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  1. I’m curious. Eddie Matthews, another 3rd basemen from a just slightly later era, had a huge number of walks (especially considering that he batted in front of Hank Aaron a lot) which, because of the times, he never got much credit for doing.
    Where did he place on your list?

    Comment by Baltar — October 17, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  2. While just counting players who accumulated more than 6000 PA’s since 1940 (so only that portion of their career), here’s a sorted custom leaderboard:

    Note that Eddie Mathews is at the bottom of the first page.

    Not quite the same method as the author (it isn’t just those who debuted after 1940), that’s the best I could come up with in 3 minutes on Fangraphs.

    Comment by Persona non grata — October 17, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  3. how is it possible that Ned Yost is not related to Eddie? 2 Yosts in MLB coaching ranks? what are the odds?

    Comment by Spike — October 17, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  4. Eddie was my baseball hero growing up. I am depressed that he is gone. I wrote a baseball book that was, in part, dedicated to Eddie Yost. Bill James not only claimed that Eddie was the 24th best third baseman ever, he also claimed that Eddie was THE BEST third baseman during the 1950-1959 decade.
    I’m glad I got to speak to Eddie last year over the phone. He was a great guy and a great ballplayer. He was the epitome of what a leadoff ballplayer should be – getting on base was Job 1.

    Comment by Paul Daniggelis — October 17, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  5. Curious – does Bonds’ walk rate include his record 688 intentional walks?

    Comment by Ian R. — October 17, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  6. Somewhat surprisingly, it does not. Factor in all his walks, and Bonds’ career BB% shoots up to an incomprehensible 26%.

    Comment by Anon21 — October 18, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  7. I just saw his obit in the New York Times and was thrilled to learn a bit about a baseball oddity I’d never heard of.

    Let’s do a bit of that era-normalizing Matt’s too lazy to bother with. In Yost’s walkingest season, 1956, he drew a free pass in 22.1% of his plate appearances and carried a healthy .412 OBP (but only a 109 wRC+). In 1956, the league walked 9.4% of the time and got on base at a .331 clip.

    Comment by Anon21 — October 18, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  8. Actually, I take that back. I’d assumed that since “BB” and “IBB” were broken out into separate columns on the player page, the former did not encompass the latter, but that was a bad assumption. BB% includes all walks.

    Comment by Anon21 — October 18, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  9. “Yes, way back in the good old days, a team put a guy who never managed to double-digit steals in a single season at the top of the batting.”

    Wow, this sentence is still in there as is?

    Comment by Dan — October 18, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  10. Eddie would crouch when he batted, which shrunk his strike zone, so he was able to get a lot of the rising fastballs that were thrown back then to be called balls.

    Comment by The Red Gloves of Rod Carew — September 10, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

  11. I will never forget seeing Ed Yost hit a lead off home run at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. It was the 2nd game of a double header, first batter for Detroit, first inning. Yost had been with the Tigers at that time for a year or two. It was around 1960. For a guy with no power, that was not a cheap home run–2nd deck, left center field—certainly well over 400 feet.

    Comment by Howard — October 2, 2014 @ 8:02 am

  12. When I was a young teen, I lived in the same apartment complex as many of the late ’50’s Senators. Roy Sievers lived across the hall, RockyBridges lived dowa. Pee Runnnels’ family a couple buildings down – I used to baby sit the kids. Jim Lemon, Tex ClevengeryYost were roommates. Eddie and Pete checked up on me after I had a tonselectoomy, invited me out for a catch. I was vert sick, but I couldnt resist. And I’m a girl. I named my cat, Edward Fred.

    Comment by ricki adams — October 3, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

  13. He also choked up on the bat 1.75 inches. However, I have forgotten what he told me regarding the bat length. Wish I could find that information. Whenever I see the film “Moneyball” I think of Eddie Yost. Eddie was the guy who could “get on base”. One of the best OBP’s in baseball especially because he had to earn those walks — they were not freebies like the sluggers would get.

    Comment by Paul Daniggelis — May 7, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

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