League Record Book: Walks

I went to a Phillies game a long time ago, and Bob Abreu took a pitch on the outside corner for a strike. “Swing the bat!” the dude behind me yelled. I looked out of the corner of my eye at my friend, and we each widened our eyes a little bit, but didn’t say anything, because getting arrested in Philadelphia is not on my bucket list. Abreu’s on-base percentages were almost always over .400 in those years partly because he was so patient at the plate. The guy behind me didn’t realize how important plate discipline can be for a hitter in pro ball.

Anyway, all that is to say that walks are actually pretty important. A hitter’s job is to help his team score runs, and the best way to do that is to avoid making outs by getting on base.

So who are the hitters who walked the most in the VBL since 2004? I’m so glad you asked:

1 Jason Kipnis Covington 2007 49
2 Pat Irvine Waynesboro 2007 48
3 Mike Schwartz Harrisonburg 2009 43
Jay Gonzalez Harrisonburg 2011 43
Mike Marcinko Waynesboro 2014 43
6 Sanchez Gartman New Market 2009 42
Ryan Sullivan Covington 2012 42
8 Chris Aninos Waynesboro 2007 41
Nathan Minnich Winchester 2011 41
Jordan Tarsovich Strasburg 2013 41

Chase Sudduth had the most in 2018… with 40! Just missed.

Major Leaguers: Jason Kipnis
Current Minor Leaguers: Jay Gonzalez
Previous minor leaguers: Pat Irvine, Mike Schwartz, Nathan Minnich, Jordan Tarsovich
No pro ball: Mike Marcinko, Sanchez Gartman, Ryan Sullivan, Chris Aninos

By Team:

  • Waynesboro- 3
  • Covington, Harrisonburg- 2
  • New Market, Winchester, Strasburg- 1

The last category for the hitters is stolen bases, coming soon!

Jason Kipnis with bat
Jason Kipnis

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