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Talking Three True Outcomes (Final Update)

Hey guys, this is kind of a cross post (spam) but I wanted to share it anyways because I thought it was cool. I've been playing with the Lahman Database recently and I thought it would be interesting to see which Giants hitter (SF era) had the highest TTO (Three True Outcomes) score.

TTO is defined as:

(HR+BB+K)/(AB+BB)

It's just a fun measure to see what percentage of player AB results in a HR, BB, or K.

~ I've limited the sample to hitters with at least 500 career ABs

~ I've also tossed out pitchers from the sample, other wise Mike McCormick and Gaylord Perry kept showing up in my list.

The Top-10 SF Giants TTO hitters, 1958-2008:

PlayerID Name BB SO HR AB TTO%
kingmda01 Dave Kingman 138 422 77 1242 46.16%
bondsba01 Barry Bonds* 1947 949 586 6263 42.41%
hiattja01 Jack Hiat 132 175 18 661 40.98%
dietzdi01 Dick Dietz 318 366 62 1634 38.22%
cruzjo02 Jose Cruz Jr. 102 121 20 539 37.91%
bondsbo01 Bobby Bonds 500 1016 186 4047 37.43%
mccovwi01 Willie McCovey 1168 1351 469 7214 35.65%
burksel01 Ellis Burks 144 166 60 930 34.45%
lewisfr02 Fred Lewis 70 159 12 636 34.14%
northbi01 Billy North 203 190 7 1006 33.09%

I can't say I'm surprised to see Kingman at #1, he is almost one of the definitions of a TTO player. It's an interesting list, but I had never, ever heard of Billy North? Does anyone else remember him? He played CF with the Giants from 1979-1981 and was a master at drawing walks. He had zero power -- career SLG of .323 -- but he got on base. His 1980 season in particular is pretty interesting. He hit: .251/.373/.292 with 81 walks to 79 strikeouts. He also stole 45 bases.

I'll be posting the Bottom-10 TTO list in this thread tomorrow if there's interest.

*Bonds' walk total doesn't include the 575 IBBs he accrued during his time with the Giants. If you throw them in to his BB total, he moves past Kingman by a fraction of a percentage point.

Top-20 Single Season TTO% (Min. 100 ABs)

Year PlayerID Name Sum of HR Sum of BB Sum of SO Sum of AB TTO%
1985 deerro01 Rob Deer 8 23 71 162 55.14%
1973 kingmda01 Dave Kingman 24 41 122 305 54.05%
2004 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 45 232 41 373 52.56%
2001 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 73 177 93 476 52.53%
1967 dietzdi01 Dick Dietz 4 25 44 120 50.34%
2002 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 46 198 47 403 48.42%
1971 mayswi01 Willie Mayes 18 112 123 417 47.83%
1969 hiattja01 Jack Hiatt 7 48 58 194 46.69%
2003 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 45 148 58 390 46.65%
1974 kingmda01 Dave Kingman 18 37 125 350 46.51%
2000 estalbo02 Bobby Estalella 14 57 92 299 45.79%
2007 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 28 132 54 340 45.34%
1973 mccovwi01 Willie McCovey 29 105 78 383 43.44%
1969 bondsbo01 Bobby Bonds 32 81 187 622 42.67%
1972 kingmda01 Dave Kingman 29 51 140 472 42.07%
1977 alexaga01 Gary Alexander 5 20 33 119 41.73%
2001 galaran01 Andres Galarraga 7 13 49 156 40.83%
2000 bondsba01 Barry Bonds 49 117 77 480 40.70%
1999 burksel01 Ellis Burks 31 69 86 390 40.52%
1971 kingmda01 Dave Kingman 6 9 35 115 40.32%

Rob Deer -- maybe the TTO prototype -- comes in at #1 for the highest TTO% score in Giants history. I actually ran this data back to the New York era but I didn't think I would get much. Lots of Barry Bonds and Dave Kingman on this list. Galarraga makes an appearance as does Bobby Estalella. I'll be posting the Bottom-10 TTOs tomorrow.

edit:

Bottom-10 SF Giants TTO hitters, 1958-2008 aka HACKERS LIST.

PlayerID Name BB SO HR AB TTO%
alouje01 Jesus Alou 58 162 18 2242 10.35%
millebr01 Bruce Miller 30 49 1 553 13.72%
perezne01 Neifi Perez 35 58 3 647 14.08%
molinbe01 Bengie Molina 34 91 35 1027 15.08%
lanieha01 Hal Lanier 131 413 8 3514 15.14%
alouma01 Matty Alou 59 101 12 1048 15.54%
metzgro01 Roger Metzger 38 50 0 521 15.74%
feldemi01 Mike Felder 51 60 4 670 15.95%
cruzde01 Deivi Cruz 27 63 12 606 16.11%
fuentti01 Tito Fuentes 216 405 34 3823 16.22%

Lots of Alous on this list. And we also get a Neifi Perez sighting!

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