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Most BB Post-1900 Careers Of 1,500 AB Or Less

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 31, 2011

Since 1901, of all batters with 1,500 career AB in the majors, or less, who has the most walks?

The list -

Rk Player BB AB From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Jeremy Giambi 251 1417 1998 2003 23-28 510 1704 219 372 75 3 52 209 10 356 16 9 11 38 1 3 .263 .377 .430 .807 D9/73 KCR-OAK-TOT-BOS
2 Larry Rosenthal 251 1483 1936 1945 26-35 579 1765 240 390 75 25 22 189 0 195 1 30 0 11 13 9 .263 .370 .392 .762 897/3 CHW-TOT-PHA
3 Daric Barton 250 1470 2007 2011 21-25 438 1765 212 371 84 11 26 157 10 284 11 19 15 23 12 7 .252 .362 .378 .740 *3/5 OAK
4 Chris Iannetta 235 1394 2006 2011 23-28 444 1689 192 328 71 9 61 228 15 371 39 7 14 28 6 5 .235 .358 .430 .788 *2/35D COL
5 Pat Collins 235 1204 1919 1929 22-32 543 1475 146 306 46 6 33 168 0 202 4 32 0 0 4 5 .254 .378 .385 .762 *2/3 SLB-NYY-BSN
6 Phil Weintraub 232 1382 1933 1945 25-37 444 1630 215 407 67 19 32 207 0 182 5 11 0 35 4 0 .295 .398 .440 .838 *3/798 NYG-TOT-PHI
7 Les Fleming 226 1330 1939 1949 23-33 434 1572 168 369 69 15 29 199 0 152 10 6 0 31 7 8 .277 .386 .417 .804 *3/97 DET-CLE-PIT
8 Ron Hodges 224 1426 1973 1984 24-35 666 1683 119 342 56 2 19 147 26 217 4 14 15 34 10 13 .240 .342 .322 .663 *2 NYM
9 Jack Hiatt 224 1142 1964 1972 21-29 483 1387 110 287 51 5 22 154 18 295 4 11 6 28 0 1 .251 .374 .363 .737 *2/37 LAA-SFG-TOT-HOU
10 Billy Lush 221 1340 1901 1904 27-30 384 1637 217 336 40 24 4 105 0 173 6 70 0 0 56 0 .251 .359 .325 .685 *78/9564 BSN-DET-CLE
11 Dave Nicholson 219 1419 1960 1967 20-27 539 1661 184 301 32 12 61 179 7 573 7 4 12 13 6 10 .212 .318 .381 .699 *79/8 BAL-CHW-HOU-ATL
12 Tony Solaita 214 1316 1968 1979 21-32 525 1552 164 336 66 1 50 203 18 345 3 4 15 22 2 8 .255 .357 .421 .778 *3D NYY-KCR-TOT-CAL
13 Don Lenhardt 214 1481 1950 1954 27-31 481 1720 192 401 64 9 61 239 0 235 6 18 1 32 6 7 .271 .365 .450 .815 *7/3598 SLB-TOT
14 Sandy Amoros 211 1311 1952 1960 22-30 517 1558 215 334 55 23 43 180 16 189 11 18 7 23 18 15 .255 .361 .430 .791 *7/89 BRO-LAD-TOT
