The Worst Stretch Of Hitting… Ever?
Derek’s post on Bloomquist below inspired me to do some digging into longest stretches without an extra base hit, since WFB is a couple of weeks away from the one year mark since the last time he got more than a single (July 15th, 2007). His streak currently stands at an impressive 150 plate appearances, which struck me as a really long time, so using Baseball Reference’s awesome Play Index, I started comparing that to other players in the last twenty years.
At first, I didn’t think I’d find anything that surpassed Juan Pierre’s 2000 campaign, when the Rockies called him up from Triple-A in August of that year to make his major league debut. He got two doubles in his first four career games, and then finished the season without another extra base hit, spanning 203 plate appearances. While playing in Colorado. He even hit .306, but it was all singles. Pretty amazing.
But then, I saw this, and my mouth hit the floor.
From April 25th, 1997 to June 16th, 1998, Mike Mordecai not only didn’t get an extra base hit, but he played in 71 games and went 15 for 127. Fifteen for One Hundred Twenty Seven. He tossed in 3 walks and 25 strikeouts for good measure. That’s a .118/.137/.118 line.
I can’t even fathom keeping a position player around long enough to go 15 for 127 without an extra base hit and three walks. Every time he went to the plate, you’d have been better off with a random pitcher.
That’s the kind of performance you would think would get you drummed out of baseball, but Mordecai went on to play seven more seasons after that stretch of futility and rack up 1,362 major league at-bats over 12 years.
.118/.137/.118. From a position player.
For all of Willie’s faults, he’s no Mike Mordecai.