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    Thome and Killebrew

    At one point, I was watching a Twins game and Bert said something about Jim Thome being most proud of his batting average. This struck me as odd because I always thought of Thome as a Harmon-like hitter and Harmon was often knocked for his low batting average. Being lazy, I didn't follow up... until now. Here are comparisons of Killebrew and Thome:


    Career
    League Average
    Percent of League Average
    Player BA OBP SA OPS
    BA OBP SA OPS
    BA SA OBP OPS
    Killebrew .256 .376 .509 .884
    .248 .318 .374 .692
    103.16% 135.93% 118.26% 127.82%
    Thome .277 .403 .556 .959
    .268 .338 .426 .764
    103.16% 130.46% 119.21% 125.48%


    We see that Thome has much more impressive slash numbers across the board. However Harmon played during a much more pitcher dominant era. Once normalized for the differences, they are remarkably similar. In fact, their batting averages are identically 3.16% above average.

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    Was there an easy way you used to get the league averages?
    "Maybe you could go grab a bat and ballÖ and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
    Was there an easy way you used to get the league averages?
    I use data provided by Sean Lahman downloaded into an Access database. He has other versions too.

    http://www.seanlahman.com/baseball-archive/statistics/

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    Thome hit .300 a few times whereas the Killer topped out at .288. Even accounting for a higher league average, Thome topped that average by more points than Killebrew did, when he hit .314. Apart from that, hitting .300 is special to many, and it could be that Thome has that in mind when he talks about it. It is a line in the sand you can refer to if you want to say "I wasn't just a basher up there, y'know."

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    Imagine having both of these guys on the same team, in their primes. Thome and first base and Killebrew at third. Even with 7 Nick Puntos at the other positions, that would be a team that would score runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
    Imagine having both of these guys on the same team, in their primes. Thome and first base and Killebrew at third. Even with 7 Nick Puntos at the other positions, that would be a team that would score runs.
    I got a vision of seven Nick Puntos sliding head first into first base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
    Imagine having both of these guys on the same team, in their primes. Thome and first base and Killebrew at third. Even with 7 Nick Puntos at the other positions, that would be a team that would score runs.
    Well, those late 90s Cleveland teams were pretty close - Thome, Ramirez, Alomar, among others. That was an honest to god scary lineup.

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    About what I'd expect from the two players given the era differences.

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