Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jonathan Papel-Bat ... Almost

Jonathan Papelbon almost made his first major-league plate appearance Saturday.

Jonathan Papel-Bat ... Almost

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(Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
(Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

Jonathan Papelbon came within a whisker of strolling to the plate for the first time in his major league career Saturday in Colorado.

Having already entered the game in the eighth inning, the Phillies closer would have batted had Chase Utley not been caught stealing (which ended the inning) and Carlos Ruiz had reached base (which is only happening at a .411 pace this season). Or if Rockies manager Jim Tracy had intentionally walked Ruiz like he should have.

Instead, Papelbon appeared in his 430th career game sans an plate appearance. That is 13th all-time among player without a PA:

 Rk.  Player  Seasons  GP  PA 
   1.  Buddy Groom  1992-2005    786    0
   2.  Bob Stanley  1977-1989  637  0
   3.  Mike Fetters  1989-2004  620  0
   4.  Chad Bradford  1998-2009  562  0
   5.  Tippy Martinez  1974-1988  548  0
   6.  Jamie Walker  1997-2009  545  0
   7.  Mike Flanagan  1975-1992  529  0
   8.  Jason Frasor  2004-2012  515  0
   9.  Steve Farr  1984-1994  509  0
 10.   J.J. Putz  2003-2012  486  0
 11.  Mark Clear  1979-1990  481  0
 12.  Brian Shouse  1993-2009  467  0
 13.  Jonathan Papelbon     2005-2012  430  0
 14.  Ed Nunez  1982-1994  427  0
 15.  Mike MacDougal  2001-2012  407  0
 16.  Mark Gubicza  1984-1997  384  0
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