Shelley Duncan is not having a very good season, but he’s quietly building a legendary résumé as a pinch hitter.
In six pinch-hit opportunities Duncan has one walk, four hits and seven RBI. In his brief Indians career he now has 12 pinch-hit RBI.
Over the last 25 seasons only Ben Broussard has more pinch-hit RBI, but that should come with a slight asterisk. Of Broussard’s 16 RBI, eight came on just two swings of the bat. In 2004 Broussard hit two pinch-hit grand slams. He later added another while with Seattle, tying the major-league record with three career pinch-hit grand slams.
The baseball-reference pinch-hit data goes back to 1950. During that span, Dale Mitchell is the Indians leader in pinch-hit RBI with 30.