Bill Gilbert: Triple Milestone Hitting, 1990-2017

********************                                                                                    SEASONS GREETINGS. It’s time for Bill Gilbert’s annual look at the Triple Milestone Hitting production in MLB. – Have fun, baseball fans!

 

 

Triple Milestones – 2017

 By Bill Gilbert

 

      Offensive production in the major leagues increased again in 2017 due to another spike in the home run rate. Other offensive measures were also at the highest level in several years.

YEAR R/G HR/G AVG OBA SLG OPS TMH*
1990 8.51 1.58 .258 .324 .386 .710 2
1991 8.62 1.61 .255 .323 .384 .707 3
1992 8.23 1.44 .256 .322 .377 .699 2
1993 9.20 1.78 .266 .332 .404 .736 5
1994 9.85 2.07 .270 .339 .424 .763 3
1995 9.69 2.02 .267 .338 .417 .755 8
1996 10.07 2.19 2.70 .340 .427 .767 21
1997 9.53 2.05 .267 .337 .419 .756 7
1998 9.58 2.08 .266 .335 .420 .755 14
1999 10.17 2.28 .271 .345 .434 .779 19
2000 10.28 2.34 .271 .345 .437 .782 26
2001 9.55 2.25 .264 .332 .427 .759 21
2002 9.24 2.09 .261 .331 .417 .748 12
2003 9.46 2.14 .264 .332 .422 .754 8
2004 9.63 2.25 .266 .335 .428 .763 12
2005 9.18 2.06 .265 .330 .419 .749 10
2006 9.72 2.22 .269 .336 .432 .768 13
2007 9.59 2.04 .268 .336 .423 .759 8
2008 9.30 2.01 .264 .333 .417 .750 7
2009 9.23 2.02 .262 .333 .418 .751 6
2010 8.77 1.90 .257 .325 .403 .728 6
2011 8.57 1.87 .255 .321 .399 .720 7
2012 8.64 2.03 .255 .319 .405 .724 4
2013 8.33 1.92 .253 .318 .396 .714 3
2014 8.13 1.73 .251 .314 .386 .700 2
2015 8.50 2.02 .254 .317 .405 .721 1
2016 8.96 2.23 .255 .322 .417 .739 4
2017 9.30 2.51 .255 .314 .426 .750 7

TMH* = Triple Milestones Hitters

 

      Despite the increase in home runs, only five players hit 40 or more compared to eight in 2016 and nine in 2015. The big increase in the last two years has come in players that hit 30 or more home runs. This level was reached by 33 players in 2017, 38 in 2016 but only 11 in 2015.

       A useful indicator for tracking offense is the number of players who hit for both power and average by achieving the old-school milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. A record 26 players reached all three Triple Crown category milestones in 2000, but that figure has dropped significantly in recent years. Only one player achieved all three in 2015. This figure increased to 4 in 2016 and 7 in 2017, the highest number since 2011, reflecting the increase in offense. Of the 33 players with 30+ home runs, only eight batted over .300. Maintaining a .300 batting average is the most difficult of the three milestones to reach.

            The only player that made the .300-30-100 club in 2015, Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona, fell short in 2016 and 2017. The four players who made it in 2016, all in the American League, failed to repeat in 2017.  

PLAYER TIMES 2016 2017
MIGUEL CABRERA 8 .316-38-108 .248-16-60
DAVID ORTIZ 5 .315-38-127 Retired
ADRIAN BELTRE 3 .300-32-104 .312-17-71
MOOKIE BETTS 1 .318-31-113 .264-24-102
JOEY VOTTO 2   .320-36-100
JOSE ABREU 2   .304-33-102
CHARLIE BLACKMON 1   .331-37-104
MARCELL OZUNA 1   .312-37-124
NOLAN ARENADO 1   .309-37-130
JD MARTINEZ 1   .303-45-104
RYAN ZIMMERMAN 1   .303-36-108

 GILBERT COMMENTS ON ABOVE 11 PLAYERS:

 CABRERA: “Worst year by far”

ORTIZ: “Went out on top in 2016”

BELTRE: “Slowed by injuries”

BETTS: “Failed to reach 2016 heights”

 

VOTTO: “Barely made it”

ABREU: “ Made it in 2004 rookie year”

BLACKMON: “Breakout year”

OZUNA: “Emerging star”

ARENADO: “first year hitting .300”

MARTINEZ: “Released by Astros in 2014”

ZIMMERMAN: “Big comeback year”

 

TWO PLAYERS CAME CLOSE IN 2017: 

PLAYER TIMES 2017 COMMENTS
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 2 .297-36-120 “Late slump hurt BA”
JONATHAN SCHOOP 0 .293-32-105 “Orioles’ best in 2017”

      The following list contains the names of players, active in 2017, who have had multiple .300-30-100 seasons in the past but have not done it in the last three years. Many have been limited by injuries. Some are still productive players but not at the same level as in their peak years. Since this list was started in 2004, David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre are the only players that have come back with another triple milestone season.

PLAYER TIMES LAST TIME 2017
ALBERT PUJOLS 10 2010 .241-23-101
RYAN BRAUN 3 2012 .268-17-52
MATT HOLLIDAY 2 2007 .231-19-64
DAVID WRIGHT 2 2008 ON DL ALL YEAR

GILBERT COMMENTS ON THE ABOVE 4 PLAYERS:

PUJOLS: “Seven straight years under .300”

BRAUN: Appears to be declining”

HOLLIDAY: “Former star now an average player”

WRIGHT: “Spent season o disabled list”

      Twenty nine of the thirty major league teams have had at least one triple milestone hitter since the year 2001. Kansas City has not had a triple milestone hitter since Jermaine Dye in 2000.

        Only one minor league player reced a triple milestone season in 2017.  

PLAYER CLUB MLB ORG 2017
CHRISTIAN WALKER RENO/AAA ARIZONA .309-32-114
  ARIZONA/NL ARIZONA .250-2-2
TOTAL FOR 2017 >     .308-34-116

       No college players achieved triple milestones in 2017.                                        

      Pitchers also strive for triple milestones – 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00. No pitchers won 20 games in 2017. Two pitchers came close with 18 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00.

 TWO CLOSE CALLS IN 2017 FOR PITCHING TRIPLE MILESTONES

PITCHERS WINS-SO-ERA COMMENTS
COREY KLUBER 18-265-2.25 “AL CY Young Award Winner”
CLAYTON KERSHAW 18-202-2.31 ‘Missed time with an injury”

Bill Gilbert

12/17/17

 

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

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One Response to “Bill Gilbert: Triple Milestone Hitting, 1990-2017”

  1. Anthony Cavender Says:

    Bill: A very nice Christmas present for SABR members.

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