Posted by Andy on April 24, 2010
Last night, Adrian Beltre drove in the winning run for the Red Sox with a bases-loaded walk. That struck me as fairly surprising given that he doesn't walk all that much.
A quick check of his batting event finder shows that he's walked with the bases loaded 14 times in his career of 6,940 plate appearances. That includes 191 plate appearances with the bases loaded.
A PI batting season finder search reveals that there are 4 active players with between 6,900 and 7,000 plate appearances: Beltre, Derrek Lee, Carlos Lee, and Paul Konerko.
I calculated the bases-loaded walk rates for the four players:
Percentage of overall plate appearances:
D Lee 0.22%
C Lee 0.03%
Percentage of bases loaded plate appearances:
D Lee 9.4%
C Lee 1.2%
Turns out that Carlos Lee is the trailer here, having walked just twice in 169 career plate appearances with the bases loaded.
For Beltre's career overall he has walked 6.9% of the time so he's actually walked a little bit more often with the bases loaded.