Baseball is full of career records, with numbers that everyone can reference … 762, 511, 652, 4256. But what about the numbers that no player currently has? The VORG wanted to know what is the LOWEST career total that no one is currently sitting on. In other words and as an example, does no one have exactly 67 career hits, and is that the lowest-such hit total?
To find out, we exported career statistics for nearly 17,000 players via Fangraphs, and sorted each stat column from low to high. We then aggregated on each column one by one, looking for the lowest value which no player possessed. Now of course, these will change from season to season, as players “land on” new totals. But for now, here are the results through 2015:
Plate appearances: 520
Total bases: 460 (h/t to reader Richard Chester)
Stolen bases: 157
Batting average: .001 (after .000, lowest recorded is .016)
ERA: 0.01 (after 0.00, lowest recorded is 0.56)
Games started: 289
Complete games: 130
Batters faced: 270
Loyal reader “Jeff” asked which was the lowest number not spoken far in ANY of the above categories, and after a little data wrangling, I can tell you that that number is 1,939. No one has ended their career (or is currently sitting) with 1,939 of anything.