Flushing Frivolity – Game-Winning RBI
Posted by JD on January 29, 2010
It’s been awhile since I had the time to scour the internet for a completely frivolous Mets-related nugget, but this one practically writes itself. On this date in 1989, Major League Baseball dropped Game-Winning Runs Batted In (GWRBI) as an official stat (via Baseball-Reference’s Bullpen Blog). Now, I have no memory of this stat, but Baseball Almanac has a a complete list of GWRBI milestones. Look who’s at the top of the list: the Mets’ own Keith Hernandez! Mex compiled 128 GWRBI during the nine seasons it was an official statistic. Pretty clutch, no?
Actually, not really. RBI is a flawed statistic as it is, and there’s no reason to think that GWRBI wasn’t just as flawed. But I always think it’s neat when a Met tops a leaderboard, and the fact that no one will ever take it away from Mex is just the cherry on top.