Let’s talk walks. Bases on balls. Free passes.
Adam Jones took a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning on Tuesday night to tie the game with the Boston Red Sox. (Let’s not talk about what happened from there.)
Jones’ free pass came one day after Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon drew the first walk of his 19-year career after a record 281 plate appearances without one.
It seems guys who don’t make a habit of reaching base via the walk, tallying bases on balls, accepting free passes, are doing so this week. And there’s a relationship of sorts between the two.
Adam Jones has the second-most plate appearances for the Orioles without a walk. Jones went 182 plate appearances, from May 19 to July 3, 2013, without drawing a walk.
The O’s team record belongs to pitcher Mike Cuellar, who had 192 plate appearances without a walk between May 9, 1971, and Oct. 1, 1972.
Cuellar also went 148 plate appearances without a walk in a streak that spanned the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The latter streak represents the most plate appearances without a walk that an O’s player has had to start a career.
Some other names you might recognize that are toward the top of the list of plate appearances without a walk:
Felix Pie went 142 plate appearances without a walk between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Cal Ripken, Jr. went 135 plate appearances without a walk in 1999.
Jonathan Schoop had a stretch of 129 plate appearances without a walk between July 1 and Aug. 6 of this season.