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The Ruthian Season of Paul Goldschmidt

by Bill Chuck on January 29, 2016

Paul goldschmidtIn 2015, Paul Goldschmidt was one of a kind

Check out the 2015 season of the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt:

Player HR BA RBI G PA AB R H 2B 3B BB IBB SO OBP SLG OPS
Paul Goldschmidt 33 .321 110 159 695 567 103 182 38 2 118 29 151 .435 .570 1.005
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Generated 1/29/2016.

Now let’s deconstruct Goldschmidt’s 2015 season:

  • Goldschmidt had 33 homers, 20 players last season had 30+ homers.
  • Goldschmidt hit .321, 20 players last season hit .300+.
  • Goldschmidt had 110 RBI, 13 players last season had 100+ ribbies.
  • Last season, 11 players had 30+ homers and 100+ RBI.
  • Last season, three players had 30+ homers and hit over .300 (Nelson Cruz and Bryce Harper are also on the list).
  • Last season, only Paul Goldschmidt hit over .300 and 100+ RBI. In 2014, Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez each did it.

And most impressively, last season, only Paul Goldschmidt hit over .300, hit 30+ homers and drove home 100+.

Since 1914, there have only been 84 seasons in which there has been a batter who hit over .300, hit 30+ homers and drove home 100+

Sadly, you can clearly see the seasons in which PED users desecrated baseball history:

Rk Year #
1 2000 26
2 2001 21
3 1996 21
4 1999 19
5 1998 14
6 2006 13
7 2004 12
8 2002 12
9 2005 10
10 1930 10
11 1929 10
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Generated 1/29/2016.

 

Nobody had seasons like this more frequently than Babe Ruth, who did it 12 times while playing for the Yankees

Year BA RBI HR G PA AB R H 2B 3B BB SO OBP SLG OPS
1920 .376 135 54 142 616 458 158 172 36 9 150 80 .532 .847 1.379
1921 .378 168 59 152 693 540 177 204 44 16 145 81 .512 .846 1.359
1923 .393 130 41 152 697 522 151 205 45 13 170 93 .545 .764 1.309
1924 .378 124 46 153 681 529 143 200 39 7 142 81 .513 .739 1.252
1926 .372 153 47 152 652 495 139 184 30 5 144 76 .516 .737 1.253
1927 .356 165 60 151 691 540 158 192 29 8 137 89 .486 .772 1.258
1928 .323 146 54 154 684 536 163 173 29 8 137 87 .463 .709 1.172
1929 .345 154 46 135 587 499 121 172 26 6 72 60 .430 .697 1.128
1930 .359 153 49 145 676 518 150 186 28 9 136 61 .493 .732 1.225
1931 .373 162 46 145 663 534 149 199 31 3 128 51 .495 .700 1.195
1932 .341 137 41 133 589 457 120 156 13 5 130 62 .489 .661 1.150
1933 .301 104 34 137 576 459 97 138 21 3 114 90 .442 .582 1.023
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/29/2016.

Players who hit over .300, hit 30+ homers and drove home 100+ at least seven times in their careers

Rk Name Yrs From To
1 Babe Ruth 12 1920 1933
2 Albert Pujols 10 2001 2010
3 Manny Ramirez 10 1995 2008
4 Lou Gehrig 10 1927 1937
5 Barry B*nds 9 1990 2004
6 Jimmie Foxx 9 1929 1939
7 Vladimir Guerrero 8 1998 2006
8 Alex Rodriguez 8 1996 2008
9 Miguel Cabrera 7 2005 2013
10 Frank Thomas 7 1991 2000
11 Hank Aaron 7 1957 1971
12 Willie Mays 7 1954 1965
13 Ted Williams 7 1939 1951
14 Joe DiMaggio 7 1937 1950
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/29/2016.

Goldschmidt is a gold standard in baseball today

Only 26 active players have had a Ruthian season and Paul Goldschmidt has now done it twice.

Only 12 active players have had multiple Ruthian seasons


With this in mind…

When you have a player like Goldschmidt, you should do everything you can to maximize your opportunities to win which is why I give kudos to the Diamondbacks for signing Zack Greinke, and while I am in the minority, I think their acquisition of Shelby Miller for prospects, as highly regarded as they may be, was an excellent move for the team and for the fans in Arizona.

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