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
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Generated 8/6/2013.
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