Robles #2 Pinch-Hitter in N.L. in 2005

A pair of rookies Oscar Robles and Mike Edwards led Dodger pinch-hitters during the 2005 season. Robles finished second in the National League with a .421 pinch-hitting average with 8 hits in 19 trips to the plate. Edwards was 6-for-16 coming off the bench and finished fourth in the league. Ricky Ledee was sixth in the league (11-for-35).

Olmedo Sanez led the Dodgers pinch-hitting corps in 2004 with 15 hits, three home runs and 13 RBI to go with a .306 batting average. But with injuries felling Los Angeles regulars like the 1918 flu epidemic, Saenz became a quasi-regular, depriving the club of his big bat coming off the bench in a late-inning situation.

So in 2005 he received 21 fewer pinch-hit chances and dropped 10 hits as he finished only 5-for-28 with five runs batted in.

Ledee looked like he was going to pick up the slack, cracking out six hits in his first 11 pinch-hit appearances but he faltered down the stretch and finished 11-for-35, still a great pinch-hit average (.314 - 6th in the National League) but falling just short of earning a spot on the all-time list.

Robles, who wasn't even on the Dodger roster to start the season, led the club with a sizzling .421 average (8-for-19) and was second in the National League but he was used more often in an attempt to get a runner on base than to knock in a run and finished without an RBI.

Newcomer Jason Phillips (4-for-12, .333) filled in nicely for manager Jim Tracy when he wasn't catching or playing first base.

As a team the Dodgers hit ,231 (60-for-260) with four pinch-hit home runs -- Hee Seop Choi, Ledee, Jason Grabowski and Jose Valentin -- much short of the 2004 mark of nine home runs, second in the National League.

Dave Hansen holds the all-time pinch-hit mark with 110, topping Manny Mota's 105 hits that had stood for a number of years. Former Dodger Lenny Harris now holds the major league record for pinch-hits.

Dodger pinch-hitting records:

2005 Pinch-hitting (ab-h)
.500 -- Mike Rose (2-1)
.500 -- Jayson Werth (2-1)
.421 -- Oscar Robles (19-8)
.375 -- Mike Edwards (16-6)
.333 -- Jason Phillips (12-4)
.314 -- Ricky Ledee (35-11)
.273 -- Brian Myrow (11-3)
.250 -- C.H. Chen (4-1)
.222 -- Jose Valentin (9-2)
.190 -- Hee-Seop Choi (42-8)
.182 -- Jason Repko (11-2)
.148 -- Jason Grabowski (27-4)
.143 -- Nori Nakamura (7-1)
.179 -- Olmedo Saenz (28-5)
.136 -- Antonio Perez (22-3)

Others--Cody Ross (5-0), Jose Cruz (3-0), Willie Aybar and Mike Rose (2-0), Milton Bradley, Jeff Kent, Jeff Weaver (1-0).

Doubles--Choi, Robles, Edwards 2, Ledee, Saenz, Myrow, Werth one each. Home runs--Choi, Ledee, Grabowski, Valentin. Runs batted in--Ledee 9, Sanez 5, Edwards 4, Choi, Phillips and Grabowski 3, Valentin, Chen, Werth, Perez 1. Walks—Ledee 6,Grabowski and Perez 4, Choi, Sanez and Myrow 3, Valentin, Cruz 2, Robles, Edwards, Repko, Bradley one each.

Career Pinch-Hitting: [23+ hits]
phs -- player (ab-h)
110 -- Dave Hansen(421-110)
106 -- Manny Mota (328-106)
52 -- Chris Gwynn(217- 52)
44 -- Mitch Webster (175- 44)
43 -- Duke Snider (147- 43)

39 -- Mike Sharperson (163- 39)
37 -- Mickey Hatcher (156- 37)
34 -- Rick Monday (176- 34)
33 -- Lee Lacy (117- 33)
33 -- George Shuba (125- 33)

