Following up on the Imperfect Trifecta post, thought I’d give Rollins and Pierre a break and let some others share the limelight. The guy on the left was one of our faves back at the B-R Blog, a player with some quite unusual statistical characteristics, although not ones customarily associated with winning.

WARNING: This post is definitely written tongue in cheek. My apologies, in advance, if you are offended by the tone - not my intention, just having a bit of fun.

This post is about players who simply abhor walking. At any cost (and it’s often substantial). Instead, these purists insist on getting on base (or trying, at least) the difficult way, with their bats and their legs. Alas, it is an awfully hard chore for many of them.

So, let’s start with our current 2012 poster boys. These are the players with the longest current (through games of Apr 14th) “walkless” streaks.

Rk   Strk Start End 6 Games AB R H HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Vernon Wells 2011-09-04 2012-04-14 30 118 11 25 8 18 20 0 .212 .212 .475 .686 LAA
2 Josh Harrison 2011-09-01 2012-04-14 23 68 3 16 0 5 7 0 .235 .246 .368 .614 PIT
3 Emmanuel Burriss 2011-07-04 2012-04-14 20 42 7 7 0 2 6 0 .167 .186 .167 .353 SFG
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Generated 4/15/2012.

In addition to these three, there are 186 other non-pitchers with one or more PAs who have yet to walk in 2012. But, they’ll have to go some to catch the players in the next list.

There have been 65 streaks of at least 100 AB without a walk to start a player’s season. Rob Picciolo has 3 such streaks, and Jeff Francoeur and Mariano Duncan each have two. Here are the longest of them.

Player Strk Start Strk End Games AB H BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
Rob Picciolo 1980-04-10 1980-09-30 84 259 61 0.236 0.236 0.324 0.560 OAK
Mariano Duncan 1995-04-27 1995-08-26 61 213 61 0.286 0.286 0.408 0.694 PHI-CIN
Jesus Alou 1965-04-12 1965-05-27 42 179 60 0.335 0.333 0.469 0.803 SFG
Kim Batiste 1994-04-08 1994-07-30 53 179 46 0.257 0.254 0.307 0.561 PHI
Craig Robinson 1973-07-27 1973-09-30 46 146 33 0.226 0.226 0.274 0.500 PHI
Angel Salazar 1987-04-06 1987-05-30 42 144 36 0.250 0.248 0.326 0.575 KCR
Mickey Hatcher 1985-04-09 1985-05-13 30 134 42 0.313 0.311 0.425 0.736 MIN
Emil Verban 1944-04-18 1944-05-21 30 134 33 0.246 0.246 0.291 0.537 STL
Alejandro Sanchez 1985-04-24 1985-09-25 54 133 33 0.248 0.248 0.459 0.707 DET
Gee Walker 1934-04-17 1934-05-25 32 131 37 0.282 0.282 0.374 0.656 DET
Jeff Francoeur 2006-04-03 2006-05-07 31 130 30 0.231 0.241 0.415 0.656 ATL
Joe Nossek 1967-04-11 1967-08-16 57 126 25 0.198 0.197 0.246 0.443 KCA
Oscar Azocar 1990-07-17 1990-08-17 31 125 38 0.304 0.302 0.448 0.750 NYY
Bob Thorpe 1952-04-17 1952-06-09 32 125 34 0.272 0.278 0.408 0.686 BSN
Jeff Kunkel 1984-07-23 1984-09-18 39 125 26 0.208 0.211 0.344 0.555 TEX
Ernie Bowman 1963-04-17 1963-09-22 47 125 23 0.184 0.181 0.208 0.389 SFG

So, Picciolo went from opening day to the end of September without a walk. Then he ruined it with not one, but two walks in the final 3 October games.

But a few players have managed to play an entire season (min. 100 PA) without drawing a walk. Drum roll, please!

Rk Player PA BB Year Age Tm G AB R H HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Craig Robinson 148 0 1973 24 PHI 46 146 11 33 0 7 25 .226 .226 .274 .500 *6/4
2 Alejandro Sanchez 133 0 1985 26 DET 71 133 19 33 6 12 39 .248 .248 .459 .707 D9/78
3 Ernie Bowman 131 0 1963 27 SFG 81 125 10 23 0 4 15 .184 .181 .208 .389 645
4 Rob Picciolo 128 0 1984 31 CAL 87 119 18 24 1 9 21 .202 .200 .277 .477 *65/49
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Generated 4/15/2012.