15 Al Wingo 211 1326 1919 1928 21-30 493 1575 224 409 87 19 9 191 0 119 1 37 0 0 23 22 .308 .404 .423 .827 *7/985 PHA-DET
16 Tommy Glaviano 208 1008 1949 1953 25-29 389 1246 191 259 55 6 24 108 0 173 21 9 0 28 11 0 .257 .395 .395 .789 *5/48679 STL-PHI
17 Al Wickland 207 1468 1913 1919 25-31 444 1756 212 397 58 38 12 144 0 184 9 72 0 0 58 4 .270 .364 .386 .750 *97/8 CIN-CHI-TOT-BSN-NYY
18 Bob Hamelin 206 1272 1993 1998 25-30 497 1505 179 313 70 3 67 209 10 293 11 1 15 34 11 8 .246 .352 .464 .816 *D3 KCR-DET-MIL
19 Billy Grabarkewitz 202 1161 1969 1975 23-29 466 1390 189 274 41 12 28 141 12 321 10 7 10 20 33 17 .236 .351 .364 .716 54/6D7 LAD-TOT-OAK
20 Fred Jacklitsch 201 1333 1901 1917 25-41 485 1567 160 325 63 12 5 150 0 254 17 16 0 0 35 0 .244 .350 .320 .670 *2/348569 PHI-BRO-NYY-BAL-BSN
21 Frank Menechino 200 1257 1999 2005 28-34 450 1510 207 302 58 7 36 149 2 279 35 8 10 28 3 10 .240 .358 .383 .741 *4/D561 OAK-TOT-TOR
22 Lance Blankenship 200 1050 1988 1993 24-29 461 1292 176 233 48 3 9 92 2 218 11 25 6 27 54 18 .222 .350 .299 .649 4/7985D36 OAK
23 Ted Savage 200 1375 1962 1971 25-34 642 1613 202 321 51 11 34 163 9 272 11 18 9 40 49 24 .233 .334 .361 .694 79/8345 PHI-PIT-STL-TOT-CIN-MIL
24 Lou Berberet 200 1224 1954 1960 24-30 448 1449 118 281 34 10 31 153 20 195 7 2 16 39 2 3 .230 .337 .350 .687 *2 NYY-WSH-TOT-DET
25 Gabe Gross 199 1461 2004 2010 24-30 657 1680 203 349 78 8 40 186 8 349 5 6 9 18 22 10 .239 .330 .385 .716 *97/8D TOR-MIL-TOT-TBR-OAK
26 Milt Byrnes 199 1278 1943 1945 26-28 390 1519 174 350 77 15 16 154 0 183 3 39 0 23 3 14 .274 .373 .395 .768 89/73 SLB
27 Andrew McCutchen 197 1496 2009 2011 22-24 395 1725 244 422 92 18 48 191 6 272 14 3 15 14 75 23 .282 .368 .464 .831 *8/D PIT
28 Warren Newson 196 992 1991 1998 26-33 489 1193 156 248 40 4 34 120 9 292 1 2 2 24 14 3 .250 .374 .401 .775 97/D8 CHW-TOT-TEX
29 Dave Harris 196 1447 1925 1934 24-33 542 1678 243 406 74 33 32 247 0 245 5 30 0 0 28 21 .281 .368 .444 .812 97/853 BSN-TOT-WSH
30 Dan Johnson 195 1292 2005 2011 25-31 393 1513 160 304 58 2 52 187 7 225 6 0 20 32 1 1 .235 .334 .404 .738 *3/D57 OAK-TOT-TBR
31 Craig Kusick 194 1238 1973 1979 24-30 497 1461 155 291 50 3 46 171 9 228 13 3 13 36 11 4 .235 .342 .392 .733 3D/71 MIN-TOT
