Archive for April 8th, 2009

Division Records

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

There are Major League records, and there are American League records, and there are National League records, and sometimes there are Modern Records, and Wind-Aided Olympic Records, and Records by Weight Class, and Rhino Records. So lets see what happens if we break it out by Division. Wouldn’t it add more interest to this season to know that AJ Pierzynski needs only 5 more HBPs to break the American League Central HBP record, moving ahead of Matt Lawton? And why limit it to HBPs? Might it help Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame campaign if someone knew that he’s the all time leader in National League East hits? Although, Chipper Jones only needs 303 more hits to match Dawson’s total.

Anyway, here are the all time leaders in HBPs by Division. Keep in mind that the Central Divisions in each league have been around since 1994 and the East and West Divisions were invented in 1969.

AL West
AL Central
Matt Lawton – 74
A.J. Pierzynski* – 70
Damion Easley – 70
Mike Sweeney** – 66
Paul Konerko* – 63
AL East
Don Baylor – 165
Brady Anderson – 152
Derek Jeter* – 138
Carlos Delgado** – 122
Jason Giambi** – 109
NL West
Larry Walker – 98
Barry Bonds – 86
Luis Gonzalez – 85
Jeff Kent – 79
Andres Galarraga – 66
Robby Thompson – 66
NL Central
Craig Biggio – 257
Jason Kendall* – 196
Fernando Vina – 108
Jeff Bagwell – 100
Jason LaRue* – 98
NL East
Ron Hunt – 116
Andres Galarraga – 102
Andre Dawson – 94
Mike Lieberthal – 88
Andruw Jones** – 83
Chase Utley* – 83

*- Active
** – Active, but not in that division.

Check out Don Baylor – 1st in the AL East, 2nd in the AL West. The closest active contender for the AL East plunk record is Jason Giambi with just 49. Todd Helton is the closest active player in the NL West to that record, but he’s only half way their with 49.

Sac Fly leaders by division:

AL West
AL Central
Frank Thomas – 80
Omar Vizquel** – 62
Magglio Ordonez* – 57
Joe Randa – 56
Mike Sweeney** – 54
AL East
Cal Ripken – 127
Robin Yount – 123
Wade Boggs – 96
Don Mattingly – 96
Jim Rice – 94
NL West
Steve Garvey – 90
Dave Concepcion – 86
Tony Gwynn – 85
Johnny Bench – 81
Dusty Baker – 80
NL Central
Jeff Bagwell – 7
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Craig Biggio – 65
Aramis Ramirez* – 59
Sammy Sosa – 58
Mark Grace – 49
NL East
Andre Dawson – 110
Mike Schmidt – 108
Gary Carter – 95
Chipper Jones* – 79
Bobby Bonilla – 72

*- Active
** – Active, but not in that division

Garrett Anderson left the AL west one sac fly away from the top 5 with 76, but Griffey is the next active in that division at only 56. Vernon Wells is the top active in the AL East with 48 sac flies. Todd Helton has sacrificed the most fly in the NL West among actives, with 61.

Hit leaders by division:

AL West
George Brett – 3,154
Rod Carew – 2,777
Garret Anderson** – 2,368
Edgar Martinez – 2,247
Willie Wilson – 2,145
AL Central
Magglio Ordonez* – 1,833
Jim Thome* – 1,628
Omar Vizquel** – 1,616
Frank Thomas – 1,536
Paul Konerko* – 1,493
AL East
Cal Ripken – 3,184
Robin Yount – 3,142
Wade Boggs – 3,010
Paul Molitor – 2,789
Derek Jeter* – 2,539
NL West
Tony Gwynn – 3,141
Steve Garvey – 2,599
Dave Concepcion – 2,326
Pete Rose – 2,249
Steve Finley – 2,182
NL Central
Craig Biggio – 2,261
Jeff Bagwell – 1,820
Sammy Sosa – 1,761
Jason Kendall* – 1,583
Albert Pujols* – 1,536
NL East
Andre Dawson – 2,578
Chipper Jones* – 2,279
Mike Schmidt – 2,234
Larry Bowa – 2,191
Keith Hernandez – 2,156

*- Active
** – Active, but not in that division

I was going to to homers next, but after using all those asterisks to mark active players, it would get really confusing with the number of asterisks I’d have to put all over the juiced up homer totals. Lets just get over homers being an important stats. Too many players are too big and too many parks are too small. HBPs have always been a better stat for baseball greatness.