Comments on: Most hits with no extra-base hits This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Autin Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:27:46 +0000 On the flip side of this theme ...

Most hits in a season with no singles: 5, by two players:
-- Rick Wrona, 1994: 5 for 10, 1 HR, 4 doubles. In his final MLB game, Wrona went 3 for 4 with 3 doubles, each off a different pitcher.
-- Dixie Howell [the pitcher], 1957: 5 for 27, 3 HRs, 1 triple, 1 double.

P.S. Millard "Dixie" Howell (not to be confused with Homer "Dixie" Howell, even though both were born in Kentucky in the first half of 1920, and both played for the 1949 Reds) had an odd MLB career, appearing first in 1940, then again in 1949, and finally in 1955-58 -- a span of 19 seasons, in which he logged just 226 innings in the majors, despite a 106 ERA+. He was also a legitimate hitter, batting .243 and slugging .500 in 74 big-league AB (5 HRs), and .251 with 38 HRs in a long minor-league career. He's also believed to be the last relief pitcher to hit 2 HRs in a game:

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By: jiffy Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:34:13 +0000 To paraphrase Harry Caray, "What's Grudzielanek backwards if it isn't already?"

By: dukeofflatbush Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:20:11 +0000 @ 7

Last year, Cesar Izturis became just the 13th player to post a OPS+ of 50 or lower while appearing in 150 + games.
And for his career, Cesar Izturis is second only to Tommy Thevenow, for lowest OPS+ for players with over 1000 career hits. Not to worry, Itzuris, sitting on 64, would need several under 50 OPS+ seasons to approach Thevenow's 'magical' 51.

By: Highest WPA by a pitcher in a game » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:32:00 +0000 [...] another thread, some readers started discussing the best single-game performance by a pitcher as measured by his [...]

By: DoubleDiamond Mon, 28 Feb 2011 03:01:57 +0000 There have actually been two Roy Thomases that I know of in major league baseball history. Both were under contract to the Phillies at some point in their career, although the position player Roy Thomas that is mentioned here was the only one who ever played for them at the major league level. The other Roy Thomas, a pitcher, played for the Phillies at the minor league level but eventually made it to the majors with other teams. His historical footnote with Philadelphia is that he was their first round draft pick in 1971. They then chose a guy named Mike Schmidt in the second round.

By: dukeofflatbush Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:51:33 +0000 @Hartvig

Thanks, never heard of Roy Thomas, so I went to his player page and couldn't believe what I saw. Consistent .420-.450 OBP in the first part of his career with a mid-.350ish SLG.
He kind of reminds me of a Luis Castillo, except this guy really got on base. So I went on a hunch and checked his TOB vs his TBs, and for batters with more than 6000 PAs he has the largest disparity. His TB/TOB is just 67%, Miller Huggins was next at 70%.

By: Hartvig Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:14:47 +0000 I am amazed that Roy Thomas didn't make the list. In 1900 he led the National League in plate appearances with 675 and managed to get 7 extra base hits the entire season! That's an average of 1 extra base hit every 96 plate appearances. And he accomplished all this while hitting over .300 for the season and stealing 37 bases so it's not like he wasn't putting the ball into play or didn't have any speed.

By: Doug Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:48:06 +0000 More on Dean Chance. 44 career hits and 35 career BB+HBP.

How can that happen? An almost certain out walks almost as much as he hits. In fact, he did have more walks than hits in 3 seasons, including 3 hits, 7 BB and 2 HBP in 1967.

I'm guessing that most of the time Chance never took the bat off his shoulder, and sometimes the other pitcher just couldn't throw a strike to save his life.

By: dukeofflatbush Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:46:36 +0000 Not busting on the Dean, but I'm trying to put together an extensive history on the strikeout in MLB. Right now, I'm getting all the official and unofficial records, quirks, anomalies and fun facts to compliment the raw numbers I have been tediously compiling. It helps the work seem a little less serious to have Dean's lifetime 420 SOs next to Tony Gwynn's 434 lifetime SOs. Dean may be one of the driving reasons behind the DH being implemented the year after he hung 'em up. People just couldn't stand to see a man look so bad in the box.
Another interesting and fun(ny) note on the SO from 2010; In the history of the sport, 236 batters SO 145 times or more. Last year the D-backs had 5 of them. Over 2% of the total in major league history played on the same team.
To look at it another way, only one pitching staff had 5 pitchers SO 145 +, 1998 Braves.

By: Doug Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:17:04 +0000 @14. Those two XBHs (they were doubles) weren't flukes - Dean was hot those two years ('63 and '65). He had 43% of his career hits and 50% of his career RBIs in the two years be drilled those doubles. And, those two years were the only times he posted an OPS above .200, topping out at a nifty .333 OPS in 1963.

To his credit, Chance did manage a somewhat respectable 62 sacrifice hits and 30 walks (and 5 HBPs) in his 759 career PAs. And, he hit into only two double plays his whole career (of course, having 420 Ks will help limit your GIDPs).

But, seriously, Dean gets the last laugh. Between his two big power years, he bagged his Cy Young with the first of two 20-win seasons. He had a career 119 ERA+, 7 straight 12+ win seasons (128-115 career W-L), and 6+ Ks/9 innings. Overall, a fairly decent 11-year major league career. Mostly, he succeeded at what he was really being asked to do.