November 1, 2013

Ortiz slugs his way into history

The Red Sox slugger’s World Series performance ranks with the greatest.

From staff reports

David Ortiz put forth one of the great offensive performances in baseball history in helping the Red Sox beat St. Louis in six games to win the World Series. Ortiz had a .688 batting average with a .760 on-base percentage and 1.948 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging). He also reached base in a record-tying nine straight plate appearances.

David Ortiz didn’t just have a great World Series for the Red Sox, he had one of the greatest of all time.

The Associated Press

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Below are some of the other top performances in the World Series. Stats are for batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.

Reggie Jackson, 1977

Hit .450/.542/1.250 for 25 total bases in 24 plate appearances for the Yankees. Hit a record five home runs (three in Game 6) and scored a record-tying 10 runs.

Lou Gehrig, 1928

Hit .545/.706/1.727 in 17 plate appearances for a 2.433 OPS for the Yankees. He hit four home runs, drew six walks and didn’t strike out.

Babe Ruth, 1928

Hit .625/.647/1.375 for 22 total bases in only 17 plate appearances for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds, 2002

Hit .471/.700/1.294 for 22 total bases in 30 plate appearances for the Giants. Bonds hit four homers with a record 13 walks.

Paul Molitor, 1993

Hit .500/.571/1.000 for 24 total bases in 28 plate appearances for Toronto. Added six extra-base hits, three walks and 10 runs.

Lou Brock, 1968

Hit .464/.516/.857 with seven steals for 22 total bases in 31 plate appearances for St. Louis.

Billy Martin, 1953

Hit .500/.520/.958 with two homers, two triples and a double for 23 total bases in 25 plate appearances for the Yankees.

Willie Stargell, 1979

Hit .400/.375/.833 for 25 total bases in 32 plate appearances for Pittsburgh. Had three homers, four doubles and seven RBI.

Billy Hatcher, 1990

Hit .750/.800/1.250 in 15 plate appearances for the Reds. His 2.050 OPS is second all time, despite not hitting any home runs (four doubles and a triple).

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