Baseball Records Of This Decade

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Baseball Records Of This Decade
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Here are some interesting stats from this decade (2000's) and how they are ranked among other players.  I listed the second-best total in parentheses. Since players like Barry Bonds might hold not only the 1st place for a statistic but also 2nd, 3rd, 4rd place, etc, I will just list the highest total by someone other than the guy who is #1 in parentheses.

TOTAL BATTING (rate stats minimum 3,000 PA)

Batting average: .334, Albert Pujols
(.333, Ichiro Suzuki)

On-base percentage: .517, Barry Bonds
(.436, Todd Helton)

Slugging percentage: .724, Barry Bonds
(.628, Albert Pujols)

OPS: 1.241, Barry Bonds
(1.055, Albert Pujols)

OPS+: 221, Barry Bonds
(172, Albert Pujols)

Times on base: 2,791, Todd Helton
(2,785, Bobby Abreu)

Hits: 2,029, Ichiro Suzuki
(1,938, Derek Jeter)

Home runs: 433, Alex Rodriguez
(368, Jim Thome)

At bats per home run: 9.0, Barry Bonds
(12.6, Jim Thome)

Triples: 95, Jimmy Rollins
(92, Carl Crawford)

Doubles: 431, Todd Helton
(408, Bobby Abreu)

Walks: 1,128, Barry Bonds
(1,038, Bobby Abreu)

Hit-by-pitches: 159, Jason Kendall
(138, Jason Giambi)

Runs batted in: 1,236, Alex Rodriguez
(1,112, Albert Pujols)

Runs scored: 1,188, Alex Rodriguez
(1,114, Johnny Damon)

Runs produced: 1,991, Alex Rodriguez
(1,837, Bobby Abreu)

Sacrifice hits: 113, Omar Vizquel
(110, Juan Pierre)

Stolen bases: 457, Juan Pierre
(362, Carl Crawford)

At bats: 6,259, Miguel Tejada
(6,118, Derek Jeter)

Plate appearances: 6,929, Bobby Abreu
(6,919, Derek Jeter)

Games played: 1,580, Miguel Tejada
(1,573, Bobby Abreu)

SINGLE-SEASON BATTING (rate stats minimum 400 PA)

BA: .372, Ichiro Suzuki, 2004; Nomar Garciaparra, 2000; Todd Helton, 2000
(.370, Barry Bonds, 2002)

OBP: .609, Barry Bonds, 2004
(.477, Jason Giambi, 2001)

SLG: .863, Barry Bonds, 2001
(.737, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

OPS: 1.421, Barry Bonds, 2004
(1.174, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

OPS+: 268, Barry Bonds, 2002
(203, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

TOB: 376, Barry Bonds, 2004
(334, Carlos Delgado, 2000)

H: 262, Ichiro Suzuki, 2004
(240, Darin Erstad, 2000)

HR: 73, Barry Bonds, 2001
(64, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

AB/HR: 6.5, Barry Bonds, 2001
(9.0, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

3B: 23, Curtis Granderson, 2007
(20, Jimmy Rollins, 2007)

2B: 59, Todd Helton, 2000
(57, Carlos Delgado, 2007)

BB: 232, Barry Bonds, 2004
(135, Brian Giles, 2002)

HBP: 30, Craig Wilson, 2004
(28, Craig Biggio, 2001)

RBI: 160, Sammy Sosa, 2001
(156, Alex Rodriguez, 2007)

R: 152, Jeff Bagwell, 2000
(146, Sammy Sosa, 2001)

RP: 245, Alex Rodriguez, 2007
(243, Todd Helton, 2000)

SH: 24, Royce Clayton, 2004
(22, Adam Everett, 2004)

AB: 716, Jimmy Rollins, 2007
(704, Ichiro Suzuki, 2004)

PA: 778, Jimmy Rollins, 2007
(765, Jose Reyes, 2007)

G: 163, Justin Morneau, 2008; Hideki Matsui, 2003
(54 players have had 162)

TOTAL PITCHING, starters (min. 1,000 innings pitched)

Earned run average: 3.01, Pedro Martinez
(3.12, Johan Santana)

ERA+: 152, Pedro Martinez
(143, Johan Santana)

Home runs per nine innings: 0.63, Brandon Webb
(0.72, Roy Halladay)

Walks per nine innings: 1.36, Brad Radke
(1.40, David Wells)

