Comments on: Most Home Runs by a Pinch Runner http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8466 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:30:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8466 Jgeller: Thanks for the info. I recognized that the post was specifically referring to PRs (as opposed to PHs), but I was curious about hte record for any substitute. I seemed to recall that there was a player who got 3 HR in an extra-inning game as a late-inning sub but couldn't place the name (I kept thinking it was Rusty Staub, but that didn't ring exactly right, either).

As a BoSox fan, I appreciated the irony of Lowell's pinch runner status. Of course, he showed his best method of beating a throw to second - hit it out of the park to begin with.

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By: gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8461 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 02:45:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8461 Jed, you don't have to be a subscriber to get PI to tell you that the record for most PA without an SB or a CS is 2244 by Johnny Estrada.

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By: Tom Clancy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8457 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 20:14:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8457 Last night Lowell suggested he might have a future as a pinch runner. Earlier this year when he was part of a double steal (or something equally unlikely), he said, "Guys, I've got another gear out there. It's called second."

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By: Jed http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8456 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:31:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8456 Slow: Kusick (listed at 6'3", 232) stole 11 bases in 1461 PA. Lowell has stolen 28 bases in 6119 PA.

And then there's Essegian -- 1140 PA, zero SB, zero CS. Now I'm curious: Does he have the most plate appearances without a stolen base or a stolen-base attempt? (I'm not a PI subscriber.)

Terrific stat, Raphy.

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By: khgiddon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8455 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:04:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8455 The irony, of course, about being a "pinch runner", is that Mike Lowell is without doubt one of the slowest people in baseball.

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By: Jgeller http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8454 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:19:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8454 Using the Play Index Game Finder, you can click just "Sub" under the positions and search for most home runs. This gives us since 1954 at least. Art Shamsky hit 3 homers in 1966 off the bench for Cincinnati, the only to do it. According to the play-by-play, he entered in a double switch during the Top of the 8th with the pitcher. He proceeded to hit a homer in the bottom of the 8th to put his team up 1. The game went to extra innings. Bottom 10 he hit a home run to re-tie the game. Bottom 11 he did the same. Pittsburgh won the game in the 13th inning, with Shamsky 2 batters away from his 4th at-bat in the game. In short: not just the most home runs by a sub in a game, but probably one of the most valuable subbing ever in a losing effort.

Not counting Shamsky, 53 players have hit 2 homers off the bench. Dave Ross did it in June.

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By: tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8451 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:22:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8451 Does anyone know what the record is for most HR in a game the player didn't start (entering as PH, PR, DR, etc.)?

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By: mikeyjax http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8449 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:49:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8449 Interestingly both gus on that list before last night played for the team they did it against in the same season. Kusick after and Essegian before. I'm not trying to ship Lowell to Motown but......

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2171/comment-page-1#comment-8448 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:49:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2171#comment-8448 That's a stunning stat and a great find.

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