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Most PAs, no homers, active players

Posted by Andy on August 31, 2009

Here are the most plate appearances among active players with no career homers:

  Cnt Player              **PA**   HR From  To   Ages   G    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+----+-----+----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Reggie Willits        785     0 2006 2009 25-28  280   651  122  173  27   1   49  103   2  133   3  20   8   8   37  12  .266  .365  .310  .675 7/98D     LAA         
    2 Brett Tomko           546     0 1997 2009 24-36  392   455   23   71   9   0   29   19   0  180   0  71   1   5    0   1  .156  .189  .176  .365 *1        CIN-SEA-SDP-STL-SFG-LAD-TOT-NYY 
    3 Pedro Martinez        509     0 1992 2009 20-37  472   426   22   43   6   2   18   14   0  188   3  63   3   5    0   0  .101  .135  .124  .259 *1/5      LAD-MON-BOS-NYM-PHI 
    4 Luis Ordaz            496     0 1997 2006 21-30  206   440   51   96  13   0   30   34   1   53   2  15   5  12   12   5  .218  .274  .248  .522 *6/45     STL-KCR-TBD 
    5 Ben Sheets            492     0 2001 2008 22-29  221   433   12   33   3   0   12   18   0  204   0  41   0   2    0   0  .076  .113  .083  .196 *1        MIL         
    6 Ryan Dempster         491     0 1998 2009 21-32  449   424   18   40   8   1   13   12   0  173   0  55   0   3    0   0  .094  .119  .118  .237 *1        FLA-TOT-CIN-CHC 
    7 Brandon Webb          457     0 2003 2009 24-30  199   391   12   44   9   0   29   10   0  182   0  55   1   4    0   0  .113  .134  .136  .270 *1        ARI         
    8 Jamie Moyer           440     0 1986 2009 23-46  666   354   22   47   5   0   12   31   0  126   1  52   2   5    0   0  .133  .204  .147  .351 *1        CHC-TEX-STL-BAL-TOT-SEA-PHI 
    9 Doug Davis            422     0 1999 2009 23-33  282   375   12   31   4   2   12    4   0  151   1  42   0   4    0   0  .083  .095  .104  .199 *1        TEX-TOT-MIL-ARI 
   10 Brett Myers           410     0 2002 2009 21-28  234   346   17   42   9   0   10   19   0  114   0  45   0   8    0   0  .121  .167  .147  .314 *1        PHI         
   11 Matt Clement          410     0 1998 2006 23-31  239   348   22   33   5   1   12   14   0  174   4  43   1   2    0   0  .095  .139  .115  .254 *1        SDP-FLA-CHC-BOS 
   12 Josh Fogg             404     0 2001 2009 24-32  244   335   21   40   4   0   11   13   0  113   1  55   0   2    1   0  .119  .155  .131  .286 *1        CHW-PIT-COL-CIN 
   13 Aaron Cook            388     0 2002 2009 23-30  201   306   20   47   5   1   14   18   0  102   2  61   1   3    0   0  .154  .205  .176  .381 *1        COL         
   14 Oliver Perez          385     0 2002 2009 20-27  191   332   13   53   1   0   14   13   0  112   0  38   2   2    3   1  .160  .190  .163  .353 *1        SDP-TOT-PIT-NYM 
   15 Derek Lowe            384     0 1997 2009 24-36  561   316   19   42   5   0   15   20   0   94   0  46   2   6    1   0  .133  .183  .149  .332 *1        TOT-BOS-LAD-ATL 
   16 John Thomson          381     0 1997 2007 23-33  216   318   20   63   6   1   22   12   0  133   0  48   3   3    0   1  .198  .225  .223  .448 *1        COL-TOT-TEX-ATL-KCR 
   17 Chris Carpenter       312     0 1997 2009 22-34  272   275   12   29   3   0    6    9   0   88   0  27   1   3    0   1  .105  .133  .116  .249 *1        TOR-STL     
   18 Tim Hudson            311     0 1999 2008 23-32  309   271   16   44   8   1   21   11   0   85   0  29   0   6    0   0  .162  .195  .199  .394 *1        OAK-ATL     
   19 Esteban Loaiza        311     0 1995 2008 23-36  379   271   16   46   4   1   18    3   0   59   0  36   1   8    0   1  .170  .178  .192  .370 *1        PIT-TOT-TEX-TOR-CHW-WSN-OAK 
   20 Wade Miller           308     0 1999 2007 22-30  155   273   20   47   9   0   17    4   0   86   0  30   1   3    0   0  .172  .183  .205  .388 *1        HOU-BOS-CHC 

