This season millions went to the ballpark to watch Mark McGwire in his pursuit of Roger Maris's home run record. Opposing infielders and outfielders were often no more than spectators themselves, because a majority of McGwire's plate appearances resulted in the fielders' doing nothing. In fact, no one in baseball history has had a combined home run, walk and strikeout total (not-in-play, for purposes of this chart) greater than McGwire has amassed this season. Also, of the 17 players who had a combined 300 not-in-play appearances in a season-including Jack Clark (right)—no one had a higher percentage of his total plate appearances result in not-in-plays than McGwire in '98. By contrast, Sammy Sosa's 282 not-in-plays account for just 42% of his plate appearances.
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