Falling on the Sword – The Season Dies Reds Style

No, I didn’t desert you, nor the game, nor the Reds.. I just stepped away. Never-the-less, here are some notes that help spread some of the teams blood around the scene of the carnage.

Brandon Phillips becomes the first Reds player since Dave Parker (1986) to have more then 700 plate appearances in a season.

Copping 700 PA’s in a season is quite a feat, one that in Reds history is held in a stranglehold by Pete Rose, who owns 44% of the times it has been accomplished.

CINCINNATI REDS
SEASON

PLATE APPEARANCES             YEAR     PA
Pete Rose                1974      770
Pete Rose                1975      764
Pete Rose                1976      759
Pete Rose                1965      757
Pete Rose                1973      752
Tommy Harper             1965      745
Pete Rose                1977      731
Pete Rose                1978      729
Pete Rose                1972      729
Vada Pinson              1965      728
Pete Rose                1970      728
Pete Rose                1969      728
George Burns             1923      724
George Burns             1922      723
Bob Bescher              1911      716
Johnny Temple            1956      712
Frankie Baumholtz        1947      711
Johnny Bench             1974      708
Bill Werber              1939      707
Woody Williams           1944      707
Pete Rose                1971      707
Vada Pinson              1959      706
Vada Pinson              1960      706
Tony Perez               1969      704
Brandon Phillips     2007      702
Frank Robinson           1962      701
Pete Rose                1966      700
Jake Daubert             1922      700
Dave Parker              1986      700
Dain Clay                1945      700

Adam Dunn had 69 Extra base Hits, that puts him in a tie with Big Klu for 4th place in Reds history in achieving that feat.

EXTRA BASE HITS >= 65
Frank Robinson            7
Vada Pinson               4
Johnny Bench              4
Ted Kluszewski            3
Adam Dunn                 3

BTW Dunn’s secondary average was a robust .496, giving him his third time above .495, only Joe Morgan with 5 times above .495 has done it more then Dunn and only the two of them have done it more then once and in case you’re wondering what the heck it is here’s a description.

Secondary Average. The stat measures those offensive components that are not measured in batting average. The formula is (TB-H+BB+SB)/AB

Alex Gonzalez finished the season with a .440 Slg % which is the 11th best in team history from the keystone position (400 PA’s Min) This chart is also dominated by a local Reds great

SLG                           YEAR     SLG
1    Barry Larkin             1996     .567
2    Barry Larkin             1991     .506
3    Barry Larkin             1998     .504
4    Barry Larkin             1995     .492
5    Barry Larkin             2000     .487
6    Felipe Lopez             2005     .486
7    Eddie Miller             1947     .457
8    Barry Larkin             1992     .454
9    Barry Larkin             1993     .445
10   Joe Tinker               1913     .445

Jeff Keppinger finishes the year with a .402 OB%, this is quite the feat as well, looking at the Reds in the division era there has only been 17 guys to achieve the feat (250 PA’s Min) Even crazier is 13 of them occurred in the 1969-1981 period, with only four players doing it since 1982.

Well make that five.

1982-2007

OBA                      YEAR     OBA      PA
Kal Daniels              1987     .429     430
Barry Larkin             1996     .410     627
Austin Kearns            2002     .407     435
Jeff Keppinger           2007     .402     278
Adam Dunn                2002     .400     676

Back to Brandon Phillips for a moment, his 30/30 season is the second time the Reds have had a middle infielder achieve that feat, the third overall (Eric Davis) however it also is a season that saw Brandon taking only 32 walks, making him only the 4th player in MLB history to have a 30/30 season and less then 40 walks.

WALKS                    YEAR      BB       HR       SB
Alfonso Soriano          2002       23       39       41
Joe Carter               1987       27       32       31
Brandon Phillips         2007       33       30       32
Alfonso Soriano          2005       33       36       30
Alfonso Soriano          2003       38       38       35
Sammy Sosa               1993       38       33       36

BTW In 1966 Pete Rose walked only 37 times in 700 trips to the dish, so Phillips holds the record for the fewest walks by a Red with over 700 PA’s in a season.

So that’s some of the hitting we saw this season, the pitching is not worth noting.. aside from the usual heroes.

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