Saturday, January 12, 2013

Magglio Ordonez, Rusty Staub Among Best Tigers at Advancing Runners

This a continuation of my series on runner advancement statistics for batters.  Other posts are listed below:
In this piece, I'll look at advancement for Tigers batters since 1950, the first complete year of the retrosheet database.  The columns in the tables below are as follows:
  • OPP - Runners on base in batters plate appearances excluding neutral results (i.e. no base runner advancement and no outs on play).
  • ADV - Base runners advanced.
  • ADV% - Percentage of base runners advanced.
  • ADVAA - Base runners Advanced Above Average.
 Table 1 shows that the highest advancement percentage was by third baseman Ray Boone in 1953 at .550.  Boone came to the Tigers as part of an eight-player deal in June of that year and proceeded to bat .312/.395/.556 in 101 games. Second on the list was outfielder Charlie Maxwell (.538) in 1956.  The "Sunday Slugger" (named for for his propensity for hitting home runs on Sundays), batted .326/.414/.534 in 592 plate appearances.

Table 2 tells us that Magglio Ordonez had the Tigers highest single-season ADVAA (50) during his historic 2007 season.  His ADV% was (.524) was the third highest percentage for a Tiger since 1950.  Victor Martinez had 49 ADVAA in 2011.

Table 1: Tigers Singe-season Advance Percentage Leaders, 1950-2012

Player
Year
OPP
ADV
ADV%
Ray Boone
1953
282
155
.550
Charlie Maxwell
1956
379
204
.538
Magglio Ordonez
2007
489
256
.524
Al Kaline
1961
384
201
.523
Rusty Staub
1976
407
213
.523
Al Kaline
1955
423
221
.522
Al Kaline
1963
347
181
.522
Norm Cash
1961
440
229
.520
Steve Kemp
1980
395
204
.516
Victor Martinez
2011
433
223
.515



Table 2: Tigers Single-season Advances Above Average Leaders, 1950-2012


Player
Year
OPP
ADV
ADVAA
Magglio Ordonez
2007
489
256
50
Victor Martinez
2011
433
223
49
Norm Cash
1961
440
229
48
Rusty Staub
1976
407
213
48
Al Kaline
1955
423
221
46
Al Kaline
1963
347
181
45
Charlie Maxwell
1956
379
204
43
Al Kaline
1961
384
201
43
Miguel Cabrera
2011
414
206
40
Steve Kemp
1980
395
204
40



Table 3 lists left-handed slugger Rusty Staub with the Tigers best career ADV% since 1950 at .480. Staub played four seasons with the Tigers between 1976-1979 mostly as a designated hitter.  Ordonez had a .471 ADV% in seven seasons with the Tigers.

Finally, Table 4 shows the career ADVAA leaders starting with Al Kaline (316) and Norm Cash (205).   

Table 3: Tigers Career Advancement Percentage Leaders, 1950-2012


Player
OPP
ADV
ADV%
Rusty Staub
1516
728
.480
Magglio Ordonez
2342
1103
.471
Steve Kemp
1858
870
.468
Placido Polanco
1474
685
.465
Tony Phillips
1585
736
.464
Miguel Cabrera
2148
973
.453
Carlos Guillen
2110
954
.452
Bob Higginson
3148
1410
.448
Bill Bruton
1113
498
.447
Charlie Maxwell
2031
905
.446


Table 4: Tigers Career Advances Above Average Leaders, 1950-2012


Player
OPP
ADV
ADVAA
Al Kaline
6,991
3,113
316
Norm Cash
4,672
2,037
205
Lou Whitaker
5,433
2,388
160
Alan Trammell
5,637
2,448
135
Magglio Ordonez
2,342
1,103
134
Rusty Staub
1,516
728
105
Steve Kemp
1,858
870
104
Miguel Cabrera
2,148
973
101
Bob Higginson
3,148
1,410
83
Tony Phillips
1,585
736
80


The information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet.  Interested parties may contact Retrosheet at Retrosheet.org.



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