Billingsley Wins Second Old Slugger Title
Billingsley with 2009 Old Slugger Trophy
Billingsley with 2009 Old Slugger Trophy
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Posted Oct 20, 2010


Chad Billingsley won his second "Old Slugger Award" in 2010, claiming the title of best hitter on the Dodgers staff, with a .145 average. He also won in 2009, dethrowning 2008 winner Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda was third on the 2010 list with a .036 average. Billingsley also took top honors with three runs batted in and tied Vincente Padilla with a double.

  Kershaw topped the staff with 11 sacrifice hits and Kuroda was second with 11.

Orel Hershiser set the Los Angeles record of .356 in 1993 and Don Drysdale knocked in 17 runs in 1965.

Hershiser, Rick Rhoden (.308, 1975), Drysdale (.300, 1965) and Jerry Reuss (.292, 1983) are the top five on the Los Angeles charts. The rest of the top 10 include Doyle Alexander (.273, 1971), Claude Osteen (.273 1971), Ramon Martinez (.273, 1994), Tim Leary (.269, 1988) and Hershiser (.258, 1991).

The Old Slugger Award, presented by LADugout.com, to the Dodger pitcher with the highest batting average, is named after the Game of the Week announcing crew of Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese from the 1960s, during which Dean would announce "And here comes the O-o-o-l-d slugger" each time a pitcher came to the plate.

An appropriately large trophy (5 1/2" tall) is awarded each spring to the recipient.

2010 Old Sluggers (30 at-bats)
 
	               ab   r   h    ave  bi
Chad Billingsley       62   1   9   .145   3
Clayton Kershaw	       55   4   3   .055   1
Hiroki Kuroda	       55   2   2   .036   0

 
  Non-qualifiers         ab  r  h   ave bi
Kenley Jansen	         1  0  1 1.000  0
Jeff Weaver	         5  0  1  .200  0
Vicente Padilla	        26  5  4  .154  2
Jon Ely		        27  1  2  .074  1
Carlos Monasterios	14  1  1  .071  0
Ted Lilly	        23  0  1  .043  0
Scott Elbert	         1  0  0  .000  0
Ramon Troncoso		 2  0  0  .000  1
Charlie Haeger	         6  0  0  .000  1
Ramon Ortiz	         5  0  0  .000  0
Octavio Dotel	         1  0  0  .000  0
Hong-Chih Kuo	         1  0  0  .000  0
James McDonald	         1  0  0  .000  0
Travis Schlichting	 1  0  0  .000  0

  2B hits- Billingsley, Padilla 1 each. 
HR- Billingsley, Wolf. SF- Stults, Wolf.
Sacrifices- Kershaw 18, Kuroda 11, 
Billingsley and Padilla 6, Ely and 
Monasterios 4, Lilly 2, Hager  and Kuo 1. 
BB- Billingsley 4, Kuroda 2, Padilla 2, 
Kershaw, Kuo, Ely, Haeger, Taschner, 
Troncoso Lilly and Jansen 1 each. 
Osteen Five-Time Winner
Claude Osteen, a clutch pitcher who has been overlooked in the glow of the Koufax-Drysdale mystique, holds the record with five Old Slugger awards, four of them in succession (1967-70).

Other sluggers who won multiple crowns include: Hershiser and Osteen (5), Fernando Valenzuela (4), Don Drysdale and Ramon Martinez (3) and Billingsley joined double winners Johnny Podres, Rick Rhoden, Jerry Reuss and Darren Dreifort, Jeff Weaver and Brad Penny.

Brooklyn's Earl Yingling hit .383 in 1913 for the all-time mark. Bill "Brickyard" Kennedy leads the Dodgers career hit list with 294 hits and Burleigh Grimes is second with 227. Don Drysdale is the Los Angeles leader with 204 - plus 14 more while with Brooklyn.

