“Unoccupied” Single Season Totals Records

Last week we detailed the lowest career totals that no one is currently sitting on for various stats. Now its time to do the same for single season records.

To find out, this time we exported the single season statistics from 1871-2015 for the nearly 17,000 players in baseball history listed via Fangraphs, and sorted each stat column from low to high.  Once again, we then aggregated on each column one by one, looking for the lowest value which no player possessed.

As an example, its somewhat amazing that in the 145 years of organized baseball, no one has hit exactly 55 homers in a season. We’ve had seven 54-homerun occurrences, and three seasons where someone went yard 56 times, but no 55s. Therefore, 55 is the lowest “unoccupied” single season homer total.

Here are the complete results through 2015, with the occupied records in parentheses:

Batting:

Games: 166 (165 is record, 1 through 164 are occupied)
At-bats: 675 (716)
Plate appearances: 753 (778)
Hits: 243 (262)
Singles: 188 (225)
Doubles: 58 (67)
Triples: 30 (36)
Homers: 55 (73)
Total bases: 371 (457)
Runs: 154 (192)
RBI: 161 (191)
Walks: 134 (232)
Strikeouts: 191 (223)
Stolen bases: 92 (138)
Batting Average: .001 (after .000, .016 is lowest recorded. 1.000 is “record”)

Pitching:

Wins: 50 (59)
Losses: 39 (48)
ERA: 0.01 (0.38 is lowest recorded, 189.00 is highest recorded aside from “infinity”)
Games: 93 (106)
Games started: 71 (75)
Complete games: 70 (75)
Shutouts: 14 (16)
Saves: 54 (62)
Innings pitched: 350.1 (680)
Batters faced: 1182 (1548)
Hits: 393 (772)
Runs: 227 (519)
Homers: 45 (50)
Walks: 169 (289)
Strikeouts: 278 (513)

For reference sake, the lowest figure that no player has in ANY of the categories is 1,182.

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