Some Interesting Statistics From Pete Rose’s Career

A blogging friend, Bill Miller, has done a few “surprising stats” posts on his On Deck Circle blog. In emulation of that, here are about 20 interesting stats from Pete Rose’s career. He:

Had more than 210 hits in a season three times.
Didn’t play fewer than 100 games in a season until 1986, his final season.
Hit under .300 in 9 seasons.
Drew more than 80 walks in 6 seasons, including 1985, at age 44, when he hit 2 homers, and drew 106 walks in 1974, when he hit 3 homers.
Had more than a .400 OBP in 5 seasons.
Led the N.L. in doubles in 5 seasons, including 1974-1976, and 51 doubles in 1978.
His slugging percentage peaked at .512, in 1969.

Played 162 games in a season 6 times, and 163 games in a season twice.
Had more than 700 plate appearances in 15 seasons.
Had 86 hits in 268 playoff at-bats, for a .321 average, hitting .381 in the NLCS.
His career-best 20 steals in 1979 came at age 38; he stole 8 bases in 1985.
Led the N.L. in hits 7 times.
His 1,566 career walks rank 14th all time.
Led the N.L. in singles only three times.

Was in the top 5 in MVP voting in 5 seasons.
Won the 1968 Hutch Award, 1969 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, and 1976 Roberto Clemente Award.
Leads the majors with 15,890 career plate appearances, ahead of Carl Yastrzemski’s 13,992, and 14,053 at-bats, ahead of Hank Aaron’s 12,364.

After being traded by the Montreal Expos to the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Lawless on August 16, 1984, Rose hit .365 in 26 games, with a .430 OBP. His 147 OPS+ with the Reds was his highest for a team since 1969.
From 1963-1969, he stole 50 bases but was caught stealing 60 times.
In the rest of his career, Rose stole 148 bases and was caught stealing 89 times.
Despite leading the league in 1975 in times on base, with 310, he only tried to steal a base once that year, and was caught.
He led the league in times on base 9 times, including 1973-1976.

Published in: Uncategorized on May 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Hey, Thanks for the mention! Really appreciate it.
    Rose had one remarkable career, but I still can’t stand the guy.
    Very cool post, though.
    Cheers, Bill

  2. Among many fascinating stats, many admirable numbers to cement his place as an offensive standout, were Rose’s putrid stealing records. Would seem he had caught on by 1975 that pilfering just wasn’t his thing! Also surprised by his winning the Clemente Award – guess Pete’s rep was just a bit more sterling – when I admired him in my youth.

  3. Today people seem to forget how impressive Rose’s stats were. He played at a high level longer than most in baseball history and yes maybe he did “hang on” a little too long but if you look it up his stats were more impressive than a lot of other baseball stars than one might think.

  4. As far as his hits, actually he had 210 or more like 5 or 6 times. True I probably wouldn’t want to meet him but ya know the stats are there.

  5. OK Pete had 210 hits twice, 215, 218, and also 230 hits. Others were close 209 and 208…

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