From the Bill Chuck Files, Boston Globe, 2/6/2011

Nick Cafardo “Baseball Notes,” Boston Globe, 2/6/2011

Short hops

From the Bill Chuck files: “An enigma wrapped in a mystery: New Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds hit all of .198 last season and struck out 211 times, yet he was the only player with at least 30 homers and 80 RBIs in less than 500 at-bats. In 499 at-bats, he hit 32 homers and drove home 85. Prince Fielder had 32 homers and 83 RBIs in 578 at-bats.’’ Also, “Only three players have hit at least .300 each of the last five seasons. Naming Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols is easy, but getting the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday takes a moment.’’ And, “Only three players have hit at least 20 homers each of the last 10 seasons. Naming Alex Rodriguez and Pujols is easy, but getting the Astros’ Carlos Lee requires some thought.’’