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Most PA for a pitcher in the DH era

Posted by Andy on March 31, 2009

Since 1973, here are the most career PA for an AL pitcher:

  Cnt Player              **PA**  From  To   Ages   G    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+---------+----+----+-----+----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Mike Mussina           54   1991 2008 22-39  537    52    3    9   1   0   0    5    1   0    9   0   1   0   0    0   0  .173  .189  .192  .381 *1        BAL-NYY     
    2 Freddy Garcia          52   1999 2008 24-33  256    41    0    8   1   0   0    2    0   0   12   0  11   0   1    0   0  .195  .195  .220  .415 *1        SEA-TOT-CHW-DET 
    3 Jarrod Washburn        50   1998 2008 23-33  286    38    3    9   0   0   0    4    5   0   11   0   7   0   0    0   0  .237  .326  .237  .563 *1        ANA-LAA-SEA 
    4 Bartolo Colon          49   1997 2008 24-35  299    46    0    5   0   0   0    2    0   0   29   0   3   0   1    0   0  .109  .109  .109  .218 *1        CLE-CHW-ANA-LAA-BOS 
    5 Kenny Rogers           45   1989 2008 24-43  751    41    3    6   1   1   0    3    2   0   15   0   2   0   1    1   0  .146  .186  .220  .406 *1        TEX-NYY-OAK-TEX-MIN-DET 
    6 Mark Buehrle           43   2000 2008 21-29  293    36    1    3   0   0   0    1    1   0   20   0   6   0   0    0   0  .083  .108  .083  .191 *1        CHW         
    7 C.C. Sabathia          42   2001 2008 20-27  238    40    3   12   1   0   2    7    1   0   12   0   1   0   1    0   0  .300  .317  .475  .792 *1        CLE         
    8 Roy Halladay           39   1998 2008 21-31  281    37    2    3   0   0   0    1    0   0   16   0   2   0   1    0   0  .081  .081  .081  .162 *1        TOR         
    9 Andy Pettitte          38   1995 2008 23-36  352    34    0    3   1   0   0    2    1   0   15   0   3   0   0    0   0  .088  .114  .118  .232 *1        NYY         
   10 Tim Wakefield          37   1995 2008 28-41  506    30    1    3   0   0   0    1    1   0   20   1   5   0   0    0   0  .100  .156  .100  .256 *1        BOS         
   11 David Wells            37   1987 2006 24-43  584    35    1    4   1   0   0    1    0   0   10   0   2   0   0    0   0  .114  .114  .143  .257 *1        TOR-DET-BAL-NYY-TOR-CHW-BOS 
   12 Sidney Ponson          34   1998 2008 21-31  260    30    2    4   2   0   0    0    0   0   11   0   4   0   0    0   0  .133  .133  .200  .333 *1        BAL-NYY-MIN-TOT 
   13 Brad Radke             34   1995 2006 22-33  378    29    0    3   0   0   0    0    0   0    9   0   5   0   0    0   0  .103  .103  .103  .206 *1        MIN         
   14 Aaron Sele             34   1993 2005 23-35  342    28    3    4   1   0   0    1    1   0    5   0   5   0   1    0   0  .143  .172  .179  .351 *1        BOS-TEX-SEA-ANA 
   15 Johan Santana          32   2000 2007 21-28  251    31    3    8   1   1   0    3    1   0    4   0   0   0   1    0   0  .258  .281  .355  .636 *1        MIN         
   16 Barry Zito             32   2000 2006 22-28  222    29    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0   15   0   3   0   0    0   0  .034  .034  .034  .068 *1        OAK         

OK, so just about all of these PAs have come in interleague play. That's cheating.

So let's restrict the search to 1973 to 1996, before interleague play began in 1997.

  Cnt Player              **PA**  From  To   Ages   G    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+---------+----+----+-----+----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Ken Brett              12   1976 1981 27-32  140    12    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   1    0   0  .083  .083  .083  .166 *1        TOT-CAL-MIN-KCR 
    2 Ken Holtzman            3   1973 1978 27-32  176     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    1   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .333  .000  .333 *1        OAK-TOT-NYY 
    3 Frank MacCormack        3   1976 1977 21-22   12     3    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    2   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 /*1       DET-SEA     
    4 Cy Acosta               3   1973 1974 26-27   75     3    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    3   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 /*1       CHW         
    5 Mark Langston           2   1984 1996 23-35  378     2    1    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    2   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        SEA-CAL     
    6 Hipolito Pichardo       2   1992 1996 22-26  207     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        KCR         
    7 Rick Honeycutt          2   1977 1995 23-41  609     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1/D      SEA-TEX-OAK-TOT 
    8 Bill Dawley             2   1986 1989 28-31   50     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 /*1       CHW-OAK     
    9 Rick Rhoden             2   1987 1988 34-35   61     1    0    0   0   0   0    1    0   0    0   0   0   1   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 /*1D      NYY         
   10 Jamie Easterly          2   1981 1987 28-34  231     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   1   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1/D      MIL-TOT-CLE 
   11 Ron Davis               2   1978 1986 22-30  430     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    2   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        NYY-MIN     
   12 Tim Lollar              2   1980 1986 24-30   82     2    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000 /*1       NYY-TOT-BOS 
   13 Rollie Fingers          2   1973 1985 26-38  461     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        OAK-MIL     
   14 Vida Blue               2   1973 1983 23-33  242     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        OAK-KCR     
   15 Luis Tiant              2   1973 1982 32-41  271     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        BOS-NYY-CAL 
   16 Fergie Jenkins          2   1974 1981 31-38  255     2    1    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000 *1        TEX-BOS     
   17 Catfish Hunter          2   1973 1979 27-33  215     2    0    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000 *1        OAK-NYY     
   18 Tom Murphy              2   1974 1979 28-33  270     2    1    1   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000 *1        MIL-TOT-TOR 
   19 Mark Littell            2   1973 1977 20-24  123     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    2   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        KCR         
   20 Lindy McDaniel          2   1973 1975 37-39  125     2    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    2   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        NYY-KCR     

So Ken Brett is the only AL pitcher to get more than 3 PAs during the DH, non-interleague era.  All of those came in 1976 with the White Sox, as Brett spent the rest of his post-1973 career in the NL, moving to the Phillies from the American League for the 1973 season.

