Dodgers' Eugenio Velez Has Worst At-Bat Streak Ever: Give Up or Get Even?

Sports 2011/09/30 15:00:00
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There are so many records being set and broken it seems like anyone with a little bit of determination could figure out a way to break some kind of record. Dodgers reserve infielder Eugenio Velez proved it this season, and it's even easier than we thought. All he had to do was suck at batting 37 times in a row.

We could totally beat that.

Maybe not the kind of record he'll want to brag to his friends and family about, but a record nonetheless. Velez finished his 2011 season with a ground out on Wednesday, setting the MLB record for most consecutive at-bats with out a hit. Well, not counting pitchers. But still. The last time someone got anywhere near a 37 at-bat streak was 1936, when Hal Finney of the Pittsburgh Pirates failed to hit the ball 35 times in a row.

He's not a great infielder, either. A few games back, Baseball Nation predicted Velez' record-breaking season and offered a sketch of the guy's overall ability. They basically said he can't hit, can't bunt, can't play second base, and can't play outfield. They also noted that he's fast, but its been so long since anyone has seen him run the bases that it's hard to say anymore.

To be fair, the bad luck hasn't haunted him his entire career. He's even got 8 homers. Ever since Velez wore a misspelled jersey in 2010 when he was playing on the San Francisco Giants, it's been downhill.

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  • Common Sense Conservative 2011/10/03 04:58:07
    Get even
    Common Sense Conservative
    Work harder and make it happen. Dude has skills
  • Paradox25 2011/10/03 01:31:14
    Get even
    Major League baseball is not easy to get in even as a nonstarter so he must of had done something right or have some type of ability. Stick with it.
  • Maci 2011/10/02 13:23:55
  • david shiel 2011/10/02 08:03:55
    Give up
    david shiel
    He be play'n with hissself next year.
  • Common ... david s... 2011/10/03 04:58:29
    Common Sense Conservative
    Side bet?
  • Andy 2011/10/02 02:18:42
    Get even
    To get to the majors... he has to have some skills...stay with it!! Hall of Famer Willie Mays was 1 for 25 to start his career.
  • mae 2011/10/01 22:30:05
    Get even
    Get even, Eugenio! Don't ever give up! SodaHead Sports: You could do better? That must be why You're NOT Playing For The Dodgers!
  • TN_Bimbo. 2011/10/01 21:23:07
    Get even
    Velez:"I'm in it for the GREENCARD shaaaadaaapp"!!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/10/01 19:31:09
    Give up
  • LORROL 2011/10/01 15:54:02
    Give up
    Send him back to his high school varsity team.
  • shadow76 2011/10/01 10:42:40
    Get even
    Never give up, never surrender!
  • coach k 2011/10/01 10:36:40
    Give up
    coach k
    the guy should be sent to the minors
  • Tigger Too 2011/10/01 10:14:55
    Give up
    Tigger Too
    I've heard of batting slumps, but 37 at-bats without a hit is just plain awful. And it's not just the fact that the L.A. Dodgers' Eugenio Velez had such a streak of bad luck [skill?] at the plate this season. Many teams will keep a crapulous hitter IF they have stellar defensive play. Evidently, this is not the case here, if this dude can't hit, bunt, or play infield or outfield. The fact that he can run fast cracks me up. Just the other day, my mother was telling me about a Cincinnati Reds player, Drew Stubbs, who finished the season with a plethora of strike-outs, but she said that he has some serious wheels. And I was like, well, you have to get on base first in order to run them! It sounds to me as if Velez should throw in the towel. I'm sure there are college baseball players out there who can perform better than him.
  • Common ... Tigger Too 2011/10/03 05:00:32
    Common Sense Conservative
    Sure there are, and there and a bunch in the minor leagues as well, but those guys will have to get there just as he did. It's not that easy. Obviously the kid has skills.
  • Tigger Too Common ... 2011/10/03 18:01:44
    Tigger Too
    I agree. However, some guys who play well in the minors just can't reproduce their talents when they go to "the big show." [Now I've got to pull out my "Bull Durham" DVD and watch it! I think it's called "choking!" You know, I just realized that I know WAY too much about sports for a female tigger. I really should get out more! [Speaking of which, what an exciting weekend for college and pro football, huh? Lots of major comebacks! Of course, any weekend that Alabama wins is good for me. ROLL TIDE.]
  • Common ... Tigger Too 2011/10/03 22:00:55
    Common Sense Conservative
    Unfortunately I don't think your Tide are going to lose this year. And they shouldn't, they pay better than any other college program.
  • Tigger Too Common ... 2011/10/04 00:55:34
  • Common ... Tigger Too 2011/10/04 21:40:26
    Common Sense Conservative
    I know all the dates of all sports. I disagree about the SEC though.
  • Fenabarb 2011/10/01 08:53:11
    Give up
    it ain't cricket
  • mrdog 2011/10/01 06:22:43
    Give up
    Go back to Spain...bark
  • Jonathan Chung 2011/10/01 02:19:19
    Give up
    Jonathan Chung
    rushes to the washroom
    guy behind mr suckish: U Smell like Shi_
    Guy behind guy behind mr suckish: hangs his coat up on him

