Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/27/13
While the Indians winning 10 of 14 games dominates the headlines, the team has actually done something even more extraordinary of late. Courtesy of @MattLaWell on Twitter, we have this fantastic stat: Your Cleveland Indians have now collected at least 4 walks in 10 consecutive games. This is tied for the longest streak in Major League Baseball since 2008 and tied for the second-longest in the team’s long franchise history. The longest streak of 4+ walks in baseball history is 17 games by the 1963 Chicago White Sox. Since 1995, the longest is 15 games by the Barry Bonds-led 1 2004 San Francisco Giants. Over the course of these 10 Tribe games since June 16th, the team has 52 walks in 370 plate appearances. That equals out to a very impressive team walk rate of 14.1%. The average walk rate in baseball dating back to 2008 is significantly lower at 8.3%. From 2008-2012, no team had a walk rate greater than 10.7% in a single season. The Indians’ walk rate was actually only a very mediocre 8.5% in their first 67 games this season before their rare streak began. Here is the walk leaderboard when it comes to aiding in Cleveland’s impressive streak over the last 10 games. The top three Indians players all rank in the top 11 in baseball in walks since June 16th. Jason Kipnis — 10 walks, 44 plate appearances — 22.7% walk rate Carlos Santana — 8 walks, 39 plate appearances — 20.5% walk rate Mark Reynolds — 7 walks, 35 plate appearances — 20.0% walk rate Michael Bourn — 5 walks, 46 plate appearances — 10.9% walk rate Jason Giambi — 5 walks, 16 plate appearances — 31.3% walk rate Ryan Raburn — 4 walks, 15 plate appearances — 26.7% walk rate Mike Aviles — 3 walks, 40 plate appearances — 7.5% walk rate Drew Stubbs — 3 walks, 32 plate appearances — 9.4% walk rate Yan Gomes — 2 walks, 14 plate appearances — 14.3% walk rate Nick Swisher — 2 walks, 18 plate appearances — 11.1% walk rate Michael Brantley — 1 walk, 37 plate appearances — 2.7% walk rate Lonnie Chisenhall — 1 walk, 22 plate appearances — 4.5% walk rate John McDonald — 1 walk, 8 plate appearances — 12.5% walk rate [Related: Indians nearly blow outstanding pitching performance] ___________________________________ Bonds had a major-league record 232 walks this season in 617 plate appearances. Nobody else but Bonds has ever had more than 170 walks in a single season. He did that three times. His walk rate from 2001-04 was an unfathomable 30.9%.
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