There were many amazing offensive performances in 2017. But which hitter had the best day at the plate in 2017? Although there are a number of ways to characterize “best day” I used the following criteria:
1 – The player batted at least 5 times in the game.
2 – The player recorded a hit in every at bat he had in the game.
3 – The player had at least 10 total bases.
These parameters left me with 4 candidates – Scooter Gennett, Anthony Rendon, Jose Ramirez, and Andrew Benintendi. Here’s a summary of each player’s day at the dish.
On June 6th, 2017, Gennett’s Reds beat the Cardinals 13-1. Gennett went 5 for 5 with 4 runs, 4 home runs, 10 RBI, and 17 total bases.
On April 30th, 2017, Rendon and the Nationals spanked the Mets 23-5. Rendon went 6 for 6 with 5 runs, 1 double, three home runs, 10 RBI, and 16 total bases.
On September 3rd, 2017 Ramirez and the Indians beat the Tigers 11-1. Ramirez went 5 for 5 with 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 RBI and 14 total bases.
On July 4th, 2017, Benintendi and the Red Sox handled the Rangers 11-4. The rookie went 5 for 5 with 4 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, and 12 total bases.
These are four performances any ballplayer would love to add to his resume. To put games likes these into perspective – in 2017, there were 15 players who had over 250 at bats that hit 4 or fewer homeruns for the entire season. Of the 15 players, eight hit 2 or fewer homeruns in 2017.
Now, consider the days that Gennett, Rendon, Ramirez, and Benintendi had with the bat and then please vote for whom you think had the most impressive day at the plate.
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