32 -- Len Gabrielson (124- 32)
31-- Willie Crawford (130- 31)
31 -- Von Joshua (146- 31)
29 -- Wally Moon (141- 9)
26 -- Paul Waner (84- 26)
26 -- Ken Landreaux (138- 26)

25 -- Lee Walls (93- 25)
25 -- Jay Johnstone (107- 25)
25 -- Bill Russell (107- 25)
24 -- José Morales (89- 24)
24 -- Ron Fairly (103- 24)
24 -- Jim Gilliam (116- 24)

23 -- John Roseboro (86- 23)
23 -- Vic Davalillo (91- 23)
23 -- Terry Whitfield (91- 23)
23 -- Ed Goodson (101- 23)
23 -- Franklin Stubbs (104- 23)

Record pace
Sanez's 15 hits in '04 moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time charts. Mitch Webster's 17th hit in 1992 erased the Dodger single-season pinch-hit record of 16 set by Sid Gatreaux some 57 earlier but Webster held the title only for a single season when Hansen topped his new standard by banging out 18 hits in 1993.

Season pinch-hits (13+ hits)
ph -- player 18 -- Dave Hansen, 1993
17 -- Mitch Webster, 1992
16 -- Sid Gatreaux, 1936

15 -- Manny Mota, 1974
15 -- Ed Goodson, 1976
15 -- Manny Mota, 1979
15 -- Dave Hansen, 2000
15 -- Olmedo Saenz, 2004 14 -- Manny Mota, 1977
14 -- Terry Whitfield, 1985
14 -- Mickey Hatcher, 1990

13 -- Paul Waner, 1944
13 -- Lee Walls, 1962
13 -- Len Gabrielson, 1969
13 -- Jeff Treadway, 1994
13 -- Lee Lacy, 1978
13 -- Ron Roenicke, 1982
13 -- Todd Benzinger, 1992
13 -- Robin Ventura, 2004
13 -- Chris Gwynn, 1990
13 -- Chris Gwynn, 1991
13 -- Dave Hansen, 1999

Single season average (10+ hits)
ave -- player (ab-h)
.647 -- Pedro Guerrero, 1980(17-11)
.482 -- Lee Walls, 1962 (27-13)
.482 -- Jeff Treadway, 1994 (27-13)
.476 -- Paul Waner, 1943(21-10)
.476 -- Pete Reiser, 1948(21-10)

.400 -- Steve Garvey, 1973 (30-12)
.400 -- Manny Mota, 1972 (25-10)
.379 -- Manny Mota, 1977 (36-14)
.385 -- Arky Vaughan, 1947 (26-10)
.382 -- Lee Lacy, 1978 (34-13.382)

.379 -- George Shuba, 1955 (29-11)
.375 -- Buddy Hassett, 1938 (32-12)
.362 -- Mitch Webster, 1992( 47-17)
.361 -- Len Gabrielson, 1969 (36-13)
.357 -- Manny Mota, 1979 (42-15)

Career average: (15+ hits)
ave -- player (ab-h)
.361 -- Paul Waner (61-22)
.360 -- Lew Riggs (50-18)
.358 -- Harvey Hendrick (58-19)
.344 -- Pedro Guerrero (61-21)
.333 -- Roy Campanella (45-15)

.323 -- Manny Mota (328-106)
.319 -- Tom Haller (47-15)
.311 -- John Frederick (61-19)
.311 -- Steve Garvey (62-19)
.306 -- Arky Vaughan (62-19)
.306 -- Olmedo Saenz (49-15)

Season P.H. RBI
Ricky Ledee led the 2005 club wih nine runs batted in. Hansen's 18 pinch-hits during the 1993 season resulted in a record 18 runs batted in, topping Mota's 16 in 1974.

rbi -- player
18 -- Dave Hansen, 1993
16 -- Manny Mota, 1974
14 -- Dave Hansen, 2000
14 -- Robin Ventura, 2004

13 -- John Frederick 1932
13 -- Sid Gatreaux, 1936
13 -- Chris Gwynn, 1991
12 -- Manny Mota, 1976
12 -- Terry Whitfield, 1985
12 -- Mitch Webster, 1992
12 -- Bill Ashley, 1996
12 -- Olmedo Saenz, 2004

