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Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle

Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

Here’s a pretty incredible tidbit, courtesy of MLB’s official “Stat of the Day” feed on Twitter:

Matt Kemp is hitting .449 with 10 homers in 19 games, leading the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, hits, total bases, RBIs, runs, and probably several hundred other categories.

As a wise man once said: “Woah.”

  1. b7p19 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    And when can we expect HBT’s “Can Matt Kemp hit 85 home runs” post?

  2. obpedmypants - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    it seems recently that baseball is just going overboard with their database queries. every ten minutes some writer or announcer is trying to tell me why some accomplishment isn’t just impressive or admirable, but instead that it’s historically relevant. curtis granderson doesn’t just go 5 for 5 with three HRs, a double and a single. they have to say “no yankee has ever had this exact stat line” as if it really fucking matters. every single play has something happen that has never happened before. even life has it (for example, i’m pretty sure i’ve never commented on HBT while eating a bell pepper and passing gas). but baseball has been going apeshit with trying to find what about any situation makes it meaningful in a historical context.

    kemp is having one helluva start to his season. why can’t his stats speak for themselves? if his stats really do occupy a place in history, then they don’t need so many qualifications. if only three people have hit this many HRs at this point in the season, tell me that. the fact that he plays defense in CF doesn’t do anything but help narrow down the number of people who have hit this many HRs, so it sounds more elite.

    • racksie - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      Find the shift key.

    • personalspaceinvader - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      “Just enjoy the game! Stop trying to keep track of statistics that nobody cares about!”

      • dexterismyhero - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        @personalspaceinvader: That is what he is saying you moron.

    • theotherfamousamos - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Your point about going overboard with small sample size stats is well taken, but this is not one of those times in which we should shrug our shoulders over a stat and wonder if it really means anything.

      Kemp’s start is nothing short of incredible and putting him in the statistical company of Mays and Mantle, two of the top 25 players in history, is noteworthy.

  3. hsven1887 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    So, who’s the guy who hit 10 HRs in 20 games and was deemed unworthy to be mentioned?

  4. illegalblues - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    This guy is just an absolute joy to watch play baseball. Glad good things are starting to happen to the Dodgers

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