7 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Most earned runs allowed in a complete game

Posted by Andy on March 30, 2009

Since 1954:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R **ER** BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Mike Norris       1980-09-26    OAK  MIL L  7-10 CG 9  ,L   9   17 10   10    1  9  4           21       45 44  3  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1  10.00 

    2 Ken Holtzman      1979-05-18    CHC  PIT L  5-9  CG 9  ,L   9   13  9    9    3  4  3           26       43 39  3  2   1   0  1  0   0  1  0  0  0  1   9.00 
    3 Nolan Ryan        1978-05-17    CAL @CHW L  6-9  CG 8  ,L   8   10  9    9    7  6  2           25       40 31  1  1   1   0  1  1   0  0  0  0  0  0  10.12 
    4 Jim Kaat          1964-07-02    MIN @BOS W 15-9  CG 9  ,W   9   13  9    9    4  3  2           24       42 36  1  1   0   0  0  2   2  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 
    5 Lew Burdette      1960-10-02    MLN @PIT L  5-9  CG 8  ,L   8   15  9    9    1  0  0           15       40 39  4  1   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0  10.12 
    6 Frank Lary        1960-08-25    DET @BAL L  3-9  CG 8  ,L   8   10  9    9    4  3  2           25       38 32  1  0   0   2  0  0   2  0  0  0  0  0  10.12 
    7 Hal Griggs        1959-07-26(1) WSH @CLE L  0-9  CG 8  ,L   8    9  9    9    7  3  2           24       39 31  2  1   1   0  0  1   0  0  1  0  0  0  10.12 

    8 Randy Johnson     1998-07-05    SEA @TEX L  4-8  CG 8  ,L   8    9  8    8    2 12  3 141  84   42       35 33  3  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0  1   9.00 
    9 Pat Hentgen       1996-08-07    TOR @BOS L  0-8  CG 8  ,L   8    9  8    8    1  5  3 103  69   36       34 31  0  0   0   2  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   10 Mark Williamson   1988-05-25    BAL @OAK L  1-8  CG 8  ,L   8    9  8    8    2  7  2 129  84   37       35 32  3  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   11 Floyd Youmans     1986-10-02    MON  NYM L  2-8  CG 9  ,L   9    8  8    8    3 10  2           46       36 33  2  0   0   0  0  0   1  3  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   12 Fernando Valenzue 1986-05-09    LAD @MON L  4-8  CG 8  ,L   8   11  8    8    1  6  3           33       35 33  1  1   1   0  1  0   0  1  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   13 Britt Burns       1985-07-13    CHW @BAL W 10-8  CG 9  ,W   9    8  8    8    5  4  3           38       37 32  0  0   0   0  0  0   2  0  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   14 Chris Codiroli    1983-06-12(2) OAK  CHW L  1-8  CG 9  ,L   9   11  8    8    4  4  0           33       42 38  3  0   1   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   15 Rick Langford     1980-10-02    OAK @CHW L  4-9  CG 8  ,L   8   15  9    8    1  2  1           19       39 34  1  0   0   0  1  3   0  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   16 Mike Norris       1980-06-16    OAK @BOS W 11-8  CG 9  ,W   9   12  8    8    2  3  3           32       41 39  3  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   17 Phil Niekro       1977-05-03    ATL  PIT L  7-8  CG 11 ,L  11   12  8    8    5  9  2           45       48 41  2  0   1   0  1  1   0  2  2  0  0  0   6.55 
   18 Mickey Lolich     1975-08-15    DET @CAL L  0-8  CG 8  ,L   8   14  8    8    1  3  1           24       38 35  3  0   0   0  1  1   0  2  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   19 Mel Stottlemyre   1971-07-19(1) NYY  CHW L  3-8  CG 10 ,L  10   13  8    8    3  2  1           33       43 40  1  0   0   0  0  0   2  1  1  0  0  0   7.20 
   20 Don Drysdale      1968-07-28(1) LAD @CHC L  3-8  CG 8  ,L   8    8  8    8    3  6  1           37       35 29  3  0   2   0  1  2   0  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 
   21 Bob Sadowski      1964-08-24    MLN  PHI W 12-9  CG 9  ,W   9   13  9    8    0  4  3           31       41 40  3  1   0   1  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   22 Gary Blaylock     1959-05-27    STL @SFG L  4-9  CG 8  ,L   8    8  9    8    3  2  3           31       35 29  2  0   0   0  0  3   0  2  1  0  0  0   9.00 
   23 Robin Roberts     1956-09-30(1) PHI  NYG L  3-8  CG 9  ,L   9   15  8    8    1  4  3           28       42 39  3  0   0   0  1  1   0  1  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   24 Bob Feller        1956-09-30    CLE  DET L  4-8  CG 9  ,L   9   14  8    8    3  0  1           24       42 38  1  1   0   0  1  0   2  1  0  0  0  0   8.00 
   25 Art Ditmar        1955-08-21    KCA @CLE L  4-9  CG 8  ,L   8    7  9    8   10  3  2           27       41 28  2  0   1   1  0  2   0  4  0  0  0  1   9.00 
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R **ER** BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
   26 Bob Trice         1954-07-02    PHA @BOS L  4-8  CG 8  ,L   8   10  8    8    4  2  0           28       37 33  2  2   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   9.00 

I can understand that sometimes a starting pitcher is left in even when he's not that effective. This can happen when a bullpen is worn out or if there are more important games coming up immediately and the manager wants to keep other arms fresh.

But I wonder about the story behind some of these games.

Why was Jim Kaat allowed to stay in a July game to give up 9 earned runs? The Twins were way ahead 12-2 in the 7th inning when Kaat got hit up for 3 runs. Then they got those runs back in the 8th, going up 15-5. He had toruble closing out the 9th, giving up 4 more runs for a final score of 15-9 with Kaat as the winning pitcher. I guess that makes sense--the game was never really in doubt, and if Kaat was uninjured and was willing to stay in, why not?

I'm sure there are lots of other interesting stories here. Share any with us that you might know.

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The Best of Times and The Worst of Times

Posted by Raphy on March 29, 2009

Since 1954 there have been 43 instances where a player has started at least 100 of his team's wins in a season.

Five players have each accounted for 2 of those seasons.

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+
 Brooks Robinson   1969   106 Ind. Games
 Brooks Robinson   1970   105 Ind. Games
 
 Pete Rose         1970   100 Ind. Games
 Pete Rose         1975   108 Ind. Games               

 Andruw Jones      1998   103 Ind. Games
 Andruw Jones      1999   103 Ind. Games                

 Derek Jeter       1998   104 Ind. Games
 Derek Jeter       2002   100 Ind. Games                

 Miguel Tejada     2001   100 Ind. Games
 Miguel Tejada     2002   102 Ind. Games

Since 1954 there have been 27 times when a player has started 100 losses in one season.

Only 2 players have managed to do it twice.

