Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jimmy Rollins ... Mr. Clutch!!

Move over, JWest, turns out JRoll is looking to take your moniker.

Jimmy Rollins ... Mr. Clutch!!

Jimmy Rollins´ two RBI Monday night gave him an even 800 for his career, pretty good for a leadoff guy. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Jimmy Rollins' two RBI Monday night gave him an even 800 for his career, pretty good for a leadoff guy. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

First ... Full disclosure: I have been one of those that felt that Jimmy Rollins did not adhere enough to his obvious talents, cringed every time he swung at the first pitch and huffed whenever he would pop up when a walk would have sufficed ... But we have always thought he was headed for the Hall of Fame one day. And, this I think, might just clinch it.

Rollins' two RBI Monday night gave him an even 800 for his career, pretty good for a leadoff guy. So we went to baseball-reference.com to see how those 800 broke down. Turns out — just like both RBI Monday night — 341 have come with two outs, that's 42.6 percent of his total. We thought that number looked a little high. Boy, were we wrong ...

It is off the charts!

How off the charts? Well, we went through nearly two dozen players for which baseball-reference breaks RBI down by outs (which means since the mid-50s or so) and found no one — NO ONE!!! — with a percentage that high. And only one other (surprising) player (a Phillie) that was even in the 40s.

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The full list of the players we checked out are below. A couple of notes: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other stars from the first half of 1900s are not included, because we could not find how their RBI break down ... The totals for Aaron and Mays do not constitute their full careers (*), but even if each RBI unaccounted for (less than 100 for each) was of the two-out variety, neither would have broken 40% ... The other guy we found in the 40s was Pat Burrell, for whom 41.0% of his Phillies RBI (40.3% of his major league total) came with two down ... As a point of reference, about 37.1% of the RBI in major league baseball this season have come with two out.

Two questions:

Is this a legitimate value of "clutch" or does it mean he fails more with none or one out?

And ... Can anyone find any other major leaguer that had 42.6% of his RBI be with two out ... Or even any better than the 38.1% Manny Ramirez has rung up, which is the second-best we could find among the top 20 career RBI leaders?

Comment below ... email me ... tweet ... or whatever else you kids do these days. I'm real interested to see how if Rollins' numbers hold up and to see how people feel about this.

 0 Out  
 1 Out  
 2 Out  
 Jimmy Rollins
 173  286  341  800  42.6%  
 Ryan Howard
 240  353  333  926  36.0%
 Chase Utley
 195  287  272  754  36.1%
 (Phillies RBI Totals Only)
 Mike Schmidt
 405  645  545  1595  34.2%
 Pat Burrell
 204  284  339  827  41.0%
 Bobby Abreu
 239  308  267  814  32.8%
 Greg Luzinski
 187  322  302  811  37.2%
 Johnny Callison
 165  290  211  666  31.7%
 Dick Allen
 183  234  238  655  36.3%
 Mike Lieberthal
 154  241
 214  609  35.1%
 Hank Aaron
 535  908  770  2213*  
 Barry Bonds
 560  800  636  1996  31.9%
 Alex Rodriguez
 495  781  674  1950  34.6%
 Eddie Murray
 477  730  710  1917  37.0%
 Willie Mays
 444  742  661  1847*  35.8%
 Carl Yastrzemski  
 451  787  606  1844  32.9%
 Ken Griffey Jr.
 492  758  586  1836  31.9%
 Rafael Palmeiro
 482  723  630  1835  34.3%
 Dave Winfield
 410  789  634  1833  34.6%
 Manny Ramirez
 460  673  698  1831  38.1%
 Frank Robinson
 454  721  637  1812  35.2%
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