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