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+
 Frank Thomas      1954   100 Ind. Games
 Frank Thomas      1962   109 Ind. Games  

 Billy Williams    1962   102 Ind. Games
 Billy Williams    1966   103 Ind. Games                 

There have also been 3 players who have pulled off one of each:

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
 -----------------+----+-----+-------------------------
 Rocky Colavito    1961   100 (wins)   Ind. Games
 Rocky Colavito    1964   101 (losses) Ind. Games 

 Eddie Murray      1979   102 (wins)   Ind. Games
 Eddie Murray      1988   107 (losses) Ind. Games 

 Ichiro Suzuki     2001   107 (wins)   Ind. Games
 Ichiro Suzuki     2008   100 (losses) Ind. Games                                                           
           

Ichiro  - Welcome to the club.

2 Comments | Posted in Leaders

Leading Off: The Number 2 hitter

Posted by Raphy on March 29, 2009

Last week Joe Girardi announced that he would be flip-flopping  Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter in the Yankee lineup. The actual value of the move may be  debatable, but it is interesting from a historical perspective.  Since 1954 there have been only a handful of players to have started as many games from their respective line-up slots as Damon and Jeter.

Only 7 players have started more games at leadoff  than Damon:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
 -----------------+-----+------------------------- 
 Rickey Henderson   2875 Ind. Games                
 Pete Rose          2300 Ind. Games                
 Lou Brock          1893 Ind. Games                
 Brett Butler       1845 Ind. Games                
 Kenny Lofton       1705 Ind. Games                
 Paul Molitor       1570 Ind. Games                
 Craig Biggio       1560 Ind. Games                
 Johnny Damon       1519 Ind. Games                

Only 4 players have started more games from the 2 hole than Jeter :

                   Games Link to Individual Games
 -----------------+-----+------------------------- 
 Ozzie Smith        1529 Ind. Games                
 Nellie Fox         1504 Ind. Games                
 Omar Vizquel       1470 Ind. Games                
 Jay Bell           1319 Ind. Games                
 Derek Jeter        1246 Ind. Games                

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Most consecutive appearances, 1/3 IP or less

Posted by Andy on March 27, 2009

Here's a Pitching Game Streak Finder search for most consecutive appearances by a pitcher where he recorded 1 or zero outs. I expected to see some left-handed specialists here, and the first guy to come to mind was Mike Myers.

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Royce Ring         2008-04-21  2008-05-09    10    1   0   0   0   0   0   0    3      0    0    0    1    4   0   0.00   1   0   1 ATL                                  
 Mike Myers         2001-08-12  2001-09-17    10    0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2      6    4    4    3    2   0  18.00   0   0   0 COL                                  
 John Candelaria    1991-08-21  1991-09-29    10    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    3     10    5    5    2    6   0  15.00   0   0   0 LAD                                  

 Trever Miller      2007-06-13  2007-06-28     9    0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2.1    5    3    3    3    4   0  11.57   0   0   0 HOU                                  
 Jesse Orosco       2003-08-05  2003-08-25     9    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.2    3    5    4    3    1   0  21.60   0   0   0 NYY                                  
 Jesse Orosco       1999-08-04  1999-08-25     9    0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.2    2    1    1    1    3   0   3.38   0   0   0 BAL                                  
 Tony Fossas        1992-07-29  1992-08-22     9    0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.1    3    1    0    1    3   0   0.00   1   0   0 BOS                                  

 Bill Bray          2008-09-05  2008-09-26     8    0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2.1    1    1    1    1    5   0   3.86   0   0   0 CIN                                  
 Ron Villone        2008-08-24  2008-09-09     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.1    2    2    2    3    1   0  13.50   1   1   0 STL                                  
 Damaso Marte       2007-09-07  2008-04-02     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.2    7    8    8    2    3   2  27.00   0   0   0 PIT                                  
 John Franco        2004-10-03  2005-04-21     8    0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2      6    2    1    1    2   0   4.50   1   0   0 NYM-HOU                              
 Scott Eyre         2004-07-15  2004-07-26     8    0   0   0   0   0   3   1    2.1    3    1    1    1    1   0   3.86   0   0   0 SFG                                  
 Scott Eyre         2004-06-23  2004-07-03     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.2    2    0    0    2    3   0   0.00   0   1   0 SFG                                  
 Jesse Orosco       2002-08-31  2002-09-20     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2      2    1    1    1    2   1   4.50   0   0   0 LAD                                  
 Armando Almanza    2000-09-08  2000-09-27     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.2    4    4    4    5    2   0  13.50   1   0   0 FLA                                  
 Jason Christianse  2000-09-03  2000-09-22     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.1    3    0    0    1    1   0   0.00   0   0   0 STL                                  
 Mike Holtz         1997-05-14  1997-06-06     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   1    2.1    5    1    1    0    3   1   3.86   0   0   0 ANA                                  
 Larry Casian       1995-08-27  1995-09-13     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1     10    2    2    1    0   0  18.00   0   0   0 CHC                                  
 Tony Fossas        1993-09-10  1993-09-25     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2      2    4    3    1    2   0  13.50   1   0   0 BOS                                  
 Tony Fossas        1993-08-26  1993-09-05     8    0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2      2    2    2    0    3   0   9.00   0   0   0 BOS                                  
 Tony Fossas        1992-07-08  1992-07-25     8    1   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.2    1    0    0    0    1   0   0.00   0   0   0 BOS                                  
 Mike Barlow        1980-09-17  1981-04-11     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   1    2.2   10    8    7    6    0   1  23.63   1   2   0 TOR        

Well, well, well, looks like I know a thing or two. Myers got hammered pretty good in his streak. Of those 10 games, 7 were scoreless, but in the other 3 he allowed 4 runs while recording only 2 outs. All 10 appearances added up to just 6 outs.

I was surprised to see Candelaria on there, as he's a guy I think of as exlusively a starter. But indeed towards the end of his career, he too was being used as a left-handed relief specialist, and in fact he never started a game after 1990. He got scored in during 4 of his 10 appearances.

Royce Ring, on the other hand, had a beautiful streak last year, pitching 3 innings over 10 appearances, allowing no hits, one walk,  and no runs.

Many of the other guys on this list are also left-handed relief specialists.

