Miguel Olivo’s Hat Trick

There’s an old saying about patience being a virtue. Over the years we’ve established that possessing plate patience is a virtue too, one that some players, like Miguel Olivo undoubtedly lacks. In 345 plate appearances Miguel Olivo has walked ten times. Four pitches have made contact with his wide body and he successfully bunted once. Those 15 occurrences account for the difference between Olivo’s plate appearance and at-bats figures. Olivo has struck out 110 times.

That’s 10 walks, 110 strikeouts. Ouch.

Since 1901, there have been 10 seasons where a batter struck out more than 100 times and walked less than 15 in at least 300 plate appearances. Olivo lays claim to three of those seasons. That’s right, it’s happened ten times, and he’s responsible for three of those. His first time was in 2006 as a Florida Marlin when he walked nine times with 103 strike outs in 452 plate appearances. He followed that up with 123 strikeouts and 14 walks in 469 plate appearances the very next year.

His strikeout rate of 33.3% is a career high, despite that his BB/K ratio is equal to his 2006 ratio and his 2008 ratio. You would expect his plate discipline and patience to improve over the years, right? Yeah, right:

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Amusingly the emotion this invokes in most Royals fans is held within the graph, see:

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Reports have the Royals pondering a separation from Olivo. That would be smart. With that, I fully expect a four-year extension to be announced any day now.

Other players to pull an Olivo include Orlando Miller in 1996; Juan Encarnacion in 1999; Alex Gonzalez in 1999; Craig Paquette in 1993; Tommie Agee in 168; John Bateman in 1963; and Rolando Roomes in 1989.




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  1. Bill says:

    In Tommy Agee’s defense, in 168 AD lions were often put on the field to add excitement (not to give GMDM any ideas). Sorry. Probably the typo will be fixed after I post this and the above statement will no longer make any sense.

    I’m guessing that the rarity of this feat has more to do with the fact that nobody in their right mind would play some one with this particular skill than it has to do with the rarity of the skill.

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    • Shaun says:

      I see the typo too, and I am glad someone made a joke about it. But I thought lions were too expensive, I was under the impression that it was whatever they could find in the nearby wild.

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  2. Joe R says:

    The frowny face is probably my favorite graph ever on this site.

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  3. glp says:

    Olivo does have a mutual option for next year…It seems a foregone conclusion that John Buck will be non-tendered, and without much in the way of usable catchers in the high minors, I kind of expect to feel the cool breeze of Miguel’s hacks for another year.

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    • PhD Brian says:

      I think your right. They do not have much choice but to play Olivo. He is decent defensively and has some power, so he is not useless. But that patience is hard to believe

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  4. Nats Fan says:

    hey it gets hot in KC. Somebody has to get the air moving around in that stadium to cool the fans. How else are they going to sell tickets?

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  5. Evan says:

    But the Royals can’t get rid of Olivo. That would destroy their apparent plan to acquire every member of the 93-loss 2005 Seattle Mariners.

    They already have four of them.

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  6. Joe R says:

    I think there’s a typo on this WPA chart. It says “M. Olivo walked”
    http://www.fangraphs.com/wins.aspx?date=2009-09-15&team=Tigers&dh=0&season=2009

    confirm or deny this, someone.

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