Kipnis’ June ranks among best in franchise history; still time to vote for ASG
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was one of the most productive offensive players in the Majors in June, and there’s still time to vote for Kipnis and his Indians teammates for the 2013 All-Star Game, to be held July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
For the month, Kipnis ranked among MLB leaders in:
- On-base plus slugging: first, 1.216
- On-base percentage: first, .517
- Hits: tied for first, 39
- Average: second, .419
- Slugging percentage: second, .699
- Extra-base hits: second, 17
On a more impressive scale, Kipnis’ peripherals put him in the company of some of the best single-month performances in Cleveland franchise history: Kipnis became just the 15th Cleveland player dating back to at least 1921 to finish a single calendar month with a .400 batting average and OPS figure of at least 1.200, and the first since Jim Thome in August of 1996 (min. 50 plate appearances).
CLEVELAND PLAYERS TO BAT .400+ WITH 1.200+ OPS IN SAME CALENDAR MONTH, SINCE 1921 (min. 50 PA):
- Tris Speaker (5/21, 8/22, 7/23, 5/25, 7/25)
- Joe Sewell (8/23)
- Earl Averill (7/36)
- Frankie Pytlak (8/37)
- Hal Trosky (9/39)
- Dale Mitchell (9/50)
- Johnny Grubb (5/77)
- Albert Belle (5/94)
- Carlos Baerga (7/94)
- Jim Thome (8/96)
- Jason Kipnis (6/13)
Kipnis has reached safely via hit, walk or HBP in 32 consecutive games dating back to May 26. The last Indians player to reach safely in more than 32 straight games was Victor Martinez, who reached safely in 45 straight from Sept. 17, 2005-May 6, 2006.
–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp