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Eugenio saves Christmas

December 21, 2011

Kids! Come quick!

Just when we thought our offense was doomed, Mr. Mozeliak pulled off a Christmas miracle—the Cardinals have signed Eugenio Velez!

The most interesting thing about Velez, as you may already know, is that he went 0 for 2011. Forty times during the past season he came to the plate; forty times his batting average didn’t budge. He did draw two walks (I assume they were unintentional), steal one base, and drive in one run, but his line for the year still reads like something you’d expect from Charlie Brown:

Batting average:  .000
On-base percentage:  .075
Slugging percentage:  .000
OPS:  .075
OPS+:  -77

Perhaps you’re wondering if Velez’s streak of 46 consecutive official at-bats without a hit, dating back to 2010, represents a record. (Perhaps you’re still dumbstruck because it had never occurred to you that an OPS+ of -77 was even possible, but try to keep up, please.) The answer is yes, sort of: Velez’s streak, which is still active, is the longest by a major-league position player—but Milwaukee Braves pitcher Bob Buhl went 87 at-bats without a hit in 1961 and 1962, so if Velez intends to lay sole claim to the feat, he’ll have to do it in a Cardinal uniform.

Other fun facts about Eugenio Velez:

And now he’s ours. God bless us, every one!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2011 9:19 pm

    I’m calling it right here and now … he’s getting a hit in his first plate appearance of 2012.

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