Saturday night marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“.
Today, we’ll look at the differences in Sabbath versus non-Sabbath performance for Ron Blomberg. Blomberg’s claim to fame is that he became the first designated hitter, when he walked to the plate for the Yankees on April 6, 1973. A one-time #1 overall pick, Blomberg was a talented hitter with a suspect glove. “Boomer” joined the Bombers for good in 1971. Injuries throughout his time with the team derailed his career. He tore up his knee in 1977, and after a short comeback attempt with the White Sox, retired in 1978 with a career 140 OPS+ in about 1,500 plate appearances. He was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
We parsed out all of Blomberg’s games by Sabbath/non-Sabbath and here is what it showed:
|SABBATHMETRICS: RON BLOMBERG|
|HR% of PA||3.6%||3.2%||3.5%|
|BB% of PA||9.1%||10.1%||9.4%|
|SO% of PA||9.7%||7.1%||9.0%|
Blomberg’s stats were very consistent from Sabbath to non-Sabbath. He had slightly more power in non-Sabbath games, as well as a higher strikeout rate, but his batting average didn’t vary, and his on-base percentage only differed by six points.
For more on the life of “Boomer”, I recommend you check out the book “Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story“.