March 28, 2001
The Daily Prospectus
The DiSars Return
Last year around this time, we introduced an award in honor of a player whose aggressiveness at the plate has become legendary. And while it was a rough year for Gary DiSarcina otherwise, the founding of the DiSar Award was a rousing success. Not much comfort to the man who missed most of the season with a shoulder injury, of course, but a way in which to keep his spirit alive in his absence.
The DiSar Awards, one in each league, go to the player who accumulates the most at-bats before taking their first walk. Last year, the winners were Jacque Jones and Shawon Dunston. Some of you may recall that the NL's Golden Crutch was actually first given to Orlando Cabrera, then Placido Polanco, before Dunston slowly but surely passed each of their marks at midseason.
With that in mind--and with Dunston likely to play a similar role with the Giants this season--don't look for me to make any official announcements until at least June, and maybe later, although we'll have some fun tracking the leaders along the way.
Just as I did last year, I'll throw this open to everyone: send me an e-mail predicting who this year's honorees will be. As a tiebreaker, toss in the number of walkless ABs for the winner. This year, we'll even award a copy of Baseball Prospectus 2002 to the first person who correctly pegs both DiSar Award winners.
See, something good can come out of mindless hacking.
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