Whew, that’s better. At least Rob didn’t blow it a second time.

We started with the list of the longest current walkless streaks. But, there have certainly been longer streaks in the past. Much longer.

Player Strk Start Strk End Games PA AB H BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
Mariano Duncan 1994-06-24 1995-08-26 86 325 318 84 0.268 0.269 0.382 0.651 PHI-CIN
Shawon Dunston 1999-04-21 2000-06-22 133 322 310 90 0.292 0.304 0.455 0.758 STL-NYM
Rob Picciolo 1979-09-15 1980-09-30 97 316 308 67 0.221 0.221 0.310 0.531 OAK
Rob Picciolo 1977-07-02 1978-07-25 96 308 299 64 0.215 0.214 0.273 0.487 OAK
Virgil Stallcup 1949-05-04 1949-07-24 65 271 271 76 0.280 0.280 0.387 0.668 CIN
Hal Lanier 1964-07-02 1964-09-16 69 276 268 78 0.291 0.290 0.362 0.652 SFG
Ivy Griffin 1920-05-26 1920-08-25 69 258 244 51 0.209 0.222 0.234 0.455 PHA
Tony Pena 2007-05-06 2007-07-25 65 241 233 71 0.305 0.305 0.395 0.700 KCR
Ozzie Guillen 1989-06-02 1989-08-10 63 239 232 66 0.284 0.282 0.353 0.635 CHW
Joe Pepitone 1964-07-05 1964-09-08 59 228 224 52 0.232 0.235 0.415 0.650 NYY
Woody Jensen 1937-09-10 1938-09-14 76 225 222 52 0.235 0.239 0.258 0.497 PIT

Seems there’s a certain name that keeps popping up. But, some other interesting names as well. That’s Tony Pena the younger, with 20 career walks in 870 PA, even more of a free-swinger than Dad who had 25 walks in his first 3 seasosns (767 PA).

In addition to the two streaks above, Rob Picciolo had a 3rd long streak of 207 PA, notable in that it lasted almost 3 years, from July 5, 1982 to June 8, 1985.

Here’s another quirk of impatient hitters – these are the players with 2 or more seasons (min. 300 PA) with more GIDP than walks.

Rk   Yrs From To Age  
1 Ivan Rodriguez 5 1999 2010 27-38 Ind. Seasons
2 Hal Lanier 4 1964 1968 21-25 Ind. Seasons
3 Bengie Molina 3 2003 2009 28-34 Ind. Seasons
4 A.J. Pierzynski 3 2002 2010 25-33 Ind. Seasons
5 Pat Meares 3 1993 1996 24-27 Ind. Seasons
6 Andres Thomas 3 1986 1989 22-25 Ind. Seasons
7 Jesus Alou 3 1965 1968 23-26 Ind. Seasons
8 Ernie Lombardi 3 1933 1943 25-35 Ind. Seasons
9 Miguel Tejada 2 2008 2009 34-35 Ind. Seasons
10 Johnny Estrada 2 2006 2007 30-31 Ind. Seasons
11 Mariano Duncan 2 1993 1996 30-33 Ind. Seasons
12 Andre Dawson 2 1993 1994 38-39 Ind. Seasons
13 Doug Flynn 2 1981 1982 30-31 Ind. Seasons
14 Damaso Garcia 2 1980 1986 23-29 Ind. Seasons
15 Ellis Valentine 2 1979 1982 24-27 Ind. Seasons
16 Ken Reitz 2 1973 1974 22-23 Ind. Seasons
17 Manny Sanguillen 2 1969 1971 25-27 Ind. Seasons
18 Paul Casanova 2 1967 1968 25-26 Ind. Seasons
19 Jerry Adair 2 1963 1969 26-32 Ind. Seasons
20 Virgil Stallcup 2 1949 1951 27-29 Ind. Seasons
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Generated 4/14/2012.

