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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Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.