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The Disppearing .300 Hitter: .300 Hitters 2016-2018. - The list is very short.

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  • The Disppearing .300 Hitter: .300 Hitters 2016-2018. - The list is very short.

    Only four players have managed to hit .300 in each of the last three seasons (2016 to 2018). They are:

    Jean Segura
    Jose Altuve
    Freddie Freeman
    Mike Trout


  • #2
    • 16 people batted .300 in 2018.
    • 25 people batted .300 in 2017.
    • 25 people batted .300 in 2016.
    It's probably just coincidence. Some players who may have batted .300 in 2016 or 2017 just happened to have had off-years in 2018, etc. I wouldn't say it's "disappearing."

    For comparison --
    • 36 people batted .300 in 2004
    • 38 people batted .300 in 2006
    • 23 people batted .300 in 2010.
    • 30 people batted .300 in 1989

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redban View Post
      • 16 people batted .300 in 2018.
      • 25 people batted .300 in 2017.
      • 25 people batted .300 in 2016.
      It's probably just coincidence. Some players who may have batted .300 in 2016 or 2017 just happened to have had off-years in 2018, etc. I wouldn't say it's "disappearing."

      For comparison --
      • 36 people batted .300 in 2004
      • 38 people batted .300 in 2006
      • 23 people batted .300 in 2010.
      • 30 people batted .300 in 1989
      Here is the reason that there are so few .hitters that consistently hit .300 year in and year out;
      The big money is in swing for the fences and hitting home runs, not in being a good contact hitter and hitting for a high average.
      I know that home run hitting in 2017 was off the charts......but still:

      American League: 20 players hit at least 30 Home Runs and 65 players hit at least 20 home runs.
      National League: 17 players hit at least 30 Home Runs and 52 players hit at least 20 home runs
      for a Grand total of 37 Major Leaguers hitting at least 30 home runs and 117 players hitting at least 20 home runs in 2017 (and this does not rule out the possibility that there could have been more players that reached these Milestones by splitting time between both leagues). Plus there was one 50+ Home Run Hitter In Each League (American .League :Aaron Judge NYY 52 Home Runs
      and National League and Major Leagues Leader: Giancarlo Stanton Miami 59 Home Runs).

      This tendency towards Front Offices rewarding power hitters and overlooking to some degree excellent high average/good contact hitters is not new. It has been going on for decades. This makes Ichiro Suzuki's feat of hitting .300 in each of his first 10 major league seasons (2001-2010) all the more impressive.
      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 02-13-2019, 11:47 PM.

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      • #4
        The reason is obviously the increased Ks. More Ks mean a higher babip is needed to hit 300. This can Happen but of course not every season.
        I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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