Blogger Paul E pointed out that Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre are leading the Phillies attack this year with identical batting averages, on-base percentages and slugging percentages. That unusual trifecta is, of course, usually only accomplished when a player has no walks and no extra-base hits.

Rk Player H BB XBH Year Age Tm G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
9 Jimmy Rollins 6 0 0 2012 33 PHI 5 22 21 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .572 /*6
21 Juan Pierre 3 0 0 2012 34 PHI 4 14 14 0 0 0 0 .214 .214 .214 .428 /*7
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After the jump, I’ll look a little more into this ”phenomenon”.

To start, I wanted to see players with seasons having the fewest walks and extra-base hits relative to PAs. Here’s the list for the live ball era, showing seasons (min. 300 PA) since 1920 with OPS < BA x 2.25.

Rk Player OPS BA PA Year 6 Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR BB OBP SLG Pos
1 Tony Womack .556 .249 351 2005 35 NYY 108 329 46 82 8 1 0 12 .276 .280 748D/9
2 Alex Sanchez .721 .322 352 2004 27 DET 79 332 41 107 9 3 2 7 .335 .386 *8/D
3 Alvaro Espinoza .633 .282 544 1989 27 NYY 146 503 51 142 23 1 0 14 .301 .332 *6
4 Kirby Puckett .655 .296 583 1984 24 MIN 128 557 63 165 12 5 0 16 .320 .336 *8
5 Darrell Brown .601 .272 323 1983 27 MIN 91 309 40 84 6 2 0 10 .297 .304 *8/7D
6 Tim Foli .563 .252 349 1983 32 CAL 88 330 29 83 10 0 2 5 .263 .300 *65
7 Doug Flynn .504 .225 485 1982 31 TOT 146 463 26 104 12 4 0 8 .236 .268 *46
8 Gene Clines .620 .276 480 1976 29 TEX 116 446 52 123 12 3 0 16 .304 .316 *7D/89
9 Danny Thompson .482 .219 318 1970 23 MIN 96 302 25 66 9 0 0 7 .234 .248 *45/6
10 Horace Clarke .512 .230 607 1968 28 NYY 148 579 52 133 6 1 2 23 .258 .254 *4
11 Hal Lanier .461 .206 518 1968 25 SFG 151 486 37 100 14 1 0 12 .222 .239 *6
12 Don Kessinger .608 .274 578 1966 23 CHC 150 533 50 146 8 2 1 26 .306 .302 *6
13 Bobby Richardson .573 .256 320 1957 21 NYY 97 305 36 78 11 1 0 9 .274 .298 *4
14 Dick Groat .632 .284 415 1952 21 PIT 95 384 38 109 6 1 1 19 .319 .313 *6
15 Emil Verban .635 .289 363 1949 33 CHC 98 343 38 99 11 1 0 8 .309 .327 *4
16 Chile Gomez .515 .232 358 1936 27 PHI 108 332 24 77 4 1 0 14 .265 .250 *46
17 Jimmy Jordan .603 .278 312 1935 27 BRO 94 295 26 82 7 0 0 9 .302 .302 46/5
18 Otis Miller .610 .272 413 1931 30 BOS 107 389 38 106 12 1 0 15 .301 .308 *54
19 Tommy Thevenow .642 .286 624 1930 26 PHI 156 573 57 164 21 1 0 23 .316 .326 *6
20 Moe Berg .630 .287 385 1929 27 CHW 107 352 32 101 7 0 0 17 .323 .307 *2
21 Freddy Spurgeon .642 .287 405 1925 23 CLE 107 376 50 108 9 3 0 15 .315 .327 *54/6
22 Mickey O’Neil .538 .246 382 1924 24 BSN 106 362 32 89 4 1 0 14 .276 .262 *2
23 Walter Holke .651 .291 424 1922 29 BSN 105 395 35 115 9 4 0 14 .317 .334 *3
24 George Maisel .673 .310 431 1921 29 CHC 112 393 54 122 7 2 0 11 .334 .338 *8
25 Walter Schmidt .628 .282 417 1921 34 PIT 114 393 30 111 9 3 0 12 .307 .321 *2
26 Otto Miller .644 .289 324 1920 31 BRO 90 301 16 87 9 2 0 9 .312 .332 *2
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Interesting list. Everything from a HOFer, to one of the all-time leading out-makers (Lanier), to the player with the all-time lowest WAR (Flynn) for a 4000 PA career. And, look at all the guys batting .280 or better.

