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Not to be out-done by Mike Stanton, fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward is showing historic on-base skills

Sep 13, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

I wrote earlier today about how historic Mike Stanton’s power is for a 20-year-old, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out it’s only fair to take a similar look at fellow 20-year-old Jason Heyward’s historic on-base skills.
Heyward went 1-for-4 with a homer and two walks yesterday, giving him a .398 on-base percentage in 124 games. Here’s a list of the top 10 on-base percentages in baseball history by a 20-year-old:

                    YEAR      OBP
Met Ott             1929     .449
Ted Williams        1939     .436
Al Kaline           1955     .421
Jimmie Foxx         1928     .416
Alex Rodriguez      1996     .414
JASON HEYWARD       2010     .398
Mickey Mantle       1952     .394
Ty Cobb             1907     .380
Frank Robinson      1956     .379
Arky Vaughan        1932     .375

That’s nine Hall of Famers and Heyward. Oh, and he’s also hitting .289 with 17 homers, 29 doubles, a .481 slugging percentage, and an .879 OPS that would be the eighth-highest ever for a 20-year-old.

  1. Buccofan - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Yeah, yeah, let’s start engraving his Cooperstown plaque right now.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Why would Heyward even play again after this season? Just give him $300 million, and put him in the Hall of Fame and he can do something else with the next 15 years. Just like I don’t understand why Stephen Strasburg is even bothering with Tommy John surgery? Just give him $300 million as well, put him in the hall of fame, and he can also find something better to do with the 15 years of his life.
    On another note…if Jason Heyward ever came to an abrupt stop, David O’Brien’s nose would be firmly planted in his colon about a foot deep.

  3. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    .449 is just illegal. Ott had one of the great 10 years runs in history.

  4. Travis W - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    A-Rod is not an HOFer.

  5. TheGoche - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Even assuming arguendo (boom, law school word) he shouldn’t be voted into the Hall of Fame for douchebagginess (boom, made up word), there is no question he would have been a HOF player without steroids, which is all that really matters for this purpose.

  6. nps6724 - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Someone’s a little butthurt.

  7. Mr. Heyward - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    No way, dude. I’ve been using douchebagginess for awhile now and I don’t even think I made that up. Make up another douche-related word. I coined douchenozzle, so you can’t have that one either. Annnnnnd go!

  8. nps6724 - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    When did you supposedly coin “douchenozzle”? I know comedian Patton Oswalt used it in his act as early as 2001.

  9. Kevin S. - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Somebody other than a Philly is being praised. He usually gets butthurt about such things.

  10. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I use this on my brother all the time.

  11. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    I was watching him last week and cant understand why he walks so much. They keep jamming him inside instead of going away.

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