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Music2004Man wrote:Just out of curiousity, How many times has it happened in baseball history? Also, why has it been harder to do it recently? I'm fairly young but all of the talk that I hear seems to say that the pitching is weaker now than it has been in the past because of expansion and the smaller ballparks? Do you guys think this is true?
wkelly91 wrote:.400 HITTERS ON JUNE 10, SINCE 1940
The nine men below had a .400 batting average the morning of June 10th of their season. They are the only batting title qualifiers to do that since 1940. Four of the men: Walker, Aaron, Carty, and Carew (in 1975), won the batting title in that season.
Ted Williams .416 (1940)
Dixie Walker .421 (1944)
Stan Musial .418 (1958)
Willie Mays .416 (1958)
Henry Aaron .411 (1959)
Billy Williams .406 (1964)
Rico Carty .422 (1970)
Rod Carew .421 (1975)
Rod Carew .421 (1983)
Lenny Dykstra .407 (1990)
Williams had the lowest batting average for his full season, hitting .312 in 1964. Dykstra posted the next lowest average (.325). The highest final mark was Carty's .366 in 1970.
Of the nine men on this list, six are in the Hall of Fame.
Dykstra had a .285 lifetime average, the lowest career mark of any batter on this list. Billy Williams hit .290 and Carty finished at .299. The other six men had career averages of .300 or higher.
All .360+ batters since 1977...I have highlighted all the Colorado hitters.
1977 Rod Carew .388 Minnesota
1980 George Brett .390 Kansas City
1983 Wade Boggs .361 Boston
1985 Wade Boggs .368 Boston
1987 Wade Boggs .363 Boston
1987 Tony Gwynn .370 San Diego
1988 Wade Boggs .366 Boston
1993 John Olerud .363 Toronto
1993 Andres Galarraga .370 Colorado
1994 Tony Gwynn .394 San Diego
1995 Tony Gwynn .368 San Diego
1997 Tony Gwynn .372 San Diego
1998 Larry Walker .363 Colorado
1999 Larry Walker .379 Colorado
2000 Nomar Garciaparra .372 Boston
2000 Todd Helton .372 Colorado
2002 Barry Bonds .370 San Francisco
2004 Ichiro Suzuki .372 Seattle
2004 Barry Bonds .362 San Francisco
11 different batters hit over .360, 3 of those since 1998 out of Colorado.
If Ichiro or Pujos played in Colorado I'd say they have a good chance. Only Carew and Ichiro had any spped about them the other nine had modest speed at best.
Olerud came out of nowhere to flirt with it in 1993....whose to say that we don't have another player come out of nowhere?
Miggy Cabrera is very young and rapidly growing as a hitter....whose to say in 3-4 years where he will be?
BritSox wrote:One wonders what the reaction would be if a guy was hitting over .400 and was shut down with a few weeks or so left.
HOOTIE wrote:BritSox wrote:One wonders what the reaction would be if a guy was hitting over .400 and was shut down with a few weeks or so left.
I wouldn't respect the guy, .400 or not. We don't need cowards in bb. Ted Williams was at .399 with a doubleheader left in 41. I believe he got a hit in his 1st to abs, putting him over .400. They wanted to take him out for the year, but he said no way. I'm not backing into it. Ted had a huge double header and finished at .406. I respect the decision to play, and not back into it, way more then the actual .400
I really think the media would kill any chance for .400 now. The prssure would be enormous, even for a cool guy like Ichiro. They would have daily ab updates on ESPN, and tons of reporters hounding him every game. The pressure imo would be staggering. Ted in 41 had nothing like todays media world.
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