Juan Pierre & The .400 Club

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, the Dodgers have had many players hit .400 in a single month.  There have been 67 separate .400 months, in fact, with a minimum of 20 plate appearances.

There have been a number of LA Dodgers who have joined the .400 club multiple times, including:

  • Pedro Guerrero:  4 times
  • Don Drysdale:  3 times
  • Mike Piazza:  3 times
  • Steve Garvey:  twice
  • Dave Hansen:  twice
  • Eric Karros:  twice
  • Paul LoDuca:  twice
  • Olmedo Saenz:  twice
  • Terry Whitefield:  twice

Juan Pierre, who went eight for 20 in April to join the .400 club, is close to becoming the first LA Dodger to hit .400 in consecutive months.  He currently has 40 hits in 101 at-bats, good for a .39604 average for the month.  With two games left in the month, depending on at-bats, Pierre will need the following number of hits to rejoin the .400 club:

Hits/AB May AVG
1 for 1 .4020
2 for 2 .4078
2 for 3 .4038
2 for 4 .4000
3 for 5 .4057
3 for 6 .4019
4 for 7 .4074
4 for 8 .4037
4 for 9 .4000
5 for 10 .4054

 

If we increase the minimum to 50 plate appearances, there have been 27 different .400 months in Los Angeles Dodger history, with Pierre trying to become #28.

Incidentally, Juan Castro is 13 for 34 in May.  He's at .38235, but if he goes one for one this weekend he will join the .400 club as well.

Read after the jump for the complete list of .400 months in LA Dodger history.

.400 months in LA Dodger history (minimum 20 PA)

 

Player Month AB Hits Avg
Eric Karros Apr 1995 19 11 .579
Mike Piazza May 1995 34 18 .529
Raul Mondesi Apr 1995 19 10 .526
Mike Kinkade Sep 2002 14 7 .500
Terry Whitfield Aug 1984 23 11 .478
Mark Loretta Apr 2009 19 9 .474
Andre Ethier Sep 2008 78 36 .462
Pedro Guerrero Jul 1985 63 29 .460
Willie Davis Aug 1969 109 50 .459
Antonio Perez May 2005 35 16 .457
Ramon Martinez May 2006 31 14 .452
Olmedo Saenz Aug 2004 20 9 .450
Tom Haller Aug 1971 38 17 .447
Jeff Kent Jul 2007 76 34 .447
Sandy Koufax Jul 1965 18 8 .444
Steve Yeager Apr 1974 18 8 .444
Bob Lillis Sep 1958 61 27 .443
Brett Butler Jul 1992 95 42 .442
Sandy Alomar Apr 2006 25 11 .440
James Loney Jun 2007 50 22 .440
Bill Buckner Jul 1972 57 25 .439
Nomar Garciaparra Sep 2008 23 10 .435
McKay Christensen Jul 2001 30 13 .433
Dave Hansen Sep 1995 30 13 .433
Lee Lacy Apr 1975 37 16 .432
Jim Gilliam Jun 1959 109 47 .431
Mike Piazza Jun 1997 109 47 .431
Steve Garvey Sep 1978 107 46 .430
Don Drysdale May 1965 21 9 .429
Ted Sizemore Aug 1970 98 42 .429
Ron Cey Apr 1977 73 31 .425
Don Drysdale Aug 1958 19 8 .421
Eric Karros Apr 1998 19 8 .421
Don Drysdale Sep 1965 24 10 .417
Pedro Guerrero Sep 1980 24 10 .417
Wally Moon Apr 1961 60 25 .417
Tim Wallach Aug 1994 36 15 .417
Paul LoDuca Apr 2004 77 32 .416
Manny Ramirez Aug 2008 106 44 .415
Pedro Guerrero Jul 1987 82 34 .415
Pedro Guerrero Sep 1987 99 41 .414
Rick Monday Aug 1982 29 12 .414
Delino DeShields Aug 1995 51 21 .412
Steve Garvey Jun 1973 34 14 .412
Jerry Reuss Sep 1983 17 7 .412
Olmedo Saenz May 2004 17 7 .412
Duke Snider Sep 1958 34 14 .412
Eddie Murray Sep 1990 112 46 .411
Wes Parker Jul 1970 95 39 .411
Norm Larker Jul 1958 78 32 .410
Billy Ashley Jul 1997 22 9 .409
Dave Hansen Jul 2002 22 9 .409
Hundley, Todd Jul 2000 27 11 .407
Mike Piazza Sep 1997 96 39 .406
Mike Sharperson May 1992 37 15 .405
Jose Hernandez May 2004 42 17 .405
Willie Crawford May 1973 94 38 .404
Mike Scioscia Apr 1988 52 21 .404
Mickey Hatcher Jun 1989 25 10 .400
Frank Howard Jul 1961 30 12 .400
Tom Hutton Jul 1969 20 8 .400
Stan Javier Jun 1990 65 26 .400
Paul LoDuca Aug 1999 30 12 .400
Mike Piazza Aug 1995 115 46 .400
Juan Pierre Apr 2009 20 8 .400
Joe Pignatano Sep 1959 20 8 .400
Terry Whitfield Jul 1985 20 8 .400

For ease of research, March games were couned in April, and October games were counted in September.  Thanks to the amazing Baseball-Reference.com for providing the vehicle to do this research.

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