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Alejandro De Aza picked a really bad time for first GIDP

Sep 25, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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White Sox leadoff man Alejandro De Aza was threatening to go the whole year without grounding into a double play, but his long streak ended in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.

With Gordon Beckham on first and the White Sox down by two, De Aza hit a grounder to second and the Indians managed to turn two despite De Aza’s hustle down the line. The Indians went on to win 4-3.

Before that grounder, De Aza had 570 plate appearances this season without a GIDP. Baseball-reference has double play data since 1939 and only two players have ever had more plate appearances in a year without ever grounding into a double play. Houston’s Craig Biggio went an incredible 744 plate appearances in 1997 without ever hitting into one. The Tigers’ Dick McAuliffe is No. 2 on the list. He had 658 plate appearances in 1968.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    White Sox 7 8 & 9 hitters for most of the season, with their current OBP

    #7 Dayan Viciedo .293 OBP

    #8 Alexei Ramirez .290 OBP

    #9 Gordon Beckham .299 OBP

    And they can all hit the long ball, with 46 combined home runs. And only 77 walks. Batting behind these guys is a great way to rack up only one GIDP up to this point.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      It’s true. Still, he had 64 chances to hit into a double play (PAs with runner on first and less than two outs). He was hitting .298 with just five strikeouts in those situations.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      FWIW, Pete Reiser was the highest non-leadoff hitter on the list. 537 plate appearances for the 1942 Dodgers, most of them as a No. 3 hitter. Also, Rob Deer had 511 PAs for the 1990 Brewers without hitting into one.

      • jlovenotjlo - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        That’s an incredible number of PAs without a GIDP while hitting behind guys who are supposed to get on base a lot. Really interesting stat.

        64 chances is up there, definitely a pretty cool accomplishment he had going… until today… at the worst possible time.

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