I wonder when was the last time that Mariano Duncan and Doug Flynn had their names next to a HOFer on one of our lists. Incidentally, the career WAR for the two HOFers here, and the guy at the top of the list who will be joining them, comes out to 163 and change - almost a 2 to 1 edge on the other 17 players who have collectively accumulated just 86 WAR.

But, you may say, those are just some quirky seasons. Have any non-pitchers had more GIDP than walks for an entire career (min. 1500 PA)? Well, actually yes.

Rk Player PA GDP BB From To Age G AB R H HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Jesus Alou 4577 143 138 1963 1979 21-37 1380 4345 448 1216 32 377 267 .280 .305 .353 .658 97/D83 SFG-HOU-TOT-OAK-NYM
2 Andres Thomas 2185 66 59 1985 1990 21-26 577 2103 182 493 42 228 301 .234 .255 .334 .589 *6/5 ATL
3 Rob Picciolo 1720 34 25 1977 1985 24-32 731 1628 192 381 17 109 254 .234 .246 .312 .558 *64/53D79 OAK-TOT-MIL-CAL
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Generated 4/14/2012.

Gee, there’s that name again! And, look at his strikeouts compared to the other two, in quite a bit less playing time. Which brings us to SO/BB ratios. Hey, it’s instructive for pitchers – why not for hitters too?

Here are the players with more than one season (min. 300 PAs) with 7 times as many strikeouts as walks. There are 38 others with one season like this.

Rk   Yrs From To Age  
1 Miguel Olivo 3 2006 2008 27-29 Ind. Seasons
2 Ivan Rodriguez 2 2005 2007 33-35 Ind. Seasons
3 Shawon Dunston 2 1995 1997 32-34 Ind. Seasons
4 Craig Paquette 2 1993 1995 24-26 Ind. Seasons
5 Mariano Duncan 2 1993 1996 30-33 Ind. Seasons
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Generated 4/14/2012.

And, lastly, here are the players with careers (min. 1500 PAs) with 7 times as many strikeouts as walks.

Rk Player PA SO BB From To Age G AB R H HR RBI GDP BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Steve Carlton 1881 413 41 1965 1988 20-43 745 1719 123 346 13 140 33 .201 .223 .259 .482 *1 STL-PHI-TOT-MIN
2 Greg Maddux 1812 419 34 1986 2008 20-42 759 1591 103 272 5 84 15 .171 .191 .205 .395 *1 CHC-ATL-TOT-SDP
3 Rob Picciolo 1720 254 25 1977 1985 24-32 731 1628 192 381 17 109 34 .234 .246 .312 .558 *64/53D79 OAK-TOT-MIL-CAL
4 Phil Niekro 1707 314 17 1964 1987 25-48 866 1537 80 260 7 109 35 .169 .183 .211 .395 *1 MLN-ATL-NYY-CLE-TOT
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Generated 4/14/2012.

Or, ten times as many. But, who’s really counting.

Rob, we really do love you. :)  And, to prove it, here they are – the top 10 greatest games of your career. Look at all those crooked numbers. And, two almost perfect columns of zeros under BB and SO.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 1984-04-20 CAL TOR W 10-6 2 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.453 1.550 2.433 2 PR 2B RF
2 1979-08-28 OAK TOR W 6-3 4 4 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.388 3.072 1.420 9 2B
3 1979-06-30 OAK TEX L 3-4 4 3 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.332 1.981 1.730 9 SS
4 1981-06-09 (2) OAK BAL W 3-2 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.280 0.656 1.950 9 SS
5 1979-08-07 OAK CAL W 9-5 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.280 2.041 2.358 9 SS
6 1979-04-18 OAK SEA W 5-2 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.270 2.294 1.837 9 SS
7 1979-04-16 OAK SEA W 4-2 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.233 1.898 .973 8 SS
8 1979-08-31 OAK DET W 5-3 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.226 1.798 1.218 9 2B
9 1979-09-01 OAK DET W 6-3 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.208 1.699 1.234 9 SS
10 1978-09-26 OAK CHW W 10-3 4 4 2 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0.200 2.996 1.067 9 SS 2B
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Generated 4/15/2012.

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