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More Walks than Hits

Posted by Raphy on February 23, 2010

Yesterday, reader JDV noted that during his career, Mickey Lolich amassed more walks than hits. The concept of players with more walks than hits in a single season has  already been addressed in the comments section of the blog (here and here), but I don't think that we've discussed players who have done it for an entire career. Here are the players with at least 40 career hits and more career walks than hits:

Rk Player H BB From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Frank Fernandez 145 164 1967 1972 24-29 285 902 727 92 21 2 39 116 9 231 6 1 4 16 4 4 .199 .350 .395 .744 *2/97 NYY-OAK-TOT-CHC
2 Jim French 119 121 1965 1971 23-29 234 741 607 53 17 4 5 51 10 78 1 7 5 10 3 6 .196 .328 .262 .590 *2/7 WSA
3 Willie McGill 97 101 1890 1896 16-22 169 587 480 68 19 2 0 40 0 79 3 3 0 0 9 0 .202 .344 .250 .594 *1/9 CLE-TOT-CIN-CHC-PHI
4 Mickey Lolich 90 105 1963 1979 22-38 592 1017 821 63 5 2 0 31 0 362 5 85 1 20 1 1 .110 .215 .121 .335 *1 DET-NYM-SDP
5 Tony Smith 90 95 1907 1911 23-27 170 633 500 46 12 2 1 26 0 60 3 35 0 0 13 0 .180 .314 .218 .532 *6/54 WSH-BRO
6 Marty Hopkins 80 85 1934 1935 27-28 136 480 379 48 12 0 4 48 0 54 1 15 0 1 1 3 .211 .357 .274 .631 *5/4 TOT-CHW
7 Jack Kramer 72 76 1939 1951 21-33 322 618 501 43 12 0 5 39 0 162 1 40 0 10 0 1 .144 .258 .198 .455 *1 SLB-BOS-NYG-TOT
8 Mickey Harris 54 60 1940 1952 23-35 271 366 288 40 3 1 0 16 0 82 0 18 0 11 1 0 .188 .328 .205 .532 *1 BOS-TOT-WSH
9 Herman Pitz 47 58 1890 1890 24-24 90 346 284 43 0 0 0 9 0 0 4 0 0 0 39 0 .165 .315 .165 .481 /*2579684 TOT
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/22/2010.

Lolich is fourth on the list. The leader is Frank Fernandez, who by far has the most AB of anyone to post a career batting average <.200 and an OPS+ of at least 100.

There are some active players with more walks than hits, as well. Here are the players with at least 5 hits.

Rk Player H BB From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Josh Whitesell 23 25 2008 2009 26-27 53 142 115 8 7 0 2 15 4 31 2 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .352 .313 .665 /*3 ARI
2 Chris Gimenez 16 17 2009 2009 26-26 45 130 111 12 2 0 3 7 0 36 0 1 1 3 1 1 .144 .256 .243 .499 /3729 CLE
3 Brian Bocock 11 12 2008 2008 23-23 32 93 77 4 1 0 0 2 0 29 0 4 0 2 4 2 .143 .258 .156 .414 /*6 SFG
4 Brian Moehler 8 9 1996 2009 24-37 314 222 192 4 2 0 0 5 0 90 3 18 0 1 0 0 .042 .098 .052 .150 *1 DET-CIN-HOU-FLA
5 Anibal Sanchez 5 6 2006 2009 22-25 50 102 86 2 0 0 0 2 0 36 0 10 0 1 0 0 .058 .120 .058 .178 /*1 FLA
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/22/2010.

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3 Responses to “More Walks than Hits”

  1. Nike Pinciaro Says:

    Amazing, Frank Fernandez managed a career OPS+ of 114 despite a career BA of .199! I wonder if he's the only player with a sub .200 BA and an OPS+ of 100 or better with more than 500 career ABs.

  2. Nick - Check out the link in the post. He's the only one with more than 142 AB. Since 1889 he's the only one with more than 22 AB.

  3. dukeofflatbush Says:

    I was checking into this earlier, but from a different standpoint. I was interested in guys who had a higher OBP than SLG, for both season(s) and career. As would be expected middle infielders crowd the list, with Willie Randolph managing 13 such seasons. Although the OBP > than * 1.0 SLG tool works for both individual and single seasons it does not include careers. I wonder why?
    My search led me to a very interesting player; Johnny Bassler. A catcher for some great Detroit teams in the '20's. He finished (in some pretty crowded fields) in the top 7 in MVP voting three straight years. He had a great BA and OBP, but only hit one career HR and amassed a meager .361 SLG. He had over 300 more TOB than he did TBs in 811 G.
    A pretty interesting find.