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Baseball Reference now allows you to search for stats leaders in a plethora of splits. I got bored one day. Alternate title for this post: Mitch Albom's nightmare.

Jed Jacobsohn

I blame the great Rany Jazayerli for this post.

The Grantland baseball writer started playing around with a tool on Baseball Reference, then Tweeted several interesting statistics, such as how Carlos Delgado (in 2000) and Billy Herman (in 1935) had the most doubles (19) in the month of July.

So I looked up a few random, A's-relevant statistics — all in the Oakland era (1968 to now). This is apparently the only free tool on B-R, I tried looking up pitching stats, but the first 15 results are behind a paywall.

Single season OPS vs. power pitchers:

  1. Rickey Henderson, 1990 (1.080)
  2. Jason Giambi, 2000 (1.071)
  3. Eric Chavez, 2002 (1.044)
  4. Reggie Jackson, 1974 (1.018)
  5. Claudell Washington, 1975 (1.012)
Single season HR vs. power pitchers:
  1. Reggie Jackson, 1969 (15)
  2. Sal Bando, 1969, Mark McGwire, 1987 (13)
  3. Dave Kingman, 1984, Eric Chavez, 2002, Nick Swisher, 2006 (12)
  4. Reggie Jackson, 1971, Dave Kingman, 1986 (11)
  5. Sal Bando, 1971, Terry Steinbach, 1996, Jason Giambi, 2000, Jack Cust, 2008 (10)
Most strikeouts after a 3-0 count:
  1. Ruben Sierra, 1993, Nick Swisher, 2005 (6)
  2. Jose Canseco, 1988; Mark McGwire, 1995; Ernie Young, 1996; Matt Stairs, 1999; Erubiel Durazo, 2003; Jack Cust, 2009 and 2010 (5)
Most strikeouts after a 3-0 count, career:
  1. Mark McGwire, 1988-1997 (24) — though he did have 31 RBIs in this situation
  2. Jack Cust, 2007-2010 (15)
  3. Mark Ellis, 2002-2010 (14)
  4. Jose Canseco, 1988-1997; Jason Giambi, 1995-2009; Miguel Tejada, 1997-2003 (13)
  5. Nick Swisher, 2004-2007 (12)
Most walks by an Athletic in Angel Stadium:
  1. Rickey Henderson (55)
  2. Mark McGwire (44)
  3. Sal Bando (43)
  4. Reggie Jackson (38)
  5. Dwayne Murphy (36)
Most home runs hit in a dome by an Athletic:
  1. Mark McGwire (33)
  2. Jose Canseco (25)
  3. Rickey Henderson, Eric Chavez (17)
  4. Matt Stairs, Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada (15)
  5. Terry Steinbach, Dave Kingman (14)

Batting average with runners in scoring position (min. 100 ABs):

  1. Adam Kennedy (.368)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes (.345)
  3. Luis Polonia (.336)
  4. Jason Kendall (.333)
  5. Jeff Burroughs (.330)
RBI in late & close situations:
  1. Sal Bando (154)
  2. Jose Canseco (151)
  3. Mark McGwire (136)
  4. Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson (126)
  5. Eric Chavez (110)

Most intentional walks (single season) while batting seventh:

  1. Sal Bando, 1972 (8)
  2. Eric Chavez, 2001 (6)
  3. Jim Gosger, 1968 (5)
  4. Dave Duncan, 1972, Terrence Long, 2003 (4)
  5. Many others tied with 3
Single season strikeouts in Sept./Oct.:
  1. Jack Cust, 2007 (41)
  2. Jack Cust, 2009 (39)
  3. Jack Cust, 2010; Brandon Allen, 2011; Stephen Drew, 2012 (34)
  4. Dick Green, 1965, Reggie Jackson, 1970 (33)
  5. 5 others tied with 32
Hits to an "unknown location":
  1. Jason Giambi (191)
  2. Rickey Henderson (178)
  3. Terry Steinbach (176)
  4. Mike Bordick (173)
  5. Mark McGwire (172)
Sacrifice bunts:
  1. Mike Bordick (50)
  2. Mike Gallego (45)
  3. Mark Ellis (42)
  4. Walt Weiss (31)
  5. Cliff Pennington (28)
Home runs by a pitcher:
  1. Blue Moon Odom (12)
  2. Catfish Hunter (6)
  3. Lew Krausse (5)
  4. Jim Nash, Diego Segui, Rollie Fingers (2)
  5. Vida Blue, Paul Lindblad, John O'Donoghue (1)
Stolen bases vs. the Astros:
  1. Mark Ellis (2)
  2. Nick Swisher (1)
  3. Kiko Calero and every other Athletic in history (0)