Consecutive Years with Increasing Stats – The Batters

If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar.  So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.

We’ll start with the batters’ increases first.  Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals:

Year Player Games (8 cons. years)
1956 Jerry Lumpe 20
1957 Jerry Lumpe 40
1958 Jerry Lumpe 81
1959 Jerry Lumpe 126
1960 Jerry Lumpe 146
1961 Jerry Lumpe 148
1962 Jerry Lumpe 156
1963 Jerry Lumpe 157
1964 Jerry Lumpe 158
1881 Harry Stovey 75
1882 Harry Stovey 84
1883 Harry Stovey 94
1884 Harry Stovey 104
1885 Harry Stovey 112
1886 Harry Stovey 123
1887 Harry Stovey 124
1888 Harry Stovey 130
1889 Harry Stovey 137
1880 Ned Williamson 75
1881 Ned Williamson 82
1882 Ned Williamson 83
1883 Ned Williamson 98
1884 Ned Williamson 107
1885 Ned Williamson 113
1886 Ned Williamson 121
1887 Ned Williamson 127
1888 Ned Williamson 132
Year Player PAs (8  cons. years)
1962 Gaylord Perry 15
1963 Gaylord Perry 18
1964 Gaylord Perry 66
1965 Gaylord Perry 72
1966 Gaylord Perry 93
1967 Gaylord Perry 106
1968 Gaylord Perry 107
1969 Gaylord Perry 129
1970 Gaylord Perry 132
1942 Eddie Robinson 9
1946 Eddie Robinson 34
1947 Eddie Robinson 355
1948 Eddie Robinson 540
1949 Eddie Robinson 603
1950 Eddie Robinson 647
1951 Eddie Robinson 649
1952 Eddie Robinson 681
1953 Eddie Robinson 685
1881 Harry Stovey 353
1882 Harry Stovey 382
1883 Harry Stovey 448
1884 Harry Stovey 478
1885 Harry Stovey 529
1886 Harry Stovey 554
1887 Harry Stovey 560
1888 Harry Stovey 595
1889 Harry Stovey 634
1880 Ned Williamson 326
1881 Ned Williamson 362
1882 Ned Williamson 375
1883 Ned Williamson 424
1884 Ned Williamson 459
1885 Ned Williamson 482
1886 Ned Williamson 510
1887 Ned Williamson 517
1888 Ned Williamson 523
Year Player HR (7 cons. years)
1999 David Ortiz 0
2000 David Ortiz 10
2001 David Ortiz 18
2002 David Ortiz 20
2003 David Ortiz 31
2004 David Ortiz 41
2005 David Ortiz 47
2006 David Ortiz 54
1990 Darrin Fletcher 0
1991 Darrin Fletcher 1
1992 Darrin Fletcher 2
1993 Darrin Fletcher 9
1994 Darrin Fletcher 10
1995 Darrin Fletcher 11
1996 Darrin Fletcher 12
1997 Darrin Fletcher 17
Year Player Runs (8 cons. years)
1971 Don Baylor 0
1972 Don Baylor 33
1973 Don Baylor 64
1974 Don Baylor 66
1975 Don Baylor 79
1976 Don Baylor 85
1977 Don Baylor 87
1978 Don Baylor 103
1979 Don Baylor 120
Year Player RBI (7 cons. years)
1993 Gerald Williams 6
1994 Gerald Williams 13
1995 Gerald Williams 28
1996 Gerald Williams 34
1997 Gerald Williams 41
1998 Gerald Williams 44
1999 Gerald Williams 68
2000 Gerald Williams 89
1978 Keith Moreland 0
1979 Keith Moreland 8
1980 Keith Moreland 29
1981 Keith Moreland 37
1982 Keith Moreland 68
1983 Keith Moreland 70
1984 Keith Moreland 80
1985 Keith Moreland 106
1973 Ben Oglivie 9
1974 Ben Oglivie 29
1975 Ben Oglivie 36
1976 Ben Oglivie 47
1977 Ben Oglivie 61
1978 Ben Oglivie 72
1979 Ben Oglivie 81
1980 Ben Oglivie 118
1984 Harold Reynolds 0
1985 Harold Reynolds 6
1986 Harold Reynolds 24
1987 Harold Reynolds 35
1988 Harold Reynolds 41
1989 Harold Reynolds 43
1990 Harold Reynolds 55
1991 Harold Reynolds 57
Year Player SB (6 cons. years)
1999 Craig Counsell 1
2000 Craig Counsell 3
2001 Craig Counsell 6
2002 Craig Counsell 7
2003 Craig Counsell 11
2004 Craig Counsell 17
2005 Craig Counsell 26
1964 Carl Yastrzemski 6
1965 Carl Yastrzemski 7
1966 Carl Yastrzemski 8
1967 Carl Yastrzemski 10
1968 Carl Yastrzemski 13
1969 Carl Yastrzemski 15
1970 Carl Yastrzemski 23
Year Player BA (8 cons. years)
1888 Bill Hallman .206
1889 Bill Hallman .253
1890 Bill Hallman .267
1891 Bill Hallman .283
1892 Bill Hallman .292
1893 Bill Hallman .307
1894 Bill Hallman .309
1895 Bill Hallman .314
1896 Bill Hallman .320
Year Player OBP (7 cons. years)
1911 Jimmy Johnston .000
1914 Jimmy Johnston .264
1916 Jimmy Johnston .313
1917 Jimmy Johnston .321
1918 Jimmy Johnston .328
1919 Jimmy Johnston .334
1920 Jimmy Johnston .338
1921 Jimmy Johnston .372
1955 Brooks Robinson .091
1956 Brooks Robinson .244
1957 Brooks Robinson .286
1958 Brooks Robinson .292
1959 Brooks Robinson .325
1960 Brooks Robinson .329
1961 Brooks Robinson .334
1962 Brooks Robinson .342
Year Player SLG (8 cons. years)
1968 Joe Morgan .350
1969 Joe Morgan .372
1970 Joe Morgan .396
1971 Joe Morgan .407
1972 Joe Morgan .435
1973 Joe Morgan .493
1974 Joe Morgan .494
1975 Joe Morgan .508
1976 Joe Morgan .576

Next time out, we’ll looking at batting decreases.

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