9/30 Fuld: .302, 26 hits, 0 RBIs

When Tyler Colvin made his Major League debut on Sept. 21, he got his first RBI in his first at-bat with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Scales waited 10-plus years in the Minors to be called up, but got his first RBI in his 14th at-bat when he delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh on May 12.

Sam Fuld is still waiting.

The Cubs outfielder entered Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Pirates without a RBI in 86 at-bats over 61 games.

“It’s like a no-hitter,” Scales said. “We don’t talk about it.”

Fuld has gotten his share of razzing by his teammates.

“I’ve never had any problem driving guys in,” said Fuld, who had 33 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa this year. “I’ve never really thought about it, especially as a top of the order guy. You look more towards how many runs you score rather than RBI.

“Every time I see my name up there on the scoreboard, it hurts,” he said. “You cringe a little. It’s gotten to the point where I think about it too much. Maybe I’m pressing too much. You’d think something would happen. I’ve gotten a few hits with runners in scoring position. They’ve either held them at third, or it’s been really odd.”

It’s not that Fuld isn’t hitting. He’s batting .302. He’s scored 16 runs.

“It’s not in his job description,” Scales said of the lack of RBIs. “He’ll get his share. He’s too good of a player.”

Maybe Fuld needs to slip third base coach Mike Quade a few dollars to wave the runners in when he gets a hit.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Fuld said, able to laugh about it. “Tyler got up there and didn’t have an official at-bat and he got an RBI.”

According to research by STATS Inc., Fuld has the most career at-bats (92) without an RBI among Major League players from 1920 to this year. Doug Saunders is a distant second. He played 28 games for the New York Mets in 1993 and totaled 67 at-bats but no RBIs. That was his only season in the big leagues. Third is Eric Reed, who totaled 61 at-bats in 60 games from 2006-07 with the Florida Marlins and failed to drive in a run.

“I’m trying to set a Major League record with most runs scored without an RBI,” Fuld said, jokingly. “It’s one of those crazy stats.”

He wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 1 Wednesday against the Pirates. Maybe he’ll start in the second game.

“I like my chances,” Fuld said. “I’m confident it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. I don’t want to think about it all offseason.”

– Carrie Muskat

23 Comments

Nice story.

What I love about baseball is it is a game with so many different elements that attracts a wide following for so many different reasons.

Statistics in one of them. Statistics gives “credentials” to both achievement and non achievement. Virgil Trucks had 5 wins and 19 losses for the Tigers in ’51 or ’52. Five of those wins were shutouts and two of those were no hitters. Or so I recall.

Fuld will become one of those trivia questions loved by those who can tell you everything about baseball.

May his unexplainable inability to produce an rbi for a record number of games become an anomaly to the rest of his career.

Hey, the guy is hitting over 300! And that ain’t bad.

Daniel R. Gould
Amsterdam

Not only hitting over .300 but he can run and catch the ball.
Leave him in at the bottom of the order or bat him leadoff and let the RBI come when they may. He cold be the next Ryan Theriot? Somebody overlooked by Hendry for too long but plays himself on the team. Remember Neife Perez was playing ahead of Theriot? For about two years we had Perez instead of Theriot, why? because Hendry doesn’t trust his own system??? God knows.

To the above poster, I think you’re a little bit off on your theory. Neifi Perez was starting bc Dusty Baker wanted him in the lineup, bc Dusty doesn’t like starting youngsters. Lou came in and went with the approach of the best player plays and that’s when Theriot played himself into a starting position. However, I think he(Theriot) is in for a battle at SS next year bc that Blanco kid can flat out play! Theriot’s 17 errors are worst among MLB shortstops and you need the center of your defense to be strong defensively. Maybe move Theriot to second & let him battle it out w/Jeff Baker.

Play Fuld in CF, play Blanco at SS, platoon each if necessary, move Theriot to 2B, and put Baker in super-sub role in both IF and OF. Get at least one corner OF and drop at least 2 of the current 3 ( AS, KF, MB ). If Harden is not resigned, they’ll need more pitching also. Keep the kiddie-corps in the bullpen spots and the current position players as utility guys. Stress defense and “small ball” on offense instead of HR & KO artists.

Fuld is a gamer, period. His defense, speed and eye at the plate, make up for his lack of HR power. Any good baseball man will tell you that you must be strong defensively up the middle. With Fuld and Hill, you have 2/4th. Fox and Hoffpauir will add the missing power, and Fuld will cover some of the ground. He and Reed Johnson will be great in CF, and Fuld’s salary is a pittance of Sorry’s, Fukodome, and Bradley all of whom hopefully have played their last game for the Cubs.

htowncubsfan, what I meant was that Hendry should never have had Perez on the roster when he had Theriot waiting in the minors and was a better player than Perez. Dusty should never have been given the option of starting Perez but Hendry thought it a good idea to have him on the roster, that combined with Dusty’s sorry approach of keeping the kids down resulted in Theriot’s delayed advancenment. I DO AGREE ABOUT BLANCO!!! HE CAN FLAT OUT PLAY IS RIGHT and I hope Hendry and Lou see the benefits of going with a strong defense up the midlle with Blanco at SS, Theriot /Baker at 2b and Fuld in CF. If Hendry didn’t screw up the outfield corners where you would expect power numbers it would make it much easier to go strong up the middle but Hendry did such a bad job with Soriano and Bradley and Fukodome it lead Lou to look for more offense up the middle, sacrificing defense. Not a good way to build a team. Even if Soriano returns to respectable run production he lacks way too much defensivley. Fukodome is not a big run producer and Bradley is gone…Hendry put us in the same bind as we were last year.