Strikeouts per nine innings: 10.41, Randy Johnson
(10.05, Kerry Wood)

Walks plus hits per innings pitched: 1.036, Pedro Martinez
(1.113, Johan Santana)

Strikeouts: 2,180, Randy Johnson
(2,001, Javier Vazquez)

Winning percentage: Pedro Martinez, .691
(.682, Roger Clemens)

Wins: 148, Andy Pettitte
(143, Randy Johnson)

Shutouts: 14, Roy Halladay
(12, Randy Johnson)

Innings pitched: 2,195, Livan Hernandez
(2,163, Javier Vazquez)

Complete games: 47, Roy Halladay
(36, Livan Hernandez)

Games started: 332, Livan Hernandez
(327, Javier Vazquez)

SINGLE-SEASON PITCHING, starters (min. 160 innings pitched)

ERA: 1.74, Pedro Martinez, 2000
(1.87, Roger Clemens, 2005)

ERA+: 291, Pedro Martinez, 2000
(226, Roger Clemens, 2005)

HR/9: 0.33, Chris Carpenter, 2009
(0.34, Pedro Martinez, 2003)

BB/9: 0.43, Carlos Silva, 2005
(0.85, David Wells, 2003)

SO/9: 13.41, Randy Johnson, 2001
(12.56, Randy Johnson, 2000)

WHIP: 0.737, Pedro Martinez, 2000
(.900, Randy Johnson, 2004)

SO: 372, Randy Johnson, 2001
(316, Curt Schilling, 2002)

W%: .880, Cliff Lee, 2008
(.870, Roger Clemens, 2001)

W: 24, Randy Johnson, 2002
(23, Curt Chilling, 2002; 22, Barry Zito, 2002)

SHO: 5, CC Sabathia, 2008; Dontrelle Willis, 2005; AJ Burnett, 2002

IP: 266, Roy Halladay, 2003
(260, Randy Johnson, 2002)

CG: 10, CC Sabathia, 2008
(7 players tied with 9 CGs)

GS: 36, Roy Halladay, 2003; Greg Maddux, 2003; Tom Glavine, 2002

TOTAL PITCHING, relievers (min. 250 IP)

ERA: 1.85, Jonathan Papelbon
(2.08, Mariano Rivera)

ERA+: 253, Jonathan Papelbon
(215, Mariano Rivera)

HR/9: 0.48, Mariano Rivera
(0.49, Saul Sivera in 276 IP, Chad Bradford has 0.50 in 481)

BB/9: 1.66, Matt Capps
(1.73, Mariano Rivera)

SO/9: 12.15, Brad Lidge
(11.92, Jonathan Broxton)

WHIP: 0.960, Mariano Rivera
(0.980, Jonathan Papelbon)

SO: 855, Octavio Dotel
(714, Brad Lidge)

Saves: 397, Mariano Rivera
(363, Trevor Hoffman)

W%: .763, Brendan Donnelly
(.741, Chris Hammond)

W: 69, Braden Looper
(59, Julian Tavarez)

IP: 1,090, Braden Looper
(972, Julian Tavarez)

Games finished: 588, Mariano Rivera
(466, Trevor Hoffman; Billy Wagner has 465, by the way)

Games relieved: 710, David Weathers
(LaTroy Hawkins, 654)

SINGLE-SEASON PITCHING, relievers (min. 50 IP)

ERA: 0.89, Dennys Reyes, 2006
(0.92, Jonathan Papelbon, 2006)

ERA+: 515, Jonathan Papelbon, 2006
(504, Dennys Reyes, 2006)

Most IP without a home run: 73, Peter Moylan, 2009
(69, Jim Johnson, 2008)

BB/9: 0.76, Mariano Rivera, 2008
(0.84, Matt Capps, 2008)

SO/9: 14.98, Eric Gagne, 2003
(14.93, Brad Lidge, 2004)

WHIP: 0.665, Mariano Rivera, 2008
(0.692, Eric Gagne, 2003)

SO: 157, Brad Lidge, 2004
(145, Octavio Dotel, 2001)

SV: 62, Francisco Rodriguez, 2008
(55, Eric Gagne, 2003; 55, John Smoltz, 2002)

IP without a start: 107, Steve Sparks, 2003
(106, Scott Sullivan, 2000)

GF: 79, Billy Koch, 2002
(71, Jose Valverde, 2008; 71, Robb Nen, 2001)

