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No Free Passes

Posted by Raphy on February 7, 2008

I thought it might be interesting to look at the players who have gone an entire season without walking or being hit by a pitch. Here are the leaders in terms of plate appearances:

  Cnt Player             **PA**  BB HBP Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI IBB  SO  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
 ----+-----------------+-------+---+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------
    1 Cy Young            149     0   0 1904  37 BOS AL  43 148  14  33  3  3  1  10   0   0   1   0   0   1  0  .223  .223  .304  .527 *1
    2 Craig Robinson      148     0   0 1973  24 PHI NL  46 146  11  33  7  0  0   7   0  25   2   0   2   1  1  .226  .226  .274  .500 *6/4
    3 Walter Johnson      134     0   0 1911  23 WSH AL  42 128  18  30  5  3  1  15   0   0   6   0   0   1  0  .234  .234  .344  .578 *1
    4 Alejandro Sanchez   133     0   0 1985  26 DET AL  71 133  19  33  6  2  6  12   0  39   0   0   4   2  2  .248  .248  .459  .707 D9/78
    5 Ernie Bowman        131     0   0 1963  27 SFG NL  81 125  10  23  3  0  0   4   0  15   4   2   2   1  2  .184  .181  .208  .389 645
    6 Rob Picciolo        128     0   0 1984  31 CAL AL  87 119  18  24  6  0  1   9   0  21   8   1   2   0  1  .202  .200  .277  .477 *65/49
    7 Dizzy Dean          124     0   0 1936  26 STL NL  51 121   7  27  6  1  0  15   0  27   3   0   3   0  0  .223  .223  .289  .512 *1
    8 Ed Summers          117     0   0 1908  23 DET AL  40 113   6  14  2  0  0   5   0   0   4   0   0   0  0  .124  .124  .142  .266 *1
    9 Cy Young            117     0   0 1908  41 BOS AL  36 115   9  26  3  0  0   8   0   0   2   0   0   0  0  .226  .226  .252  .478 *1
   10 Fernando Valenzue   116     0   0 1986  25 LAD NL  39 109   5  24  4  0  0   7   0  11   6   1   1   0  0  .220  .218  .257  .475 *1
   11 Catfish Hunter      116     0   0 1972  26 OAK AL  39 105   5  23  0  0  0   5   0  16   9   2   0   0  0  .219  .215  .219  .434 *1
   12 Tony Cloninger      114     0   0 1965  24 MLN NL  41 105  12  17  3  2  1   8   0  25   7   2   1   0  0  .162  .159  .257  .416 *1
   13 Mike Cuellar        113     0   0 1969  32 BAL AL  39 103   6  12  1  2  0   5   0  43   8   2   0   0  0  .117  .114  .165  .279 *1
   14 Steve Carlton       112     0   0 1974  29 PHI NL  39 102   7  25  3  0  0   9   0  16   7   3   1   0  1  .245  .238  .275  .513 *1

Thats quite a pitching staff! Among the position players, there seems to be a lot of terrible seasons even as far as batting average is concerned. In fact, the most plate appearances anyone has had in a season without a hit or walk and yet managed to hit .300 was 84 by Carlos Zambrano in 2005.

There are certain players who seem to be quite adept at avoiding walks including active leader Livan Hernandez . However to do so in multiple times (with at least 50 PA) as a position player is a feat only accomplished by Alex Diaz . There are also players who have done it for a career including active leader Doug Brocail.

One more group of lists. Anyone who has accomplished this feat and also hit a sacrifice fly (career) will have an OBP lower than his batting average. While this is not an inclusive list of all such players, it is interesting none-the-less.

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8 Responses to “No Free Passes”

  1. Let's see the list with pitchers eliminated.

  2. I was just referring to the players without a 1 listed in the position column.
    If you want an actual search, you can find it here:

  3. The coolest trivia item will always be Billy Beane's 1989 season.

  4. A few of those guys, including Beane, have OBPs lower than their BA!

  5. how do you have a lower OBP than BA? I have an idea but someone enlighten me. thanks

  6. I guess if you have more sac hits than walks or HBP, your OBP will reflect that.

  7. spartanbill Says:

    Von SF's are charged as a PA even though it is nmot charged as an AB.

    The 2nd non pitcher on the list was Alejandro Sanchez of the 85 Tigers. This is about the time that the City of Cincinatti was considering honoring Pete Rose for one minute by turning every traffic light in the city Red.

    I called the Tigers PR department and suggested that they should try to get the City of Detroit to make every crosswalk signal read DONT WALK in honor of Sanchez.

    Nope, they didn't find it funny either.

  8. Johnny Sain's 1946 season was amazing! He didn't even strike out ONCE that year. He put the ball in play ever single time he came to the plate. He only struck out 20 times in over 800 career PA.