All-Modern Day Deadball All-Stars–hitting by year
The last post got me thinking, what players in the modern day would have thrived in the Deadball era.
Deadball era hitters were known for low home run totals, high batting averages, bad Isolated Discipline (on-base percentage – batting average) and low strike out rates.
I went on Baseball-Reference’s Play Index (jeez is that thing fun to play with) and set the first parameters for career: BA >= .315, OBP >=.370, HR <= 400, minimum 3,000 plate appearances.
The list is surprisingly thin and chock full of first basemen of all things. Turns out a number of them were hurt because of late-career declines, so I scrapped that and started looking under single season for the same parameters, with HR <=20, between 1961-2009 (expansion era).
And that’s when the hits just kept coming.
Here’s what came up (slash stats are batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage/no. of home runs):