Hitting .400

In 1993, John Olerud hit .400 as late as August 2, as his Retrosheet game log shows. By comparison, that same year Andres Galarraga was hitting .400 as late as July 5. They are, so far as I know, the two hitters from 1990 onward to get to .400 after June of a given season. You might think Tony Gwynn got there in 1994, since he hit .394 in that shortened season-but, he peaked at .400 on May 15.

The window for someone to achieve a .400 batting average opened quite a bit in the ’90s and 2000s with the general offensive surge in those decades, but now seems to have closed, or at least narrowed to a crack.

Published in: Uncategorized on June 23, 2016 at 9:14 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. TED SAID IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIFTIES “THE .400 HITTER NEED NO MORE OF 480 CHANCES TO HOMEPLATE

  2. The pendulum has swung back to the mound from the batter’s box. Having said that, I won’t be surprised if we see another .400 hitter in our lifetimes.

  3. I think we’ll see a .400 hitter again someday. It’ll take at least as much luck as skill, but who can say unequivocally that nobody will ever do it again?

  4. Rod Carew was over .400 as late as July 13th in 1983 (after the All-Star break), but finished only at .339 so this assault on .400 is a lesser remembered part of his career. But that’s actually better than he did in his .388 season of 1977, when his last day of being over .400 was on July 10th …


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