Monday, May 16, 2011

The Anti-Infield Fly Rule

The infield fly is logically the easiest batted ball to turn into an out in baseball. At this point in the season, eleven hitters with enough at bats to qualify for the batting title have yet to hit an infield pop up this season.

Ranked in order of number of at bats, here they are:

  1. Howie Kendrick, 164 at bats

  2. Michael Young, 158

  3. Derrek Lee, 154

  4. Elvis Andrus, 146

  5. David Wright, 146

  6. Yunel Escobar, 143

  7. Brandon Phillips, 142

  8. Joey Votto, 139

  9. Jose Tabata, 124

  10. Jack Cust, 117

  11. Gerardo Parra, 109

Two Rangers make the list with Michael Young at #2 and Elvis Andrus tied #4.

As a bonus tidbit, only one of the eleven has yet to homer, Jack Cust. Over his career, Cust has hit a homer every 19.5 at bats, which is only exceeded among the players on the above list by Votto's homer every 18.5 at bats.

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