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Jose Bautista close to becoming 14th member of 50-homer, 100-walk club

Sep 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Jose Bautista is one long ball away from becoming the 26th player in baseball history–and first since Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder in 2007–to hit 50 homers in a season, but he’s also on the verge of joining an even more exclusive club.
Bautista has 95 walks with 13 games left, making it likely that he’ll reach the century mark for the year. In the history of baseball there have been a grand total of 21 seasons of 50 homers and 100 walks produced by 13 different players.
Bautista would be the 14th and definitely the least likely member of the 50-100 club:

Babe Ruth          4
Mark McGwire       4
Mickey Mantle      2
Jimmie Foxx        2
Barry Bonds        1
David Ortiz        1
Sammy Sosa         1
Ryan Howard        1
Jim Thome          1
Luis Gonzalez      1
Hank Greenberg     1
Hack Wilson        1
Ralph Kiner        1

If his current rate stats hold Bautista would have the lowest batting average (.262), on-base percentage (.382), and slugging percentage (.617) of any 50-homer, 100-walk season, but that’s sort of like saying someone is the weakest World’s Strongest Man champion, ugliest Miss America winner, or least annoying Kardashian sister.

  1. walk - Sep 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Another issue and one of lasting importance ,if he continues to test clean for steroids, is what this season means to all those who are considered tainted for playing in the steroid testing era. To clarify i am talking about players like luis Gonzales who had a 50ish homer season and any other year barely touched off 20. Those type of players are considered guilty by most people i know just because they suddenly had a great year. I believe he mentioned he has passed 4 tests so far this season.

  2. Proudly Canadian - Sep 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Bautista has also scored 100 runs and has 114 RBI’s. 61% of his hits have been for extra bases. He has 1 inside the park HR, 3 triples, 32 doubles and 8 stolen bases. Twice when he has been a base runner at first, I have seen him beat out easy throws to second by middle infielders, thus negating what should have been routine force outs. A second inside the park home run was negated when the official scorer pointed out that upon viewing the replay, it was obvious that Bautista has actually hit it over the fence.

  3. btberry - Sep 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    walk, are you totally dumb? You’re trying to point out someone who had statistical anomaly and the best example you can think of is Luis Gonzalez? Any year he barely hit 20? You mean the 6 years he hit well over 20? You mean the 354 career home runs? So you find it odd that a line-drive fastball hitter got a lot of pitches to hit in a hitters park the year his team had the most good hitters surrounding him that happened to go out just over the right field fence? Did you even watch him bat once in 2001? Do you have any idea what it was in his swing or approach that led to home runs? No? I didn’t think so.
    Now had you brought up Brady Anderson I wouldn’t think you were dumb.

  4. walk - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    I was only using luis gonzales as an example. However to dig into the stats for his first 10 seasons he averages 17.4 homeruns. In his eleventh season he hit 57. Seems like a decent example to me of an unusual season.

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