Puttin’ it in play

Baseball, at its most basic level, is really quite simple. Put the ball in play and hope for the best. That’s certainly the strategy Bob Bailor used during his four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1978, for example, Bailor struck out just 21 times all season, the fewest in franchise history among players with the minimum 502 plate appearances.
BailorThe versatile Bailor opened that season by going 16 games without a strikeout, a span that included 72 plate appearances. He bettered that later in the season though, when he went an impressive 26 straight contests without whiffing (August 5 – 30). That stretch included 118 plate appearances. Overall, Bailor averaged just one strikeout every 32.2 trips to the plate during the ’78 campaign.
Meanwhile, he walked just 38 times that year. That means that Bailor put the ball in play 617 times that season.


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