The ‘No Homers’ Club

Thanks to a 10-game hitting streak in April, infielder John McDonald is the owner of a .354 batting average heading into action Saturday night. Not too shabby for a utility player that is employed almost solely for his defense. If his current average is surprising though, his home run total certainly isn’t. That number stands at zero — in 48 at-bats this season.
Dating back to 2006, McDonald has gone homerless in his last 154 AB’s — a span of 65 games. That’s the longest drought for any current Blue Jay — not bad, considering the franchise record in that category.

GriffinThat dubious honour is held by Alfredo Griffin, another light-hitting shortstop who played with the Blue Jays for eight seasons (1979-84 & 1992-93). After Griffin went deep off Oakland starter Rick Langford on July 30, 1980, he proceeded to go homerless over his next 956 at-bats; a total of 255 games. Finally, at Fenway Park on July 26, 1982 (almost two years later), Griffin hit a solo home run off Dennis Eckersley. Fittingly, the ball hit the top of the fence just inside the foul pole before bouncing over for a homer.

Infielder Manuel (Manny) Lee had a similar homerless stretch nearly 10 years later. After homering on June 17, 1990 (his birthday), Lee went the next 804 at-bats (245 games) without going deep. He finally ended the streak on May 6, 1992 by homering off former Blue Jay pitcher Jim Acker.

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