The Vlad watch: No walks for Guerrero

April, 25, 2011
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Vladimir Guerrero has to come to bat 83 times this season and has drawn zero walks. Now, Vlad has always been more Kirby Puckett than Barry Bonds when it comes to his selectivity, but he did once draw 84 walks in a season (with the help of 32 intentional freebies).

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But now that his bat has slowed and pitchers don't fear him like they once did, Guerrero is hacking away like never before. Obviously, he's on pace for zero walks, and maybe he can become just the 25th player since 1900 to get 500 plate appearances and walk 10 or fewer times.

The most PAs while drawing so few walks belong to Art Fletcher, a shortstop for the 1915 New York Giants, who came to the plate 599 times and drew just six walks. Despite his free-swinging ways, Fletcher was actually a decent hitter for his era and started on four World Series teams -- although the Giants lost all four series.

The most recent players in the 500/10-or-less club were Ivan Rodriguez and Tony Pena in 2007. Pena was moved to pitcher. But maybe Vlad can join Pudge as the only MVP winners on this list.

Fletcher joins Shawon Dunston and early 1900s second baseman Hobe Ferris as the only two-time members. Dunston was a truly amazing non-walker: From the ages of 30 to 39 he walked just 66 times in over 2,700 plate appearances.

Ozzie Guillen makes this list for his 10-walk season in 1996 -- and just misses three other times, with seasons of 11, 12 and 12.

(Research via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index.)

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