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Chasing, um, history

To be clear, Jason Bergmann had the line and the look of a deserving winning pitcher last night. He pitched into the seventh inning. He allowed three earned runs (four total) and didn't walk a single batter. He was throwing all of his pitchers, Manny Acta later said, with good command. You don't always get that from Bergmann, but when you do, the team normally wins.

But after last night's game, much of the talk was about the other part of Bergmann's game. The part that almost never works. His hitting.

If Bergmann had executed a sac bunt yesterday in the sixth, it might have flipped the outcome last night. The scenario: To start the inning off, Austin Kearns and Kory Casto got back-to-back singles Bergmann came up, still with no outs, the Nats head 4-3. He tapped a hard bunt back to the mound. Philly pitcher Chad Durbin fielded and fired to third -- a force out on Kearns.

The Nats finished the inning without a run.

Said Bergmann, on his hitting: "I suck. Yeah. Not something I'm proud of. We could have won the game, and it's not the first time, if I got that bunt down. You know, second and third with Bonifacio up... I apologize to my team for putting them in a bad spot."

I asked Bergmann if part of his hitting struggles stem from the fact that he came up as a relief pitcher, thus reducing the at bats he saw in the minors.

"That has nothing to do with it, absolutely nothing," he said. "The bottom line is I don't see the ball real well coming out of the pitcher's hand. If you can't see it, you can't hit it."

Acta, too, pointed to the bunt failure as a critical moment in the game.

His words: "He wasn't able to get those guys to second and third; it could have been a different ballgame. Second and third, only one out. And that's the difference sometimes between staying longer in a game or getting taken out. The way it goes right now, if that situation arises again and we need the runs, then he's going to have to come out of the game even if his pitch count is low."

Yesterday, during the game, my colleague Mark Zuckerman at the Wash Times noted on his blog Bergmann's horrid season at the plate (0-for-36 now) and wondered about the record for most at bats in a year without a hit. So, we did a little digging on StatsPass, a Web site that's designed to tell you things only Bill James and Elias should know.

So here's what I did. (And note, this doesn't indicate the record for longest hitless streak; it just notes the worst seasons in which the final hit total equaled zero.) I searched for all players in baseball history who've had 30 ABs or more in a year and zero hits.

All time, it's happened with 23 guys.

The worst hitless season in history belongs to Bob Buhl, a starting pitcher who split 1962 between Milwaukee and the Cubs and finished 0-for-70.

Here's the top (or bottom) 10 list...

1. Bob Buhl (Mil/ChC, 1962) - 0-for-70
2. Bill Wright (CWS, 1950) - 0-for-61
3. Ron Herbel (SF, 1964) - 0-for-47
4. Karl Drews (StL, 1949) - 0-for-46
5t. Ernie Toob (StL, 1916) - 0-for-41
5t. Randy Tate (NYM, 1975) - 0-for-41
7. Joey Hamilton (SD, 1994) - 0-for-40
8. Ed Rakow (Det, 1964) - 0-for-39
9. Darryl Kile (Hou, 1991) - 0-for-38
10t. Jason Bergmann (Was, 2008) - 0-for-36
10t. Harry Parker (NYM, 1974) - 0-for-36

So yeah, you look at the list, and maybe you think the record is out of reach for Bergmann. But know this: Bergmann is the only player on that top-10 list with an OBP of .000. Every other player walked at least once.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 20, 2008; 9:53 AM ET
 
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Trade him to an AL team for a speedy but light hitting infielder.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"Trade him to an AL team for a speedy but light hitting infielder."

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That's unpossible! Jimbo would never do such a thing. It'd be nice to have a player like that, though. I'm tired of all this Ryan Howard clones who can hit the ball a million miles, but never steal bases.

Posted by: Deep Fried Screech | August 20, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

i think it's already time for a new obsession. hmm... corner infielders with fielding % below 900? SPs with 20+ career saves?

Posted by: 231 | August 20, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Got new posted, so to quote natsfan1a
Let's Post Two!

NatsNut,
Thank you, I needed the refocusing. I've been wallowing in self pity ever since the signing deadline. It's time to appreciate the good things again.
Yes, Bergmann pitched very well. Maybe this will get our starting pitching back on track.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 20, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Bergmann has been bad, but he still is a pitcher. I dont count on him for hits. I count on 8 other guys. If we have to complain about Bergmann of all people about his hitting rather than his pitching, I'll take it. I WILL complain about our actual hitters though. They are the ones that should be taking the grief from fans and media.

