Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Frank Fernandez, 1969 New York Yankees
Before Billy Beane's 'Moneyball' model made us all revisit the significance of Rob Deer, the Yankees' Frank Fernandez - the heir apparent to Elston Howard - was going all "three true outcomes" on us. Prior to Fernandez' 1969 season, no player had accumulated 65 or more walks in under 300 plate appearances. Fernandez did just that, though, chalking up 65 BBs in just 298 trips to the plate, ending up with an eye-popping slash line of .223/.399/.415. You'd think this productivity would get Fernandez sufficient chances to play, but big Frank was shipped off to Oakland the next year and, by 1972, his career had finished after only 285 games. By today's standards, Fernandez was remarkably productive and, given his career 162 game averages (22 HR, 66 RBI, .199/.350/.395), he seems like something of a lost opportunity.
65+ walks, 300- plate appearances