SDGuy are you crazy! I did not know there was still guys on the Hoffpaur bandwagon. He had 10hr this year and batted in the .230s all year. Not too mention he will be another year older next year. He had his cup of coffee and somethin to tell his grandkids about. Hopefully, he is done. Fox is nothing spectacular either. He can rake but way too slow. In my opinion he has peaked anyway. I can agree with Fuld in center only if we can get rid of both Fukudome and Bradley. This way we can get a true rbi man via free agents ie Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. unfortunately we will have to eat most of both of their salaries to move. still cant get over 12mil a year for a 4th outfielder type in FUKU. If stuck with him, there is no way we can have another powerless outfielder. On Soriano, yes he has underperformed completely. However, he would still be worth the risk as opposed to paying a huge part of his pay just to dump him.

ronniewoowoo2, Soriano’s lack of defense is so bad even when healthy, you sure you would rather keep him instead of dumping his contract and having somebody other than US lose money? I say we got what Hendry paid for and if the “owners” have to eat salary because of Hendry’s mistakes than so be it. You are dead on your description of Fukodome being a 12 million dollar FOURTH outfileder,
(a minor leaguer could have equaled his stats for 11.5 million less) Hendry (or HIS staff?) really over evaluated him. I say along with Bradley, dump Fukodome and Soriano put Fuld in center, go out and get Holliday and Abreu (?). I know, easier said than done…just venting. Let the off season begin!!!

I think the best case scenario for the Cubs would be to get a guy like Jason Bay and to play him in right field. The problem will be then who will play center. My guess is that that man will be Fukudome, but I’d much rather see Fuld in center or Reed Johnson. They bring a whole lot more to the team over all, but the Cubs have a large financial investment in Fukudome and I doubt they will be willing to keep him in the dugout too often. When the Cubs let Harden go, it would be nice if they picked up another top shelf pitcher, but if they don’t I have confidence that Marshall or Samardzija can step in for him and do a better job than he did this year. Those two guys have a bright future ahead of them and I think they can both become better starters than relievers. All in all, it could be another tough year next year, but I have hope that guys like Soriano and Soto will turn things around and that Aramis will stay healthy and that Big Z will finally grow up and earn his huge pay checks. The problem is…that’s a lot of ifs, but it’s also a lot of potential.

JoeyDaFish, I agree with you 100% on Sorry’s defense. Almost makes Manny seem like Willie Mays at times. He runs the wrong way, the ridiculous hop. All I am saying is with all the injuries, the only way anyone takes him is we pay more than half his salary. We have 5 more years with the clown. He is finally where he belongs in the batting order. I do not see him as I do Bradley. He wants to do well. This year was his worst in the majors. Call me the ever hopeful Cubs fan, but I think he will finally knock out 40hrs and out hit his defensive deficiencies. If he has any ambition left, this should be easily attainable. When he is on he hits hr’s at will. BTW, noticed noone retaliate to my Hoffpaur opinion.

O.K. ronniewoowoo2, I’ll give Soriano the benefit of the doubt for next year but only because you state your case so eloquantly. Plus it helps that you agree with 100% on his defense. So, I’ll be pulling for Soriano next year of course, but not so much for Hendry….
What did I miss about your Hoffpauir opinion?

There are so many ways that you could state that this year was a disappointing year, but one of the many reasons was the Hoffpaur let down. He started so well and if he had been successful this season we could either trade him or Lee and try to get another RBI producing bat in the lineup. Now, the Cubs probably can’t talk anybody into giving them anything for Hoffpaur and they surely don’t want to give away their best bat in the lineup even if he is in the latter third of his career. I say the Cubs should trade Big Z and either get some young talent in return or that all elusive RBI producing machine to add some more consistent run production to the offense. I would hold onto Hoffpaur and see if he can turn things around and then let him go if he doesn’t.

Wouldn’t be nice to be like the Cards and let the best men play? No long contracts for unproven guys. If you’re slumping, another kid’s in there for awhile. Public address: they’re paid to announce. There’s no excuse to mispronounce names. There are enough knowledgeable personnel around the park, including the player himself, that the desired pronunciation should be made sure of. It’s ma-HA-lum, not ma-HOLM, for Paul Maholm of the Pirates. Ask questions first and speak later!

Joey, referring to comment at 12:20 am from Sd guy saying we can count on Hoffpauir and Fox for power with Koy Hill and Sam fuld up the middle. If I don’t see either of them back I wont lose sleep. To everyone else, can we agree that over a full season Sam Fuld would out perform Fukudome. Fuld makes 500,000 to Fuku’s 12mil so we can def put the money to good use

First of all, I agree that Hendry had a terrible year and that his off season moves all flopped. However, I completely disagree with the sentiment that he deserves to be fired. At the very least he deserves to be given one more year to turn things around if not two to three. The fact is, even with all of the moves not working out, the Cubs still had a winning season which is a whole lot better than the average season the Cubs have had in the past 100 years. There’s no doubt that they need a lot of improvement to be a World Series contender, but like I’ve said before there is a lot of potential for getting there. So quit whining and get of Jim’s back!

ploegerm@gmail.com, you like Hendry….I’m happy for ya.
Most/any comments can be perceived as whining. I think any team with the Cubs resources that needs a lot of improvement to be a World Series contender (as you stated yourself) needs a better GM, that’s all. Iguess I’m more upset with him than most fans?? I don’t know. I’m all for improvement on the field as well as in the GM’s office, improvement is improvement. Whine, whine, whin….

Ok, Hendry had a terrible year, his off season moves all flopped. However, i don’t agree with the sentiment that he deserves to be out of the team.

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