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Most plate appearances in a season with no extra-base hits

Posted by Andy on March 26, 2009

The title says it all. Here's the list:

  Cnt Player             **PA**  XB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Jack O'Connor       184     0 1906  37 SLB AL  55 174   8  33  0  0  0  11   2   0   0   0   8   0   0   4  0  .190  .199  .190  .389 *2        
    2 Vic Willis          161     0 1902  26 BSN NL  52 150  10  23  0  0  0   7   9   0   0   1   1   0   0   0  0  .153  .206  .153  .359 *1        
    3 Mike McNally        151     0 1916  22 BOS AL  87 135  28  23  0  0  0   9  10   0  19   0   6   0   0   9  0  .170  .228  .170  .398 45/68     
    4 Dave Davenport      147     0 1915  25 SLM FL  55 130   7  12  0  0  0   4   9   0  52   1   7   0   0   0  0  .092  .157  .092  .249 *1        
    5 Dwain Anderson      144     0 1973  25 TOT NL  71 124  16  15  0  0  0   3  18   0  33   0   2   0   2   2  0  .121  .232  .121  .353 *6/58     
    6 Wilbur Wood         144     0 1972  30 CHW AL  49 125   8  17  0  0  0   7   6   0  65   0  13   0   4   0  0  .136  .176  .136  .312 *1        
    7 Bill Stumpf         143     0 1912  20 NYY AL  42 129   8  31  0  0  0  10   6   0   0   1   7   0   0   5  0  .240  .279  .240  .519 *6/4583   
    8 Dummy Taylor        141     0 1901  26 NYG NL  45 136  11  18  0  0  0   6   4   0   0   0   1   0   0   0  0  .132  .157  .132  .289 *1        
    9 Togie Pittinger     138     0 1905  33 PHI NL  46 122   9  19  0  0  0   6   3   0   0   1  12   0   0   1  0  .156  .183  .156  .339 *1        
   10 Dave Nelson         137     0 1969  25 CLE AL  52 123  11  25  0  0  0   6   9   1  26   1   2   2   2   4  3  .203  .259  .203  .462 *4        
   11 Otis Lawry          137     0 1916  22 PHA AL  41 123  10  25  0  0  0   4   9   0  21   1   4   0   0   4  0  .203  .263  .203  .466 *4/78     
   12 Pat Corrales        135     0 1972  31 TOT NL  46 120   6  23  0  0  0   6  13   2  26   1   1   0   1   0  0  .192  .276  .192  .468 *2        
   13 Gene Good           135     0 1906  23 BSN NL  34 119   4  18  0  0  0   0  13   0   0   2   1   0   0   2  0  .151  .246  .151  .397 *78       
   14 Red Faber           134     0 1921  32 CHW AL  43 108   8  16  0  0  0   4  17   0  35   1   8   0   0   1  0  .148  .270  .148  .418 *1        
   15 Case Patten         134     0 1902  28 WSH AL  39 125   6  12  0  0  0   1   6   0   0   0   3   0   0   0  0  .096  .137  .096  .233 *1/9      
   16 Mike Gallego        132     0 1995  34 OAK AL  43 120  11  28  0  0  0   8   9   0  24   1   2   0   3   0  1  .233  .292  .233  .525 465       
   17 Bill McKechnie      129     0 1913  26 TOT ML  46 116   8  15  0  0  0   8   8   0  18   2   3   0   0   2  0  .129  .198  .129  .327           
   18 Vern Bickford       128     0 1950  29 BSN NL  40 116   9  16  0  0  0   6   3   0  24   0   9   0   0   0  0  .138  .160  .138  .298 *1        
   19 Mordecai Brown      128     0 1908  31 CHC NL  46 121   5  25  0  0  0   4   2   0   0   0   5   0   0   2  0  .207  .220  .207  .427 *1        
   20 Denny McLain        125     0 1969  25 DET AL  42 106   5  17  0  0  0   8   4   0  41   0  13   2   2   0  0  .160  .188  .160  .348 *1        
   21 Togie Pittinger     125     0 1904  32 BSN NL  38 121   2  13  0  0  0   4   1   0   0   0   3   0   0   1  0  .107  .115  .107  .222 *1        
   22 Wilbur Wood         124     0 1971  29 CHW AL  44  96   1   5  0  0  0   0  11   0  57   0  17   0   2   1  0  .052  .150  .052  .202 *1        
   23 Randy Jones         123     0 1976  26 SDP NL  40 103   6   6  0  0  0   2   5   0  39   0  15   0   0   0  0  .058  .102  .058  .160 *1        
   24 Kaiser Wilhelm      122     0 1908  34 BRO NL  42 111   4  12  0  0  0   3   6   0   0   0   5   0   0   0  0  .108  .154  .108  .262 *1       

Lots of pitchers from long-gone eras on here. Wilbur Wood sticks out as a much more recent pitcher. In 1972, Wood started 49 games and completed 20 of them, amassing 376 IP. That's how he got 144 plate appearances. He did get 17 singles with 7 RBI and 8 runs scored.

Mike Gallego's 1995 also sticks out as the only season from the last 30 years. He got 28 singles in 120 AB, good for a .233 BA (far better than most on this list.)

Looking at just the last 30 years:

  Cnt Player             **PA**  XB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Mike Gallego        132     0 1995  34 OAK AL  43 120  11  28  0  0  0   8   9   0  24   1   2   0   3   0  1  .233  .292  .233  .525 465       
    2 Steve Rogers        106     0 1980  30 MON NL  38  81   7  13  0  0  0   7  10   0  28   0  15   0   0   0  0  .160  .253  .160  .413 *1        
    3 Otis Nixon          103     0 1984  25 CLE AL  49  91  16  14  0  0  0   1   8   0  11   0   3   1   2  12  6  .154  .220  .154  .374 *7/8      
    4 Curt Schilling       98     0 2002  35 ARI NL  36  86   7  15  0  0  0   3   4   0  26   0   8   0   2   0  0  .174  .211  .174  .385 *1        
    5 Bob Welch            98     0 1987  30 LAD NL  38  83   5  13  0  0  0   5   7   0  24   0   8   0   0   0  0  .157  .222  .157  .379 *1        
    6 Broderick Perkins    97     0 1979  24 SDP NL  57  87   8  23  0  0  0   8   8   2  12   0   1   1   3   0  0  .264  .323  .264  .587 3         
    7 Tom Browning         96     0 1989  29 CIN NL  41  78   2   7  0  0  0   2   4   0  32   0  14   0   1   0  1  .090  .134  .090  .224 *1        
    8 Joe Niekro           96     0 1984  39 HOU NL  38  83   4  11  0  0  0   6   2   0  21   0  11   0   0   0  0  .133  .153  .133  .286 *1        
    9 Kevin Brown          94     0 1999  34 LAD NL  35  78   1   5  0  0  0   3   2   0  24   0  13   1   0   0  0  .064  .086  .064  .150 *1        
   10 Jose DeLeon          94     0 1989  28 STL NL  36  83   3   8  0  0  0   1   2   0  37   0   9   0   1   0  0  .096  .118  .096  .214 *1        
   11 Juan Castillo        94     0 1988  26 MIL AL  54  90  10  20  0  0  0   2   3   0  14   0   1   0   1   2  0  .222  .247  .222  .469 456/7     
   12 Tom Browning         94     0 1986  26 CIN NL  46  86   9  14  0  0  0   3   1   0  25   0   7   0   2   1  0  .163  .172  .163  .335 *1        
   13 Nolan Ryan           94     0 1982  35 HOU NL  35  83   5  10  0  0  0   3   5   0  37   0   6   0   1   0  0  .120  .170  .120  .290 *1        
   14 John Burkett         93     0 1993  28 SFG NL  34  76   7   9  0  0  0   4   5   0  31   0  12   0   4   0  0  .118  .173  .118  .291 *1        
   15 Andy Hawkins         93     0 1985  25 SDP NL  33  77   1   6  0  0  0   3   3   0  16   0  13   0   1   0  0  .078  .113  .078  .191 *1        
   16 Ramon Martinez       92     0 1990  22 LAD NL  33  80   2  10  0  0  0   6   1   0  32   1   9   1   1   0  0  .125  .145  .125  .270 *1        
   17 Frank Viola          92     0 1990  30 NYM NL  35  85   4  13  0  0  0   4   0   0  20   0   7   0   1   0  0  .153  .153  .153  .306 *1        
   18 Randy Johnson        91     0 2001  37 ARI NL  35  80   2   8  0  0  0   2   3   0  38   1   7   0   3   0  0  .100  .143  .100  .243 *1        
   19 Jose Lima            91     0 1999  26 HOU NL  36  75   4   6  0  0  0   2   3   0  24   0  13   0   3   0  0  .080  .115  .080  .195 *1/5      
   20 Mike Scott           91     0 1987  32 HOU NL  36  80   4  10  0  0  0   3   3   0  32   0   8   0   2   0  0  .125  .157  .125  .282 *1        
   21 Bill Gullickson      91     0 1986  27 CIN NL  37  79   3   6  0  0  0   2   3   0  15   0   9   0   3   0  0  .076  .110  .076  .186 *1        
   22 Pete Vuckovich       90     0 1979  26 STL NL  34  79   7  12  0  0  0   3   1   0  14   0   8   2   2   0  0  .152  .159  .152  .311 *1        
   23 Jose Oquendo         89     0 1993  29 STL NL  46  73   7  15  0  0  0   4  12   1   8   0   3   1   5   0  0  .205  .314  .205  .519 64        
   24 Greg Maddux          89     0 1990  24 CHC NL  35  83   1  12  0  0  0   3   2   0  25   0   4   0   0   0  0  .145  .165  .145  .310 *1        
   25 Jerry Koosman        89     0 1984  41 PHI NL  36  74   2   8  0  0  0   3   1   0  23   0  14   0   3   0  0  .108  .120  .108  .228 *1        

Just about all pitchers again.

Finally, here are the most PAs  in a season by a guy with no extra-base hits but also a BA of at least .300:

  Cnt Player             **PA**  XB   BA  Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS  OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+-----+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Pete Donohue         66     0  .333 1929  28 CIN NL  32  60   1  20  0  0  0  13   1   0   5   1   4   0   0   1  0  .355  .333  .688 *1        
    2 Amos Strunk          65     0  .315 1923  34 CHW AL  54  54   7  17  0  0  0   8   8   0   5   0   3   0   0   1  0  .403  .315  .718 /837      
    3 Bunk Congalton       49     0  .362 1905  30 CLE AL  12  47   4  17  0  0  0   5   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   3  0  .388  .362  .750 *9        
    4 Jesse Levis          48     0  .351 1998  30 MIL NL  22  37   4  13  0  0  0   4   7   2   6   2   1   1   3   1  0  .468  .351  .819 *2        
    5 Manny Mota           47     0  .357 1979  41 LAD NL  47  42   1  15  0  0  0   3   3   0   4   0   2   0   2   0  0  .400  .357  .757 /7        
    6 Mike Roarke          47     0  .318 1963  32 DET AL  23  44   5  14  0  0  0   1   2   1   3   1   0   0   1   0  0  .362  .318  .680 *2        
    7 Joe Caffie           44     0  .342 1956  25 CLE AL  12  38   7  13  0  0  0   1   4   0   8   2   0   0   0   3  2  .432  .342  .774           
    8 Grady Hatton         43     0  .342 1960  37 CHC NL  28  38   3  13  0  0  0   7   2   1   5   1   1   1   2   0  0  .381  .342  .723 /4        
    9 Mike Herrera         42     0  .385 1925  27 BOS AL  10  39   2  15  0  0  0   8   2   0   2   0   1   0   0   1  0  .415  .385  .800 *4        
   10 Jack Warner          42     0  .333 1925  21 DET AL  10  39   7  13  0  0  0   2   3   0   6   0   0   0   0   0  0  .381  .333  .714 *5        
   11 Bobby Stevens        41     0  .343 1931  24 PHI NL  12  35   3  12  0  0  0   4   2   0   2   2   2   0   0   0  0  .410  .343  .753 *6        
   12 Johnny Estrada       39     0  .306 2003  27 ATL NL  16  36   2  11  0  0  0   2   0   0   3   3   0   0   1   0  0  .359  .306  .665 *2        
   13 Jim King             39     0  .314 1957  24 STL NL  22  35   1  11  0  0  0   2   4   2   2   0   0   0   0   0  0  .385  .314  .699           
   14 Joe Ginsberg         39     0  .361 1948  21 DET AL  11  36   7  13  0  0  0   1   3   0   1   0   0   0   1   0  0  .410  .361  .771 *2        
   15 Max Macon            39     0  .306 1938  22 STL NL  46  36   5  11  0  0  0   3   2   0   4   0   1   0   0   0  0  .342  .306  .648 *1/9      
   16 Rick Monday          38     0  .303 1979  33 LAD NL  12  33   2  10  0  0  0   2   5   0   6   0   0   0   1   0  0  .395  .303  .698 /*89      
   17 Marv Foley           38     0  .353 1978  24 CHW AL  11  34   3  12  0  0  0   6   4   0   6   0   0   0   1   0  1  .421  .353  .774 *2        
   18 Johnny Podres        38     0  .306 1953  20 BRO NL  34  36   5  11  0  0  0   1   0   0   1   1   1   0   1   1  0  .324  .306  .630 *1        
   19 Hal Newhouser        38     0  .310 1951  30 DET AL  17  29   4   9  0  0  0   3   5   0   3   0   4   0   2   0  0  .412  .310  .722 *1        
   20 Gene Mauch           37     0  .300 1947  21 PIT NL  16  30   8   9  0  0  0   1   7   0   6   0   0   0   0   0  0  .432  .300  .732 /46       
   21 Nick Altrock         37     0  .333 1903  26 TOT AL  14  33   6  11  0  0  0   3   4   0   0   0   0   0   0   1  0  .405  .333  .738 *1     

Almost no pitchers here. But check out Pete Donohue in 1929: 60 AB, 20 singles, and 13 RBI. Very nice indeed.