Drysdale had a remarkable season in 1965, setting Los Angeles records with 39 hits, as well as times at bat (130), runs (18), homers (7 — a total he also reached in 1958 to tie him for the franchise record with Don Newcombe) and runs batted in (19). With all that hitting he still had time to record a 23-12 won-lost mark with a 2.72 earned run average and seven shutouts.

Previous Los Angeles "Old Sluggers"
  (Minimum 30 at bats)
Year               	        ab- h  ave
2009 - Chad Billingsley	        66-10  .179
2008 - Hiroki Kuroda	        54- 8  .148
2007 - Brad Penny	        66-16  .279
2006 - Brad Penny 	        65-12  .185
2005 - Jeff Weaver	        70-16  .229
2004 - Jeff Weaver	        70-15  .214
2003 - Wilson Alvarez	        29- 5  .172
2002 - Odalis Perez	        64-10  .156
2001 - Luke Prokopec	        36- 7  .194
2000 - Chan Ho Park	        70-15  .214
1999 - Darren Dreifort	        62-13  .213
1998 - Darren Dreifort	        49-11  .224
1997 - Ramon Martinez	        42- 8  .190
1996 - Ismael Valdes	        70-10  .143
1995 - Ramon Martinez	        64-11  .172
1994 - Ramon Martinez	        66-18  .273
1993 - Orel Hershiser	        73-26  .356
1992 - Orel Hershiser	        68-15  .221
1991 - Orel Hershiser	        31- 8  .258
1990 - Fernando Valenzuela	69-21  .304
1989 - Fernando Valenzuela	66-12  .182
1988 - Tim Leary	        67-18  .269
1987 - Rick Honeycutt	        30- 7  .233
1986 - Orel Hershiser	        71-17  .239
1985 - Fernando  Valenzuela     97-21  .216
1984 - Orel Hershiser	        50-10  .200
1983 - Jerry Reuss	        71-20  .282
1982 - Jerry Reuss 	        77-17  .221
1981 - Fernando Valenzuela	64-16  .250
1980 - Bob Welch	        70-17  .243
1979 - Rick Sutcliffe	        85-21  .247
1978 - Burt Hooton	        67-10  .149
1977 - Rick Rhoden	        78-18  .231
1976 - Rick Rhoden	        65-20  .308
1975 - Doug Rau	                87-17  .195
1974 - Andy Messersmith	        96-23  .240
1973 - Tommy John	        74-15  .203
1972 - Claude Osteen	        88-24  .273
1971 - Doyle Alexander	        33- 9  .273
1970 - Claude Osteen	        93-19  .204
1969 - Claude Osteen	       111-24  .216
1968 - Claude Osteen	        84-15  .179
1967 - Claude Osteen	       101-18  .178
1965 - Don Drysdale	       130-39  .300
1964 - Don Drysdale	       110-19  .173
1963 - Don Drysdale	        96-16  .167
1962 - Joe Moeller	        33- 7  .212
1961 - Johnny Podres	        69-16  .232
1960 - Larry Sherry	        37- 6  .162
1959 - Johnny Podres	        65-16  .246
1958 - Fred Kipp   	        36- 9  .250

  Los Angeles records:
Average - Orel Hershiser, 1993 	.356
At bats - Don Drysdale, 1965	 130
Runs - Don Drysdale, 1965	  18
Hits - Don Drysdale, 1965	  39
2b hits - Andy Messersmith, 1974   8
3b hits - Don Drysdale, 1960	   2
          Claude Osteen, 1966	   2
HR - Don Drysdale, 1958, 1965	   7
RBI - Don Drysdale, 1965 	   19

 Brooklyn records:
Average - Earl Yingling, 1913	.383
At bats - Bill Kennedy, 1894	 161
Runs - Ed Stein, 1894	          30
Hits - Bill Kennedy, 1894         49
Doubles - Don Newcombe, 1955	   9
Triples - Ed Stein, 1894	   4
Home runs- -Don Newcombe, 1955	   7
Runs batted in - Ed Stein, 1894	  30


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