Some notes:

  • Everyone on the list has walks in less than 5% of PAs. Foli, Flynn and Sanchez have walks in less than 2% of PAs.
  • Everyone on the list has walks of less than 20% of Hits. Foli, Sanchez, Flynn, Verban, Maisel, Puckett and Espinoza have walks of less than 10% of Hits.
  • Maisel, Foli, Flynn and O’Neil all have extra-base hits plus walks of less than 5% of PAs.
  • O’Neil, Gomez, Clarke and Berg all have extra-base hits of less than 7% of total Hits.

There have been 67 times in the game-searchable era that players (excluding pitchers) have started a season with 10 or more hits before recording a walk or an extra-base hit. No player has done this more than once. Here are the longest such streaks, by number of hits, to start a player’s season (note that OBP may vary from BA due to HBP or SF).

Player Strk Start Strk End Games AB H BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
Tom Veryzer 1981-04-11 1981-05-17 23 70 20 0.286 0.292 0.286 0.577 CLE
Ed Madjeski 1933-04-13 1933-06-26 23 68 19 0.279 0.279 0.279 0.559 PHA
Wayne Tolleson 1985-04-17 1985-05-31 18 57 19 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667 TEX
Bill Killefer 1921-05-05 1921-06-22 14 49 17 0.347 0.347 0.347 0.694 CHC
Ellie Rodriguez 1973-04-06 1973-05-31 20 58 17 0.293 0.305 0.293 0.598 MIL
Charlie Hargreaves 1923-06-27 1923-10-02 18 50 16 0.320 0.320 0.320 0.640 BRO
Kevin Barker 1999-08-19 1999-09-04 15 49 16 0.327 0.320 0.327 0.647 MIL
Marshall Edwards 1983-04-15 1983-07-29 22 58 16 0.276 0.276 0.276 0.552 MIL
Ty Cline 1966-04-12 1966-09-15 32 49 16 0.327 0.327 0.327 0.653 CHC-ATL
Adam Kennedy 2005-05-02 2005-05-22 17 56 14 0.250 0.263 0.250 0.513 LAA
Chuck Hiller 1966-04-19 1966-06-07 26 39 14 0.359 0.390 0.359 0.749 NYM
Emmanuel Burriss 2011-04-28 2011-06-11 19 53 14 0.264 0.264 0.264 0.528 SFG
Frank Duffy 1975-04-18 1975-05-03 14 53 14 0.264 0.264 0.264 0.528 CLE
Fred Vaughn 1945-04-20 1945-05-31 17 58 14 0.241 0.241 0.241 0.483 WSH
Lee Gamble 1938-04-22 1938-06-06 14 41 14 0.341 0.341 0.341 0.683 CIN
Overton Tremper 1927-06-16 1927-10-02 24 60 14 0.233 0.246 0.233 0.479 BRO
Walter Mueller 1926-08-31 1926-09-21 16 49 14 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571 PIT
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Removing the start of season restriction, here are the players who have gone at least 90 consecutive PAs without a walk or extra-base hit. Notice that Aurelio Rodriguez (second from bottom) had a streak lasting 366 days!