Posted by: Bunting Coach | August 20, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

i've never seen a pitcher who looked more uncomfortable at the plate (and took uglier swings) than patterson. the way he stood at the plate lunged at the ball was comical. but somehow that guy got hits. even extra base hits.

Posted by: 231 | August 20, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

LOL! This has to be post of the day. Thanks for the laugh, whoever you are.
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Trade him to an AL team for a speedy but light hitting infielder.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 10:01 AM

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Also, EXCELLENT point Bunting Coach. Why they gotta put that ballgame on Bergmann's shoulders AGAIN, when he did his job--pitch?

What about Willie Harris's blunder, huh? That could just as easily have been the "one play" that lost the game.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I definitely give Bergmann props on his pitching yesterday, but as an NL pitcher being able to lay down a bunt is important, too.

Re. Harris, I didn't see the game, but it sounded like the wind was a factor for fielders yesterday.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if it's fashionable to harsh on Acta - but as manager of this team, he needs to take control of situations like this.

IF Bergman cannot get a bunt down consistently, then Manny should have him out there early, every day, taking BP on the field and in the cages until he can get a bunt down. It's part of Bergmanns job, and maybe his record would be better if he could help himself out.

Also last night, he came up with a men on first and second. Now, I'm not counting on Bergmann for a 2 out RBI - but he whiffs on the 3 pitches. If he can manage to get the ball in play - there's a chance it gets through.

Bergmann says he doesn't pick up the ball well? Well, get some Chris Sabo goggles for batting only.

Posted by: Sec 114, Row E | August 20, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"Re. Harris, I didn't see the game, but it sounded like the wind was a factor for fielders yesterday."

Well, yes, but when you're making a basket catch in front of you and the ball hits your glove and bounces off, you can't really blame the wind.

Posted by: just call me mariah | August 20, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"IF Bergman cannot get a bunt down consistently, then Manny should have him out there early, every day, taking BP on the field and in the cages until he can get a bunt down."

Among the many words spewed by Bob Carpenter last night on the broadcast were a few that indicated that Bergmann has been observed recently taking extra BP. So apparently Manny is one step ahead of you.

Posted by: pay attention! | August 20, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good news on the extra BP, mysterious poster.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"Among the many words spewed by Bob Carpenter last night on the broadcast were a few that indicated that Bergmann has been observed recently taking extra BP. So apparently Manny is one step ahead of you."

Wow! That's a novel idea! Glad they figured it out this late in the season. Personally, I'd have him bunting non-stop on his rest days. That or the easy way out...lasik

Posted by: 756* | August 20, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I won't pin any blame on Harris' error for scoring a run. There was a man on 3rd with no outs. If Harris makes the catch, there's still a man on 3rd with one out. I would bet anything that the Phils would have been able to get Victorino home with either a sac fly or a base hit.

Also, not counting Bergmann's woeful AB's, the rest of the Nats offense was 2-9 with runners in scoring position. Only Flores (1-2) and Belly (1-1) managed to get a hit and score a run for the team. Lay off the pitchers for not getting a hit or laying down a bunt. Their job is to keep the team in the game by going 7+ innings. Bergy did just that.

Posted by: e | August 20, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

and if Acta had pulled Bergmann for a pinch hitter, most of those in here would be calling for Acta's head for pulling him so quickly since he was pitching a good game ...

Posted by: e | August 20, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Aaron Crow jilted the Nats on Friday night in favor of his beloved Fort Worth Cats. However, he has yet to make an appearence for them. I wonder if he has even reported yet. Maybe he is still trying to figure out why he is not pitching in Potomac right now.

Posted by: what's up Aaron | August 20, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I think a bigger problem than Bergmann's hitting, is the fact that Bonifacio is completely overmatched at the Major League level and should not be a leadoff hitter. Another 0-5. Bergmann and Bonifacio can work on their hitting together.

Posted by: hitting coach | August 20, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Aaron Crow jilted the Nats on Friday night in favor of his beloved Fort Worth Cats. However, he has yet to make an appearence for them. I wonder if he has even reported yet."

They probably neglected to mention to him when he signed that he'd need an MRI before he could pitch. Or maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers have all the tubes in the state reserved full-time for the use of their non-fake professional players.

Posted by: dr nick | August 20, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't find anything on Crow or the Cats in the Ft. Worth paper. Welcome to obscurity!

