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September 16, 2009 at 11:51 pm ET
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Wednesday Walk Watch: Week tWenty-thWee

The 2009 season is hurtling to a close, and we’re down to brass tacks — or brash hacks, if you prefer — in the What, Me Walky? race. For most of the summer, it appeared that Giants backstop Benjie Molina would run (but not walk) away with the hardware, posting just three walks in his first 296 at bats. Molina’s been obligated — or perhaps forced, at gunpoint — to take a few free passes since then, letting hack-‘n’-slash luminaries such as Cristian Guzman and Miguel Tejada back in the race. For a while.

But with September callups stealing precious plate appearances and well-earned rest days piling up, it looks as though Molina has eschewed enough bases on balls to coast to victory. It won’t be by a landslide, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Molina hacks at balls like Michael Meyers swinging at Jamie Lee Curtis. He’s got less plate discipline than Tom Arnold. Stephen Hawking gets more walking done than he does. You get the idea.

Barring a miracle — or some rogue scorekeeper reclassifying a handful of Molina’s singles as walks — the trophy’s all his. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the sparse handful of players who’ve managed to (almost) keep pace, by qualifying for the batting title and taking a free pass or less per week:

Rank Player Team Pos Age AB BB K AB/BB K/BB
1 Benjie Molina SF C 34 464 13 62 35.7 4.8
2 Cristian Guzman WAS SS 30 502 16 70 31.4 4.4
3 Miguel Tejada HOU SS 34 572 18 46 31.8 2.6
4 Jeff Francoeur NYM RF 25 533 21 83 25.4 4.0
5 Kurt Suzuki OAK C 26 517 22 50 23.5 2.3
6 Freddy Sanchez SF 2B 31 445 22 74 20.2 3.4
7 A.J. Pierzynski CWS C 32 458 23 45 19.9 2.0

It’s all over but the hacking now, folks. Tune in next week for an update on the growing Century of Futility Prize club, and more fun from all things walking. And not-walking. And striking-out-more-than-walking. See you next WWWatch!

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