Move Over, Shawon Dunston

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Move Over, Shawon Dunston

Spaceman
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Joined: 15 May 2010, 14:05

19 Nov 2017, 16:51 #1

I just ran across this in managing some roster moves in my solo project. Outfielder Alejandro Sanchez had 133 PAs in 1985 (real life, that is) without drawing a single walk. That seemed really odd, so I checked the stat on Baseball Reference, where I found that Sanchez played in parts of six seasons in the majors, had 320 career PAs and drew ONE WALK. Any player who reaches the majors and has that many PAs should walk more than that BY ACCIDENT. How in the world did any MLB manager give this guy any playing time?
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Mike Hais
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Joined: 16 May 2010, 03:57

19 Nov 2017, 22:38 #2

Spaceman wrote: I just ran across this in managing some roster moves in my solo project. Outfielder Alejandro Sanchez had 133 PAs in 1985 (real life, that is) without drawing a single walk. That seemed really odd, so I checked the stat on Baseball Reference, where I found that Sanchez played in parts of six seasons in the majors, had 320 career PAs and drew ONE WALK. Any player who reaches the majors and has that many PAs should walk more than that BY ACCIDENT. How in the world did any MLB manager give this guy any playing time?
I looked up Sanchez's stats on Retrosheet trying to figure out why he was around MLB for at least parts of 6 seasons. About 70% of his games played and 60% of his at bats where with the Tigers in 1985. In a way he foreshadowed a type of batter that has become common today: a low average hitter who has some power and strikes out a lot. In 1985, he batted .248, had 14 extra bases hits in 133 at bats, but also struck out 39 times. And, yes, he did not walk that season.
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dmbpbp
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Joined: 14 Jun 2010, 01:23

20 Nov 2017, 04:05 #3

Low walk numbers are typical of Latin players, although this guy took it to the extreme.  Remember the now old line, "You can't walk your way off the islands."
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Spaceman
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20 Nov 2017, 14:17 #4

dmbpbp wrote: Remember the now old line, "You can't walk your way off the islands."
Indeed. I don't remember who it was first attributed to, but it's been repeated a number of times over the years. As you say, though, this guy took it to a pretty ridiculous level. Even pitchers draw walks more frequently. It makes you wonder if this guy ever saw a three-ball count.
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tdotdo.dmbforum
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Joined: 16 May 2010, 00:08

21 Nov 2017, 05:23 #5

Now I'm curious to find the one pitcher who walked him.

Found it...May 1st, 1986 at the Yankees. Dennis Rasmussen who walked 5 in 5 1/3 innings that day. After walking Sanchez, he was replaced.
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relic52
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Joined: 16 May 2010, 05:13

21 Nov 2017, 15:13 #6

Spaceman wrote:
dmbpbp wrote: Remember the now old line, "You can't walk your way off the islands."
Indeed. I don't remember who it was first attributed to, but it's been repeated a number of times over the years. As you say, though, this guy took it to a pretty ridiculous level. Even pitchers draw walks more frequently. It makes you wonder if this guy ever saw a three-ball count.
Yet in 1987 playing for Triple A Tacoma PCL, he walked 29 times in 236 PA.  Do you think that maybe he was determined to get back to the show? LOL 
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GrandeOrange
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Joined: 15 Apr 2016, 04:51

07 Dec 2017, 04:50 #7

relic52 wrote:
Spaceman wrote:
dmbpbp wrote: Remember the now old line, "You can't walk your way off the islands."
Indeed. I don't remember who it was first attributed to, but it's been repeated a number of times over the years. As you say, though, this guy took it to a pretty ridiculous level. Even pitchers draw walks more frequently. It makes you wonder if this guy ever saw a three-ball count.
Yet in 1987 playing for Triple A Tacoma PCL, he walked 29 times in 236 PA.  Do you think that maybe he was determined to get back to the show? LOL 
You're probably right. 
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