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Mike Baxter’s Saturday feat a first in nine years

Aug 5, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

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Five-walk games typically happen once or twice per year, and Mike Baxter‘s Saturday against the Padres was even more unusual than most.

Baxter, the Mets’ right fielder, became the first player since Florida’s Ivan Rodriguez on April 8, 2003 to go 0-for-0 with five unintentional walks in a game.

The 27-year-old Baxter entered the night with eight walks in 71 at-bats and 43 games for the season.

Baxter was the second player this year with five walks in a game, but the Royals’ Alex Gordon had eight plate appearances when he did it in a 15-inning game against the Cardinals back on June 17. Gordon was also the last player to go 0-for-0 with five walks in a game, pulling it off on July 30, 2008. However, he was intentionally walked twice in that game.

That Ivan Rodriguez was the last player to go 0-for-0 with five unintentional walks should surprise most (it certainly did me). The free swinging catcher had just 446 unintentional walks in 10,270 career plate appearances, a rate of one unintentional walk every 23 plate appearances. He was uncharacteristically patient in 2003, setting a career high with 55 walks (six intentional). His next highest total was 41 walks (also with six intentional) from 2004.

If you’re still interested in more walk trivia, know that Baxter is the 86th different player since 1918 with five walks in a game. Mel Ott has the high total, with four such games. Barry Bonds is alone in second with three (with at least one intentional walk in all three). The only active players with two are Gordon and Mark Teixeira.

  1. icanspeel - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    It’s almost as if they walked him to get to Andres Torres who was 0-4 with 11 men left on base for the night.

  2. Walk - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I got four walks in a junior college game and promptly hit on first pitch of fifth at bat. I talked to the scorer after the game and found out something new for me. Even though i got on base every time, did not get on by error and did not make an out at the plate, i was still listed as 0-1. I assume pro scoring is the same. So should be scored as 0-1 and baxter has 5 walks but i could be wrong.

    • paperlions - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      The scorer or your game didn’t know what he was talking about.

    • oltanya - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Regardless of whether that’s true (it’s not), I can’t find any box score that says Baxter was hit by a pitch last night. All legitimate 4-ball walks.

    • Bryz - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Your junior college needs to find a new scorer.

  3. crisisjunky - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I walked my dog five times yesterday, and she was still 0 for 1 last night.

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