Shawn Green and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.   So, as we’ve done with Yom Kippur and Passover, its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics”.

Today, we’ll look at whether 1991 first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star and “member of the tribe” Shawn Green performed better or worse on the Sabbath during his career.  We parsed out all of Green’s games by Sabbath/non-Sabbath and here is what it showed:

SABBATHMETRICS: SHAWN GREEN
SABBATH? NO YES TOTAL
GAMES 1492 459 1951
PA 6103 1860 7963
AB 5427 1655 7082
R 877 252 1129
H 1561 442 2003
2B 336 109 445
3B 25 10 35
HR 256 72 328
RBI 816 254 1070
BB 568 176 744
SO 996 319 1315
HBP 63 17 80
SF 41 12 53
BA .288 .267 .283
OBP .359 .341 .355
SLG .500 .476 .494
HR% of PA 4.2% 3.9% 4.1%
BB% of PA 9.3% 9.5% 9.3%
SO% of PA 16.3% 17.2% 16.5%

Green had a career 120 OPS+, but the Sabbath seemed to diminish his offense quite a bit, as he hit 21 points lower and lost 24 points on his slugging in such games.   He homered slightly less often and struck out more often during Sabbath games.

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4 thoughts on “Shawn Green and “Sabbathmetrics”

  1. I wonder if any of the tail-off might have just had something to do with wearing down by the end of the week? Of course, that’s one of the reason why Jews observer Shabbat — to recharge the spiritual and physical batteries.

    • That would beg the question whether offenses decline on a macro level towards the end of a week (how are we defining end of week here)

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