Friday, September 14, 2007

100 RBI, <10 HR since 1950

I'm almost positive this has been brought up somewhere before, but it's worth another look. For a number of reasons, 100 RBI is one of those statistics that generally signifies a player had a good season to a baseball fan. Maybe he's a phenomenal hitter with runners on base or perhaps he's simply healthy enough to stay in the middle of the lineup every day. Either way, generally the players reaching 100 RBI in a season are sluggers. It didn't always used to be this way, however. From 1920 to 1950, there were sixty-six player seasons featuring over 100 RBI with less than ten home runs. Since 1950, however, it's happened exactly twice. The first occurred in 1985 when Tom Herr of the St. Louis Cardinals had 8 HR and 110 RBI (and 31 SB to boot!). The second came just over a decade later, when Paul Molitor drove in 113 runs with only nine homers for the Minnesota Twins in 1996.

It's pretty unlikely anyone will add their name to the list this year. The current leader in RBI for guys with less than ten home runs is Orlando Cabrera with 81 (on 8 HR).


Matthew said...

Edgar Rentaria came close with the cardinals in 2003 with 13 homers and 100rbi's. That's what got me interested in this question.

Anonymous said...

Ty Cobb hit only 8 HRs, drove in 127 RBIs and also stole 83 bases in 1911.... crazy!