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May 25, 2011

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Jose Bautista is Getting No Help

by Colin Wyers

The Blue Jays entered today with a .271 True Average, comfortably above average. The "above average" part is wholly the work of one Jose Bautista, however; non-Bautista hitters for the Blue Jays combine for a True Average of only .252. In other words, the rest of the team is hitting like Nate McLouth or Carlos Pena.

To put this in context, here are the top ten seasons since 1950, of a team's best hitter by TAv (with at least 300 plate appearances) compared to the rest of his team's hitters:

YEAR

NAME

TEAM

Tav

TAv_Other

Diff

1957

Mickey Mantle

NYA

0.425

0.264

0.161

2002

Jim Thome

CLE

0.389

0.245

0.143

1956

Mickey Mantle

NYA

0.409

0.273

0.136

1994

Jeff Bagwell

HOU

0.403

0.268

0.135

1971

Hank Aaron

ATL

0.388

0.254

0.134

1961

Mickey Mantle

NYA

0.406

0.273

0.133

1954

Ted Williams

BOS

0.383

0.252

0.131

1980

George Brett

KCA

0.395

0.264

0.131

1967

Carl Yastrzemski

BOS

0.396

0.265

0.131

All very good hitters having very good years, only a few playing for below-average teams. Still, some pretty breathtaking differences.

Bautista is out performing his mates by .190.

Colin Wyers is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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