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Friday, August 29, 2014

Schoenfield: A quick note about awesome Wade Davis

Forget Wade Davis… now I want to vote for Frank Williams for MVP!

Overall, [Wade] Davis has allowed a batting average of .139 and a slugging percentage of .149, giving him an “isolated power” allowed figure of .010. I assumed that would be the lowest ever (minimum 50 innings), but it’s not. A reliever named Frank Williams for the 1986 Giants had an isolated power allowed of .006. In 52.1 innings, Williams allowed 35 hits—just one for extra bases, a double. (He also allowed just one stolen bases while nine guys were caught stealing on his watch ... wow.) The Giants thought so much of his performance they traded him to the Reds in the offseason for outfielder Eddie Milner.

(Williams’ story is interesting but sad. He started one game in his career ... and threw a shutout, as a rookie in 1984. According to this story by Tom Hawthorn of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Williams’ best pitch was a slurve of sorts that he gripped deep in the palm of his hand. You can see from the baseball card photo in that story that Williams threw from a sidearm or three-quarters delivery. He took part in tough-man boxing matches in Idaho in the offseason. After his career ended, he explored his Native American roots, but his life fell apart with drug and alcohol use and the death of his twin brother and he eventually ended up living on the streets of Victoria, B.C., and died in 2009.)

Back to Davis. The lowest isolated power figures going back to 1957, from the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index:

1. Williams, .006
2. Davis, .010
3. Jim Johnson, 2008 Orioles, .016
4. Kevin Cameron, 2007, .023
5. Rob Murphy, 1986 Reds, .024

The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: frank williams, giants, history, royals, wade davis

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   1. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4781705)
I remember Frank Williams, I think. Extreme sidearmer?
   2. Batman Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4781723)
If you lower it to 40 IP, Cisco Carlos had a .000 ISO in 1967. Alberto Jose Albuquerque had .007 the year Mike Francesa hadn't heard of him.
   3. John Northey Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4781731)
Just checked his BR page - Frank Williams had a bit of a freak year that year, but just 23 HR given up in his 472 IP. Had a 1.20 ERA in '86 with that low ISO, then a 2.30 ERA in 105 2/3 IP the following year with an ISO of 106. Lifetime .086 ISO but his 4.3 BB/9 probably hurt, especially his last 2 years where it climbed to 5.0 and 5.8 (yikes).

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