Corey Seager keeping pace with Piazza
The LAD offense continued to sputter last night but not Corey Seager who launched a massive home run to right center against ex – Dodger Grienke. Legend has it that Grienke was pleased when the Dodgers drafted Seager, to bad he didn’t stick around to pitch with him behind him.
Seager’s 15th home run moved him up the LAD rookie leaderboard, passing Bill Sudakis and Johnny Roseboro. You can read a little about Bill Sudakis here.
Seager is now tied with one of the LAD all time greats in Ron Cey. The Dodgers have not always had a good 3rd baseman but from 1973 – 1981 they had a great one in Roy Cey. It took Ron Cey in 1973 almost 600 plate appearances to hit those fifteen home runs. James Loney also hit fifteen home runs his rookie season, and it only took James 375 plate appearances for his fifteen. Loney’s power surge his rookie season is what ended up frustrating so many Dodger fans as he never approached those home run per at bat numbers again. In Loney’s rookie year he averaged a home run every twenty-five plate appearances. For the rest of his career it was one home run every fifty-six plate appearances. On a minor note, James Loney hit his 100th home run the other day. For a moment in time it did not look like Loney would get to that milestone as he had been released by Tampa, and was playing for the Padre AAA club when the Mets came calling.
Which made me wonder how many plate appearances did the leaderboard leader Mike Piazza need for his fifteen – 254 is the answer, so surprisingly Seager is almost on pace with Piazza. Piazza had just finished a hot stretch with three home runs in three games. He would not hit his 16th home run until July 5th. Corey has more plate appearances right now than Mike did at the point they hit their 15th home runs, but Corey did it on June 14th, Mike didn’t do it until June 21st. So in a way, Corey is actually a head of the pace of Piazza if you go by the schedule but behind if you go by plate appearances.
Next up for Seager are Jayson Werth and Raul Mondesi with 16. Good chance he ties them tonight.
|Mike Piazza (RoY-1st)||35||1993||24||602||0.932||C|
|Frank Howard (RoY-1st)||23||1960||23||487||0.784||OF|
|Eric Karros (RoY-1st)||20||1992||24||589||0.73||1B|
|Greg Brock (RoY-7th)||20||1983||26||543||0.738||1B|
|Yasiel Puig (RoY-2nd)||19||2013||22||432||0.925||OF|
|Raul Mondesi (RoY-1st)||16||1994||23||454||0.849||OF|
|James Loney (RoY-6th)||15||2007||23||375||0.919||1B|
|Ron Cey (RoY-6th)||15||1973||25||595||0.723||3B|
|Todd Hollandsworth (RoY-1st)||12||1996||23||526||0.785||OF|
|Jim Lefebvre (RoY-1st)||12||1965||23||631||0.706||2B|
|Andre Ethier (RoY-5th)||11||2006||24||441||0.842||OF|
|Tommy Davis (RoY-5th)||11||1960||21||374||0.728||OF|
|Russell Martin (RoY-9th)||10||2006||23||468||0.792||C|