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Most plate appearances without grounding into a double play

Posted by Andy on March 25, 2009

Here are the leaders for most PAs in a season without grounding into a single double play:

  Cnt Player             **PA** GDP Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Frankie Crosetti    757     0 1938  27 NYY AL 157 631 113 166 35  3  9  55 106   0  97  15   5   0  27 12  .263  .382  .371  .753 *6        
    2 Woody English       755     0 1930  24 CHC NL 156 638 152 214 36 17 14  59 100   0  72   6  11   0   3  0  .335  .430  .511  .941 *5*6      
    3 Taylor Douthit      752     0 1928  27 STL NL 154 648 111 191 35  3  3  43  84   0  36  10  10   0  11  0  .295  .384  .372  .756 *8        
    4 Augie Galan         748     0 1935  23 CHC NL 154 646 133 203 41 11 12  79  87   0  53   4  11   0  22  0  .314  .399  .467  .866 *7        
    5 Taylor Douthit      748     0 1930  29 STL NL 154 664 109 201 41 10  7  93  60   0  38   4  20   0   4  0  .303  .364  .426  .790 *8        
    6 Rabbit Maranville   747     0 1922  30 PIT NL 155 672 115 198 26 15  0  63  61   0  43   2  12   0  24 13  .295  .355  .378  .733 *64       
    7 Lyn Lary            745     0 1936  30 SLB AL 155 619 112 179 30  6  2  52 117   0  54   2   7   0  37  9  .289  .404  .367  .771 *6        
    8 Dave Bancroft       745     0 1922  31 NYG NL 156 651 117 209 41  5  4  60  79   0  27   3  12   0  16 11  .321  .397  .418  .815 *6        
    9 Craig Biggio        744     0 1997  31 HOU NL 162 619 146 191 37  8 22  81  84   6 107  34   0   7  47 10  .309  .415  .501  .916 *4/D      
   10 Charlie Jamieson    742     0 1923  30 CLE AL 152 644 130 222 36 12  2  51  80   0  37   6  12   0  18 14  .345  .422  .447  .869 *7        
   11 Lyn Lary            741     0 1937  31 CLE AL 156 644 110 187 46  7  8  77  88   0  64   3   6   0  18  8  .290  .378  .421  .799 *6        
   12 Kiki Cuyler         741     0 1930  31 CHC NL 156 642 155 228 50 17 13 134  72   0  49  10  17   0  37  0  .355  .428  .547  .975 *97       
   13 Red Rolfe           740     0 1937  28 NYY AL 154 648 143 179 34 10  4  62  90   0  53   1   1   0   4  2  .276  .365  .378  .743 *5        
   14 Frankie Crosetti    740     0 1936  25 NYY AL 151 632 137 182 35  7 15  78  90   0  83  12   6   0  18  7  .288  .387  .437  .824 *6        
   15 Lou Gehrig          738     0 1931  28 NYY AL 155 619 163 211 31 15 46 184 117   0  56   0   2   0  17 12  .341  .446  .662 1.108 *3/9      
   16 Buddy Lewis         733     0 1937  20 WSH AL 156 668 107 210 32  6 10  79  52   0  44   3  10   0  11  5  .314  .367  .425  .792 *5        
   17 Max Carey           732     0 1922  32 PIT NL 155 629 140 207 28 12 10  70  80   0  26   4  19   0  51  2  .329  .408  .459  .867 *8/7      
   18 Charlie Gehringer   731     0 1936  33 DET AL 154 641 144 227 60 12 15 116  83   0  13   4   3   0   4  1  .354  .431  .555  .986 *4        
   19 Lefty O'Doul        731     0 1929  32 PHI NL 154 638 152 254 35  6 32 122  76   0  19   4  13   0   2  0  .398  .465  .622 1.087 *79       
   20 Jack Tobin          731     0 1921  29 SLB AL 150 671 132 236 31 18  8  59  45   0  22   3  12   0   7 12  .352  .395  .487  .882 *9/8     

These are all seasons from quite a while ago except for #9, future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio in 1997. For the most part, the rest of the seasons occurred at times when offense was down, meaning fewer baserunners, meaning fewer chances to hit into a double play.

Here are the leaders from just the last 20 seasons:

  Cnt Player             **PA** GDP Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Craig Biggio        744     0 1997  31 HOU NL 162 619 146 191 37  8 22  81  84   6 107  34   0   7  47 10  .309  .415  .501  .916 *4/D      
    2 Rob Deer            511     0 1990  29 MIL AL 134 440  57  92 15  1 27  69  64   6 147   4   0   3   2  3  .209  .313  .432  .745 *93       
    3 Corey Patterson     498     0 2006  26 BAL AL 135 463  75 128 19  5 16  53  21   5  94   5   8   1  45  9  .276  .314  .443  .757 *8        
    4 Ray Lankford        482     0 1994  27 STL NL 109 416  89 111 25  5 19  57  58   3 113   4   0   4  11 10  .267  .359  .488  .847 *8        
    5 Otis Nixon          461     0 1994  35 BOS AL 103 398  60 109 15  1  0  25  55   1  65   0   6   2  42 10  .274  .360  .317  .677 *8        
    6 Dave Roberts        440     0 2003  31 LAD NL 107 388  56  97  6  5  2  16  43   1  39   4   5   0  40 14  .250  .331  .307  .638 *8        
    7 Rob Mackowiak       439     0 2002  26 PIT NL 136 385  57  94 22  0 16  48  42   5 120   7   3   2   9  3  .244  .328  .426  .754 *985/47   
    8 Jose Cruz           413     0 1998  24 TOR AL 105 352  55  89 14  3 11  42  57   2  99   0   0   4  11  4  .253  .354  .403  .757 *8/7      
    9 Marcus Thames       390     0 2006  29 DET AL 110 348  61  89 20  2 26  60  37   0  92   4   0   1   1  1  .256  .333  .549  .882 7D/9      
   10 Jose Valentin       386     0 1995  25 MIL AL 112 338  62  74 23  3 11  49  37   0  83   0   7   4  16  8  .219  .293  .402  .695 *6/5      
   11 Rickey Henderson    376     0 1994  35 OAK AL  87 296  66  77 13  0  6  20  72   1  45   5   1   2  22  7  .260  .411  .365  .776 *7D8      
   12 Mariano Duncan      356     0 1991  28 CIN NL 100 333  46  86  7  4 12  40  12   0  57   3   5   3   5  4  .258  .288  .411  .699 *46/78    
   13 Abraham Nunez       335     0 2001  25 PIT NL 115 301  30  79 11  4  1  21  28   1  53   1   4   1   8  2  .262  .326  .336  .662 64/75     
   14 Jayson Werth        304     0 2007  28 PHI NL  94 255  43  76 11  3  8  49  44   1  73   2   2   1   7  1  .298  .404  .459  .863 *97/83    
   15 Jerry Hairston      297     0 2008  32 CIN NL  80 261  47  85 20  2  6  36  23   0  36   3   8   2  15  3  .326  .384  .487  .871 6789/45   
   16 Ron Gant            292     0 2001  36 TOT ML  93 252  46  65 13  3 10  35  35   2  80   0   2   3   5  1  .258  .345  .452  .797 *7D       
   17 Nick Green          290     0 2004  25 ATL NL  95 264  40  72 15  3  3  26  12   1  63   4   8   2   1  2  .273  .312  .386  .698 *4/59     
   18 Gary Redus          288     0 1991  34 PIT NL  98 252  45  62 12  2  7  24  28   2  39   3   1   4  17  3  .246  .324  .393  .717 3879      
   19 Ron Gant            285     0 1989  24 ATL NL  75 260  26  46  8  3  9  25  20   0  63   1   2   2   9  6  .177  .237  .335  .572 *58/7     
   20 Carl Crawford       278     0 2002  20 TBD AL  63 259  23  67 11  6  2  30   9   0  41   3   6   1   9  5  .259  .290  .371  .661 *7        

