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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One Of Those GWYNNsdays

Anthony Keith Gwynn was unquestionably one of the greatest pure hitters of the 80s and 90s.  Multiple Batting Titles, Silver Sluggers, All-Star Game appearances show that this was not a secret, but something that the baseball world was well aware of.  He retired with a .338 batting average, making it into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Do you want a number even bigger than his .338 batting average?

How about .662?

That's Tony's NGAH average.  NGAH isn't used by many statisticians (since I just made it up), but you'll find that simple math shows that if you get a hit 338 times out of 1000, you didn't get a hit the other 662 times.  Thusly, your "Didn't Get A Hit" average would be .662.

Is there another profession where succeeding less than two-fifths of the time makes you a legend in your field?  Maybe there is, I'm not sure.  What I do know is that even All-Stars get used to failure, but they keep on keepin' on.

As bad as the Padres were some seasons, Tony wasn't always able to lift them, as evidenced by his 20 years with the Friars and only three playoff appearances.  Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just fall short.  Even the great ones do it.

Thankfully, none of my failures have been immortalized on cardboard, like this 1992 Donruss Triple Play card, in which Tony is unable (through no fault of his own, really) to snag this home run ball.

This card is another Gwynn given to me by Padrographs.  The more I look at it, I suppose that the trajectory of the ball could be more vertical, so maybe he actually has a shot at it.  But I'm going to lean towards the likelihood that this hit landed a Padre opponent a free one-way trip back to home plate.

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about Ryno. There's only so much one player can do.