Player Strk Start Strk End Games AB Hits BA OBP SLG OPS   Tm
Bob Lillis 1963-06-24 1963-08-10 40 143 22 0.154 0.171 0.154 0.325 HOU
Bob Lillis 1961-07-18 1962-04-24 36 124 28 0.226 0.226 0.226 0.452 STL-HOU
Ivy Olson 1920-04-26 1920-05-28 22 110 22 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400 BRO
Everett Scott 1924-05-17 1924-06-18 28 109 29 0.266 0.266 0.266 0.532 NYY
Paul Casanova 1967-09-30 1968-05-30 30 109 14 0.128 0.127 0.128 0.256 WSA
Tommy Helms 1969-08-15 1969-09-18 28 103 24 0.233 0.233 0.233 0.466 CIN
Junior Ortiz 1983-06-20 1983-08-19 36 102 25 0.245 0.245 0.245 0.490 NYM
Ollie O’Mara 1918-05-18 1918-06-24 28 102 17 0.167 0.190 0.167 0.357 BRO
Woody Jensen 1937-09-10 1937-10-02 23 100 25 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500 PIT
Bill Mazeroski 1963-08-27 1963-09-20 25 98 13 0.133 0.133 0.133 0.265 PIT
Ryan Theriot 2010-05-05 2010-06-04 24 96 18 0.188 0.204 0.188 0.392 CHC
Enos Cabell 1979-05-23 1979-06-25 24 95 21 0.221 0.221 0.221 0.442 HOU
Bill Buckner 1984-09-05 1984-09-30 24 94 23 0.245 0.240 0.245 0.484 BOS
Mickey O’Neil 1924-04-28 1924-05-30 24 93 21 0.226 0.226 0.226 0.452 BSN
Jay Hankins 1961-05-28 1961-08-24 31 92 16 0.174 0.174 0.174 0.348 KCA
Aurelio Rodriguez 1982-09-29 1983-09-29 40 89 10 0.112 0.121 0.112 0.233 CHW-BAL
Freddy Sanchez 2009-08-08 2010-05-20 22 87 23 0.264 0.258 0.264 0.523 SFG
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Finally, these are the players since 1901 to finish a season with 8 or more hits, and identical BA, OBP and SLG numbers.

Rk Player H BA OBP SLG Year Age Tm G PA AB R RBI SO SH SF GDP Pos
1 Frank Sigafoos 11 .256 .256 .256 1926 22 PHA 13 44 43 4 2 3 1 *6
2 Kelly Dransfeldt 10 .333 .333 .333 2004 29 CHW 15 30 30 5 4 6 0 0 0 /*65D
3 Brian Doyle 10 .192 .192 .192 1978 23 NYY 39 54 52 6 0 3 2 0 2 *4/65
4 Josh Billings 10 .217 .217 .217 1921 29 SLB 20 47 46 2 4 7 1 *2
5 Nelson Liriano 9 .409 .409 .409 1991 27 KCR 10 23 22 5 1 2 1 0 0 *4
6 Walt Hriniak 9 .346 .346 .346 1968 25 ATL 9 26 26 0 3 3 0 0 0 /*2
7 Carl Boles 9 .375 .375 .375 1962 27 SFG 19 25 24 4 1 6 1 0 2 /7
8 Donie Bush 9 .409 .409 .409 1923 35 WSH 12 34 22 6 0 1 5 /*54
9 Ryan Sweeney 8 .229 .229 .229 2006 21 CHW 18 35 35 1 5 7 0 0 1 /879D
10 Bob Schroder 8 .242 .242 .242 1966 21 SFG 10 35 33 0 2 2 2 0 1 /*6
11 Sammy Meeks 8 .229 .229 .229 1951 28 CIN 23 35 35 4 2 4 0 2 /56
12 Hal Anderson 8 .250 .250 .250 1932 28 CHW 9 33 32 4 2 1 1 /*8
13 Dick Spalding 8 .348 .348 .348 1928 34 WSH 16 25 23 1 0 4 2 /*79
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Generated 4/12/2012.

 

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