The BBK Club


The BBK Club

I was just staring at the Red Sox Baseball-Reference page (because that's what I do sometimes) and noticed something interesting: So far this season, Daniel Nava has walked more times (19) than he's struck out (17). He's the only guy on the team (not counting Jacoby Ellsbury) who can currently make that claim, and it got me thinking:

How rare is it for a guy to play an entire season and finish with more walks than strikeouts?

The answer: It's pretty rare.

Since 2000, only five Red Sox regulars (which I arbitrarily defined as having at least 500 at-bats) have finished the season with a positive BBK ratio.

1. Nomar Garciaparra did it in 2000, the year he hit .372 and won his second straight batting title. It was also the second straight (and last) season in which he joined this exclusive club. Nomar finished the year with 61 walks and 50 strikeouts, and was no doubt helped along by his league-leading 20 intentional walks.

2. Manny Ramirez did it in 2003, powered by a league-leading 28 intentional walks. Manny finished the year with 97 walks and 94 strikeouts, which was just enough to earn him a spot on irrevocable waivers that off-season.

3. Johnny Damon did in 2004, with 76 walks and 71 strikeouts. Respect your Idiots, children.

4. David Ortiz pulled it off in back-to-back seasons. In '06, he drew a league-leading 119 walks (to go along with a league-leading 54 homers and 137 RBI) and struck out "only" 117 times. In '07, he led the league again with 111 walks and struck out 103 times.

5. And finally, there's Dustin Pedroia, who's climbed the vaunted BBK mountain three out of four seasons that he's qualified.

In 2007, he walked 47 times and struck out only 42 times. In 2009, he walked 74 times and struck out only 45 times. And last year, he just snuck in with 86 walks and 85 strikeouts. Phew.

By the way, in the one season Pedroia qualified and didn't make the cut? His MVP season of 2008, when he struck out 52 times and drew only 50 walks. Poor form, Pedey!

Anyway, there you have it. The ball's in your court, Daniel Nava.

Show us what you got.

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.