Morton half way to 100 plunk club

April 24th, 2014 by pbr

Charlie Morton now leads the National League in hitting batters with pitches, having thrown his 5th of the season yesterday, at Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. Morton is now up to 50 career HBPs, and 23 at PNC park, which moves him ahead of Kip Wells for 2nd place in PNC park plunk throwing history. Morton ranks 6th among pitchers born in New Jersey.
Of Morton’s 50 career plunks, 10 have been thrown at the Cincinnati Reds.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 24th

April 24th, 2014 by pbr

137 hbp – Howard Ehmke, born 04/24/1894, 29th all time, played from 1915 to 1930
63 hbp – Bill Singer, born 04/24/1944, 255th all time, played from 1964 to 1977
55 hbp – Bob Ewing, born 04/24/1873, 359th all time, played from 1902 to 1912
40 hbp – Harry Harper, born 04/24/1895, 644th all time, played from 1913 to 1923
39 hbp – Glen Hobbie, born 04/24/1936, 677th all time, played from 1957 to 1964

active leader:
2 hbp – Ryan Reid, born 04/24/1985, 4739th all time, played from 2013 to 2013

The most plunked batters born on April 24th

April 24th, 2014 by pbr

49 hbp – Omar Vizquel, born 04/24/1967, 435th all time, played from 1989 to 2012
40 hbp – Carlos Beltran, born 04/24/1977, 628th all time, played from 1998 to 2014
28 hbp – Jim Field, born 04/24/1863, 1064th all time, played from 1883 to 1898
18 hbp – Chipper Jones, born 04/24/1972, 1628th all time, played from 1993 to 2012
14 hbp – Welington Castillo, born 04/24/1987, 2008th all time, played from 2010 to 2014

active leader: Carlos Beltran

Espinosa breaks Nationals Park plunk record

April 23rd, 2014 by pbr

Prior to yesterday, nobody had been hit more than 13 times at Nationals Park in Washington, but Tyler Skaggs hit Danny Espinosa in the 3rd inning last night giving Espinosa a career total of 14 plunks at Nationals Park – a new park record for career plunks. He is now one plunk ahead of Mike Morse. Morse won’t get a chance to win the record back until the Giants visit Washington in August, and by then Espinosa will probably have a bigger lead.

Brian Wilson’s plunking of Jayson Nix yesterday was the 495th plunk ever thrown by a pitcher born in New Hampshire.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 23rd

April 23rd, 2014 by pbr

57 hbp – Harry Coveleski, born 04/23/1886, 335th all time, played from 1907 to 1918
53 hbp – Jim Scott, born 04/23/1888, 386th all time, played from 1909 to 1917
51 hbp – Rheal Cormier, born 04/23/1967, 427th all time, played from 1991 to 2007
45 hbp – Carlos Silva, born 04/23/1979, 538th all time, played from 2002 to 2010
42 hbp – Warren Spahn, born 04/23/1921, 601st all time, played from 1942 to 1965
42 hbp – Elam Vangilder, born 04/23/1896, 601st all time, played from 1919 to 1929

active leader: nobody

The most plunked batters born on April 23rd

April 23rd, 2014 by pbr

97 hbp – Andruw Jones, born 04/23/1977, 86th all time, played from 1996 to 2012
43 hbp – Jim Bottomley, born 04/23/1900, 551st all time, played from 1922 to 1937
28 hbp – Dolph Camilli, born 04/23/1907, 1064th all time, played from 1933 to 1945
13 hbp – Jason Tyner, born 04/23/1977, 2102nd all time, played from 2000 to 2008
7 hbp – Warren Spahn, born 04/23/1921, 3042nd all time, played from 1942 to 1965

active leader:
6 hbp – Emilio Bonifacio, born 04/23/1985, 3288th all time, played from 2007 to 2014

Werth reaches 50 plunks

April 22nd, 2014 by pbr

Jayson Werth got a plunking from Garrett Richards yesterday bringing Werth’s career total to 50 HBPs. He’s the 21st batter born in Illinois to reach the 50 plunk mark. He’s also the 40th player who made is debut in the 2002 season or later to reach 50 HBPs.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 22nd

April 22nd, 2014 by pbr

38 hbp – Jimmy Key, born 04/22/1961, 706th all time, played from 1984 to 1998
30 hbp – Ray Benge, born 04/22/1902, 990th all time, played from 1925 to 1938
18 hbp – Dave Schmidt, born 04/22/1957, 1708th all time, played from 1981 to 1992
18 hbp – Bob Smith, born 04/22/1895, 1708th all time, played from 1925 to 1937
13 hbp – Tyson Ross, born 04/22/1987, 2190th all time, played from 2010 to 2014

active leader:
Tyson Ross

The most plunked batters born on April 22nd

April 22nd, 2014 by pbr

56 hbp – Mickey Morandini, born 04/22/1966, 326th all time, played from 1990 to 2000
49 hbp – Mickey Vernon, born 04/22/1918, 435th all time, played from 1939 to 1960
33 hbp – Taylor Douthit, born 04/22/1901, 852nd all time, played from 1923 to 1933
17 hbp – John Orsino, born 04/22/1938, 1699th all time, played from 1961 to 1967
17 hbp – Lew Riggs, born 04/22/1910, 1699th all time, played from 1934 to 1946

active leader:
5 hbp – Dee Gordon, born 04/22/1988, 3573rd all time, played from 2011 to 2014

James Loney breaks 1535 PA plunkless streak

April 19th, 2014 by pbr

James Loney hadn’t been hit by a pitch since May 18, 2011 – 1535 plate appearances before he ran into Yankees pitcher Cesar Cabral. Cabral hit 3 Rays, making him the first Yankees pitcher to hit 3 batters since Javier Vazquez in 2011. Vazquez also did that against the Rays, and the last time a Yankee hit 3 batters before Vazquez in 2011 was Jaret Wright in 2005, who also did it against the Rays. Since 1969, a Yankees pitcher has hit 3 batters in a game 8 times, but the last 3 have been against the Rays.

Loney’s plunkless streak was the 3rd longest active streak, behind Coco Crisp at 1590 and Angel Pagan at 1551.

Charlie Morton hit two Brewers yesterday, bringing his career total to 9 plunked Brewers. One more and he gets a free ham. He hit Khris Davis and Aramis Ramirez, bringing Ramirez’s total to 110. 110 plunks ties Ramirez for 59th place all time, with George Burns.

AJ Pierzynski got hit for the 117th time in his career, moving him into a tie for 49th place all time. He’s tied with Rickie Weeks and Melvin Mora. Brian Matusz threw that one, and the Red Sox are up to 6 consecutive games with an HBP. This is only the 3rd time since 1920 that the Red Sox have been hit in 6 consecutive games. In 1998 the Red Sox were hit in 7 consecutive games from July 21st to July 26th, and in 1920 they were hit in 6 consecutive games from July 16th to July 20th.

Prince Fielder got hit for the 105th time in his career, which makes him tied for the 69th most plunked batter ever. Dan Brouthers and Mark Grudzielanek are the other 69th most plunked batters.