are Phillies or former Phillies.

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  3. Jonny5

    May 28, 2013 12:29 PM

    I’m sorry, it was a poor attempt to emulate RA’s job he’s doing. I tried to post a big pile of steaming text. I have failed.

  4. LTG

    May 28, 2013 01:19 PM

    A valiant effort, if a bit too esoteric. We need more breadcrumbs.

  5. Phillie697

    May 28, 2013 02:26 PM

    @Chris S.,

    Yeah but he was a catcher. I would happily take .366 OBP/.378 SLG out of my catcher any day of the week.

  6. Jonny5

    May 28, 2013 02:43 PM

    I can bring more crumbs next time. Maybe some Reese’s Pieces. MMMM, Reese’s Pieces…

  7. Todd B

    May 29, 2013 12:56 AM

    Look, I don’t care about OBP > SLG, what I care about is production!

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