From The Associated Press (via SI.com) on September 29, 2011:
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez has broken a modern-day major league record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at-bats.
Velez grounded out to second as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the regular-season finale Wednesday night. He broke the record of 45 straight at-bats that belonged to [Brooklyn’s] Bill Bergen (1909), Dave Campbell of San Diego and St. Louis (1973) and Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell this season.
Velez, who hasn’t had a hit since May 2010, stayed in the game at second base, but did not bat again.
Read the full article here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/baseball/mlb/09/29/dodgers-velez-hitless-record.ap/index.html
- Bill Bergen’s Awesome Record of Baseball Futility (August 3, 2011)
- Dittmar: Bergen’s Hitless Streak Was 45, Not 46 (August 11, 2011)
Originally published: September 30, 2011. Last Updated: September 30, 2011.