This odd assortment of players constitutes a most unusual fantasy team, one that most would take a pass on. On the single season team, there is strength on the mound and a few bats, but this outfit would most likely fail to score enough to win many games. The career team is home to the truly obscure – only the pitchers on this team had even 100 career PA.
These teams, though, were not randomly chosen. Far from it. In fact, a very particular selection process was employed to choose this bunch from among all live ball era players. So, how were these fantasy teams chosen?
|C||Larry Haney||Les Fusselman|
|1B||Lee May||Alex Hernandez|
|2B||Al Hermann||Al Hermann|
|3B||Aurelio Rodriguez||Joe Moock|
|SS||Craig Robinson||Jerry Gil|
|LF||Don Mueller||Overton Tremper|
|CF||Midre Cummings||Victor Mata|
|RF||Tuck Stainback||Purnal Goldy|
|LHP||Fernando Valenzuela||Steve Cooke|
|RHP||Gaylord Perry||Tracy Stallard|
|DH||Mickey Rivers||Butch Alberts|
|PH||Wally Shannon||Mike Robertson|
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Hint: the criteria for selection gets harder to achieve the more one plays; some players are disqualified after their first PA of the season.
0 walks and at least 65 plate appearances.
Fernando did it a few times.
Or maybe it’s just most plate appearances with 0 walks.
You’ve got it.
These players had seasons or careers at the noted positions with the most plate appearances without a walk.
Among active players and excluding pitchers, these are the longest streaks starting a season with a PA and no walks.
Josh Donaldson (for one) has certainly learned to change his approach.
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