Only Willits and Ordaz are non-pitchers, although it's debatable whether Ordaz can really be considered active since he hasn't appeared in the majors since 2006.

Limiting to non-pitchers, here is the list:

  Cnt Player              **PA**   HR From  To   Ages   G    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+----+-----+----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Reggie Willits        785     0 2006 2009 25-28  280   651  122  173  27   1   49  103   2  133   3  20   8   8   37  12  .266  .365  .310  .675 7/98D     LAA         
    2 Luis Ordaz            496     0 1997 2006 21-30  206   440   51   96  13   0   30   34   1   53   2  15   5  12   12   5  .218  .274  .248  .522 *6/45     STL-KCR-TBD 
    3 Bernie Castro         209     0 2005 2006 25-26   66   190   32   48   4   4   17   18   0   28   0   1   0   2   13   4  .253  .317  .316  .633 /*4D7     BAL-WSN     
    4 Alejandro De Aza      185     0 2007 2009 23-25   67   164   20   38   9   2   11   11   1   42   1   6   3   2    2   0  .232  .279  .311  .590 /*87      FLA         
    5 Brian Bixler          155     0 2008 2009 25-26   63   141   20   24   7   1    4    8   2   59   4   2   0   1    1   0  .170  .235  .234  .469 /*64      PIT         
    6 Joaquin Arias         141     0 2006 2009 21-24   41   129   19   38   8   3   10    8   0   15   2   2   0   4    4   2  .295  .345  .403  .748 /*465D    TEX         
    7 Ivan Ochoa            134     0 2008 2008 25-25   47   120    7   24   8   0    3    4   1   28   3   7   0   3    0   1  .200  .244  .267  .511 /*64      SFG         
    8 Ramon Nivar           133     0 2003 2005 23-25   42   121   13   27   1   2   12    4   0   19   2   5   1   1    5   4  .223  .258  .264  .522 /*8       TEX-BAL     
    9 Trevor Crowe          121     0 2009 2009 25-25   44   106   16   22   6   1   10    9   0   25   1   3   2   4    4   0  .208  .271  .283  .554 /879      CLE         
   10 Luis Cruz             106     0 2008 2009 24-25   35    94    8   20   3   0    4    6   1    3   3   2   1   3    1   1  .213  .279  .245  .524 /*64      PIT         
   11 Mike Rouse            102     0 2006 2007 26-27   49    91    9   15   4   0    6    8   1   24   1   1   1   1    2   1  .165  .238  .209  .447 /456      OAK-CLE     
   12 Ramiro Pena           100     0 2009 2009 23-23   53    94   14   26   5   1    7    5   0   17   0   1   0   1    3   1  .277  .313  .351  .664 /564D     NYY         
   13 Michael Saunders       97     0 2009 2009 22-22   28    90   10   20   1   1    4    6   0   30   0   1   0   1    3   1  .222  .271  .256  .527 /*7       SEA         
   14 Nathan Haynes          95     0 2007 2008 27-28   60    89   13   22   0   1    4    6   0   23   0   0   0   1    5   3  .247  .295  .270  .565 /987      LAA-TBR     
   15 Brian Bocock           93     0 2008 2008 23-23   32    77    4   11   1   0    2   12   0   29   0   4   0   2    4   2  .143  .258  .156  .414 /*6       SFG         
   16 Roger Bernadina        91     0 2008 2009 24-25   29    80   11   17   2   1    2   10   0   22   0   1   0   3    5   3  .213  .300  .263  .563 /*879     WSN         
   17 Dane Sardinha          88     0 2003 2009 24-30   31    80    3   10   1   1    6    4   0   29   0   2   2   2    0   0  .125  .163  .163  .326 /*2       CIN-DET     
   18 Jerry Gil              88     0 2004 2007 21-24   30    86    3   15   2   1    8    0   0   33   1   0   1   2    2   0  .174  .182  .221  .403 /*6       ARI-CIN     
   19 Chris Heintz           88     0 2005 2007 30-32   34    82    1   19   3   0    9    4   0   18   0   2   0   3    0   0  .232  .267  .268  .535 /*2       MIN         
   20 Don Kelly              85     0 2007 2009 27-29   44    75    8   16   3   1    3    6   0   12   3   1   0   1    0   0  .213  .298  .280  .578 /76459    PIT-DET     

