The Changing Face of Baseball Stats: the disappearing 200-hit season

by Bill Chuck on February 19, 2013

It seems that 200-hit seasons are becoming a feat of the past, being replaced by the 185-199 hits batter.

200-Hit Seasons Over the Last 25 Years

Rk Year #
1 2007 8
2 2006 8
3 2004 8
4 1998 8
5 1996 8
6 2003 7
7 2001 6
8 2000 6
9 1999 6
10 2011 5
11 2002 5
12 1991 5
13 2009 4
14 1997 4
15 1989 4
16 2008 3
17 2005 3
18 1993 3
19 2012 2
20 2010 2
21 1992 2
22 1988 2
23 1995 0
24 1994 0
25 1990 0
Rk Year #
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/18/2013.

Over the last 25 seasons, there have been 65 different players with 200-hit seasons.

Here are the players with multiple 200-hit seasons

Here are the teams that had multiple players in a single season

185-199 hits in a season are the new 200

Rk Year #
1 2000 18
2 1999 18
3 2007 17
4 2005 15
5 2009 13
6 1998 13
7 2006 12
8 2003 12
9 1996 12
10 2001 11
11 2012 10
12 2004 10
13 2002 10
14 2011 9
15 1997 9
16 2010 8
17 2008 8
18 1990 8
19 1993 7
20 1992 7
21 1988 7
22 1989 6
23 1991 4
24 1995 3
25 1994 0
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Generated 2/19/2013.

There have been 151 players who have had seasons with hits that fall within this range over the last 25 season and there have been 59 who have had at least two seasons in the category.

Here are the players who have had at least three seasons of 185-199 hits over the last 25 years.

Here are the teams that have had at least two 185-199 hitters in the same season

Rk Year Tm #
1 1999 Kansas City Royals 3 Carlos Beltran / Joe Randa / Mike Sweeney
2 1996 Colorado Rockies 3 Dante Bichette / Vinny Castilla / Andres Galarraga
3 2012 Kansas City Royals 2 Billy Butler / Alex Gordon
4 2010 Texas Rangers 2 Josh Hamilton / Michael Young
5 2009 Boston Red Sox 2 Jacoby Ellsbury / Dustin Pedroia
6 2008 Seattle Mariners 2 Raul Ibanez / Jose Lopez
7 2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 Orlando Cabrera / Vladimir Guerrero
8 2007 New York Mets 2 Jose Reyes / David Wright
9 2006 Colorado Rockies 2 Garrett Atkins / Matt Holliday
10 2006 Florida Marlins 2 Miguel Cabrera / Hanley Ramirez
11 2005 New York Yankees 2 Hideki Matsui / Alex Rodriguez
12 2005 St. Louis Cardinals 2 David Eckstein / Albert Pujols
13 2003 Atlanta Braves 2 Rafael Furcal / Gary Sheffield
14 2003 Boston Red Sox 2 Nomar Garciaparra / Manny Ramirez
15 2002 Boston Red Sox 2 Nomar Garciaparra / Shea Hillenbrand
16 2001 St. Louis Cardinals 2 Albert Pujols / Fernando Vina
17 2000 Chicago White Sox 2 Magglio Ordonez / Frank Thomas
18 2000 Colorado Rockies 2 Jeff Cirillo / Neifi Perez
19 2000 Kansas City Royals 2 Jermaine Dye / Joe Randa
20 2000 Toronto Blue Jays 2 Carlos Delgado / Shannon Stewart
21 1999 Colorado Rockies 2 Todd Helton / Neifi Perez
22 1999 Toronto Blue Jays 2 Shawn Green / Shannon Stewart
23 1998 Milwaukee Brewers 2 Jeff Cirillo / Fernando Vina
24 1998 Texas Rangers 2 Juan Gonzalez / Ivan Rodriguez
25 1997 Colorado Rockies 2 Vinny Castilla / Andres Galarraga
26 1997 Texas Rangers 2 Rusty Greer / Ivan Rodriguez
27 1992 Chicago Cubs 2 Mark Grace / Ryne Sandberg
28 1989 Milwaukee Brewers 2 Paul Molitor / Robin Yount
29 1988 Milwaukee Brewers 2 Paul Molitor / Robin Yount
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Generated 2/19/2013.

Here are the 11 teams that had at least players with 185+ hits in a season

Rk Year Tm #
1 2000 Kansas City Royals 4 Johnny Damon / Jermaine Dye / Joe Randa / Mike Sweeney
2 1996 Colorado Rockies 4 Dante Bichette / Ellis Burks / Vinny Castilla / Andres Galarraga
3 2011 Boston Red Sox 3 Jacoby Ellsbury / Adrian Gonzalez / Dustin Pedroia
4 2008 Seattle Mariners 3 Raul Ibanez / Jose Lopez / Ichiro Suzuki
5 2007 Detroit Tigers 3 Curtis Granderson / Magglio Ordonez / Placido Polanco
6 2005 New York Yankees 3 Derek Jeter / Hideki Matsui / Alex Rodriguez
7 2002 New York Yankees 3 Derek Jeter / Alfonso Soriano / Bernie Williams
8 2000 Colorado Rockies 3 Jeff Cirillo / Todd Helton / Neifi Perez
9 1999 Kansas City Royals 3 Carlos Beltran / Joe Randa / Mike Sweeney
10 1997 Colorado Rockies 3 Vinny Castilla / Andres Galarraga / Larry Walker
11 1993 Toronto Blue Jays 3 Roberto Alomar / Paul Molitor / John Olerud
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/19/2013.

Here are the active players with the most 185+ hit seasons

Here are the active players with at least two 200 hit seasons

Nine to Know

The all-time leaders in 200-hit seasons

Rk Yrs From To
1 Ichiro Suzuki 10 2001 2010
2 Pete Rose 10 1965 1979
3 Ty Cobb 9 1907 1924
4 Derek Jeter 8 1998 2012
5 Paul Waner 8 1927 1937
6 Lou Gehrig 8 1927 1937
7 Wade Boggs 7 1983 1989
8 Charlie Gehringer 7 1929 1937
9 Rogers Hornsby 7 1920 1929
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Generated 2/19/2013.
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  • Double_Up

    Man, Vlad was a great hitter, could do it all, expect K a lot. Of the top guys there on the list with 200 hits, he’s the only power guy with no steroid history.

  • fizrat

    Is it really changing that much? The numbers of 200 hit seasons don’t seem that different than in the past. Check out this list:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/H_top_ten.shtml

    Just by the eye-ball test I don’t see the current era as an outlier from the past.

  • Bill

    The fact that 2012 and 2010 ranked 19/20 on the number of 200 hit batters over the last 25 years reflects something don’t you think? It’s the fewest number since the pre-steroid era.

  • Bill

    and can you imagine what his numbers would have been if he only swung at pitches close to the strike zone?

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