GR: 94, Salomon Torres, 2006
(89: Jim Brower, 2004; Paul Quantrill, 2003; Steve Kline, 2001)

TOTAL BATTING, WORST (min. 3,000 PA)

BA: .236, Brandon Inge
(.244, Tony Batista)

OBP: .290, Corey Patterson
(.291, Tony Batista; .291, Neifi Perez)

SLG: .327, Brad Ausmus
(.331, Cesar Izturis)

OPS: .627, Cesar Izturis
(.646, Brad Ausmus)

OPS+: 63, Neifi Perez
(66, Cesar Izturis)

AB/HR: 466, Juan Pierre
(254, Cesar Izturis)

SINGLE-SEASON BATTING, WORST (min. 300 PA)

BA: .163, Greg Vaughn, 2002
(.187, Mark McGwire, 2001)

OBP: .229, Alex Gonzalez, 2000
(.238, Corey Patterson, 2008; .238, Chris Truby, 2002)

SLG: .253, Homer Bush, 2000
(.267, Omar Vizquel, 2008)

OPS: .524, Homer Bush, 2000
(.542, Einar Diaz, 2002)

OPS+: 33, Homer Bush,2000
(40: Tony Womack, 2003; Jack Wilson, 2001; Alex Gonzalez, 2002)

Most at bats without a HR: 668, Juan Pierre, 2007
(601, Jason Kendall, 2005)

TOTAL PITCHING, WORST, starters (min. 1,000 IP)

ERA: Sidney Ponson, 5.05
(5.03, Josh Fogg)

ERA+: Adam Eaton, 84
(87, Shawn Estes)

HR/9: 1.60, Eric Milton
(1.44, Ramon Ortiz)

BB/9: Oliver Perez, 4.95
(4.53, Russ Ortiz; 4.53, Shawn Estes)

SO/9: 3.08, Kirk Rueter
(3.71, Aaron Cook)

WHIP: 1.571, Shawn Estes
(1.558, Jason Jennings)

W%: .343, Jason Johnson
(.391, Kip Wells)

L: 124, Livan Hernandez
(116, Javier Vazquez)

SINGLE-SEASON PITCHING, WORST, relievers (min. 50 IP)

ERA: 7.82, Jay Powell, 2003
ERA+: 54, Jaret Wright, 2003
HR/9: 2.56, Joel Peralta, 2008
BB/9: 8.38, Stephen Randolph, 2004
SO/9: 2.58, Chad Bradford, 2008
WHIP: 1.942, Shawn Chacon, 2004
L: 12, Luis Ayala, 2004

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Barry Bonds was incredibly dominant. The top five OBPs of ANY player of the 2000’s:

1. .609, Barry Bonds, 2004
2. .582, Barry Bonds, 2002
3. .529, Barry Bonds, 2003
4. 5:15, Barry Bonds, 2001
5. .480, Barry Bonds, 2007

Yup. All owned by Barry Bonds. His best OBP is more than .130 higher than the best OBP of the next player (Jason Giambi, 2001)—not to mention he has four more seasons with a higher OBP than the next highest player, one of these coming at age 42 with a ruined knee. His AVERAGE OBP during the 2000’s was .40 points better than the highest SINGLE-SEASON OBP not by him? Incredible.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that he was almost as dominant in SLG at the same time?

Top single-season SLGs of the 2000’s:

1. .863, Barry Bonds, 2001
2. .812, Barry Bonds, 2004
3. .799, Barry Bonds, 2002
4. .749, Barry Bonds, 2003
5. .737, Sammy Sosa, 2001

His AVERAGE SLG during the decade was only .10 worse than the highest SINGLE-SEASON SLG by the next player. And this all at the same time as his OBP dominance.

This of course means that he was by far the leader in OPS+. Best OPS+s of the 2000’s:

1. 268, Barry Bonds, 2002
2. 263, Barry Bonds, 2004
3. 259, Barry Bonds, 2001
4. 231, Barry Bonds, 2003
5. 203, Sammy Sosa, 2001

His AVERAGE OPS+ during the decade was almost 20% higher than the highest SINGLE-SEASON OPS+ of the next player. I could go on…and on…and on about how unbelievable Barry Bonds was during this decade, but here are his numbers in his absolute peak, 2001-2004: .349 BA, .559 OBP, .809 SLG, 256 OPS+, 611 PA per year.

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