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.
|1977||June 6-July 12||33||119||36||44||4||2||19||40||.370||.472||.916|
|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|