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As Jim noted in his excellent piece on Friday, Nick Madrigal’s hit tool should allow him to routinely clear a .300 average, though with the hope that some of the other columns see an uptick. Still, it’d be fun to see Madrigal consistently make the cut as the Sox haven’t had a player string together more than two consecutive .300 seasons since 1999-2003.
While batting average isn’t the measuring stick it used to be, it’s still fun (at least for me) to look at who has made the cut. And today’s Sporcle is all about .300 hitters: in franchise history, which players have hit for an average of .300 or better? There are 169 entries: how many can you get? Good luck!
- To make the list, a player must have hit at least .300 (obviously) and also qualified for the batting title. So, ironically, the player that inspired this quiz is not in the quiz.
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The highest average of the players on this list is .388, set in 1936.
- Out of curiosity, I looked up the lowest average in franchise history in a season. That dubious honor goes to Billy Sullivan in 1909, who hit just .162, good for a 28 OPS+. Sullivan made the cut three separate times, all from 1907-1909.
- Sullivan’s .213 lifetime average is second-worst all-time, but there’s more to the man than that, as you can read in his SABR bio.
All data from stathead.com