Saenz in Eighth Place on P.H. Chart

Like a fine wine, Olmedo Saenz just gets better and better with age. In 2006 at 35 he had another superb season as a pinch-hitter, rapping out15 hits and knocking in an important 15 runs. That gave him a Dodger career mark of 35 pinch-hits and 33 runs batted in. He is now eighth on the hit list and fifth on the RBI chart.

Saenz collected 15 hits for the second time in three seasons, adding four doubles and three homers while performing as the primary hitter off the bench for manager Grady Little.

Sanez's 15 hits gives him another listing on the single-season list, tying Manny Mota (1974 and 1979), Ed Goodson (1976), Dave Hansen (2000) and, of course, himself (2004) in fourth place, trailing only Hansen's 18 hits, Mitch Webster (17) and Sid Gatreaux (16).

Ricky Ledee (6) and Jose Cruz (5) were second and third on the '06 list. J.D. Drew collected three hits and two of them were homers, joining Ledee, Andre Ethier and Ramon Martinez with three runs batted in each.

As a team the Dodgers hit only .194 (14th in the National League, and had seven home runs. Atlanta had a solid .276 average to lead the league and New York was last in the N.L. with a .187 batting average.

Dave Hansen holds the all-time pinch-hit mark with 110, topping Manny Mota's 106 hits that had stood since he retired in 1982. Former Dodger Lenny Harris now holds the major league record for pinch-hits.

2006 pinch-hitting
ave                     h-ab
1.000—Einar Diaz        (2-2)
 .400—Cody Ross         (2-5)
 .375—J.D. Drew         (3-8)
 .300—Marlon Anderson  (3-10)
 .263—Olmedo Saenz    (15-57)
 .250—Jose Cruz        (5-20)
 .250—Willy Aybar       (1-4)
 .250—Toby Hall         (1-4)
 .200—Ramon Martinez   (3-15)
 .125—Matt Kemp         (1-8)
 .125—Julio Lugo        (1-8)
 .182—Rickt Ledee      (6-33)
 .167—Wilson Betimit    (1-6)
 .150—Andre Ethier     (3-20)
 .143—Oscar Robles      (1-7)
 .111—Sandy Alomar      (1-9)
 .111—Jason Repko       (1-9)
 .000—Nomar Garciaparra (0-4)
 .000—Rafael Furcal     (0-3)
 .000—Russell Martin    (0-3)
 .000—EY Young          (0-3)
 .000—Jeff Kent         (0-2)
 .000—Bill Mueller      (0-2)
 .000—Kenny Lofton      (0-2)
 .000—Joel Guzman       (0-1)
 .000—Cesar Izturis     (0-0)
 .000—Dioner Navarro    (0-1)
 .000—Odalis Perez      (0-1)
 .000—Brett Tomko       (0-1)
  Runs batted in—Saenz 15; Ledee, Ethier, 
Martinez 3 each; Cruz 2; Anderson, Ross, 
Alomar, Aybar, Betimit one each. 
Doubles—Saenz and Ledee 4; Anderson 2, 
Cruz, Ethier, Martinez one each. 
Home runs—Saenz 3, Drew 2, Cruze 
and Kemp one each. Walks—Saenz 5; 
Lugo 3; Drew, Robles and Ethier 2; 
Anderson, Ross, Aybar, Betimit, Kemp, 
Izturis, Repko and Lofton one each.
.000—James Loney (0-10)

Career Pinch-Hitts:
      [24+ hits]       ab- h   ave
  1. Dave Hansen      421-110 .261
  2. Manny Mota       328-106 .323
  3. Chris Gwynn      217- 52 .240
  4. Mitch Webster    175- 44 .251
  5. Duke Snider      147- 43 .293
  6. Mike Sharperson  163- 39 .239
  7. Mickey Hatcher   156- 37 .237
  8. Rick Monday      176- 34 .193
  9. Olmedo Saenz     334- 35 .254
10. Lee Lacy          117- 33 .282
    George Shuba      125- 33 .264
12. Len Gabrielson    124- 32 .258
13. Willie Crawford   130- 31 .239
    Von Joshua        146- 31 .212
15. Wally Moon        141- 29 .206
16. Paul Waner         84- 26 .310
    Ken Landreaux     138- 26 .188
18. Lee Walls          93- 25 .269
    Jay Johnstone     107- 25 .234
    Bill Russell      107- 25 .234
21. José Morales       89- 24 .270
    Ron Fairly        103- 24 .233
    Jim Gilliam       116- 24 .207
Record pace Olmedo Sanez banged out 15 hits in both the 2004 and 2004 season and is tied for fourth 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 (1936) but Webster held the title only for a single season when Hansen erased his new standard by banging out 18 hits in 1993.
  Single season pinch-hits
      (13+ hits)           ab-h  ave
 1.Dave Hansen, 1993      55-18 .327
 2.Mitch Webster, 1992    47-17 .362
 3. Sid Gatreaux, 1936    55-16 .291
 4. Manny Mota, 1974      53-15 .283
     Manny Mota, 1979     42-15 .357
     Ed Goodson, 1976     56-15 .268
     Dave Hansen, 2000    55-15 .273
     Olmedo Saenz, 2004   49-15 .306
     Olmedo Saenz, 2006   58-15 .254
10. Manny Mota, 1977      36-14 .389
    Terry Whitfield, 1985 50-14 .280
    Mickey Hatcher, 1990  47-14 .298
13. Paul Waner, 1944      54-13 .289
    Lee Walls, 1962       27-13 .482
    Len Gabrielson, 1969  36-13 .361
    Lee Lacy, 1978        34-13 .382
    Ron Roenicke, 1982    44-13 .296
    Jeff Treadway, 1994   27-13 .482
    Chris Gwynn, 1990     56-13 .232
    Chris Gwynn, 1991     56-13 .232
    Todd Benzinger, 1992  48-13 .271
    Robin Ventura, 2004   48-13 .271
    Dave Hansen, 1999     48-13 .271

  Single season average
ave        (10+ hits)       ab-h
.647—Pedro Guerrero, 1980 (17-11)
.481—Lee Walls, 1962      (27-13)
.481—Jeff Treadway, 1994  (27-13)
.476—Pete Reiser, 1948    (21-10)
.476—Paul Waner, 1943     (21-10)
.400—Steve Garvey, 1973   (30-12)
.400—Manny Mota, 1972     (25-10)
.389—Manny Mota, 1977     (36-14)
.385—Arky Vaughan, 1947   (26-10)
.382—Lee Lacy, 1978       (34-13)
.379—George Shuba, 1955   (29-11)
.375—Buddy Hassett, 1938  (32-12)
.362—Mitch Webster, 1992  (47-17)
.361—Len Gabrielson, 1969 (36-13)
.347—Manny Mota, 1979     (42-15)

  Career average:
      (15+ hits)
ave                  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  
.311—Arky Vaughan    62-19 
Single season P.H. RBI Saenz's 15 RBI moved him into a third place tie on the list. Saenz knocked in a dozen and it tied for eighth. Hansen's 18 pinch-hits during the 1993 season resulted in a record 18 runs batted in, topping Mota's 16 in 1974. Hansen is in third place on the chart with 14 RBI during the 2000 season.
rbi  player     year
18—Dave Hansen, 1993
16—Manny Mota, 1974
15—Olmedo Saenz, 2004
15—Olmedo Saenz, 2006
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
Career P.H. RBI Manny Mota tops the career runs batted in chart with 77. Hansen is second with, 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
35—Olmedo Saenz
31—Mickey Hatcher
29—Rick Monday
28—Ken McMullen
28—Mitch Webster
25—George Shuba

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