batting stats by season plunk totals
In the interest of helping to advance the theory posted by this anonymous commenter yesterday, below are the cumulative batting stats for all major league players since they started counting HBPs, grouped by season plunk totals. As you can see below, their have been 15 times when a player has had more than 30 HBPs, and those batters combined for a .310 average and a .412 on-base percentage. Meanwhile, combined batting average for the 50,419 seasons in which a player didn't get hit at all is a mere .235.
Hughie Jennings batted .401 the year he got hit 51 times, and Craig Biggio batted .309 during his 34 plunk season. Don Baylor had 35 plunks in 1986 while only batting .238, but he did have 31 homers. In Jennings 51 plunk year, he racked up a .472 OBP despite only walking 19 times. Of the 15 times a batter has been plunked over 30 times in a season, that batter has hit better than .300 in 8 of those seasons.
In general, people who get hit by a lot of pitches appear to have much better batting averages, slugging percentages, and on-base pcts then people who don't get hit. (Of course OBP includes HBPs in the calculation, so that will always go up with more plunks).
|Season HBP||Player/Seasons||total AB||AVG||OBP||SLG||OPS|
|21 to 30||61||31,171||0.288||0.379||0.423||0.801|
|11 to 20||740||362,045||0.283||0.367||0.431||0.797|
|6 to 10||3317||1,544,058||0.279||0.353||0.421||0.774|
|1 to 5||25114||7,703,221||0.268||0.335||0.393||0.728|
This might look a little different if a minimum at-bats filter were applied.