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It’s been a rough week or so for Sox hitters, as we well know. They’ve really struggled with runners in scoring position, causing much consternation amongst the fans watching the games. As they say, things can only go up from here, or put another way, regress to the mean.
Happily for us, though, there are a lot of Sox players throughout franchise history who have had excellent seasons with runners in scoring position! In total, 135 player seasons have had a batting average of at least .300 with RISP (minimum 125 PA w/ RISP). While that is perhaps a Sporcle for another Saturday, today I’m asking you to name just the players who have done that since 2000. That’s 38 entries: good luck!
- As alluded to above, the player must have logged at least a .300 average, and had a minimum of 125 plate appearances with RISP.
- As always, last names accepted in addition to first and last.
- I’ve given you 15 minutes to attempt completion.
- To make it a bit more challenging, I’m providing only the season and the batting average. No defensive position.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:
- Interestingly, no member of the 2005 team made this list, the only season that’s omitted.
- Unsurprisingly, the number one type of hit were singles, accounting for nearly 65% of all hits with RISP. Doubles were next with 18%, followed by home runs (14.7%) and triples (just 2%).
- The most RBIs on this list came from one of the players in 2000, with 106.
All data from baseballreference.com