Pretty interesting, huh? Most of them are fast guys (Nixon, Henderson, Redus, etc) or guys who hit lots of fly balls and strike out a lot (Deer, Gant, Thames, etc.)

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5+ times on base, no runs scored

Posted by Andy on March 24, 2009

In 2008, there were 24 cases of a player getting on base in a game at least 5 times but never scoring a run:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  **R**  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB TOB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+------+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Troy Glaus        2008-09-25    STL  ARI W 12-3   5  1    0    1  0  0  0   0  4   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 3B        
    2 Dustin Pedroia    2008-09-10    BOS  TBR L  2-4   7  4    0    2  2  0  0   1  1   6   0  0   2  0  0   1   0  0  0 2nd 2B        
    3 Akinori Iwamura   2008-09-06    TBR @TOR L  4-7   6  4    0    3  0  0  0   0  2   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 2B        
    4 Joey Votto        2008-08-31    CIN  SFG W  9-3   5  4    0    4  1  0  0   4  1   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  1 3rd 1B        
    5 Carlos Delgado    2008-08-21    NYM  ATL W  5-4   5  5    0    5  1  0  0   3  0   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B        
    6 Mike Rivera       2008-08-10    MIL  WSN W  5-4   6  3    0    2  1  0  0   3  3   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 8th C         
    7 J.D. Drew         2008-08-01    BOS  OAK W  2-1   6  3    0    2  1  0  0   0  3   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th RF        
    8 Alex Gordon       2008-07-30    KCR @OAK W  4-3   5  0    0    0  0  0  0   0  5   5   2  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 3B        
    9 Jorge Cantu       2008-07-24    FLA @CHC L  3-6   5  3    0    3  1  0  0   0  1   5   0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 3B 1B     
   10 Doug Mientkiewicz 2008-07-23    PIT @HOU W  8-7   5  4    0    4  1  0  0   2  1   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th 3B        
   11 Mark Teixeira     2008-07-06    ATL  HOU W  7-6   9  7    0    3  1  0  0   3  2   5   1  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 1B        
   12 Derrek Lee        2008-06-28    CHC @CHW L  5-6   5  5    0    5  2  0  0   3  0   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 1B        
   13 Albert Pujols     2008-06-26    STL @DET L  2-3   5  4    0    4  0  0  0   1  1   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd DH        
   14 Aaron Miles       2008-06-22    STL @BOS L  3-5   6  6    0    5  0  0  0   0  0   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd SS 2B     
   15 James Loney       2008-06-10    LAD @SDP W  7-2   5  2    0    2  0  0  0   0  3   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B        
   16 Carlos Guillen    2008-06-03    DET @OAK L  4-5   6  2    0    1  0  0  0   1  3   5   1  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 3B        
   17 Hunter Pence      2008-05-27    HOU @STL W  8-2   5  5    0    5  1  0  0   2  0   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th RF        
   18 Todd Helton       2008-05-20    COL  SFG L  5-6   5  2    0    2  0  0  0   0  3   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 1B        
   19 Matt Kemp         2008-05-19    LAD  CIN W  6-5   5  4    0    4  0  0  0   1  1   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th CF        
   20 Albert Pujols     2008-04-24    STL @PIT W  6-2   5  2    0    2  0  0  0   1  2   5   0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 1B        
   21 Prince Fielder    2008-04-22    MIL  STL W  9-8   6  3    0    3  0  0  0   1  2   5   0  0   0  0  1   0   0  0  0 4th 1B        
   22 Matt Holliday     2008-04-17    COL @SDP W  2-1   9  6    0    3  0  0  0   0  3   6   0  1   0  0  0   0   1  2  0 4th LF        
   23 Josh Hamilton     2008-04-16    TEX @TOR W  7-5   8  7    0    4  2  0  0   2  1   5   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd CF RF     
   24 Albert Pujols     2008-04-02    STL  COL W  8-3   5  2    0    2  0  0  0   1  3   5   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 1B        

Two guys on there, Pedroia and Holliday, got on base 6 times. Keep in mind this list considers only "official" time on base, and not reaching on a fielder's choice for example.

Here are the players with the most such games in their career:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Barry Bonds          12 Ind. Games                
 Pete Rose             6 Ind. Games                
 Joe Morgan            6 Ind. Games                
 Bernie Williams       5 Ind. Games                
 Brooks Robinson       5 Ind. Games                
 Al Kaline             5 Ind. Games                
 Frank Thomas          4 Ind. Games                
 Mark Teixeira         4 Ind. Games                
 Manny Ramirez         4 Ind. Games                
 Albert Pujols         4 Ind. Games                
 Jorge Posada          4 Ind. Games                
 David Ortiz           4 Ind. Games                
 Paul Molitor          4 Ind. Games                
 Tom Herr              4 Ind. Games                
 Todd Helton           4 Ind. Games                
 Darryl Hamilton       4 Ind. Games                
 Mark Grace            4 Ind. Games                
 Wade Boggs            4 Ind. Games                
 Jeff Bagwell          4 Ind. Games                
 Luis Aparicio         4 Ind. Games                
 Dick Allen            4 Ind. Games                

Any surprise that Barry Bonds is first by such a wide margin? Late in his career, that guy walked more than a latch-key kid.