Posted by: 756* | August 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"I couldn't find anything on Crow or the Cats in the Ft. Worth paper. Welcome to obscurity!"

Nah, it's just that coverage is lacking there too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I think playing for the Nats these days is the definition of obscurity.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Some Crow news courtesy of Hendo's Hutch:

http://blogs.cjonline.com/index.php?entry=7791

Also, from the Coverage is Happening Department, the Kids Post area of the Style section had a piece on the Nats yesterday (including an interview with Teddy). In today's Style section, an escapes piece on Harrisburg mentions the Senators. Attaboys and gals (as the case may be) for those items.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm still trying to be optimistic about the Plan, blah, blah, blah ... but if this team is not built for power, then they really need to execute the little things to score runs.

Runs per Game:
NL Avg: 4.52
Nats: 3.71
(dead last. SF is next closest with 3.83)

BA RiSP:
NL Avg: .259
Nats: .240
(Tied for last with Cincy)

GiDP:
NL Avg: 96
Nats: 124
(Worst in NL - LAD is closest with 117)

P/PA:
NL Avg: 3.80
Nats: 3.70
(14/16 - SF 3.69 and STL 3.67 are worse)

Sac Flys:
NL Avg: 32
Nats: 27
(Tied for 13th with Philly; ATL 25 and LAD 24 are worse)

Man, that is really, really bad. Should the blame be placed squarely on the players shoulders, or are the hitting coach and/or manager cause for this as well?

PS -- with the Nats as a team averaging 3.70 pitches per plate appearnce, Zimmerman is averaging 3.63! Good golly, man. Take a pitch every once and awhile. Have a plan. Something! No #3 batter should be up there hacking away like that.

Posted by: e | August 20, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of history, what is the Expos/Nationals organization's record for longest losing streak?

Posted by: Ron | August 20, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, natsfan1a, generally nice coverage of the Nats in the Kids Post. But, oddly, the player interviewed for the piece was Dmitri Young, with no mention of his physical woes. You'd never guess from the piece that Dmitri's on the DL & may never play again.

Seems that even when coverage isn't lacking in the WP, it's out of focus. Another case in point (mentioned originally by SoCH, I believe): Waste of space at the beginning of each series given to "Nats' Best" and "Nats' Worst" against new opponent.

Posted by: CapPeterson | August 20, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What's the record for loosing streaks? We might not be approaching it, but it sure feels like it.

Posted by: IBC | August 20, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I read that the Expos dropped 11 straight in 1991, Ron. The Nats hadn't dropped that many since coming to DC, methinks.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Twiigs poll on how many games the Nats will lose in a row:

http://www.twiigs.com/poll/Sports/Baseball/16118

Posted by: ohplease | August 20, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

IBC (root beer?), the '88 O's had a 21-game losing streak and the '61 Phillies had a 23-game losing streak.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

pre-1900, the Cleveland Spiders lost 24.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Basically, they have a long way to go to achieve that. Don't worry, be happy. :)

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Re the losing streak, just how inane (as Carpy might say) are Ted Lerner's comments earlier this year about the Mets' acquisition of Santana? If you'll recall, he cited Santana's W-L record at the time as evidence of the uncertainty involved in spending on high-priced FAs. There's a reason why guys like Santana and Sabathia (and Sheets)are paid the big bucks: they're "stoppers," and we ain't got one.
Any coincidence that we've had 9, 9, and 11 and counting losing streaks?

Posted by: CapPeterson | August 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I just want to point out that the royals signed their top pick for $6 million. AND they signed their 20th round pick (who fell b/c of singability concerns)to a deal for $1.25 mil. It couldn't make me any sadder that the nats are being outspent by the royals.

Posted by: .390 | August 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

i thought the wOeful Os went 0-26 to start a season in... 87 or 88...

Posted by: 231 | August 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

(I didn't get newposted, I just take a lot of days off.)

It's JHONNY "No, that's not a typo" Nunez, to you.

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Then we wouldn't have had to give up a good young arm like Johnny Nunez.

Posted by: Middle Infield Capitol of the World | August 20, 2008 1:02 AM

Posted by: Jhonny "CQ" Nunez | August 20, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

From what I was able to dig up online (I've never followed them), the O's streak was 0-21 in '88, 231.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

About a week ago, the Style section also had an article about some of the "fanboys" who went to Lannan's appearance at the ESPNZone. Though I wouldn't exactly say that coverage that mocks Nats fans is the kind that the Post should be running.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"Jason Bergmann had the line and the look of a deserving winning pitcher last night."

