Biggest Difference Between Runs Scored and RBI in a Season

This tweet by Friend of the VORG @JamesSmyth621 caught my attention this weekend:

It got me wondering what the record was for difference between fewest runs scored and most runs batted in in a season.

Using the season stats from Fangraphs, here are the  players with at least a 50 difference since 1920 (when RBI became an official stat). Pujols’ projected 60 difference would set an all-time record:

Season Name Team R RBI R-RBI
1960 Vic Wertz Red Sox 45 103 -58
1971 Harmon Killebrew Twins 61 119 -58
1989 Pedro Guerrero Cardinals 60 117 -57
1959 Gus Bell Reds 59 115 -56
1955 Ray Boone Tigers 61 116 -55
1996 Juan Gonzalez Rangers 89 144 -55
1999 Rafael Palmeiro Rangers 96 148 -52
1970 Johnny Bench Reds 97 148 -51
1983 Terry Kennedy Padres 47 98 -51
2010 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 74 125 -51
1984 Dave Kingman Athletics 68 118 -50

For completeness sake, here are the record-holders for more runs scored than RBI in a season:

Season Name Team R RBI R-RBI
1927 Lloyd Waner Pirates 133 27 106
1930 Woody English Cubs 152 59 93
1945 Eddie Stanky Dodgers 128 39 89
1922 Lu Blue Tigers 131 45 86
1925 Johnny Mostil White Sox 135 50 85
2000 Luis Castillo Marlins 101 17 84
1980 Willie Wilson Royals 132 49 83
1944 Snuffy Stirnweiss Yankees 125 43 82
1962 Maury Wills Dodgers 130 48 82
1937 Red Rolfe Yankees 143 62 81
1996 Rickey Henderson Padres 110 29 81

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