32 Glenn Borgmann 191 1294 1972 1980 22-30 474 1526 137 296 42 4 16 151 9 191 3 20 18 30 4 3 .229 .325 .304 .630 *2/D MIN-CHW
33 Carl Sawatski 191 1449 1948 1963 20-35 633 1661 133 351 46 5 58 213 38 251 6 2 13 31 2 0 .242 .330 .401 .731 *2/8 CHC-CHW-MLN-TOT-PHI-STL
34 Ryan Langerhans 190 1238 2002 2011 22-31 591 1459 174 280 58 12 33 125 16 385 12 10 9 17 10 8 .226 .333 .372 .705 *78/93D ATL-TOT-WSN-SEA
35 Ron Roenicke 190 1076 1981 1988 24-31 527 1294 141 256 51 3 17 113 14 195 5 15 8 17 24 9 .238 .353 .338 .691 897/3D LAD-TOT-SDP-SFG-PHI-CIN
36 Benny McCoy 190 1214 1938 1941 22-25 337 1423 182 327 52 18 16 156 0 122 1 18 0 30 8 6 .269 .369 .381 .750 *4/65 DET-PHA
37 Merv Shea 189 1197 1927 1944 26-43 439 1400 105 263 39 7 5 115 0 145 1 13 0 3 8 3 .220 .327 .277 .603 *2 DET-TOT-CHW-BRO-PHI
38 Champ Summers 188 1371 1974 1984 28-38 698 1593 199 350 63 4 54 218 17 244 19 3 12 35 15 13 .255 .350 .425 .776 9D7/325 OAK-CHC-CIN-TOT-DET-SFG-SDP
39 Joe Tipton 186 1117 1948 1954 26-32 417 1324 116 264 36 5 29 125 0 142 11 9 1 25 3 3 .236 .351 .355 .706 *2 CLE-CHW-PHA-TOT-WSH
40 Jeff DaVanon 185 1288 1999 2007 25-33 528 1505 205 333 57 13 33 150 3 268 4 9 19 24 59 23 .259 .349 .400 .749 98/7D ANA-LAA-ARI-TOT
41 Tim Hendryx 185 1291 1911 1921 20-30 416 1546 152 356 68 22 6 192 0 128 14 56 0 0 26 16 .276 .372 .376 .749 89/75 CLE-NYY-SLB-BOS
42 Jerry Kenney 184 1369 1967 1973 22-28 465 1594 165 325 38 13 7 103 9 139 2 28 11 39 59 29 .237 .326 .299 .626 *5/684 NYY-CLE
43 Kevin Maas 182 1248 1990 1995 25-30 406 1448 171 287 43 1 65 169 21 310 8 0 10 13 10 5 .230 .329 .422 .752 *D3 NYY-MIN
44 Biff Pocoroba 182 1457 1975 1984 21-30 596 1674 132 374 71 2 21 172 33 109 6 16 13 51 6 8 .257 .339 .351 .690 *2/5 ATL
45 Bill Salkeld 182 850 1945 1950 28-33 356 1048 111 232 39 2 31 132 0 101 2 14 0 19 6 0 .273 .402 .433 .835 *2 PIT-BSN-CHW
46 Dexter Fowler 181 1281 2008 2011 22-25 381 1501 217 332 74 37 11 105 2 338 7 28 4 14 49 27 .259 .353 .400 .753 *8/9 COL
47 Steve Boros 181 1255 1957 1965 20-28 422 1473 141 308 50 7 26 149 19 174 13 13 11 30 11 6 .245 .344 .359 .702 *5/3946 DET-CHC-CIN
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Generated 8/31/2011.

