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Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk

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:
Beltre 0.20%
Konerko 0.11%
D Lee 0.22%
C Lee 0.03%

Percentage of bases loaded plate appearances:
Beltre 7.3%
Konerko 4.6%
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.

7 Responses to “Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk”

  1. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I wonder how often 4-base errors occur. I'm talking about an error in which the batter makes it all the way around as the result of an error only, not a hit (single, double, or triple) followed by an error that causes the batter to go on to score. Actually, in the play that caused me to bring this up right now, Jayson Werth against the Diamondbacks last night, there was some controversy as to whether the outfielder had held onto the ball long enough to record an out. In the end, it didn't matter much: although the play put the Phillies up 2-0 for the moment, Arizona ended up winning the game.

  2. SJBlonger Says:

    For the Retrosheet period (1952-2009), I found only 10 plays that resulted in four-base errors. Of these, two were sacrifice bunts that were thrown away by the pitcher, seven were misplayed fly balls, and one was a popup down the right field line misplayed by the second baseman (the only one of the 10 that allowed three runs to score). Here are the links:


    second baseman:


  3. SJBlonger Says:

    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I should point out that all 10 of those four-base errors were in the American League. I also discovered that I actually attended the 1983 game, though I have no memory of Ron Kittle's blunder.

  4. Andy Says:

    SJBlonger your comment had gotten spammed but Raphy just pointed it out to me and I saved it--thanks for posting the 4-base error games.

  5. SJBlonger Says:

    No problem, Andy.

    I have since discovered a bug in my routine that was excluding the NL games, and also elimimated a couple of the AL games because there were actually two errors by the same player on the play. If you think it is appropriate, I will repost the list here.

  6. eorns Says:

    What a great list! It reminds me of Tommy John's famous 3-error play on 7/27/88. The play description reads: Reached on E1 (Ground Ball); Gantner Scores/Adv on E1 (throw); Leonard Scores/Adv on E1 (throw)/unER. Interestingly, he made only 1 other error that year. And in his 26 season career, he averaged 2.65 errors per YEAR!

  7. TheGoof Says:

    I was at that Tommy John game. The Yankees manhandled the Brewers, so it didn't matter. It left us Yankee fans laughing hysterically about it. What happened was that he botched the grounder, then, with the runner already going to be safe, fired it into right field. Then he cut off the throw home, Winfield's attempt to nail the lead runner, and fired it wide to the plate, scoring both runs.