MLB Needs to Abandon Post-Season Stats and Adopt Play-Off and World Series Stats
It’s interesting to think back in 1961 when Roger Maris’ home run record was asterisked because he played in just 8 more games than Babe Ruth. MLB made a separate record book for the longer season. Why is it that today MLB is comparing the World Series stats of baseball great Mickey Mantle to post-season stats of current day players?
Mantle never played in a Divisional Series game nor a League Series game. Yet, at multiple times during this years play-offs, MLB has displayed post-season leader boards for home runs which has listed the following top 5 players:
- Manny Ramirez (29),
- Bernie Williams (22),
- Derek Jeter (19),
- Reggie Jackson (18) and
- Mickey Mantle (18).
A more accurate representation would differentiate between between Divisional Series (DS) homers, League Series (LS) homers and World Series (WS) homers as shown below. PA = Plate Appearances and DNE = Did Not Exist: