Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Strikeouts than Hits, Total Bases

Individual batting strikeouts have been recorded all through major league history except for 1897-1909 in the National League, 1901-1912 in the American League, and all except two seasons of the 1880's American Association. Keeping those gaps in mind, there have only been thirty-four non-pitchers who have had over 100 more strikeouts than hits in their playing career.

Non-Pitchers with 100+ More Strikeouts than Hits in Career

NameYears
SOHSO-H
Rob Deer1984-1996
1409853556
Russell Branyan1998-2008
797460337
Adam Dunn2001-2008
1256955301
Gorman Thomas1973-1986
13391051288
Dave Nicholson1960-1967
573301272
Bo Jackson1986-1994
841598243
Mark Bellhorn1997-2007
723484239
Pete Incaviglia1986-1998
12771043234
Jose Hernandez1991-2006
13911166225
Melvin Nieves1992-1998
483284199
Jack Cust2001-2008
420244176
Ron Karkovice1986-1997
749574175
Mickey Tettleton1984-1997
13071132175
Mike Cameron1995-2008
16421474168
Ruben Rivera1995-2003
510343167
Brad Wilkerson2001-2008
947788159
Steve Balboni
1981-1993
856
714
142
Jim Thome
1991-2008
2190
2048
142
Carlos Pena
2001-2008
810
669
141
Tom Egan
1965-1975
336
196
140
Shane Andrews
1995-2002
515
375
140
Jason LaRue
1999-2008
731
592
139
Ray Oyler
1965-1970
359
221
138
Don Lock
1962-1969
776
642
134
Jay Buhner
1987-2001
1406
1273
133
Wily Mo Pena
2002-2008
520
402
118
Jonny Gomes
2003-2008
413
297
116
Craig Wilson
2001-2007
643
527
116
Ryan Howard
2004-2008
692
578
114
Pat Burrell
2000-2008
1273
1166
107
Todd Hundley
1990-2003
988
883
105
Gary Pettis
1982-1992
958
855
103
Dean Palmer
1989-2003
1332
1229
103
Mark Reynolds
2007-2008
333
231
102

In addition to the guys with more strikeouts than hits, there have also been some players with more strikeouts than total bases. It's a list mostly made up of players with short careers and very little power. Ten guys have wound up with 20 more strikeouts than total bases:

Non-Pitchers with 20+ More Strikeouts than Total Bases in Career

NameYears
SOTB
SO-TB
Tom Egan
1965-1975
336
293
43
Ray Oyler
1965-1970
359
317
42
Dave Nicholson
1960-1967
573
540
33
Ed Gastfield
1884-1885
37
7
30
Dave Adlesh
1963-1968
80
51
29
Chris Latham
1997-2003
85
59
26
Rob Nelson
1986-1990
66
43
23
Enrique Cruz
2003-2007
30
7
23
Moe Thacker
1958-1963
81
59
22
Tom Brown
1963
45
24
21


P.S. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that the idea for this post came from
an article about Mike Cameron posted on BrewCrewBall.com.

4 comments:

Marshall said...

How about comparing "strikeout percentage" (K / PA) vs "on base percentage" for a career.

I know, for example, that Mark Bellhorn has a higher "strikeout percentage" than OBA.

KL Snow said...

Also worth noting: among players on the first list, Cameron has the second most hits, and only Jim Thome has reached 2000.

David said...

I remember Gorman Thomas striking out in eight consecutive AB's. He broke the streak by grounding into a double play.

Anonymous said...

Where is Dave Kingman (1575 hits, 1816 K's)?