Well, except for the uniform.

Posted by: oooh, now that's just mean. | August 20, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

That's because there is no "try."

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Sometimes, the best words we can find--"you tried your best" and "try again"--just don't sound like enough.
Posted by: flynnie | August 20, 2008 5:57 AM

Posted by: Yoda Harris | August 20, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, I think playing for the Nats these days is the definition of obscurity.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 11:55 AM "

Then what does that make blogging about the Nats these days the definition of?

Posted by: handle is lacking | August 20, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

""Jason Bergmann had the line and the look of a deserving winning pitcher last night."

Well, except for the uniform.

Posted by: oooh, now that's just mean. | August 20, 2008 12:49 PM "

Well, that and the ability to advance two runners when the need arose.

Posted by: what? me bunt? | August 20, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

os went 0-21 to start the year in 1988 then almost went to the postseason the next year.....a much different time in baseball. This was when the yanks and sox were god awful. I believe it was the jays who went to the postseason.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Is it a bad sign when the best bunter on the team is your closer?

Posted by: buntmaster | August 20, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Our favorite mascot, Clint, lunching at Java Green today. He is a lunchbox.

Posted by: I spy | August 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, I think playing for the Nats these days is the definition of obscurity.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 11:55 AM "

Then what does that make blogging about the Nats these days the definition of?

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There's not one person on this blog that would not give their left arm to play for the Nats for any season.

Posted by: Tom | August 20, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh reaaally - what else would you give to play for them (rubs palms together and cackles diabolically)?

Posted by: Mr. Applegate | August 20, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

More interesting than blogging about those who blog about the Nats.
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"Actually, I think playing for the Nats these days is the definition of obscurity.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 11:55 AM "

Then what does that make blogging about the Nats these days the definition of?


Posted by: handle is lacking | August 20, 2008 1:03 PM

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Zing!

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More interesting than blogging about those who blog about the Nats.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 20, 2008 1:45 PM

Posted by: SF Fan | August 20, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought Redding was our best bunter?? Any of you stat-boys have actual fact-based into on that?

Posted by: masnstinks | August 20, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the gaudaux full Red Sox went to the post season in 1988 (as well as 1990 and 1986) (don't ask me how those turned out). 1988 was Mike Greenwell's MVP* year (runner up to Canseco). It was the NYY that stunk.
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os went 0-21 to start the year in 1988 then almost went to the postseason the next year.....a much different time in baseball. This was when the yanks and sox were god awful. I believe it was the jays who went to the postseason.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 1:10 PM

Posted by: PTBNL | August 20, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This not the time of the year to discuss the aspects of bunting or hitting by the piching staff, that should have been handled during spring training and worked on as the season progressed Bergmann should at least be able to get a bunt down the "right way" in other words not a rally killer!! symbolic of what's been happening all year, any way we can end this torture right now? DAMM!!

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | August 20, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

By the way, isn't about time Boni took a seat and Ronny played 2d? Belli's not gaudaux full there defensively, and actually is pretty good offensively.

Comparing Ronny to the 17 2d basemen who have qualified for the batting title (i.e., 3.1 PAs per team's game played), his .829 OPS over 280 plate appearances would rank behind #4 Dustin Pedroia (.834) and ahead of #5 Mark De Rosa (.827). Ronny has too few PAs to qualify. He's played roughly the equivalent of 1/2 season, so if you were to double his counting stats, would anyone say a 20 HR, 76 RBI season was not pretty good for a 2d baseman? Whether he'd tire is another question, but he's been a regular not that long ago.

Ronny at 2d would not be a weak spot. He probably isn't a 1st baseman this year, but he might be the closest thing we have to guy who has hit well and above expectations for the season as a whole.

Posted by: PTBNL | August 20, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

*notes the bulging veins on dargregmag's forehead as he rants*

take one of me!!

Posted by: 'lude | August 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

masnstinks, I'm not a stat-boy, but in looking at stats on the team site: Redding has 12 sac hits, followed by Hill (5), Lannan (4), Balester and Perez (3 each), Chico - the pitcher not the writer (2), and Hanrahan and Mock (1 each).

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Bonifacio = not very good

Rizzo's fascination with his own pet projects may prove to be just as terrible and as damaging as Bowden's.