These totals are remarkably low.

Just since 1970, check out all the players with multiple seasons qualifying for the batting title but hitting no homers:

                   From  To   Ages Seasons Link to Individual Seasons
+-----------------+----+----+-----+-------+------------------------------+
 Ozzie Smith       1979 1992 24-37       6 Ind. Seasons                   
 Larry Bowa        1970 1982 24-36       6 Ind. Seasons                   
 Jerry Remy        1976 1983 23-30       4 Ind. Seasons                   
 Frank Taveras     1976 1980 26-30       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Duane Kuiper      1976 1979 26-29       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Roger Metzger     1971 1976 23-28       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Otis Nixon        1994 1995 35-36       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Lance Johnson     1991 1993 27-29       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Gerald Young      1988 1989 23-24       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Pete Rose         1981 1983 40-42       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Tom Herr          1981 1982 25-26       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Alfredo Griffin   1981 1989 23-31       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Rodney Scott      1980 1981 26-27       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Greg Gross        1974 1975 21-22       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Don Kessinger     1973 1975 30-32       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Ron Hunt          1972 1974 31-33       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Enzo Hernandez    1971 1974 22-25       2 Ind. Seasons                   
 Mark Belanger     1971 1973 27-29       2 Ind. Seasons                   

Now, I don't think any of these guys finished their career with zero homers but it seems to me that we should have a number of players with several hundred PAs and no homers, not just 3 players with as many as 200 PAs. Homers are just so incredibly prevalent now compared to years bygone.

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12 Responses to “Most PAs, no homers, active players”

  1. What are the longest homerless plate appearance droughts in MLB history? Much was made of Jason Tyner ending his 1220 PA drought a couple of years ago (well, much was made in MN anyways). Can the play index find these streaks?

  2. Sounds like Bill Hobert (19th century catcher) has the record for most career AB's without a HR. 2335 AB, 2396 PA.

    Notoriously bad hitter Bill Bergen had a homerless drought of over 2000 PA, but homered in his first season so would never appear on such a list.

    Tommy Thevenow has a 3500+ PA streak from 1927-1938. Al Bridwell 3700+ PA from 1905-1912.

    I'm just taking stabs in the dark looking for guys with high PA/HR ratios... I don't know what the answer is.

  3. Al Newman went 2252 plate appearances after his only career home run before retiring.
    Rafael Belliard went 2044 plate appearances between his only two career home runs.

    Those are the longest streaks I could find from 1954-2009.

  4. My apologies for not knowing how to introduce a new subject, but I noted that the Giants' Pablo Sandoval played in his 162nd MLB game on Saturday. Through that game, his career totals included 203 Hits and 330 Total Bases...pretty lofty numbers. In recent years, I could only find similar numbers from Ryan Braun and Hunter Pence. Is there a way to compile a list other than a game-by-game count of the partial season? I'm interested in using 200 H and 324 TB (2x162) as the threshholds. Thanks to all.

