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Which White Sox hitters have struck out the most?

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Inspecting the bat for a hole.
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As I am wont to do, I was browsing around Baseball Reference at lunch the other day, looking at team statistics for the Sox. Something that stuck out to me was Matt Davidson’s almost-100 strikeouts on the season. Davidson, thus far, has appeared in 64 games and logged 234 plate appearances, striking out 96 times: good for a 41%(!) whiff rate. That’s a lot of strikeouts!

Averaged out over an entire season, though, it doesn’t look as if he’ll break the White Sox single-season record. That record belongs to...number one on your quiz for today (you probably already know). Your challenge? Name the top-25 players in White Sox history to record the most strikeouts in a single season. Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As usual, the quiz will accept first and last names, or last names only. No toughie spellings this week, though, so you will have to spell last names correctly.
  • You’ll have 7:00 minutes to complete the list.
  • Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see expanded challenges in the future: for brevity’s sake I tend to keep quizzes to around 25 entries, but if folks want longer/more difficult lists (say, in the off-season), I’d be happy to comply.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or sadden your friends:

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .244/.331/.445
  • The major league record for strikeouts in a season? You may have heard: Mark Reynolds, in 2009, with 223.
  • Flipping that on its head: Joe Sewell — a product of a different era, to be sure, as many on the “least strikeouts” list are -- holds the top four spots. He struck out only 3 times over 576 PA in 1932.

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All data from baseballreference.com