Leaderboarding: Fewest RBI by home run benchmark

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Lucas Duda hit a bunch of homers but didn't drive in many runs in 2013.
Lucas Duda hit a bunch of homers but didn't drive in many runs in 2013. (USATSI)

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Home runs and runs batted in go hand in hand. You can't hit a homer without picking up an RBI, but you can pick up an RBI without hitting a homer. In the latest edition of leaderboarding, we're going to look at a fewest RBI totals at each of the round-ish number home run benchmarks (20, 25, 30, etc.).

Which players did the poorest job of driving in runs without hitting the ball out of the park? Here's the rundown (with a surprise ending):

Fewest RBI for a player with 50+ home runs

  1. Brady Anderson: 50 HR and 110 RBI (1996 Orioles)
  2. Willie Mays: 52 HR and 112 RBI (1965 Giants)
  3. Mark McGwire: 52 HR and 113 RBI (1996 Athletics)

Fewest RBI for a player with 45+ home runs

  1. Barry Bonds: 45 HR and 90 RBI (2003 Giants)
  2. Alfonso Soriano: 46 HR and 96 RBI (2006 Nationals)
  3. Harmon Killebrew: 45 HR and 96 RBI (1963 Twins)

Fewest RBI for a player with 40+ home runs

  1. Bonds (2003 Giants)
  2. Ken Griffey Jr.: 40 HR and 90 RBI (1994 Mariners)
  3. Adam Dunn: 40 HR and 92 RBI (2006 Reds)

Fewest RBI for a player with 35+ home runs

  1. Sammy Sosa: 35 HR and 80 RBI (2004 Cubs)
  2. Bonds: 37 HR and 81 RBI (1994 Giants)
  3. Dan Uggla: 36 HR and 82 RBI (2011 Braves)

Fewest RBI for a player with 30+ home runs

  1. Rob Deer: 32 HR and 64 RBI (1992 Tigers)
  2. Felix Mantilla: 30 HR and 64 RBI (1964 Red Sox)
  3. Hanley Ramirez: 33 HR and 67 RBI (2008 Marlins)

Fewest RBI for a player with 25+ home runs

  1. Ron Gant: 26 HR and 54 RBI (2000 Phillies and Angels)
  2. Marcus Thames: 25 HR and 56 RBI (2008 Tigers)
  3. Mark Bellhorn: 27 HR and 56 RBI (2002 Cubs)

Fewest RBI for a player with 20+ home runs

  1. Chris Hoiles: 20 HR and 40 RBI (1992 Orioles)
  2. Kevin Maas: 21 HR and 41 RBI (1990 Yankees)
  3. Chris Duncan: 22 HR and 43 RBI (2006 Cardinals)

Fewest RBI for a player with 15+ home runs

  1. Scott Hairston: 17 HR and 31 RBI (2008 Padres)
  2. Daryl Boston: 15 HR and 31 RBI (1988 White Sox)
  3. Lucas Duda: 15 HR and 33 RBI (2013 Mets)

Fewest RBI for a player with 10+ home runs

  1. Randy Ruiz: 10 HR and 17 RBI (2009 Blue Jays)
  2. David Ross: 10 HR and 18 RBI (2003 Dodgers)
  3. Wayne Gross: 11 HR and 18 RBI (1985 Orioles)

Fewest RBI for a player with 5+ home runs

  1. Mike Hessman: 5 HR and 7 RBI (2008 Tigers)
  2. Humberto Cota: 5 HR and 8 RBI (2004 Pirates)
  3. Ramon Castro: 5 HR and 7 RBI (2003 Marlins)

TWIST ENDING: Most RBI for a player with 0 home runs (Expansion Era only, 1961-2013)

  1. Ozzie Smith: 75 RBI (1987 Cardinals)
  2. Willie Randolph: 54 RBI (1991 Brewers)
  3. Smith: 54 RBI (1986 Cardinals)
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