I’ve been thinking a lot about Ryan Theriot and his reluctance to walk. It seems like such a stupid approach to hitting and I really have never been able to figure out why guys that don’t hit the ball out of the park would not want to get on base any possible way they can. Theriot is not a guy that is going to be counted on to hit the 3-run homer. It’s not his role on this team. His job is to simply get on base any means possible to make something happen either on the base-paths or in preparation for the run producers to drive him home.

I decided to take a look at the longest streaks since 1920 for Cubs batters without a walk. Keep in mind that this is for guys that were basically starters (3+ plate appearances)

Rk Strk Start End Games AB 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Corey Patterson 2002-07-22 2002-09-17 47 202 12 1 4 18 51 .238 .244 .366 .610
2 Ernie Banks 1968-07-31 1968-09-13 42 173 9 0 15 24 20 .249 .261 .561 .822
3 Andre Dawson 1991-08-16 1991-09-22 30 126 7 1 8 22 16 .294 .294 .556 .849
4 Shawon Dunston 1991-05-03 1991-06-09 29 112 3 2 4 10 19 .232 .241 .402 .643
5 Glenn Beckert 1969-07-20 1969-08-22 29 129 9 0 0 5 5 .302 .302 .372 .674
6 Dee Fondy 1956-07-08 1956-08-04 29 124 7 3 5 14 24 .290 .286 .516 .802
7 Shawon Dunston 1997-06-28 1997-07-30 28 111 2 1 5 16 19 .306 .307 .477 .784
8 Rey Sanchez 1994-07-26 1995-05-12 27 109 7 1 0 11 11 .312 .330 .394 .725
9 Bill Buckner 1978-05-13 1978-07-18 27 119 6 0 0 16 3 .252 .244 .303 .546
10 Don Kessinger 1968-05-05 1968-06-01 26 112 1 0 0 3 17 .188 .188 .196 .384
11 Tuck Stainback 1935-04-30 1936-07-15 26 97 4 0 3 9 19 .227 .235 .361 .596
12 Juan Pierre 2006-09-05 2006-10-01 25 115 3 1 1 8 5 .313 .313 .383 .696
13 Luis Salazar 1991-06-26 1991-08-17 25 102 7 1 5 13 15 .294 .294 .529 .824
14 Andre Dawson 1990-08-07 1990-09-09 25 102 3 1 1 9 18 .196 .194 .275 .469
15 Johnny Moore 1932-08-18 1932-09-15 25 109 3 2 2 13 12 .257 .264 .376 .640
16 Ryan Theriot 2010-05-02 2010-06-04 24 104 1 0 0 2 11 .221 .236 .231 .467
17 Jose Nieves 1999-08-15 1999-09-11 24 83 3 0 1 8 17 .217 .233 .289 .522
18 George Mitterwald 1976-08-02 1976-09-04 24 99 3 0 3 13 20 .192 .190 .313 .503
19 Lou Johnson 1960-09-23 1968-05-07 24 94 8 1 1 6 10 .277 .284 .415 .699
20 Ernie Banks 1954-08-21 1954-09-12 24 98 3 2 3 14 5 .265 .260 .429 .689
21 Footsie Blair 1931-05-28 1931-08-07 24 100 11 1 2 12 9 .350 .356 .540 .896
22 Glenallen Hill 1993-08-29 1994-05-08 23 98 7 0 9 19 20 .347 .347 .694 1.041
23 Shawon Dunston 1986-08-03 1986-08-30 23 89 3 0 1 8 22 .191 .198 .258 .456
24 Mike Vail 1980-07-10 1980-10-01 23 90 5 1 1 9 18 .256 .256 .367 .622
25 Jerry Martin 1979-04-28 1979-05-24 23 97 9 0 3 18 9 .299 .296 .485 .780
26 Don Kessinger 1971-08-25 1971-09-23 23 97 1 0 0 5 9 .247 .245 .258 .503
27 Ernie Banks 1962-08-14 1962-09-15 23 96 4 0 5 18 16 .302 .296 .500 .796
28 Jimmy Cooney 1926-04-26 1926-06-06 23 86 3 3 0 11 0 .279 .287 .384 .671
29 Ricky Gutierrez 2001-06-27 2001-07-23 22 89 4 0 2 10 10 .270 .270 .382 .652
30 Andre Dawson 1991-06-02 1991-07-03 22 93 2 0 3 16 15 .280 .280 .398 .677
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/12/2010.

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