Hamilton Was Hot, But Schmitty Scorched

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Mike Schmidt sounded skeptical about the ruling over Ryan Braun's recent successful appeal. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

When the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton went on his little home run stretch last week (nine dingers over six games), it brought to mind the tears that former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt would go on that had him looking like a man playing a boy’s game.

We found nine such stretches (of at least 10 games each) where Schmidt’s performance was fun to watch and hard to believe. (We easily could have squeezed in another dozen.)

It is possible to see the 548 dingers on his career resume and think of Schmidt as just a home-run hitter, but notice that most of the hot streaks listed below include at least one triple and all have a high on-base percentage.

Year   Dates G AB R H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  Avg.  OBA Slg.
1977 June 6-July 12  33  119  36  44 4 2 19 40 .370 .472 .916
1979 July 6-29 20 73 19 31 4 1 13 31 .425 .482  1.041
1980 Aug. 11-24 14 61 14 25 2 1 8 20 .410 .486 .869
1981 April 11-May 8 22 82 23 25 6 1 10 25 .305 .406 .768
1981 Aug. 10-Sept. 4 24 84 18 33 4 0 10 26 .393 .495 .798
1983 April 13-May 7 17 59 23 26 6 0 6 22 .441 .553 .847
1985 Aug. 4-Sept. 15 37 132 22 45 10 2 12 32 .341 .450 .720
1986 May 27-June 25  29 100 24 36 8 1 7 20 .360 .430 .670
1987 Aug.7-31 24 88 15 32 8 0 6 20 .364 .477 .659

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