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Bantermetrics: Hand me down my walking Nick

Posted By Diane Firstman On April 21, 2010 @ 11:01 am In Diane Firstman | Comments Disabled

Prior to last night’s game, Nick Johnson had walked in slightly better than one of every four plate appearances [1] this season.  With 14 walks in his first 12 games, he was on a pace which would eclipse the all-time franchise record of 170 [2] by Babe Ruth in 1923.

Now of course, Nick is a DL stint just waiting to happen, so that all-time mark is highly unlikely.  But he could more reasonably eclipse the more recent high-water mark of Jason Giambi, who got a free pass 129 times in 2003.

In the DH era, there have been only ten occurrences of a Yankee drawing 100 or more walks in a season, and Giambi [3] has four of them.

Johnson’s .158 batting average (prior to last night’s game) will of course come back to more-normal levels, as he is a career .271 hitter.  Since 1990, there have been 78 occurrences [4] of an American League batting title qualifier amassing 100 or more walks, and the median batting average of that group is .285, with a range of .223 (Mickey Tettleton in 1990) to .363 (John Olerud in 1993).

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[1] better than one of every four plate appearances: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/ANM9B

[2] 170: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/pEK27

[3] Giambi: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/phReM

[4] 78 occurrences: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/JWwCP

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