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  • Ryan Braun's first 162 games

    ok so technically its 163 games, BUT he only palyed 1 inning the other night and played 8 the next evening, so thats just like 162....


    .310/.351/.610 205 hits in 661 atbats, 41 doubles 8 triples 47 HR 134 RBI 116 runs 16 SB (8 CS) 38 walks 156 K, 143 OPS+ and 403 total bases



    the walk rate is horrible but Braun looks like he's the man so far!


    in historical context, who had the best first 162 games of their career?

  • #2
    Three of the greatest rookie seasons were Ted Williams, Frank Robinson and Mark McGwire. Not sure of their first 162.

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    • #3
      For Robinson and McGwire, go to baseball reference, and select gamelogs for the season in which they would play game 162. Under where it says CarGm on the left, click on the red 162, and you can see their career stats through game 162 (though OPS+ is missing). Game logs go back to 1956.
      "Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist."

      - Alvin Dark

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      • #4
        Other good performances: Albert Pujols, Dick Allen, Tony Oliva, Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn, Nomar Garciaparra,
        "Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist."

        - Alvin Dark

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        • #5
          Pujols is a good one. His 1st 162 game were better than Braun's I think.

          Others : Willie McCovey, Babe Ruth


          Quite a few 19th Cent. players had better 162 game starts.

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          • #6
            Pujols played 161 games in his rookie season (2001). He had 590 ABs.

            .329/.403/.610, 157 OPS+, 363 TB, 37 HR, 130 RBI, 112 R, 69 BB, 93 K, 47 doubles, 194 H.

            One caveat is that Pujols was 21 in his rookie season while Braun was 23-24 years old over his first 163 games.
            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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            • #7
              Braun is up there as great, but I would still take Pujols over Braun, mainly because of the walk rate. Also ... I can't quite remember, but Pujols wasn't great on defense his rookie season, was he? Otherwise that would be another big one up for him as well...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Dude View Post
                Braun is up there as great, but I would still take Pujols over Braun, mainly because of the walk rate. Also ... I can't quite remember, but Pujols wasn't great on defense his rookie season, was he? Otherwise that would be another big one up for him as well...

                Pujols was a better defender than Braun in his first year (not like that's saying much!). Pujols had a fielding RAR2 of 17 and a RAA2 of 9 as a 3B compared to a -8 RAR2 and a -23 RAA2 for Braun.

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                • #9
                  Pujols wasn't the butcher at 3rd base that Braun was. He was even a plus in RF instead of a minus like Braun.

                  Pujols 3B 2001 52 games

                  FP .938 lg FP .950/RFg 2.75 lg RFg 2.17/RF9 3.15 lg RF9 2.57

                  Braun 3B 2007 112 games

                  FP .895 lg FP .954/RFg 1.98 lg RFg 2.25/RF9 2.11 lg RF9 2.68

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