Willie B. on Baseball’s Singles List

According to a blog item in the Orange County Register, there were only 13 players who had extra base hits in fewer than 5 percent of their plate appearances in 2009. The source was Baseball-Reference.com.

Port Orchard native Willie Bloomquist, the former Mariner who now plays for Kansas City, was on the list. Bloomquist hit .265 for the Royals. Of his 115 hits, 4 were home runs, 8 were triples and 11 were doubles.

The Dodgers’ Russell Martin was in that crew, along with Ryan Theriot, Edgar Renteria, Willy Taveras, Alexei Ramirez, Nick Punto, Nyjer Morgan, Cesar Izturis, Jason Kendall, Tony Gwynn, Emilio Bonifacio and Luis Castillo.

Not that all these guys were ciphers. Theriot had 171 hits for the Cubs, and Castillo and Morgan had OBPs over .350.

Of course, Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Nellie Fox and Rich Ashburn would have been on the same list for their careers, along with Bert Campaneris and Larry Bowa.

For active players, Castillo leads the list with Juan Pierre second. Those guys hit first and second for the world champion Florida Marlins of 2003.

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