Richie Sexson: Feast or Famine

Watching the Mariners play the Tigers yesterday, it became pretty clear to me. Not unlike the Rob Deers and Cecil Fielders before him, Richie Sexson is the ultimate feast or famine batter in today’s game. Check it out — Sexy went 1 for 4, with a 3-run bomb, raising his batting average to .152. Here’s the breakdown this year for The Big Sexy

  • 15 hits in 99 at-bats
  • 5 Home Runs
  • 7 Doubles
  • 3 Singles

Are you kidding me? How can a big league first baseman take 100 at-bats and only get 3 singles? I just really don’t know what to make of this — is it good that he only hits for power, or bad that he can’t do anything other than go deep? I’m sure The Big Sexy will finish the year around .250, so I’m not too worried, but I couldn’t help but put up those stats while they existed, because I don’t believe it gets any more extreme than that.

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  • http://www.youbeenblinded.com HG

    gotta love baseball stats

  • http://zachls.blogspot.com The Big Picture

    i’d go as far as calling sexson among the worst hitters in baseball. out of those five HRs, I bet only one or two were actually meaningful blasts.

  • Gene

    I would have to say that Dave Kingman may have been Sexson’s role model. In a 16-year career, Kingman amassed 442 homers while hitting .236. He was equally “all power” at the beginning and end of his career, with 36 and 37 homers for the Mets in 1975 and 1976, while batting .231 and .238, respectively. In 1985 and 1986, with Oakland, he hit 30 and 35 homers, and batted .238 and.210. That may be the most sustained combination of “all or nothing” in MLB history.