Luis Arraez's Pursuit of History: Chasing the .400 Batting Average
Stakes Content Team


Luis Arraez, the Miami Marlins second baseman, has entered the second half of the season with an impressive .383 batting average, placing him within reach of achieving a rare feat in baseball history: finishing the season with a .400 batting average. The last player to accomplish this remarkable milestone was Ted Williams in 1941.

In the 2000 MLB season, three players—Nomar Garciaparra (.389), Darin Erstad (.384), and Todd Helton (.383)—were in the conversation for .400 at the All-Star break. However, their performances in the second half were exceptional but fell short of the legendary mark. Garciaparra and Helton claimed the AL and NL batting titles with averages of .372, while Erstad finished at .355.


The 1999 Season: Larry Walker (.382), for the Colorado Rockies, neared the .400 mark with his stellar first-half performance. Although his second half was impressive, his average dipped to .374, showcasing the difficulty of sustaining such a high level of success.


The 1997 Season: Tony Gwynn (.394) and Larry Walker (.398) came close to achieving .400 at the All-Star break, raising hopes that the barrier could be broken twice in the same season. However, both players experienced a slight dip in their averages during the second half. Walker batted .328, and Gwynn posted a .344 average, resulting in final season-ending averages of .366 and .372, respectively.


The 1994 season was marred by a strike that prematurely ended the campaign. At the All-Star break, three players—Tony Gwynn (.383), Frank Thomas (.383), and Paul O’Neill (.382)—were on track for a historic run. Unfortunately, the strike interrupted their pursuit, and only Gwynn had a chance to continue his exceptional performance, hitting .423 from the break until the strike. Gwynn finished with an impressive .394 average, leaving us wondering what could have been.


The 1993 Season: John Olerud (.395) and Andrés Galarraga (.391) surprised the baseball world with their exceptional first-half performances in 1993. However, their averages dropped during the second half, with Olerud batting .324 and Galarraga hitting .342. Despite falling short of .400, both players secured batting titles in their respective leagues.


The 1983 Season: Rod Carew (.402), known as one of the greatest contact hitters in history, defied expectations at 37 years of age in 1983. His average surpassed .400 at the All-Star break, but a .280 second-half performance lowered his final average to .339, trailing Wade Boggs’ .361 in the American League.


Does Luis Arraez have a shot at history?




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