Penny Wins Coveted "Old Slugger" Award

Brad Penny won the annual "Old Slugger" Award given by Dodgers Dugout to the top pitcher on the staff. He was the only one to make double figures in hits (12) and posted a .192 average. Only staff members who had 35 at-bats or more qualified for the trophy.

In fact, only Penny and Lowe broke the 35 a-b barrier among pitchers who had at least one hit during the 2006 season. Lowe did not challenge for the title, hitting only .094.

He will be awarded the huge (4") trophy during the spring training season, following such hitters as Orel Hershise who won the title five times, Fernando Valenzuela who won four times and Don Drysdale, Rick Rhoden, Jerry Reuss and Darren Dreifort who earned two titles.

The name "Old Slugger" comes from the Game of the Day when Dizzy Dean was the broadcaster and exclaimed "Here comes the old slugger" each time a pitcher came to bat.

Greg Maddux set a Dodger age record by stealing second base at the age of 40. Only two other Brooklyn/Los Angeles players in history have pilfered a base after 40: Rickey Henderson, who nabbed 16 in 2003 at the age of 44 and Vic Davilillo, who stole a pair in 1978 adn 1978 at the age of 41 and 42.

Maddux hit .200 while in 2006 but did not reach the sufficient number of time at bat.
  2006 Old Slugger standings:
ave                   ab-h 
.185 Brad Penny       65-12 
.094 Derek Lowe       64-6 
  Non-qualifiers
.200 Greg Maddux      25-5  
.192 Aaron Sele       26-5  
.125 Hong-Chih Kuo     8-1  
.120 Brett Tomko      25-3  
.111 Jae Seo          18-2  
.083 Chad Billingsley 24-2  
.067 Odalis Pérez     15-1  
  Others with no hits-- Mark 
Hendrickson (0-19), 
Jonathan Broxton, 
Franquelis Osoria (0-2), 
Joe Biemel, Elmer Dessens, Tim 
Hammulak (0-1).

  Runs batted in-- Penny 5; Lowe 
and Maddux 3 each; Billingsley 2. 
Runs scored--Lowe 5; Penny and 
Perez 3 each; Billingsley, Sele 
and Tomko 2 each; Hendrickson, Kuo 
and Maddux 1 each. 2B hits--Penny 
3; Lowe 2; Kuo, Maddux and Sele 
one each. Stolen bases-Maddux. 
Walks-- Lowe 4; Billingsley and 
Hendrickson 2 each; Broxton, Perez, 
Sele, Seo and Tomko one each.
All-time records Earl Yingling holds the all-time mark, hitting .383 in 1913. Orel Hershiser hit .356 in 1993 to set the Los Angeles standard. Only four Los Angeles pitchers have exceeded .300. Along with Hershiser are Rick Rhoden (.307, 1974), Fernando Valenzuela (.304, 1990) and Don Drysdale (.300, 1965).

The top 15 hitters:
Los Angeles
ave                  year       ab-h
.356 Orel Hershiser 1993       73-26
.308 Rick Rhoden 1976          65-20
.304 *Fernando Valenzuela 1990 69-21
.300 Don Drysdale 1965        130-39
.282 *Jerry Reuss 1983         71-20

.273 *Claude Osteen 1972       88-24
.273 Ramon Martinez 1994       66-18
.269 Tim Leary 1988            67-18
.258 Orel Hershiser 1991        31-8
.250 Fred Kipp 1958             36-9
.250 *Fernando Valenzuela 1981 64-16

.247 *Rick Sutcliffe 1979      85-21
.246 *Johnny Podres 1959       65-16
.243 Bob Welch 1980            70-17
.240 Andy Messersmith 1974     96-23

Hits--Drysdale, 39, 1965. Runs--
Drysdale, 18, 1965. Runs batted in--
Drysdale, 19, 1965. 2B hits-- Andy 
Messersmith, 8, 1974. 3B hits-- 
Drysdale, 1960; and Osteen, 1968, 
2 each. Home runs--Drysdale, 1858, 
1965, 7. On-base percentage--
Hershiser, .373, 1973. Slugging 
average--Drysdale, .508, 1965. 
Walks-Messersmith, 11, 1974. 
Stolen bases--Hershiser, 1987.

  All-time

ave                  year    ab-h
.383 *Earl Yingling 1913     60-23
.368 Ben Chapman 1944        38-14
.367 *Clarence Mitchell 1919 49-18
.361 Ad Gumbert 1895         97-35
.359 *Don Newcombe 1955     117-42

.356 Orel Hershiser 1993      73-26
.351 *Dutch Ruether 1921      97-34
.333 Ed Head 1942             39-13
.319 *Don Newcombe 1954       47-15
.308 Rick Rhoden 1976         65-20
.307 Brickyard Kennedy 1895  127-39

.306 Burleigh Grimes 1920     111-34
.306 *Johnny Podres 1953       36-11
.304 Brickyard Kennedy 1894   161-49
.304 Sloppy Thurston 1932      56-17
.304 *Fernando Valenzuela 1990 69-21
  
Hits-Kennnedy, 39, 1895. Runs--Ed 
Stein, 29, 1894. Runs batted in-- 
Stein, 30, 1894. 2B hits--Newcombe, 
9, 1955. 3B hits--Stein, 1894; Bill 
Hart, 1892; Frank Kitson, 1902; 
Sherry Smith, 1917, 4 each. Home runs
--Don Newcombe, 7, 1955. 
On-base percentage--Yingling, .434, 
1913. Slugging average--Newcombe, .632, 
1955. Walks--Mitchell, 19, 1919. 
Stolen bases-Bill Donovan, 7, 1902.

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