Monday, October 29, 2007

Most Career Games Pitched, No Decisions

Shortly after the season ended, I noted Trever Miller had set a single-season record for most games pitched without a decision. Today I want to look at the career leaders for most games without a win or a loss.

There have been thirty-one pitchers in baseball history to appear in 20+ games without moving their career record off 0-0. Overall, 1,417 pitchers have appeared in at least one game without a career decision.

UPDATE (2/11/13): There are now 35 pitchers who have appeared in 20+ games without a decision.  The table below has been updated through 2012.  The active contenders (pitched in majors or minors in 2012) are bolded:

NameGamesInnings(L/R)HP
Erik Plantenberg6142.1LHP
Mike Kinnunen4851.2LHP
Erik Schullstrom4660.0RHP
Greg Jones3847.2RHP
Allen McDill3834.2LHP
Tom Qualters3452.2RHP
Mike Neu3346.0RHP
Dae-Sung Koo3323.0LHP
Harry Shuman3050.2RHP
Dustin Richardson2916.1LHP
Mike Hinckley2823.1RHP
Scott Watkins2721.2LHP
Eulogio de la Cruz2732.0RHP
Don Rowe2654.2LHP
Wayne Schurr2648.1RHP
Tim Kubinski2525.0LHP
Roberto Vargas2524.2LHP
Ron Diorio2520.1RHP
John Anderson2444.2RHP
Lee Hancock2432.1LHP
Brad Boxberger2427.2RHP
Jose Valdez2426.0RHP
Norm McRae2234.1RHP
Jose Cecena2226.1RHP
Chris Hatcher2225.0RHP
David Sanders2224.0LHP
Rick Kester2140.2RHP
Doug Piatt2134.2RHP
Jim Morris2115.0LHP
Takahito Nomura2113.2LHP
Rommie Lewis2223.2LHP
Lester Oliveros2223.0RHP
Aaron Taylor2021.1RHP
Reynaldo Garcia2020.0RHP
Kevin Tolar2017.2LHP

I wonder if Erik Plantenburg knows he set a major league record during his career? Speaking of Erik's, it's kind of weird that both the LHP and RHP records for career decisionless games were set by guys with the first name Erik. There have only been nine major league players (seven pitchers) named Erik, so that's almost unbelievable.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

any idea if this record still stands?

Theron Schultz said...

Yes, Plantenberg holds the record. Mike Burns, Glen Perkins, Josh Kinney, and Jose Veras have all picked up a win or loss since the original post and should no longer be on the list. Greg Jones hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007.

Among active players, Fu-Te Ni tops the list at 36 games. Josh Roenicke and Mike Hinckley sit at 29 and 28 games, respectively. Rich Thompson at 22 games is the only other active pitcher with at least 20 career appearances and a 0-0 record.

Anonymous said...

awesome. good to know i hold a major league record. :) I guess its not a bad or good record to hold. all it means is i never lost a game for us, and i wasn't in the game when we took the lead. i'm surprised that a save is not included in the count, but i guess thats not considered a "decision"

Theron Schultz said...

I'm glad I could let you know you hold a record. :) I think of decisions in terms of starting pitching: win, loss, no decision.

I thought I had written another post about 0 win, 0 loss, 0 save pitchers but I guess not. Mike Kinnunen holds that record.

Anonymous said...

I have saved this link for the last few years, just curious what the latest update is.

Theron Schultz said...

Thanks for asking! I've updated the table with stats and active players through 2012.

Anonymous said...

One thing to consider here are people who were on this list but then received a decision. For example, did anyone open their career with 80 no decisons before ultimately getting a win or loss?

Theron Schultz said...

As far as I can find, no. Scott Stewart (W) and Ed Olwine (L) both went 47 games before getting a decision but no one who eventually got a decision had more.