And now, here are all the games since 1954 (yes, 1954--the PI has been updated!!) where a guy was on base at least 7 times and never scored:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB TOB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Prince Fielder    2007-04-10    MIL @FLA W  3-2   7  4  0  4  1  0  0   1  3   7   2  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 1B        

    2 Eric Young        2000-06-30    CHC @MIL W  7-4   8  2  0  1  0  0  0   2  5   7   1  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 2B        

    3 George Brett      1991-06-06    KCR  TEX W  4-3   9  6  0  4  1  0  0   0  3   7   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd DH        

    4 Reggie Smith      1974-09-13    STL @PHI W  7-3   9  3  0  1  0  0  0   1  5   7   2  0   1  0  0   0   1  0  0 3rd RF        

    5 Rod Carew         1972-05-12    MIN  MIL L  3-4  10  7  0  5  2  0  0   2  3   8   2  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 2B        

Carew was on 8 times!

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Getting Pinched Twice

Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 23, 2009

Here's another fun list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder. It's batters, since 1956, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter and then got to bat again in the game still with that "pinch-hitter" status and who got at least two hits in the contest with that status - while never playing a position in the game.

O.K. that's terrible grammar. Let's use an example: Joe Batter enters the game in the top of the 7th inning as a pinch-hitter (batting for the pitcher). And, he gets a hit. Then, before three outs are registered, he gets to bat again in that inning, still as a "pinch-hitter" in the game, and then he gets another hit. Then, in the bottom of the inning, he comes out of the game as a new pitcher takes the mound for his team. So, in this game, Joe Batter got two hits as a "pinch hitter." It's cases like this that make this report.

Here's the list.

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Jeff Stone            1 Ind. Games                
 Bill Robinson         1 Ind. Games                
 Jeff Reboulet         1 Ind. Games                
 Angel Pagan           1 Ind. Games                
 Greg Norton           1 Ind. Games                
 Russ Nixon            1 Ind. Games                
 Duane Kuiper          1 Ind. Games                
 Cliff Johnson         1 Ind. Games                
 Brian Hunter          1 Ind. Games                
 Dave Henderson        1 Ind. Games                
 Ken Griffey           1 Ind. Games                
 Julio Franco          1 Ind. Games                
 Chris Bando           1 Ind. Games                
 Oscar Azocar          1 Ind. Games                
 Rick Auerbach         1 Ind. Games                

Actually, you can take Jeff Reboulet off the list (above).  I think that's a fluke boxscore error on him - as he stayed in the game as a D.H.

But, the others look "good" here - just doing a quick check on PA in the game.

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5 hits and 5 runs scored

Posted by Andy on March 23, 2009

I was just looking at a 2009 Topps Heritage Chrome Dustin Pedroia baseball card, and on the back it noted that this past season, he became the first Red Sox player to have at least 5 hits and 5 runs scored in a game. Here are the 25 guys to do it since 1956:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Adrian Beltre     2008-09-01    SEA @TEX W 12-6   6  6  5  5  1  1  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 3B        
    2 Dustin Pedroia    2008-08-12    BOS  TEX W 19-17  6  6  5  5  1  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B        

    3 David Murphy      2007-08-22(1) TEX @BAL W 30-3   7  7  5  5  0  0  0   2  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th LF        

    4 Carl Crawford     2006-05-24    TBD @TOR W 10-8   5  5  5  5  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  4  0 2nd LF        

    5 Derek Jeter       2005-06-21    NYY  TBD W 20-11  6  6  5  5  1  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st SS        
    6 Alex Rodriguez    2005-04-18    NYY  TBD W 19-8   6  6  5  5  2  0  2   6  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 3B        

    7 Angel Berroa      2004-09-13    KCR  NYY W 17-8   6  5  5  5  0  0  0   1  0   0  0   1  0  0   0   0  1  0 2nd SS        
    8 Joe Randa         2004-09-09(1) KCR @DET W 26-5   7  7  6  6  1  0  0   2  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 3B        

    9 Shawn Green       2002-05-23    LAD @MIL W 16-3   6  6  6  6  1  0  4   7  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd RF        

   10 Edgardo Alfonzo   1999-08-30    NYM @HOU W 17-1   6  6  6  6  1  0  3   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B        
   11 Cal Ripken        1999-06-13    BAL @ATL W 22-1   6  6  5  6  1  0  2   6  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 3B        

   12 Juan Encarnacion  1998-09-14    DET  CHW L 16-17  7  6  5  5  0  1  1   4  0   0  1   0  0  1   0   0  0  0 3rd RF        

   13 Kenny Lofton      1997-04-14    ATL  CIN W 15-5   6  6  5  5  0  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  2  0 1st CF        

   14 Rondell White     1995-06-11    MON @SFG W 10-8   7  7  5  6  2  1  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 5th CF        

   15 Mariano Duncan    1992-05-03    PHI @SFG W 12-3   5  5  5  5  0  1  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B        

   16 Luis Polonia      1988-09-09    OAK @KCR W 14-6   6  5  5  5  0  1  0   3  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  2  0 1st LF        

   17 Joe Carter        1986-09-06    CLE @MIL W 17-9   6  6  5  5  2  0  2   4  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th LF        

   18 Tim Teufel        1983-09-16    MIN  TOR W 11-4   5  5  5  5  0  1  2   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 2B        

   19 Steve Garvey      1977-08-28    LAD  STL W 11-0   5  5  5  5  3  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B        
   20 Larry Parrish     1977-05-29    MON @STL W 14-4   5  5  5  5  0  0  3   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th 3B        

   21 Tom Poquette      1976-06-15    KCR @DET W 21-7   6  6  5  5  2  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th LF        

   22 Rennie Stennett   1975-09-16    PIT @CHC W 22-0   7  7  5  7  2  1  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 2B        

   23 Willie Stargell   1970-08-01    PIT @ATL W 20-10  6  6  5  5  3  0  2   6  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th LF        
   24 Walt Williams     1970-05-31    CHW @BOS W 22-13  7  7  5  5  1  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 1st RF        

   25 Norm Siebern      1962-05-05(1) KCA  CLE W 18-6   6  6  5  5  0  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   1   0  0  0 4th 1B        

For such a rare feat, we see a number of statistical oddities. Last year, Texas was victimized twice. In 2005, the Yankees did it twice. In 2004, the Royals (of all teams!) did it twice!

Notice that the player's team never scored fewer than 10 runs in any of these 25 games, and only Juan Encarnacion's 1998 Tigers team lost the game. The teams averaged 16.5 runs in these games.

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