In case you missed it, Ted Lilly got a hit yesterday. He’s been mired in a pretty embarrassing streak of ugliness that was starting to boarderline on funny. It got me thinking about who holds the record for most at bats in a season without getting a hit, which led me even further. I found some disturbing results.

Most At Bats in a Season w/o a Hit

Rk Player AB H Year Age
1 Bob Buhl 70 0 1962 33
2 Bill Wight 61 0 1950 28
3 Ron Herbel 47 0 1964 26
4 Karl Drews 46 0 1949 29
5 Randy Tate 41 0 1975 22
6 Ernie Koob 41 0 1916 23
7 Jason Bergmann 40 0 2008 26
8 Joey Hamilton 40 0 1994 23
9 Ed Rakow 39 0 1964 29
10 Darryl Kile 38 0 1991 22
11 Harry Parker 36 0 1974 26
12 Hal Finney 35 0 1936 30
13 Steve Stone 34 0 1971 23
14 Vicente Palacios 33 0 1994 30
15 Ed Lynch 33 0 1982 26
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/22/2010.

Most At Bats in a Season w/o Reaching Base (via H, BB, IBB)

Rk Player AB H HBP BB IBB Year Age
1 Jason Bergmann 40 0 0 0 0 2008 26
2 Hal Finney 35 0 0 0 0 1936 30
3 Vicente Palacios 33 0 0 0 0 1994 30
4 Miguel Batista 32 0 0 0 0 1998 27
5 Ellis Kinder 32 0 0 0 0 1952 37
6 Don Carman 31 0 0 0 0 1986 26
7 Rick Wise 30 0 0 0 0 1966 20
8 Karl Adams 30 0 0 0 0 1915 23
9 Bill Stafford 29 0 0 0 0 1965 25
10 John Fulgham 27 0 0 0 0 1980 24
11 Dan Warthen 27 0 0 0 0 1976 23
12 Sandy Koufax 26 0 0 0 0 1957 21
13 Von McDaniel 26 0 0 0 0 1957 18
14 Jason Smith 25 0 0 0 0 2009 31
15 Chris Short 25 0 0 0 0 1960 22
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/22/2010.

Chin up Teddy. it could have been a lot worse.


What’s On Tap

No game today (Thank God) so it’s a day to dwell on the loss and look forward to playing the spoiler role for the rest of the year, starting with a weekend series against the Cards. Today on VFTB you’ll be getting:

AM – Comments on Yesterday’s Loss

PM – In the News with dat_cubfan_daver

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