Michael's final at bat of the year came on September 27 in the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. he led off the bottom of the 9th inning with the Tribe down, 2-0. left-handed reliever Jake McGee was on the mound for the Rays, and after a 1-2 count, Michael struck out on a foul tip. and that is how he would close the books on his outstanding season.
|screenshots cropped from a video on Indians.com|
once all his numbers were adjusted for the 0-for-1 AB, Michael finished 2014 with the following new career highs:
all these numbers are team highs as well.
not counting Michael's 2009 final numbers, because he only played one month that season as a rookie, his previous career high in batting average was .288 in 2012. his old OBP, SLG, and OPS career highs were also set in 2012, and those numbers were .348, .402, and .750.
Michael has led the team in overall batting average 3 years in a row now. this season, he finished an astounding 47 points ahead of the 2nd highest BA on the team, held by Lonnie Chisenhall. Michael should have taken that BA bet with Chiz, i knew he would have won lol
|photo cropped off Indians.com|
additionally, Michael's .327 average ranked 3rd in the major leagues, behind only Victor Martinez (.335) and Jose Altuve (.341). but i will get more into that in my September #s blog.
also, for the record, the highest batting average Michael had after a game this season was .329, minus of course some of the outrageous batting averages from March/April. i am extremely happy that he was able to get back up into his higher BA range right as the year came to its conclusion.
so congratulations to Michael on maintaining such a high stat line and being a clutch commodity all season long! i always believed he had potential to be a .300 hitter, but this year he exceeded all expectations. he's developed into one of the best all-around players in the league, and i am incredibly proud of him! =D