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At least Little Giambi has something else to hang his hat on besides not sliding...

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25 Responses to “Most BB Post-1900 Careers Of 1,500 AB Or Less”

  1. I thought Jon Cangelosi would be on this list but he had too many AB's.Guy could have been a very good leadoff man if someone had let him play 150 games a season.

  2. What I noticed right away from this list is that there is only one 0.300 hitter and 2 with 0.400 OBP and none with a 0.500 SLP (not surprising based on the fact that these were short careers, alhough quite a few played for at least 3 teams). 11 were catchers, 3 at DH, no SS (as the most games played), and 19 were OF, probably the 4th outfielder.

    If you sort the list by HR, 16 of the top 17 had more SO than BB vs 10 of the bottom 30.

  3. Hey I was just talking about Kevin Maas!

  4. Even Bill Simmons was talking about Kevin Maas. After we did it in the Saturday recap / Desmond Jennings thread.

  5. A lot of these guys have really high BB rates. A few have just moderately high rates, but happen to have just under 1,500 PAs. (A. McCutchen, Carl Sawatski, Biff Pocoroba.)

  6. Biff Pocoroba
    One of the great ballplayer names of all time.His real name too,not a nickname.

  7. @1, Steve -- Good point about Cangelosi.

  8. Mr. Giambi sure taught his boys to wait for strikes to swing at.

  9. @6:

    I'm partial to Crazy Schmit, although I'm pretty sure that is a nickname!

  10. Urban Shocker aint bad either.

  11. Giambi = Moneyball.

    There is that Larry Rosenthal again. I guess it makes sense if he had a lot of 3+ TOB games early in his career (see other post), he would have a lot of walks.

  12. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Jack Hiatt: Dick Dietz lite.

  13. Lots of Moneyball on this list, Giambi Dan Johnson and Daric Barton.

    as for great baseball names oyster Burns and Granny Hamner have to be mentioned as well

  14. Randy Milligan had too many AB's to make the list but he's the guy I think should have succeeded Hernandez at 1b for the Mets.More power and better speed than Magadan,good walk totals offset Dave's higher average.

  15. My brother and I have used Biff Pocoroba's name like a Batman TV-show sound for years....

  16. Kingturtle Says:

    champ summers only had 1371 at bats? wow.

  17. Grabarkewitz, Jacklitsch and Menechino, right in the middle of the order. Perfect fodder for Harry Caray.

  18. Glenn Gulliver was one walk-drawing dude but he only played one year with Baltimore if my memory serves me correctly, maybe two. Tommy Glaviano was another guy with a short career who drew a ton of walks but he was only a regular in one season I believe. I like playing with those guys in Stratomatic leagues. Then there's Eddie Shokes, who missed action to WWII--he was a walk-drawer but his career BA was a hair above .100 in his short ML stint.

    Bless the guy who remembers Cango! Little Cangelosi was one of my favorites!

  19. I liked Cangelosi too.

    I do remember him charging the mound on John Smoltz one time after getting plunked afterwards it was mentioned at the time after getting that plunk that he was 0 for 1 with 3 HBPs in his career against Smoltz. No wonder he charged the mound.

    Anyhow for names one of my favorite was Bris Lord's nickname "The Human Eyeball", though I've never been able to find out why he got that nickname. He doesnt seem to have wierd eyes in his pictures (at least to me). And he didnt exactly draw BBs (by the way that nickname would be perfect for some of the names on this list) Anybody know?

  20. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @10/ Cheese says: "Urban Shocker aint bad either."

    Cheese, that was his actual name {Urban James Shocker}. He died very young at 37 of a heart condition, otherwise he might've been a serious HOF candidate.

  21. I'm guessing some of these guys batted 8th a lot and were walked to get to the pitcher. I'm looking at you, Hodges, Sawatski, and Pocoroba, LLP.

  22. Dave Nicholson, the original free-swinging strikeout king, was also a walk king! You might think that would take some doing, but actually it seems not to be the case.

    Since 1919, there are only 10 guys in 1500+ PA careers to strikeout in at least one-third of their ABs. Here they are:
    - Adam Dunn
    - Rob Deer
    - Jack Cust
    - Russell Branyan
    - Mark Bellhorn
    - Mark Reynolds
    - Dave Nicholson
    - Bo Jackson
    - Tom Seaver
    - Lefty Grove

    Of the above 10, all but the the last three on the list (two of them pitchers) had walk totals of at least one-third of their strikeouts. Dunn and Cust have walks totalling more than 50% of their strikeouts.

    Could it be that the so-called free swingers aren't really free swingers? Rather, they wait for their pitch but just don't connect too much because they're always swinging so hard?

  23. 22 Yeah,guys who strikeout AND walk alot often take a lot of pitches too.Hence more called third strikes.

  24. #22, Personally I've only considered free-swingers to be high-K, low-BB guys. Actually, I consider low-BB, Low-K to be free-swingers rather than the reverse.

    But, probably just me.

  25. 24 Well,yeah,free swingers who make contact.Greg Jefferies is a good example off the top of my head.