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Adam Dunn, Dan Uggla poised to make history

Sep 28, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Regular HBT reader Jason Lukehart notes that Adam Dunn and Dan Uggla are about to make history: each are poised to set the record for the lowest on base percentage for a guy to lead his respective league in walks in major league history. Here’s the chart and the historical perspective.

Here’s to you, guys. Two players who know the difference between a ball and a strike but have a profoundly difficult time doing things with most of the strikes they see.  Too weird to live, too rare to die.

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Love it.

  2. pjmitch - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Some HOFers on that list!!!

  3. paulhargis53 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Awesome Fear and loathing quote on the last lines ,Craig!

  4. braddavery - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Maybe they can just take their names out of the running for this like Melky Cabrera did for the Batting Title.

  5. Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    That Donie Bush sure knew what to do with the high and wide ones, but wasn’t much for handling a strike.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      “Generally speaking, the seasons on that list trend towards being down years by good players.”
      “In his case, it’s a testament that even in some of his lesser seasons, he still drew a ton of walks.”
      Absolutely Luke. Morgan was a great player. The guy had a long (and very productive) career.
      Good work! Interesting stuff.

  6. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    It’s so strange to see Joe Morgan on this list. I’m always amused when I’m reminded that he was exactly the kind of player that he doesn’t like, and that he was about as good as it gets.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      What shocked me was him not only being on the list…but being on the list TWICE…15 years apart.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Ok he’s on the list, twice, but… is a .367 or .373 OBP bad? From the current Phillies crop only Carlos Ruiz, Kevin Frandsen and Chase Utley have better OBPs.

        Morgan’s lifetime OBP is .392. And he LED the league in OBP four times, with marks of .417, .427, .444, and .466. Also the first list occurrence one was at age 21 towards the beginning of his career and the other time was at his age 36 season, when he was in the twilight of his career. Aside from a statistical oddity I don’t think this says anything substantive about Joe Morgan that isn’t better judged from his entire slew of stats.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Yeah, the 15 years apart thing is what gets me about Morgan being on there twice.

        Generally speaking, the seasons on that list trend towards being down years by good players.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        What the bottom of the list shows is just how rare it is to lead the league in walks while still putting up a bad OBP, because Francisco is right, a .373 OBP isn’t bad.

        Also, I didn’t intend the list to say anything very substantive about Morgan (and certainly not that he wasn’t a great player) or any of the players on the list. In his case, it’s a testament that even in some of his lesser seasons, he still drew a ton of walks.

  7. jlovenotjlo - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Adam Dunn figured out many, many years ago that if you only walk, strikeout, or hit a home run you don’t have to sprint down to 1st base.

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