Leaderboards of Laziness

Mayhap you are back to work on this Tuesday, which is supposed to be the most productive day of the work week, according to Business Journal. But not for you; you are avoiding doing actual work at work by covertly reading NotGraphs and/or Jon Bois’s lunch ratings at Progressive Boink.

Very well. In honor of not doing work at work, which might function as a pedestrian, contemporary definition of “laziness,” and following up on yesterday’s Leaderboards of Labor, I’d like to present Leaderboards of Laziness. Without further ado…

The Laziest Pitchers Based on Innings Pitched per Game
Minimum 50 Innings Pitched…


Name Team Age G IP TBF Pitches IP/G
Chad Durbin Braves 34 66 53.2 223 854 0.81
Sean Burnett Nationals 29 61 50.2 210 833 0.82
Sean Marshall Reds 29 60 50.2 218 859 0.84
Matt Reynolds Rockies 27 62 53.2 230 916 0.86
Joel Peralta Rays 36 64 55 214 872 0.86
Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 32 65 56 220 788 0.86
Heath Bell Marlins 34 61 53 246 1013 0.87
Rex Brothers Rockies 24 61 53.2 236 935 0.87
Santiago Casilla Giants 31 57 50.1 219 820 0.88
Brett Myers – – – 31 57 50.2 216 779 0.88
Matt Thornton White Sox 35 61 54.2 227 859 0.89
Fernando Salas Cardinals 27 56 50.1 215 876 0.89
Aaron Crow Royals 25 60 54.1 215 819 0.90
Bobby Parnell Mets 27 61 55.1 240 947 0.90

 
The Laziest Pitchers Based on Number of Pitches Thrown, on Average, to Each Batter Faced
Minimum 50 Innings Pitched…


Name Team Age G IP TBF Pitches P/BF
Aaron Cook Red Sox 33 13 70.2 301 985 3.27
Jaime Garcia Cardinals 25 14 85.2 367 1233 3.36
Bartolo Colon Athletics 39 24 152.1 636 2141 3.37
Edward Mujica – – – 28 57 54.1 214 724 3.38
Carl Pavano Twins 36 11 63 268 915 3.41
Kameron Loe Brewers 30 58 59.1 254 881 3.47
Chris Resop Pirates 29 52 66.2 294 1022 3.48
Will Smith Royals 22 12 67.2 300 1049 3.50
Clayton Richard Padres 28 28 190.1 783 2743 3.50
John Danks White Sox 27 9 53.2 238 834 3.50
Ricky Nolasco Marlins 29 27 165 723 2535 3.51
Scott Diamond Twins 25 21 137.1 561 1968 3.51
Kevin Correia Pirates 31 26 135 582 2044 3.51
Wilton Lopez Astros 28 53 53.2 212 745 3.51
Burke Badenhop Rays 29 58 58 243 854 3.51

The FanGraphs custom leaderboard that I used to create the above two charts can be found here.

 
The Laziest Hitters Based on Number of Pitches Seen per Plate Appearance
Minimum 100 PAs…


Name Team Age G PA Pitches P/PA
Tony Cruz Cardinals 25 44 113 346 3.06
Salvador Perez Royals 22 52 207 648 3.13
Cesar Izturis – – – 32 62 173 548 3.17
Andrelton Simmons Braves 22 33 125 399 3.19
Erick Aybar Angels 28 117 460 1492 3.24
Steve Lombardozzi Nationals 23 108 380 1255 3.30
Luis Cruz Dodgers 28 52 198 655 3.31
Trayvon Robinson Mariners 24 29 109 365 3.35
Josh Rutledge Rockies 23 44 164 551 3.36
Josh Harrison Pirates 24 86 225 758 3.37
Carlos Gomez Brewers 26 110 352 1186 3.37
Matt Diaz Braves 34 51 118 398 3.37
Carlos Quentin Padres 29 76 315 1065 3.38
Wilson Valdez Reds 34 62 154 521 3.38

 
The Laziest [Qualified] Hitters Based on Swing%


Name Team Age PA Pitches Swing% Swings
Joe Mauer Twins 29 543 2341 35.50% 831
Ben Zobrist Rays 31 552 2241 37.10% 831
Jamey Carroll Twins 38 475 1925 37.30% 718
Alberto Callaspo Angels 29 421 1610 38.40% 618
Jemile Weeks Athletics 25 504 2043 38.60% 789
Carlos Santana Indians 26 492 2094 38.70% 810
Dustin Ackley Mariners 24 565 2282 38.70% 883
Martin Prado Braves 28 587 2297 38.70% 889
Denard Span Twins 28 488 1923 39.00% 750
Elvis Andrus Rangers 23 590 2282 39.30% 897
Rickie Weeks Brewers 29 556 2279 39.90% 909
David DeJesus Cubs 32 489 2003 40.30% 807
Michael Brantley Indians 25 537 1908 40.50% 773
Josh Willingham Twins 33 545 2275 40.50% 921
J.J. Hardy Orioles 29 584 2289 40.50% 927

The FanGraphs custom leaderboard that I used to create the above two charts can be found here.




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  1. mike says:

    Heath Bell? A closer should never be on this list :(

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    • Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets says:

      If it makes you feel better, he has thrown 225 more pitches in 3 less innings than the guy ahead of him on the list, Brad Ziegler. So by IP he is lazy, but he is the sweatiest lazy guy on the list by the time each of his .87 IP are done.

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  2. Phil Castle says:

    Unless he pretty consistently fails to, you know, close. But perhaps that’s another form of laziness entirely …

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  3. robertobeers says:

    I don’t understand the 50 IP minimum on laziness. Shouldn’t it be a bit more lax? Randy Choate’s 33 IP in 64 appearances seems really lazy.

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  4. DD says:

    No Boby Abreu on the fewest swings list? Something is broken here…

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  5. Drakos says:

    So Clayton Richard is on a Leaderboard of Labor and a Leaderboard of Laziness. Well played sir.

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  6. MikeS says:

    With Ramirez, Pierzynski, Viciedo, Rios and Beckham I was surprised to find no White Sox on the fewest pitches list.

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  7. grandbranyan says:

    It’s almost like Ricke and Jemile have a brotherly bet going on about who can swing the lowest percentage of the time. Anyone wanna bet me on this?

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  8. WinTwins says:

    Not shocked Mauer leads the no swing list. He is notorious for watching the first pitch in every at bat.

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  9. Big Daddy V says:

    I would think that the laziest player is the one with the most Walks and the fewest Runs.

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