Meet the new Slash, same as the old Slash

Mike Trout’s 2012 AL Rookie of the Year campaign was one for the ages.  He compiled a .326/.399/.564 line in 129 games.  The resulting .963 OPS was the 16th-highest rookie mark amongst batting title qualifiers in baseball history, and the highest since Albert Pujols’ 1.013 rookie OPS in 2001.

This season, not only is Trout not suffering a sophomore slump, he is maintaining or slightly improving upon those slash stats.  Going into Tuesday evening, he was “slashing” .329/.423/.568 for a .991 OPS.  This consistency, especially in the batting and slugging averages, got the VORG wondering what the record is for the smallest absolute difference in a player’s slash stats from season-to-season.

In order to minimize the comparisons of players with .000 (or any other “.100″) totals in a category, we restricted our universe to those players with at least 100 at-bats in each of two successive seasons.  Here are the results:

Wally Moses 1938-9: absolute difference of 2 points (1 point in OBP, 1 point in SLG):

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1938 PHA .307 .369 .424
1939 PHA .307 .370 .423
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Generated 8/5/2013.

Six players had an absolute difference of 4 points between seasons.  The most recent player to achieved this was Jose Guillen in his first two major league seasons:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1997 PIT .267 .300 .412
1998 PIT .267 .298 .414
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Generated 8/6/2013.

There have been a few cases in which a player has had two of the three slash categories match up exactly in consecutive seasons:

Dummy Hoy 1888-9: same batting average and OBP:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1888 WHS .274 .374 .338
1889 WHS .274 .374 .320
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Generated 8/5/2013.

Danny Moeller 1915-6: same batting average and OBP:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1915 WSH .226 .319 .311
1916 WSH/CLE .226 .319 .274
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Walker Cooper 1950-1: same batting average and OBP:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1950 CIN/BSN .313 .367 .495
1951 BSN .313 .367 .518
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Andrew McCutchen 2009-10: same batting average and OBP:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
2009 PIT .286 .365 .471
2010 PIT .286 .365 .449
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Mike Stanley 1991-2: same batting average and OBP (he also hit .249 in 1990):

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1991 TEX .249 .372 .381
1992 NYY .249 .372 .428
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Al Spalding 1875-6: same batting average and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1875 BOS (NA) .312 .318 .373
1876 CHC (NL) .312 .326 .373
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Cesar Cedeno 1972-3: same batting average and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1972 HOU .320 .385 .537
1973 HOU .320 .376 .537
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Gary Roenicke 1980-1: same OBP and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1980 BAL .239 .340 .384
1981 BAL .269 .340 .384
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Gene Woodling 1949-50: same OBP and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1949 NYY .270 .381 .412
1950 NYY .283 .381 .412
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Billy Sullivan 1907-8: same OBP and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1907 CHW .179 .235 .228
1908 CHW .191 .235 .228
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Generated 8/6/2013.

Garry Templeton 1988-9: same OBP and SLG:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1988 SDP .249 .286 .354
1989 SDP .255 .286 .354
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/6/2013.
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One Response to Meet the new Slash, same as the old Slash

  1. I remembered something like this with Vinny Castilla, and sure enough, using the “old” slash line, he had back to back years where he hit .304, with 40 hr and 113 Rbi. In 1996 and 1997. Go figure. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/castivi02.shtml

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