    Me: HEY Mr 16 and guy behind mr suckish STOP CRAPPING YOUR PANTS

    Worst  baseball  player
  • TurdBan... Jonatha... 2011/10/03 11:52:55
    go wash your hands for the 19th time today
  • I NEED A HORSE 2011/10/01 00:19:54
  • argusdog 2011/09/30 20:07:22
    Give up
    Toll around in the minors a few more years (he'll be 30 next year), then hang em up.
  • SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX 2011/09/30 17:43:49
    Get even
    Keep on trying. The record will continue unless you strive to stop it.
  • flrdsgns 2011/09/30 17:43:02
    Get even
    Not a very good start, but didn't Willie Mays begin his career going something like 1 for 54? He had begged Alvin Dark to send him back to the minors, but happily for the Giants and Baseball in general they kept him in the majors.
  • M A 2011/09/30 17:09:51
    Give up
    M A
    Probably get a big pay raise
  • Spider20 2011/09/30 17:08:50
    Give up
    Hmmmm.....no stick, eh? Viagra, maybe??????
  • Doll 2011/09/30 16:48:54
    Give up
    Call it a season... There has to be a reason.
  • Old Nellie Bones 2011/09/30 16:44:13
    Get even
    Old Nellie Bones
    Wow I wonder what this world would be like if certain people have given up.there are a lot of wonderful inventions and discoverys that we would be without.Immagine if Martin Luther King would have given up,or Thomas edison or ............
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2011/09/30 16:11:53
    Give up
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    But keep playing as a LA Dodger

  • flrdsgns Joe Shw... 2011/09/30 17:50:04
    At least I have the comfort of knowing Kershaw beat up on Linscom (sp) this year lol.
    What did you think of the Boston and Atlanta choke this year?
  • Joe Shw... flrdsgns 2011/09/30 18:26:12
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    Look at the records Dodger. If we cant take it all then a good season is finishing ahead of the Dodgers. ;o) (all in fun).

    Boston really faded, probably to the delight of the NYY. Hope Tampa pounds them. Dont think Atlanta was any match for Phili anyway.
  • flrdsgns Joe Shw... 2011/09/30 19:20:21
    I have always liked the DODGER/giant rivalry. Notice your team is in small letters lol. It has been fun to watch over the years. I grew up in the 50s and 60s and really loved the pitching match ups between Drysdale or Koufax against Marichal. Mays, McCovey, Cepeda and the Alou brothers (even though I hated them) were awesome to watch. I wish there were more rivalries like that in sports. Was all good until those idiots attacked the SF fan on opening day. Kind of made me quit going to the games altogether last year.
  • SunnyOne Joe Shw... 2011/10/04 04:22:54
    The team that harbored the cheater Barroids...yup, that's something to be proud of. One thing's for sure: Velez isn't using drugs.
  • DANNY_B0i♛ 2011/09/30 16:08:01
    Get even
    Some guys have bad seasons, but at least your not part of the Red Sox going from a 99.6% chance of getting into the playoffs to...DA DA 0%!!!
  • harley oldman 2011/09/30 15:59:47
    Give up
    harley oldman
    HEY.......Eugenio , have you ever considered Knitting....?
  • flrdsgns harley ... 2011/09/30 17:51:09
    I think Rosey Grier used to crochet, Bet people didn't make fun of him during his playing days
  • harley ... flrdsgns 2011/09/30 21:55:25
    harley oldman
    I was`nt making fun....Just asking a question. Knitting calms your nerves and allows you to regroup...!
  • Steve J... harley ... 2011/10/02 01:52:01
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    Plus it uses sticks, I mean needles. Whoops, that will bring fines from MLB.

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