Comments on: Lowest SLG with 450+ ABs, last 20 years http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: vonhayes http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309/comment-page-1#comment-910 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 00:44:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/309#comment-910 Most of those guys got intentionally walked semi-regularly because they were all 8-hole hitters in the NL.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309/comment-page-1#comment-881 Sat, 22 Sep 2007 20:54:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/309#comment-881 Interesting. Griffin had 37 IBB in his career. Here are the 11 from 1990:
Car# Yr# G# Date Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
22 1 1 1990-04-19 LAD HOU Mike Scott tied 1-1 b 2 --3 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
23 2 1 1990-04-28 LAD CHC Steve Wilson ahead 4-1 b 3 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
24 3 1 1990-05-19 LAD PHI Roger McDowell tied 12-12 b 9 --3 0 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
25 4 1 1990-05-24 LAD @CHC Les Lancaster ahead 4-0 t 3 -23 1 - 0 Intentional Walk
26 5 1 1990-05-31 LAD CIN Jack Armstrong ahead 1-0 b 2 -2- 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
27 6 1 1990-06-25 LAD @ATL Charlie Leibrand ahead 5-1 t 3 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
28 7 1 1990-07-18 LAD @STL Jose DeLeon ahead 1-0 t 4 -2- 2 3-0 2 0 Intentional Walk
29 8 1 1990-08-03 LAD @SFG Randy O'Neal ahead 10-2 t 6 -23 2 - 0 Intentional Walk
30 9 1 1990-08-25 LAD NYM Sid Fernandez ahead 2-0 b 4 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
31 10 1 1990-08-29 LAD @PHI Dennis Cook ahead 3-2 t 6 -23 1 - 0 Intentional Walk
32 11 1 1990-09-02 LAD @MON Mark Gardner ahead 3-0 t 1 -23 2 - 0 Intentional Walk
Once you start looking at the box scores, it makes sense. Since Griffin was a poor batter, he batted mainly 8th, and most of the IBBs came with two outs early in the game to get to the pitcher. #3 on that list was in the bottom of the 9th, when the Phillies needed to load the bases to set up for a double play.
Here's one case where the IBB really didn't work out too well:
Top of the 6th, Dodgers Batting, Ahead 3-2, Dennis Cook facing 5-6-7
--- H Brooks Single to CF
1-- M Scioscia Walk; Brooks to 2B
O 12- M Sharperson Bunt Groundout: C-2B/Sacrifice; Brooks to 3B; Scioscia to 2B
-23 A Griffin Intentional Walk
Mickey Hatcher pinch hits for Fernando Valenzuela batting 9th
R 123 M Hatcher Single to LF (Ground Ball thru SS-3B Hole); Brooks Scores; Scioscia to 3B; Griffin to 2B
Darrel Akerfelds replaces Dennis Cook pitching and batting 9th; Juan Samuel pinch hits for Lenny Harris batting 1st
R 123 J Samuel Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Scioscia Scores; Griffin to 3B; Hatcher to 2B; Samuel to 1B
RRRR 123 C Gwynn Home Run (CF-RF); Griffin Scores; Hatcher Scores; Samuel Scores/unER
--- K Gibson Double (CF-RF)
Don Carman replaces Darrel Akerfelds pitching and batting 9th
O -2- E Murray Groundout: 2B-1B; Gibson to 3B
R --3 H Brooks Double (LF-CF); Gibson Scores/unER
-2- M Scioscia Hit By Pitch
R 12- M Sharperson Single to 3B; Brooks Scores/Adv on E5 (throw)/unER; Scioscia to 3B; Sharperson to 2B
O -23 A Griffin Lineout: CF
Top of the 6th, Dodgers Batting, Ahead 3-2, Dennis Cook facing 5-6-7
--- H Brooks Single to CF
1-- M Scioscia Walk; Brooks to 2B
O 12- M Sharperson Bunt Groundout: C-2B/Sacrifice; Brooks to 3B; Scioscia to 2B
-23 A Griffin Intentional Walk
Mickey Hatcher pinch hits for Fernando Valenzuela batting 9th
R 123 M Hatcher Single to LF (Ground Ball thru SS-3B Hole); Brooks Scores; Scioscia to 3B; Griffin to 2B
Darrel Akerfelds replaces Dennis Cook pitching and batting 9th; Juan Samuel pinch hits for Lenny Harris batting 1st
R 123 J Samuel Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Scioscia Scores; Griffin to 3B; Hatcher to 2B; Samuel to 1B
RRRR 123 C Gwynn Home Run (CF-RF); Griffin Scores; Hatcher Scores; Samuel Scores/unER
--- K Gibson Double (CF-RF)
Don Carman replaces Darrel Akerfelds pitching and batting 9th
O -2- E Murray Groundout: 2B-1B; Gibson to 3B
R --3 H Brooks Double (LF-CF); Gibson Scores/unER
-2- M Scioscia Hit By Pitch
R 12- M Sharperson Single to 3B; Brooks Scores/Adv on E5 (throw)/unER; Scioscia to 3B; Sharperson to 2B
O -23 A Griffin Lineout: CF

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By: kingturtle http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309/comment-page-1#comment-880 Sat, 22 Sep 2007 18:25:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/309#comment-880 My first thought is: Griffin was given 11 IBBs?!?!

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309/comment-page-1#comment-878 Sat, 22 Sep 2007 13:59:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/309#comment-878 Your request is not at all critical and you shouldn't be shy about making suggestions. You should, however, submit your suggestions through the website's feedback mechanism, as there is no guarantee that Sean reads all these comments and posts...I gather he's pretty busy running the main part of the site 🙂

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By: David in Toledo http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/309/comment-page-1#comment-877 Sat, 22 Sep 2007 13:17:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/309#comment-877 This is off the topic of batting, though Vizquel might not have a job next year if he can't bat AT ALL in spring training. In fielding, not only does Omar hold the career % record for shortstops; he also is now within 20 of Luis Aparicio's record for playing the most games in the field at shortstop.

These are not quite Hall of Fame credentials; they're somewhere between HofF and Bob Boone.

I love this site and don't mean to be critical, but what would it take to add to the "Leaders" section a "Fielding" subsection that could track how close players like Vizquel, Bonds, and I-Rod are to the career leaders in games played at their positions?

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