Posted by Andy on March 14, 2011
Since 1920, two players are tied for the record for pinch-hitting in each of his team's first 11 games of the season.
|1||John Vander Wal||1995||11||Ind. Games||10||8||5||2||0||1||6||2||2||.625||.700||1.250||1.950||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||Frank Catalanotto||2010||11||Ind. Games||10||10||1||0||0||0||1||0||3||.100||.100||.100||.200||0||0||0||0||0|
Technically, I guess what I wrote above is wrong, since each guy is credited with 11 pinch-hitting appearances but didn't actually bat in one of the 11 games.
For Vander Wal, he pinch-hit in the crazy 1995 Opening Day game between the Mets and Rockies. I'm guessing the pitcher was relieved right after Vander Wal was announced, as Eric Young (Sr.) then immediately hit for Vander Wal.
It looks to be a similar deal for Catalanotto in the Mets' second game of the season last year.
The next-longest streaks are:
9 games by Greg Norton in 2009