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Dunn, Granderson have worst ever 40-homer seasons

Oct 3, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

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By OPS anyway.

Adam Dunn and Curtis Granderson both entered Wednesday’s season finales with .800 OPSs. Dunn didn’t play and thus avoided overtaking Mark Reynolds for the single-season strikeout record (he had 222, Reynolds finished with 223 in 2009). Granderson did play and hit two more homers to finish with 43 homers and an .811 OPS.

Those two marks rank was the worst OPSs ever for a 40-homer guy.

.800 – Adam Dunn (2012, CWS) – 41 HR
.811 – Curtis Granderson (2012, NYY) – 43 HR
.827 – Tony Batista (2000, Tor) – 41 HR
.831 – Tony Armas (1984, Bos) – 43 HR
.833 – Juan Gonzalez (1992, Tex) – 43 HR
.833 – Dick Stuart (1963, Bos) – 42 HR
.836 – Jose Canseco (1998, Tor) – 46 HR
.849 – Rocky Colavito (1959, Cle) – 42 HR
.855 – Adam Dunn (2006, Cin) – 40 HR
.860 – Cecil Fielder (1991, Det) – 44 HR

Going by OPS+ instead, Batista’s season still ranks as the worst, since there was quite a bit more offense back in 2000 than there is now. Batista had just a 102 OPS+, meaning he was barely a league-average hitter with his .263 average and .307 OBP. Dunn’s OPS+ this year is 112, while Granderson was at 113 entering the night (it’ll probably climb to 115 or so as a result of his big game). No one else came in below Dunn’s 112, but the Rockies’ Vinny Castilla also finished at 112 as a 40-homer guy in Coors Field in 1996.

At .204, Dunn also has the lowest batting average ever for a 40-homer guy. Granderson’s .232 is the second lowest, squeezing in below two other Dunn seasons (he hit .234 in 2006 and .236 in 2008 with exactly 40 homers both years).

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Aw shucks Matthew. I will still take the 43 home runs he contributed to my fantasy team.

  2. vincentbojackson - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Dunn has been a one trick pony his whole career. The White Sox seemed to ignore this and blindly continued to send him out there night after night. It’s a big reason they’ll be watching the postseason instead of playing in it.

    • jlovenotjlo - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      2 trick pony. He led the MLB in walks.

      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:30 AM

        3 trick pony if you count striking out as a trick :-)

  3. bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I’ll take the run production of Granderson over any of those “hitters for average” any day. You stat geeks can eat it.

    • forsch31 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      The problem is that his run production (106 RBIs) comes mostly from his home runs, which occurred 41 times out of 500+ at bats. Which is nice, if you’re grouping shots. If you’re trying to win games, you want a guy you can count on who can hit the ball a bit more consistently, especially with runners in scoring position (Ganderson’s RISP average is .250).

      • bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        The MLB average with RISP is .247′ which makes Granderson’s slightly above average in that regard. I’ll still take his RBIs, no matter how they were gotten over some slap singles hitter.

      • forsch31 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        That’s team average RISP, which is always going to equal good individual average RISP (see team ERA compared to individual ERA). And for a guy with 106 RBIs, a “league average” RISP is damning evidence that its feast or famine.

    • thenoblefacehumper - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      Yes, cause us stat geeks sure do LOVE batting average!

      • bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        Eat it, stat geek.

  4. cackalackyank - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Umm, sorry have to disagree. I will take the position that one of the main reasons the AL east ever got close was because of the runs that Granderson, in particular, did NOT produce. The epic strike out ratio and almost perverse ability to hit solo homers was at the core of the Yankees RISP hitting woes. I will take an aging, MOTIVATED, contact hitter over a late model windmill just about every day…not mentioning any names here *cough* Ichiro *cough*. Now I am not saying he was the only problem …but other guys that did not generate their norm in runs are A. getting older and B. missing a lot of AB’s due to being on the DL. Granderson…not so much.

  5. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Dunn sat out last night just to avoid breaking the record. Own it, Dunn!

    • ezthinking - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Dan Johnson better have bought Dunn dinner. Dunn sitting got Johnson the AB’s to hit 3 jacks. Those three jacks might land him a contract next year as a pinch hitter rather than a AAA deal. In the very least, it was his one shinning moment of the season.

  6. aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Toronto has great luck with players named “Batista/Bautista.”

    I’d draft any guy in Central/South America with that surname if I was them.

  7. jayscarpa - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Granderson has regressed again this year. From August of 2010 and all of 2011 he was terrific hitting lefties. He was a real hitter. It’s ironic when says that he’s not a home run hitter and then goes out and hits like Dave Kingman. And he’s not even that good in CF.

    The Yankees have a real decision – reup @ $15 million or buy out @ $2million. I think they can do better with that amount of money.

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