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    Now, this is just using his 64 ABs from this year, which is a crazy-small sample size, but it's fun to play around with nonetheless.

    Right now, Marquis' OPS is .926.

    If he had enough ABs, that would put him 19th in the major leagues, between Jim Edmonds and Gary Sheffield. Immediately behind Sheffield are Tejada, Helton, Roberts, Floyd, Griffey, Abreu, Sexson, Peralta, Konerko and Kent.

    He would lead 18 of the 30 teams in OPS.

    Forty-five players in baseball history have a career OPS higher than .926.

    Weird stuff.

  • #2
    You should prepare his arbitration case for him. ("He's better than Tejada, Mr. Arbitrator!!")

    But you may want to stick with offense and ignore his pitching.
    I'm always right.

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    • #3
      A more interesting question might be to examine all pitchers who have thrown enough innings in a season to qualify for the ERA title, and see how many have batting numbers better than Marquis.
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      • #4
        Why don't the Cards use him as a DH in intraleague? Or did they?
        Dude. Can. Fly.

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        • #5
          Gibson's career best was .303/.347/.404/.751 in 1970. 109 AB.

          Rick Rhoden had a .915 OPS in 1980, but only 40 AB.

          Don Drysdale hit .300/.331/.508/.841 in 1965. 130 AB.

          Warren Spahn hit .333/381/.463/.844 in 1958. 108 AB

          Oral Hershiser .356/.373/.411/.784 in 1993. 73 AB
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          • #6
            Hampton's best was .891, but that was in Colorado. Outside Coors, his best was an .809 with Houston.

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            • #7
              Bob Lemon had a .994 OPS in 1947 - don't know if that's tops all-time, but Lemon was a very good hitter, and that was his best season. It was a .321 average, .387 OB% and .607 slugging percentage

              And then of course, there was this lefty pitcher named Ruth that could swing the bat pretty well.

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              • #8
                Bob Feller hit Caribbeans especially well.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by justwundrin@Aug 18 2005, 12:06 PM
                  Bob Feller hit Caribbeans especially well.
                  From the mound or at the plate?

                  Along those lines, Juan Marichal was a pretty good "hitting" pitcher...

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                  • #10
                    How about this one: Don Newcombe in 117 AB, 1955

                    .359/.395/.632/1.027

                    Red Ruffing in 1930: 99 AB

                    .374/.415/.596/1.011

                    Red slugged .444 or better 9 times.

                    One more, Wes Farrell in 1931.

                    .316/.373/.629/1.002 116 AB

                    Those old boys could swing the bat.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bombay@Aug 18 2005, 12:11 PM
                      How about this one: Don Newcombe in 117 AB, 1955

                      .359/.395/.632/1.027
                      I think we're getting near the top, at least of the recognizable "good-hitting" pitchers. There might be an obscure guy that broke out for one season that we're missing though.

                      Walter Johnson in 1925 might be tops for OPS. Didn't have as many AB's as Newcombe (only 97) and had .433 average, .455 OB%, .577 slugging pct, and a 1.033 OPS.

                      He and Newcombe have to be among the top couple individual seasons anyway...

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                      • #12
                        Walter Johnson's final appearance in a game was as a pinch-hitter.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dvyyyyyy@Aug 18 2005, 11:19 AM
                          Why don't the Cards use him as a DH in intraleague? Or did they?
                          How many crowbars did you go through

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                          • #14
                            The Babe's best OPS as strictly a pitcher, btw, was a paltry .857.

                            In his first year as a Yankee outfielder though, he hit .376/.532/.847/1.379

                            That's pretty good.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bombay@Aug 18 2005, 10:43 AM
                              The Babe's best OPS as strictly a pitcher, btw, was a paltry .857.

                              In his first year as a Yankee outfielder though, he hit .376/.532/.847/1.379

                              That's pretty good.
                              He was busy winning an ERA title and pitching 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless World Series inings.

                              Say, you're right, he was pretty good.
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