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: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA195706162.shtml

Player page: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/howeldi01.shtml

Bullpen page: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Dixie_Howell_%28howeldi01%29

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.

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%.

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.

]]>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. ]]>

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.

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