Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 23, 2009
Here's another fun list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder. It's batters, since 1956, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter and then got to bat again in the game still with that "pinch-hitter" status and who got at least two hits in the contest with that status - while never playing a position in the game.
O.K. that's terrible grammar. Let's use an example: Joe Batter enters the game in the top of the 7th inning as a pinch-hitter (batting for the pitcher). And, he gets a hit. Then, before three outs are registered, he gets to bat again in that inning, still as a "pinch-hitter" in the game, and then he gets another hit. Then, in the bottom of the inning, he comes out of the game as a new pitcher takes the mound for his team. So, in this game, Joe Batter got two hits as a "pinch hitter." It's cases like this that make this report.
Here's the list.
Games Link to Individual Games +-----------------+-----+-------------------------+ Jeff Stone 1 Ind. Games Bill Robinson 1 Ind. Games Jeff Reboulet 1 Ind. Games Angel Pagan 1 Ind. Games Greg Norton 1 Ind. Games Russ Nixon 1 Ind. Games Duane Kuiper 1 Ind. Games Cliff Johnson 1 Ind. Games Brian Hunter 1 Ind. Games Dave Henderson 1 Ind. Games Ken Griffey 1 Ind. Games Julio Franco 1 Ind. Games Chris Bando 1 Ind. Games Oscar Azocar 1 Ind. Games Rick Auerbach 1 Ind. Games
Actually, you can take Jeff Reboulet off the list (above). I think that's a fluke boxscore error on him - as he stayed in the game as a D.H.
But, the others look "good" here - just doing a quick check on PA in the game.