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January 24, 2007
BASEBALL: Today's Trivia

What player with 4000 or more plate appearances since 1957 has hit into the fewest double plays? Answer here.

UPDATE: Well, since it came up in the comments, here are the ten best and worst ratios, expressed as GDP per 600 plate appearances:

Ichiro Suzuki2744293.66
Don Buford3353003.74
Brett Butler6293983.96
Lenny Dykstra3952574.45
Mickey Rivers4559514.54
Vince Coleman4559224.56
Darren Daulton3543284.85
Don Blasingame4251904.86
Omar Moreno4554294.97
Rob Deer3845115.05
Jerry Adair149427320.92
Jim Rice315905320.88
Danny Cater163476420.53
George Scott279824720.30
Paul Konerko172512120.15
Tony Pena235700520.13
Lou Piniella211632720.01
Rico Carty206631519.57
Joe Torre283878519.33
Bill Skowron159495719.25

I guess guys who hit into a lot of double plays are likely to become managers.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:41 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)

Don't know if the link doesn't work or my computer...but I would guess Ichiro although I did read a story once about Rob Deer hitting into very few DPs for a power hitter (probably cause he whiffed so often). I'd still put my money on Ichiro though.

Posted by: jim at January 24, 2007 1:29 PM

I'm guessing Craig Biggio.

Alternative guesses: Mark McGwire, Mickey Tettleton.

Posted by: Mike at January 24, 2007 2:28 PM

Looks like Brett Butler has the best rate of GIDP.

Posted by: Mike at January 24, 2007 2:35 PM

That is a very interesting list, but Daulton and Deer stick out like sore thumbs.

Posted by: maddirishman at January 24, 2007 2:36 PM

Daulton was a helluva hitter for a few years: '90, '92-'93. One of the keys to that great Phillie offense in '93.

(Plus, I'll confess that he, Hollins, Dykstra, Eisenreich & Thompson were all on my NL Roto team that year, and I CLEANED up. So I may be a bit biased.)

Posted by: Mike at January 24, 2007 2:41 PM

As expected, the list was filled with speedsters or guys who make little contact (Deer). Daulton stood out like a sore thumb as he wasn't THAT much of a whiff artist, but a decent power guy with, er, catcher speed. And how 'bout Melvin Mora being so high? The guy's coming from the RH side of the plate, a good hitter & not a speedster.

Gee, if only the Mets coulda had him as 2B the last few seasons. :)

Posted by: RW at January 24, 2007 2:45 PM

My guess was Deer, since he hit everything in the air and stuck out in about a third of his ABs. Ichiro, of course, runs very well and bats leadoff, but I would have still thought he hit too many hard grounders.

Posted by: Jerry at January 24, 2007 2:46 PM

Daulton always hit the ball in the air when he didn't whiff or walk, which was a huge percentage of the time.

Posted by: Mike at January 24, 2007 3:34 PM

I'm just surprised Cal wasn't listed among the worst - he was infamous ion these parts for doing just that...course we still loved him!!

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at January 24, 2007 11:44 PM

Paul Konerko's numbers probably have a lot to do with hitting behind Frank Thomas and now Jim Thome. In 2005, with neither around, he hit into 10 DPs.

And of course Jim Rice, besides his natural tendency towards the GIDP, also had Wade Boggs on first base most of the time.

Posted by: Jerry at January 25, 2007 10:43 AM

Yeah, the Boggs/Evans combo ensured a steady stream of slow guys standing on first base. Rice benefitted in the RBI column for that but suffered in the GIDP.

Posted by: The Crank at January 25, 2007 1:05 PM
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