When Your OBP is Double Your AVG

Its very early in the season, but we have no fewer than six batters, each with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, whose on-base percentage is at least double their batting average:

Name PA BB K AVG OBP OBP/AVG
Russell Martin 39 8 13 .097 .282 2.91
Ryan Schimpf (*) 48 13 14 .152 .375 2.47
Trevor Story 53 9 20 .114 .264 2.32
Travis Jankowski 41 7 13 .121 .275 2.27
Marcus Semien 46 10 11 .171 .370 2.16
Jose Reyes 51 5 13 .087 .176 2.02
(Pay close attention to Ryan Schimpf, as he is on pace to join Mark McGwire (1998) as the only players with both 150+ strikeouts and walks in the same season.)

No batting title qualifier in history has managed the OBP = 2 * AVG trick.  Here are the closest:

Season Name PA BB K AVG OBP OBP/AVG
1976 Jimmy Wynn 584 127 111 .207 .377 1.82
1947 Roy Cullenbine 607 137 51 .224 .401 1.79
1956 Eddie Yost 684 151 82 .231 .412 1.78
1977 Gene Tenace 581 125 119 .233 .415 1.78
1991 Rob Deer 539 89 175 .179 .314 1.75
1978 Gene Tenace 515 101 98 .224 .392 1.75
1974 Gene Tenace 612 110 105 .211 .367 1.74
2013 Dan Uggla 537 77 171 .179 .309 1.73
1929 Max Bishop 616 128 44 .232 .398 1.72
1996 Rickey Henderson 602 125 90 .241 .410 1.70
1997 Gary Sheffield 582 121 79 .250 .424 1.70

Here are the leaders for most plate appearances in a season with OBP being at least twice the batting average:

 

Results
Player PA OBP BA Year Tm BB SO
Dick Howser 189 .321 .153 1968 NYY 35 17
Frank Fernandez 171 .341 .170 1968 NYY 35 50
George Williams 166 .311 .152 1996 OAK 28 32
Tim Blackwell 159 .338 .164 1979 CHC 32 25
Gorman Thomas 143 .322 .157 1984 SEA 28 27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/17/2017.

1 thought on “When Your OBP is Double Your AVG

  1. Wes Westrum misses your single-season leaderboard by the fringe of an eyelash. In 1951 he hit .219 for the Giants with a .400 OBP (OBP-to-BA ratio of 1.83) in 474 PA. The Giants, very famously, played 155 games in 1951, so according to the Play Index Westrum’s 3.06 PA per game makes him ineligible for the batting title. (The batting-title eligibility rules in place in 1951 would not have helped him. Westrum would have needed 2.6 at-bats per the 154 team games originally scheduled, or a rounded-off 400 AB. His actual 1951 AB total was 361.)

    Over 1000 PA, career, OBP ≥ 1.6 * BA, sorted by most PA:

    5527 Gene Tenace
    2849 Wes Westrum
    1556 Red Faber
    1017 Mickey Lolich

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