  5. Nice find on the streaks. Belliard actually has the lowest career OPS+ (46) of any player with over 1500 PA (despite the fact that had over 2500!). That is, if you don't count some guy named Bill Bergen who played between 1901 and 1911 with a 21 OPS+. Not sure how that could be possible. FYI, Newman's 58 is tied for 78th on the list with, among others, one of my favorite baseball names, Onix Concepcion.

  6. Wikipedia tells me that Thevenow has the record for consecutive AB's without a homer (with a citation of a 1982 baseball digest article)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Thevenow

    That's by AB's. Bridwell's PA streak was longer. Bridwell, had a halfway decent walk rate.

  7. The most career PA without a home run of any position player who started his career after 1900 was Tom Oliver, OF for the Red Sox from 1930-1933, who had 2072 PA without a Home Run. He probably would have gotten ROY votes had there been one (led the league in AB, .293 BA) and even received MVP votes the next year.

  8. Huh... Al Bridwell hit the single that was nullified by Merkle's boner. Small world. Can't find anything on the homerless PA streak though. Looks like most other sources use AB's to measure this type of thing.

  9. TheGoofyOne Says:

    Actually, it may not have been as common circa 1970 as believed. I did a search, 1960-1980, most AB w/o a home run, non-pitchers only. Ten guys had 500 AB, although one would later homer a bunch of times. Only two have more than 1,000 AB, Tim Johnson and Luis Gomez. The first guy I thought of, Mick Kelleher, was third with 954.

  10. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I thought for sure that Rod Carew would be on that last list, but he had only one homerless season. However, it was one of the years in which he won a batting title, 1972. I thought I had read somewhere at the time that he was the only player to win a batting title (at least in the post-1900 era) without hitting a home run. Later, I read that Zack Wheat did so for Brooklyn in the late 19-teens. I just looked it up here, and indeed he hit zero homers in 1918 while leading the lead in batting average. Both 1972 and 1918 were shortened years - 1972 due to a labor dispute that delayed the beginning of the season and 1918 due to ending early because of World War I. So maybe given a little more time, Carew or Wheat would have homered.

    Some of these guys who don't have much power, especially in the "dead ball" era, may have hit inside-the-park home runs.

    I also noticed that Pedro Martinez, Jamie Moyer, and Brett Myers are among the active players. Now watch all three of them go deep in the same game! (Martinez starts home game at Citzens Bank Park, homers in second inning, rain delay in third, play resumes, Moyer comes in to pitch, homers in fourth, Myers comes into game in top of eighth in a double switch that will allow him to also pitch ninth with less of a chance to need a pinch hitter, Myers' spot comes up anyway with no one warmed up, Myers then homers.)

    No one currently in the Phillies' starting rotation has a career regular season home run. I thought Cole Hamels would have one, but I just checked, and he doesn't. Cliff Lee, with admittedly very few opportunities so far, also doesn't have any. Joe Blanton does have that one in the World Series.

  11. Note that the ten guys on the multiple seasons list all date back to 1995 or earlier. Reggie Willits seems to walk a fair bit for someone with so little power. Eorns, Bergen was a catcher with a great defensive reputation, who played for some crappy teams.

  12. Just to clarify on my search, it was career AB from 1960-1980, not single season. The number of players who have many homerless seasons may actually end up with quite a few career homers, so you can't base anything on such seasons without looking at the total picture. Ozzie Smith hit 28 homers, Bowa 15. That's a long way from zero. Comparing the guys on the single-season homerless list to guys with 0 on the active career list isn't a fair way to do it. Ozzie homered in his first season. Bowa, it is true, did take nearly three years with lots of ABs, but if you did this same list any time after Aug. 1972, the bulk of his career, he wouldn't show up either.

    By the way, possibly my favorite homerless stat: Otis Nixon, all-time leader in 0-30 seasons http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/gyrTW