This season. Pfft.
For a career, if I used b-r.com's Play Index feature correctly, a current pitcher named Jesse Chavez holds the record for plate appearances while maintaining a pure 1.000 BABIP. Unsurprisingly, his 20 PA have been accounted for via 1 base hit, 4 sacrifice bunts (which do not count in BABIP despite being technically "in play"), and 15 strikeouts. When you think about it a second, an NL-style relief pitcher stands out as the right candidate, and Chavez's only starts have been in the AL.
Here's hoping Jesse doesn't spoil things by grounding out a nubber to the first baseman to close his career.
I wonder if that one base hit was a sacrifice bunt attempt where he reached base.
EDIT: I went and looked it up. Not a bunt, a line drive single to RF to lead off an inning.
EDIT #2: He then got thrown out trying to go first to third on another single.
EDIT #3: There's a video of the baserunning miscue. Oh man, it's not good. Double down the first base line and Chavez forgets to touch second base. He goes back to touch it, realizes the other guy is chugging into second and breaks back for third where he is easily tagged out. Instead of second and third no one out in a tie game, it's one out with a guy on second and the A's don't score.
And here's the hit, very nicely stroked.
Edited by ThejacKmp, 16 April 2018 - 01:29 PM.