Posted by: Carl Williams | August 20, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Re: Ronny - I may have eyeballed the Hardball Times wrong. He'd be 6th, still between Pedrioa and De Rosa. I also went to ESPN's batting stats. Of the 35 2d basemen with over 250 PAs, he's still 6th in OPS. Just it sounds more impressive. Felipe? 33d.

Ronny's 10 HRs would be 10th among 2d basemen, and all those ahead of him have 100 or more ABs than him.

Posted by: PTBNL | August 20, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

PTBNL, if Bonifacio's purpose here were to help the Nats win ballgames this year, the answer to your question would be an unqualified yes. Belliard is a very good fielder and quite capable with the bat.

I'm delighted to hear that Bergmann's been working on his bunting. The other day, my dad and I were discussing pitchers batting, and I mentioned Bergmann simply because he looks so bad -- I had no idea he was chasing-history bad! (If he pitches like he did last night, I'm willing to overlook a lot. That's what he's here for. But the man does need to work on how he handles the stick.)

Oh and e, from much earlier today: before you go not blaming Super Willie for letting a run score, remember that his error put a man on base ... who scored. Victorino surely would have scored, but not Dobbs. That's why the run was unearned, after all.

Posted by: Scooter | August 20, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Where is my letter?
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/26315302/

The Reds are a lot more promising than the Nats!!

Posted by: 756* | August 20, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't see the ball coming out of pitchers hand. Sometimes can't find the strikezone himself. Anyone suggest lasik eye surgery for Jason?

Posted by: Tom | August 20, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

PTBNL, Belliard was to be the starting 2B until he got hurt. By the time he came back, it was all about showcasing for trades or giving players chances to prove themselves. He more than graciously took the backup roles, as did Willie, when both were more deserving than the players who shall remain nameless....
Thanks for the stats proving how valuable he is.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 20, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good move by the Reds. Thanks for the link, 756*.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Scooter - agreed Boni's the player management has placed their long run chips on, whether we like it or not. However, we do have Belliard under contract for next year, so I could see the Nats saying to Boni, "Stay in AAA until you learn to draw walks and get your OBP in the .360 range for over a month and your steal % over 80%." While many of us are down on the whole notion of playing a veteran to build trade value, I'd think Belliard's performance the past 2 years makes his case a little different than Felipe / Lo Duca / Estrada.

Bonifacio could still benefit from some seasoning in AAA. He had a hot week or so in Columbus. That did not mean he was ready. Would The Plan have been set back too much if he was a 9/1 call up rather than an 8/1?

By the way, isn't nice to be talking about a Nat playing well instead of our recent conversations?

Posted by: PTBNL | August 20, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Sure, the record is out of reach, but Bergmann seems like a strong bet to finish with the third worst hitting season record. Not everyone gets the gold, but the bronze is a pretty impressive accomlishment, too.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 20, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well said, PTBNL. Nothing wrong with seasoning Bonifacio a little longer in AAA. (Of course, this year, we're talking about what, a week and a half?) As with Bernadina, sending a youngish kid down to AAA is far from declaring that he'll never be able to hack it.

And you don't have to justify your position by talking about building trade value. (Frankly, I think it's rare that "showcasing" a guy who's been around that long adds any value at all.) Like you, I believe Ronnie Belliard is a clearly superior keystone sacker to the man currently minding that spot. Your AAA idea has merit.

(In hindrospect, it appears that the timing of Bonifacio's callup had more to do with making a statement. It worked, by the way. Just not for long. Plus, we've since gotten ... dang, I can't remember ... back off the DL and don't have to use Belliard at ... dang, can't remember that either. It's all blending together.)

Folks, I gotta go home. I think I feel my labrum fraying.

Posted by: Scooter | August 20, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

what the heck is a "gaudaux"?

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I think it's dialect: G*d awful.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

gaudaux full (forgot to paste that into my reply for context)

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

But I could be way off base. Out in left field. You get the idea.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

ohhhhhhhhhhhh. heh, heh.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Whoo hoo! It's new!

Posted by: The Post | August 20, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Yay, lineups!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, natsfan1a, even with 4 kids I' way behind the times.
Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 20, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Those of us old enough to remember the mid 1960's wouldn't point to either Jason Bergman or John Patterson as the king of bad hitting pitchers. Dean Chance had a career .066 batting average (44-662) with t-w-o extra base hits (both doubles). He struck out 420 times, or 65% of the time.

If Chance isn't the worst-of-the-worst, he was close.

Posted by: The Beltway Boy | August 20, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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