Career P.H. RBI Manny Mota tops the career runs batted in chart with 77. Hansen is second with 66 and Chris Gwynn and Duke Snider come in at 38 and 36.

rbi -- player
77 -- Manny Mota
66 -- Dave Hansen
38 -- Chris Gwynn
36 -- Duke Snider
31 -- Mickey Hatcher

29 -- Rick Monday
28 -- Ken McMullen
28 -- Mitch Webster
25 -- George Shuba
24 -- Chris Gwynn

Pinch homers Four Dodgers collected pinch homers in 2005 (Jose Valentin, Jason Grabowski, Hee-Seop Choi and Ricky Ledee) and except for Grabowski, it was the first of their Dodger career.

April 8 -- Valentine slugged a two-run homer for Jason Repko in the top of the ninth at Arizona to cap a four-run inning in an 8-7 win.

April 19 -- Grabowski homered for Buddy Carlyle at Milwaukee in a four-run seventh and L.A. won 806 in 10 innings.

August 2 -- Choi slugged a home run for Duaner Sanchez at Washington in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead in a game that they won 5-4.

August 9 -- Ledee homered for Sanchez in the eighth inning with a man on base in an 8-4 loss to the Phillies.

Season PH home runs
7 -- Dave Hansen, 2000
6 -- Johnny Frederick, 1932
5 -- Bill Ashley, 1996
5 -- Lee Lacy, 1978
3 -- Jay Johnstone, 1981
3 -- José Morales, 1983
3 -- Bill Skowron, 1963
3 -- Olmedo Saenz, 2004
3 -- Robin Ventura, 2004

Two each—Todd Benzinger, 1992; Tommy Brown, 1950; Hiram Bocachica, 2002; Ralph Bryant, 1986; Jim Campanis, 1967; Chris Donnels, 2001; Kevin Elster, 2000; Marquis Grissom, 2001; Chris Gwynn, 1991 & 1994; Tom Haller, 1970; Dave Hansen, 1993; Gene Hermanski, 1949; Frank Howard, 1961; Todd Hundley, 2002; Lee Lacy, 1977; Candy Maldonado, 1984; Ken McMullen, 1973, 1974 & 1975; Rick Monday, 1981; RJ Reynolds, 1983; Lew Riggs, 1942; George Shuba, 1954; Duke Snider, 1960; Franklin Stubbs, 1988; Mitch Webster, 1992; Terry Whitfield, 1985; Steve Yeager, 1984.

Career records
Dave Hansen is the Dodger franchise leader with 13 career grand slams, including seven in 2000. John Frederick hit six pinch hit homers for Brooklyn in 1932 to set a major league record and has eight to tie Lee Lacy for second place on the Dodger charts.

Career P.H. homers
13 -- Dave Hansen
8 -- Johnny Frederick (Brk)
8 -- Lee Lacy
6 -- Bill Ashley
6 -- Chris Gwynn
6 -- Ken McMullen
5 -- Frank Howard
5 -- Rick Monday
5 - Candy Maldonado
4 -- José Morales
4 -- Mitch Webster

Three each—Ralph Bryant, Roy Campanella, Chris Donnels, Ed Goodson, Jay Johnstone, Gene Hermanski, Lew Riggs, Olmedo Saenz, George Shuba, Bill Skowron, Duke Snider, Franklin Stubbs, Robin Ventura.

Two each—Sandy Amoros, Dave Anderson, Todd Benzinger, Hiram Bocachica, Tommy Brown, Mike Busch, Jim Campanis, Tripp Cromer, Chris Donnels, Kevin Elster, Joe Ferguson, Jason Grabowski, Marquis Grissom, Pedro Guerrero, Tom Haller, Todd Hollandsworth, Todd Hundley, Ken Landreaux, Clarence Mitchell, Eddie Murray, Babe Phelps, RJ Reynolds, John Roseboro, Terry Whitfield, Hack Wilson, Steve Yeager.

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