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Did You Know? K's > Hits

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Happy black Friday. Did you know that 2009 saw Alfonso Soriano qualify for the batting title and yet have more strikeouts than he had hits. This was only the 9th time a Cub has achieved this feat since 1900. The interesting this is that all of them occur after 1960 and all but one occur after 1990. Here is the breakdown of this elite club of suck.

Player Year SO H PA R 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Alfonso Soriano 2009 118 115 522 64 25 1 20 55 40 .241 .303 .423 .726
Sammy Sosa 2004 133 121 539 69 21 0 35 80 56 .253 .332 .517 .849
Alex Gonzalez 2003 123 122 601 71 37 0 20 59 47 .228 .295 .409 .704
Mark Bellhorn 2002 144 115 529 86 24 4 27 56 76 .258 .374 .512 .886
Alex Gonzalez 2002 136 127 568 58 27 5 18 61 46 .248 .312 .425 .737
Jose Hernandez 1998 140 124 533 76 23 7 23 75 40 .254 .311 .471 .782
Sammy Sosa 1997 174 161 694 90 31 4 36 119 45 .251 .300 .480 .779
Rick Wilkins 1994 86 71 358 44 25 2 7 39 40 .227 .317 .387 .703
Billy Cowan 1964 128 120 520 52 16 4 19 50 18 .241 .268 .404 .673
  • BuckeyeCub

    Not surprised to see Sosa, Horn, Gonzo, or K-Nandez on that list. All of them were wild swingers. Is it possible we could get a list of players around MLB who accomplished that feat? I would think Tubby and Big Donkey would be on such a list

  • Here is a list of guys who have done it at least 2 times since 2000

                     Yrs From To   Age
    Adam Dunn          7 2002 2009 22-29
    Mike Cameron       7 2001 2009 28-36
    Jim Thome          7 2000 2008 29-37
    Pat Burrell        6 2001 2008 24-31
    Carlos Pena        5 2003 2009 25-31
    Nick Swisher       4 2005 2009 24-28
    Brad Wilkerson     4 2002 2005 25-28
    Troy Glaus         4 2000 2005 23-28
    Dan Uggla          3 2007 2009 27-29
    Ryan Howard        3 2007 2009 27-29
    Jack Cust          3 2007 2009 28-30
    Jose Hernandez     3 2001 2003 31-33
    Jeromy Burnitz     3 2001 2003 32-34
    Preston Wilson     3 2000 2005 25-30
    Richie Sexson      3 2000 2005 25-30
    Jim Edmonds        3 2000 2005 30-35
    Mark Reynolds      2 2008 2009 24-25
    Chris Young        2 2007 2008 23-24
    Rickie Weeks       2 2007 2008 24-25
    B.J. Upton         2 2007 2009 22-24
    Brandon Inge       2 2007 2009 30-32
    Jason Bay          2 2007 2009 28-30
    Bill Hall          2 2006 2007 26-27
    Alex Gonzalez      2 2002 2003 29-30
    Mark Bellhorn      2 2002 2004 27-29
    Jose Valentin      2 2001 2004 31-34
    Mo Vaughn          2 2000 2002 32-34
    Greg Vaughn        2 2000 2001 34-35
    Jorge Posada       2 2000 2002 28-30
    Brian Daubach      2 2000 2002 28-30
    
  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Frankly, if a guy puts up an .886 OBP he can strike out 300 times in a season. That Bellhorn outlier year was awfully good!

  • BuckeyeCub

    I think you mean OPS? If some guy had an .886 OBP, he would be making $50M a year and be driving Bentleys. Forget Cadillacs, Bentleys.

  • Brownjay

    Bellhorns 2002 season was the lone bright spot in that too recent season of despair. I still would like to know what happened between he and Dusty in early 2003 that got him moved to the bench and then shipped to Colorado. It may have been simply his understated way (some would claim passive) toward the game and his non aggressive approach at the plate.

    His 2004 season in Boston showed that he had one more productive season in his toolset.