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Can you name the leading active pitchers among these hitting categories (stats through 3/31/10)?
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Jun 30th, 2010 at 03:52 GMT
A few of these pitchers (Hampton, for example) are rehabbing from injuries while others are unsigned, but not retired. I had to pick a static date for the stats and so used the end of the 2009 season. I'll certainly go back to these figures as pitchers retire or at the end of this season.
Jun 30th, 2010 at 08:15 GMT
As a Cubs fan the hitting pitcher thing has been of interest to me cause we've had some good ones. Z obviously could have been a successful power hitter if he'd spent his whole career training at it. He had years where he actually hit for a good average, too, but mostly he had typical pitcher stats, except huge power numbers. So he'd swing and miss a ton, but when he'd connect it would go. Woody was similar, albeit a worse every at-bat hitter, and with less pop. He hit a huge homerun during game 7 of the '03 NLCS. Mark Prior was also touted coming up as a great hitting pitcher, and we expected him to be a threat for an occasional homer like Z and Woody, but I don't think that part of his game ever materialized at the big league level. We also had Jason Marquis for a bit, and I wasn't that impressed. He's probably technically a relatively competent hitter (the numbers and his plate approach bear it out), but he never felt like a threat at the plate - credit for making the pitcher work tho. Anyway Z is the best hitting pitcher I've seen (I don't consider Owings a hitting pitcher, he's really just a hitter to me), and he takes pride in it - unfortunately he probably takes more pride in it the last several seasons than he does in his pitching. And we've seen how it's turned out.
Jun 30th, 2010 at 12:02 GMT
PWT3- Living in Ohio, I've had the chance to see C.C. Sabathia hit too and I think, like Z, he could have been a decent hitter in his own right. Clearly from the quiz stats Hampton fits that category too. I should note that Rick Ankiel is active (as a position player) and has hitting stats from when he was a pitcher, but I didn't include him because he's no longer pitching.
Jun 30th, 2010 at 13:39 GMT
surprised danny haren isnt on any of these, kid can hit
Jun 30th, 2010 at 13:58 GMT
@kinga3- Haren is just a bit off of several of these lists and will be on them before long. I didn't hear about it until this morning, but as I was typing this info in last night, Yovanni Gallardo was hitting his third homer of the season (7th of his career).
Jun 30th, 2010 at 21:01 GMT
great quiz .. sabathia mashed the ball during his short stint in Milwaukee, too bad he's been an AL pitcher
Jul 1st, 2010 at 02:25 GMT
Gallardo has had 4 home runs this season so far
Jul 1st, 2010 at 02:40 GMT
Actually, cricket0414- Gallardo's home run last night was his third: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_ylt=AhV8XsQfXT6D286Py7k7yngRvLYF?gid=300629108
Jul 1st, 2010 at 03:09 GMT
im amazed that in his epoch spent in the major leagues, jamie moyer has failed to find a spot on any of these lists. too much time in the AL i guess?
Jul 1st, 2010 at 03:35 GMT
Moyer was one of the first names I thought of, but all those years in Seattle and Baltimore keep him off these lists.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 13:36 GMT
brad lincoln is the next great hitting pitcher. lets go bucs
Jul 1st, 2010 at 14:50 GMT
Actually these lists are ones that a long career - even a 20 year career all in the NL - doesn't guarantee a pitcher a spot on. A pitcher who can't hit (which is most of them) will take 20 years to collect totals a pitcher who can hit a little bit can get in, like, a third or fewer as many seasons.
Jul 1st, 2010 at 17:36 GMT
So, why isn't Gallardo on here yet?
Jul 1st, 2010 at 17:37 GMT
Never mind... through 3/31/2010. Okay.
Aug 21st, 2010 at 17:46 GMT
Please allow last names.
Aug 21st, 2010 at 19:02 GMT
Last names are allowed. Always have been.
Aug 25th, 2010 at 22:02 GMT
As a Phillies fan, I threw up in my mouth a little seeing Adam Eaton be a correct answer in an otherwise fine Sporcle quiz. But Hejman, trust me, I don't hate the game, I hate the player.
Aug 25th, 2010 at 22:05 GMT
One other note, the stats came up really weird - the ones I got weren't highlighted, but a lot of the ones I didn't were, and I know occasionally, there's minor discrepancies in last names, but these percentages are all over the place. Wolf comes up at 92.8% for doubles and 0% for RBI.
Aug 26th, 2010 at 00:52 GMT
@slujboy- I've noticed that about the stats on the results screen. They've been like that since the quiz was launched, but I don't know why. All of the names that repeat should have exactly the same percentages, but, as you said, they're all over the board. Very weird.
Sep 21st, 2010 at 00:29 GMT
Guessed Haren and Gallardo but I guess they are either too young (Gallardo) or spent too much time in the AL (Haren). Both are outstanding hitters though. Haren was hitting .364 with a .527 SLG and 6 doubles this year before being traded to the Angels.
Sep 21st, 2010 at 00:48 GMT
Both will make it into parts of this list when I update it after this season is over. But I think your assessment, EDogg1438, is right about their experience and AL service time.
Oct 23rd, 2010 at 20:45 GMT
one of the zambranos didnt come up
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