Ortiz @ USAT:
“I don’t believe in walks,” Guillen says. “His job is to drive in runs, and he’s done it pretty well. He’s not a leadoff hitter.”
Fun fact: a hitter that goes to 1st via a walk and one that goes to 1st via a hit, are awarded the same amount of runs if they cross home. Amazing!
Speaking of Viciedo:
Monday night White Sox 3B Dayan Viciedo went 0-3. He now has 74 PA without a walk, the most by any player this year. Since 1901, the record for most PA without a walk is held by Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh, who went 156 PA without a single base on balls. If we limit it to non-pitchers, the record is 148, set by the immortal Craig Robinson, who was a middle infielder for the Phillies in 1973.
Chone “Rally” Smith:
And finally, the numbers go all the way back to 1871 for hitters and 1876 for pitchers. Some of the estimates used to fill these stats in, like the baserunning regression formula or the JAARF fielding numbers, are not to be trusted as anything more than a reasonable guess. Catcher defensive ratings are based on passed balls and errors only. It is not worth it to even try to estimate performance against the running game by catcher assists. Mike Piazza had about as many assists per game as Johnny Bench. Enough said.
Here’s the WAR database.
And here’s Shoeless Joe Jackson. And Eddie Collins. And Luke Appling.
And Red Faber. And Ed Walsh. And Ted Lyons. And Eddie Cicotte. And Billy Pierce.