270 is the MAGIC Number (Batting edition)

by Bill Chuck on November 6, 2012

It’s very simple…on Election Day in the US, 270 is the MAGIC number.

In a prior column, I wrote about how 538 is THE Number because there are 538 electoral votes at stake. But whether you vote for Barack Obama or any other candidate, the goal is to reach 270 electoral votes in order to be elected president.

Continuing a tradition of bringing meaningless baseball statistics to very important situations, here are some 270 batting stats.

Three players have 270 career hits

Rk H From To BA Tm
1 Wilson Valdez 270 2004 2012 .236 CHW-TOT-LAD-NYM-PHI-CIN
2 Bill Cunningham 270 1921 1924 .286 NYG-BSN
3 Boze Berger 270 1932 1939 .236 CLE-CHW-BOS
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Six players have had 270 career singles

Rk 1B From To
1 Roxy Walters 270 1915 1925
2 Mike Ryan 270 1964 1974
3 Tom Padden 270 1932 1943
4 Mickey Livingston 270 1938 1951
5 Jimmy Jordan 270 1933 1936
6 Alfredo Amezaga 270 2002 2011
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Six players have had 270 career doubles

Rk 2B From To
1 Mo Vaughn 270 1991 2003
2 Milt Stock 270 1913 1926
3 Boog Powell 270 1961 1977
4 Pepper Martin 270 1928 1944
5 Bobby Higginson 270 1995 2005
6 Brad Ausmus 270 1993 2010
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Three players have had 270 RBI

Rk RBI From To
1 Mark Lemke 270 1988 1998
2 John Knight 270 1905 1913
3 Frenchy Bordagaray 270 1934 1945
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Four players have scored 270 runs

Rk R From To
1 Adolfo Phillips 270 1964 1972
2 Hank Gowdy 270 1910 1930
3 Chico Fernandez 270 1956 1963
4 Lou Clinton 270 1960 1967
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Seven players, including four who are active, have drawn 270 walks

Rk BB From To
1 Jack Wilson 270 2001 2012
2 Carlos Ruiz 270 2006 2012
3 Chris Iannetta 270 2006 2012
4 Glenallen Hill 270 1989 2001
5 Don Heffner 270 1934 1944
6 Billy Gilbert 270 1901 1909
7 John Buck 270 2004 2012
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Seven batters have whiffed 270 times

Rk SO From To
1 Dick Wakefield 270 1941 1952
2 Mel Stottlemyre 270 1964 1974
3 Curt Schilling 270 1988 2007
4 Rich Reese 270 1964 1973
5 Smoky Burgess 270 1949 1967
6 Gary Bennett 270 1995 2008
7 Ed Abbaticchio 270 1903 1910
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