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Brewers franchise Bacon history

EDITOR'S NOTE: plunkeveryone has found a way to outdo himself once again. Enjoy. - KL

I've been working on thinking of something more obscure to do this off-season, and that's sort of hard because usually I'd be tracking HBPs in winter ball and improving my database of all things plunk related.  Those are pretty obscure things to do, but I thought I could do better, and I hit upon this idea.  Last year I made up a stat to measure batting consistency, which I call Bacon (for marketing purposes).  It's calculated by dividing total batting average by the player's batting average in just the games in which they got a hit.  The idea being basically if players have good days and bad days, I'd like to know how often they have those bad days when they just can't hit, and also how much they make up for that by being really good on the days when they can hit the ball.   It's simple, and the results seem to work out the way I think they ought to.  But since I made the stat up myself, it's hard to see how the players from this year and last year compare to others throughout baseball history, and that's one of the main points of having all these stats.

So this winter, I figured I'd work back through retrosheet's data and calculate Bacon for as many seasons as the data allows.  Since I'm back through 1969 at this point, that means I can share with you the complete history of Bacon for the Brewers franchise (including the '69 Pilots).  Because you probably need to know these sorts of things.  About obscure stats I made up that no one actually cares about, and which might not make any sense, but which I still kind of find interesting. 

Below are the career Bacon numbers for every player who has had at least 1000 at-bats for the Brewers franchise from 1969 to 2010, along with some lists of the best and worst Bacon seasons in franchise history.

Career Bacon, Brewers franchise history:

Batter BACON AB Hits BACONxH
Paul Molitor (1978-1992) .768 7520 2281 1752.3
Cecil Cooper (1977-1987) .758 6019 1815 1376.3
Kevin Seitzer (1992-1996) .755 1993 598 451.3
Ryan Braun (2007-2010) .749 2316 711 532.6
Fernando Vina (1995-1999) .746 1957 559 417.0
Jeff Cirillo (1994-2006) .739 3259 1000 739.2
George Scott (1972-1976) .734 3009 851 625.0
Corey Hart (2005-2010) .734 2388 658 483.0
Robin Yount (1974-1993) .734 11008 3142 2306.0
Darryl Hamilton (1988-1995) .728 2193 637 463.6
Lyle Overbay (2004-2005) .720 1116 322 232.0
Scott Podsednik (2003-2004) .718 1198 331 237.6
Prince Fielder (2005-2010) .716 2958 826 591.7
Mark Loretta (1995-2002) .714 2596 751 536.3
Sixto Lezcano (1974-1980) .706 2722 749 528.9
Carlos Lee (2005-2006) .705 1006 275 193.8
Marquis Grissom (1998-2000) .704 1740 453 318.9
Ben Oglivie (1978-1986) .703 4136 1144 804.1
Richie Sexson (2000-2003) .695 1987 549 381.6
B.J. Surhoff (1987-1995) .693 3884 1064 736.9
Dave Nilsson (1992-1999) .692 2779 789 545.7
Jeromy Burnitz (1996-2001) .690 2768 714 492.7
Geoff Jenkins (1998-2007) .690 4407 1221 842.3
Gary Sheffield (1988-1991) .689 1110 287 197.8
Ted Simmons (1981-1985) .689 2544 666 458.7
Brady Clark (2003-2006) .687 1682 477 327.5
Jim Gantner (1976-1992) .686 6189 1696 1164.1
Rickie Weeks (2003-2010) .684 2413 610 417.4
Ronnie Belliard (1998-2002) .684 1686 443 303.0
Dave May (1970-1978) .683 2521 652 445.6
Don Money (1973-1983) .682 4330 1168 796.8
Pat Listach (1992-1996) .680 1640 420 285.8
J.J. Hardy (2005-2009) .680 2075 543 369.2
Jose Hernandez (2000-2002) .672 1513 395 265.5
Greg Brock (1987-1991) .672 1696 443 297.8
Ernest Riles (1985-1988) .672 1375 364 244.6
Tommy Harper (1969-1971) .668 1726 456 304.6
Glenn Braggs (1986-1990) .668 1619 413 275.8
John Jaha (1992-1998) .662 2176 583 385.8
Johnny Briggs (1971-1975) .657 1909 492 323.2
Matt Mieske (1993-1997) .655 1211 315 206.3
Charlie Moore (1973-1986) .653 3926 1029 672.3
Bill Hall (2002-2009) .650 2676 677 440.2
Sal Bando (1977-1981) .645 1915 479 308.9
Bill Schroeder (1983-1988) .644 1066 262 168.8
Bill Spiers (1989-1994) .644 1692 433 278.7
Greg Vaughn (1989-1996) .639 3244 799 510.3
Mike Felder (1985-1990) .630 1133 280 176.5
Dale Sveum (1986-1991) .627 1702 413 259.2
Ed Romero (1977-1989) .626 1167 297 185.8
Gorman Thomas (1973-1986) .625 3544 815 509.6
Mike Hegan (1969-1977) .623 1529 380 236.6
Jose Valentin (1993-1999) .620 2406 577 357.8
Rick Manning (1983-1987) .618 1251 296 182.9
Craig Counsell (2004-2010) .611 1611 398 243.3
Rob Deer (1986-1990) .609 2338 535 326.1
Darrell Porter (1971-1976) .605 1706 391 236.5
Pedro Garcia (1973-1976) .597 1440 323 192.7
Mike Matheny (1994-1998) .568 1172 271 154.0
Tim Johnson (1973-1977) .556 1101 248 137.9

Here are the top 10 seasons in Bacon for the Brewers (500ab Minimum):

Batter BACON AB Hits BACONxH
Cecil Cooper (1980) .838 622 219 183.4
Robin Yount (1989) .816 614 195 159.1
Cecil Cooper (1982) .812 654 205 166.4
Ted Simmons (1983) .805 600 185 148.9
Paul Molitor (1985) .804 576 171 137.5
Cecil Cooper (1983) .800 661 203 162.5
Geoff Jenkins (2000) .795 512 155 123.2
Paul Molitor (1991) .792 665 216 171.2
Jeff Cirillo (1998) .791 604 194 153.5
Robin Yount (1982) .787 635 210 165.4

The 2010 Brewer's Bacon leader Corey Hart had the 22nd best Bacon season in franchise history, with a .776 Bacon. Ryan Braun's .784 Bacon in 2009 was the 13th best in team history.

 

And, here are the 10 worst (500ab Minimum):

Batter BACON AB Hits BACONxH
Rick Auerbach (1972) .587 554 121 71.0
Greg Vaughn (1992) .599 501 114 68.3
Tommy Harper (1971) .602 585 151 90.9
Glenn Braggs (1989) .611 514 127 77.6
Alcides Escobar (2010) .625 506 119 74.3
Dave May (1972) .632 500 119 75.2
Ben Oglivie (1982) .633 602 147 93.0
Mike Cameron (2009) .634 544 136 86.3
Jeromy Burnitz (2000) .637 564 131 83.4
Gorman Thomas (1982) .638 567 139 88.7

 

 

Disclaimer: Most of the information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet, although the chance remains that I somehow screwed it up between their and here. I claim no copyright on my mistakes. Interested parties may contact Retrosheet at "www.retrosheet.org".

If you'd like to learn more about Bacon (the stat, not the meat), visit www.plunkeveryone.com. If this post made you hungry, perhaps you should go get some nice crispy bacon.

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