I’m Walkin’ – Fats Domino and Joey Votto

by Bill Chuck on February 25, 2016

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Pablo Sandoval Fats Domino

Friday night, on the season’s premiere of PBS “American Masters”  Joe Lauro‘s documentary, “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” will debut.

Even those of you who weren’t born when Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. was popular, you are probably familiar with his hits “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Walkin’ to New Orleans,” “Blueberry Hill,” and “I’m Walkin.’” According to the NY Times, Fats “has sold more than 60 million records and, between 1950 and 1963, he made Billboard’s pop chart 63 times and its R&B chart 59 times — more hit records than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly combined.”

“I’m Walkin'” was first recorded by Fats (March, 1957) and then covered by Ricky Nelson (April, 1957) both resulted in hits, but I digress. These days, the player who should be singing this song is Joey Votto who has led the majors in walks four of the last five seasons. His performance is similar to that of Eddie Yost who from 1950-to-1960 was a league leader in bases on balls and earned the nickname, “The Walking Man.”

Nine to Know: 2015 Walks leaders

Rk Player BB Tm G PA BA OBP
1 Joey Votto 143 CIN 158 695 .314 .459
2 Bryce Harper 124 WSN 153 654 .330 .460
3 Paul Goldschmidt 118 ARI 159 695 .321 .435
4 Jose Bautista 110 TOR 153 666 .250 .377
5 Carlos Santana 108 CLE 154 666 .231 .357
6 Andrew McCutchen 98 PIT 157 685 .292 .401
7 Mike Trout 92 LAA 159 682 .299 .402
8 Joc Pederson 92 LAD 151 585 .210 .346
9 Curtis Granderson 91 NYM 157 682 .259 .364
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/24/2016.

Nine to Know: BB leaders 2011-15

Rk Player BB G PA AB BA OBP
1 Joey Votto 529 654 2887 2319 .308 .438
2 Carlos Santana 502 758 3235 2691 .244 .363
3 Jose Bautista 474 667 2921 2393 .270 .393
4 Andrew McCutchen 419 775 3358 2862 .302 .396
5 Miguel Cabrera 401 748 3233 2789 .334 .417
6 Ben Zobrist 383 742 3229 2797 .272 .359
7 David Ortiz 362 661 2804 2413 .292 .382
8 Paul Goldschmidt 361 621 2648 2245 .299 .395
9 Mike Trout 361 652 2877 2448 .304 .397
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/24/2016.

Nine to Know: BB leaders 2006-15

Rk Player BB From To G PA AB BA OBP Tm
1 Adam Dunn 855 2006 2014 1340 5545 4612 .231 .355 CIN-ARI-WSN-CHW-OAK
2 David Ortiz 818 2006 2015 1365 5881 4995 .285 .385 BOS
3 Prince Fielder 813 2006 2015 1483 6421 5436 .287 .388 MIL-DET-TEX
4 Jose Bautista 784 2006 2015 1328 5515 4600 .259 .371 PIT-TOR
5 Miguel Cabrera 779 2006 2015 1533 6606 5728 .327 .408 FLA-DET
6 Albert Pujols 764 2006 2015 1484 6474 5591 .301 .386 STL-LAA
7 Nick Swisher 754 2006 2015 1376 5715 4847 .250 .354 OAK-CHW-NYY-CLE-ATL
8 Joey Votto 754 2007 2015 1110 4757 3945 .311 .423 CIN
9 Mark Teixeira 687 2006 2015 1293 5647 4831 .269 .365 TEX-ATL-LAA-NYY
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/24/2016.

Nine to Know: Random walk stats from 2015

  1. In 2015, Dexter Fowler led the majors walking 33 times leading off an inning.
  2. In 2015, Dexter Fowler and Delino DeShields led the majors walking 13 times leading off a game.
  3. In 2015, Carlos Santana led all clean-up batters walking 69 times. Terry Francona is giving thought to Santana leading off for the Indians in 2016,
  4. In 2015, Curtis Granderson led the majors walking five times with the bases filled; there were 241 bases filled walks last season.
  5. In 2015, Joey Votto led the majors walking 47 times in innings 7 through 9.
  6. In 2015, Andrew McCutchen led the majors walking 72 times in wins; Joey Votto led walking 90 times in losses.
  7. In 2015, Joey Votto led the majors walking in 94 games; Bryce Harper was next with 88 games.
  8. In 2015, there were 63 one walk games and one 18 walk game*.
  9. In 2015, Avisail Garcia, Greg Garcia, Chris Coughlin, and Adrian Beltre each had a walkoff walk.

*On July 19 in St. Louis, the Mets defeated the Cardinals 3-1 in 18 innings; the Cards drew five walks, while the Mets walked 13 times (there were five batters who walked twice)

Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll premieres on Fats’ 88th birthday: February 26, 2016 (on your local PBS channel)

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