2014 awards for outstanding achievement in getting hit by pitches

December 4th, 2014 by pbr

It’s time for the 2014 Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HBPs, and assorted other awards which amuse me. Actually it was time a couple of months ago, but this is when I got to it.

Most Plunkable Player Award (most HBPs by a batter):
National League: Jon Jay (STL) – 20 HBPs
American League: Mike Zunino (SEA) – 17 HBPs

The Phil Knell Award (most batters plunked by a pitcher):
American League – Justin Masterson (CLE) – 16 HBPs
National League – Charlie Morton (PIT) – 19 HBPs
That’s back to back Phil Knell awards for both Masterson and Morton

Mitch Williams Award (most hit batters by a relief pitcher):
National League – Oliver Perez (ARI) – 7 HBPs
American League – Darren O’Day (BAL) – 8 HBPs
 

Plunked Rookie of the Year (most HBPs by a rookie):
American League – Brandon Guyer (TB), Jose Abreu (CHW) – 11 HBPs
National League – Charlie Culberson (COL) – 5 HBPs

 

The Gus Weyhing Award (most plunks thrown by a rookie):
National League – Brett Bochy (SF) – 1 HBPs
American League – Cesar Cabral (NYY) – 3 HBPs

 

Sandy Alomar Award (most plate appearance without an HBP):
American League – Coco Crisp – 542 Plate Appearances, 0 HBPs
National League – Matt Kemp – 599 Plate Appearances, 0 HBPs

 

The General Crowder Award (most batters faced without hitting anyone)
American League – Anthony Swarzak (MIN) – 378 Batters Faced, none plunked
National League – Mike Fiers (MIL) – 274 Batters Faced, none plunked
(John Lackey faced 572 batters in the AL without hitting anyone, but then he got traded to St Louis and hit 1 batter there)

Most Plunked Team (the plunk pennant):
National League – St Louis Cardinals – 86 HBPs
American League – Boston Red Sox – 68 HBPs

Least Plunked Team:
National League – Miami Marlins – 35 HBPs
American League – Toronto Blue Jays – 41 HBPs

Most Plunks Thrown:
National League – Pittsburgh Pirates – 88 HBPs
American League – Chicago White Sox – 69 HBPs

Fewest Plunks Thrown:
National League – Atlanta Braves – 37 HBPs
American League – Detroit Tigers – 42 HBPs

American League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Jose Abreu (CWS) – 7 HBPs at 1B, 11 total

2nd Base: Brian Dozier (MIN) – 9 HBPs

Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera (CIN) – 7 HBPs

3rd Base: Evan Longoria (TB) – 9 HBPs

Left Field: Alex Gordon (KC) – 11 HBPs

Center Field: Adam Jones (BAL) – 13 HBPs

Right Field: tie – Jose Bautista (TOR), George Springer (HOU) – 9 HBPs, 8 as RF

Catcher: Mike Zunino (SEA) – 17 HBPs

Designated Hitter: Shin-Soo Choo – 12 HBPs, 8 as DH

National League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Anthongy Rizzo (CHC) – 15 HBPs

2nd Base: Chase Utley (PHI) – 13 HBPs

Shortstop: Ruben Tejada (NYM) – 8 HBPs

3rd Base: Aramis Ramirez (MIL) – 13 HBPs

Left Field: Matt Holiday (STL) – 16 HBPs as left fielder, 17 total

Center Field: Jon Jay (STL) – 22 HBPs, 19 as Center Fielder

Right Field: Jason Werth (WAS) – 9 HBPs, 8 as Right Fielder

Catcher: Russell Martin (PIT) – 15 HBPs

Pitcher: Travis Wood (CHC) – 2 HBPS

2014 BACON Title:
American League – Jose Altuve (HOU) – .817 BACON
National League – Josh Harrison (PIT) – .794 BACON

2014 BACON x HBP Title:
National League – Jon Jay (STL) – 15.8
American League – Adam Jones (BAL) – 9.4

2014 BACON x Hits Title:
American League – Jose Altuve (HOU) – 183.8
National League – Hunter Pence (SF) – 139.2

Most Swings (not including bunt attempts):
American League – Adam Jones (BAL) – 1,394
National League – Freddy Freeman (ATL) – 1,396

Most Swings that Missed (not including bunt attempts):
American League – Chris Carter (HOU) – 390
National League – Ryan Howard (PIT) – 413

Save a Tree Award (most plate appearances in which the batter did not risk damaging his bat by swinging it, not including intentional walks… In other words, most plate appearances with 0 swings):
National League – Matt Carpenter (STL) – 77
American League – Jose Bautista (LAA) – 62

“Hey, I could do THAT” award (most strikeouts in plate appearance in which the batter did not bother swinging the bat)
American League – Brett Gardner (NYY) – 13
National League – Matt Carpenter (STL), Alex Wood (ATL) – 13

“Hey, I could do THAT Too” award (most strikeouts with three swings that missed):
American League – Josh Hamilton (LAA), Chris Carter (HOU) – 19
National League – Carlos Gomez (MIL) – 18

Most Foul Balls:
National League – Pablo Sandoval (SF) – 616
American League – Mike Trout (LAA) – 525

Most Foul Balls (Team):
National League – LA Dodgers – 4,609
American League – Detroit Tigers – 4,538


Most Foul Balls (Ballpark)
:
National League – Dodger Stadium – 4,562
American League – Target Field – 4,606


Most Foul Balls given up by a pitcher
:
American League – Phil Hughes (MIN) – 808
Natioanl League – Johnny Cueto (CIN) – 757

Fastest plunk
Interleague – Aroldis Chapman (CIN) hit Jackie Bradley (BOS) – 100.1mph, August 13th
National League – Erik Cordier (SF) hit Matt McBride (COL) – 98.9mph September 3rd
American League – Yordano Ventura (KC) hit Daniel Nava (BOS) – 98.9mph, September 12th

Most plunks by day of the Week

Sunday – Russell Martin (PIT), Chase Utley (PHI), Albert Pujols (LAA) – 4
Monday – Starling Marte (PIT) – 5
Tuesday – Mike Zunino (SEA) – 7
Wednesday – John Jay (STL), Brandon Guyer (TB), Matt Holiday (STL) – 5
Thursday – Mike Trout (LAA) – 4
Friday – Jon Jay (STL) – 5
Saturday – Brian Dozier (MIN), Matt Holiday (STL) – 5

Most plunks against a single team
National League – Jon Jay (STL) – 6 plunks against Cincinnati, Carlos Gomez (MIL) – 6 plunks against St. Louis
American League – Brandon Moss (OAK) – 5 plunks against the Astros

Most teams plunked by
National League – Matt Holiday (STL) – 13 teams
American League – Mike Zunino (SEA) – 11 teams

Most teams plunked
American League – James Shields (KC) – 11 teams
National League – AJ Burnett (PIT) – 12 teams

Most foul balls in one plate appearance
6 players had plate appearances where they hit 10 foul balls

Most foul balls with a runner going (season total)
American League – Joe Mauer (MIN) – 20
National League – Casey McGehee (MIA) – 22

Most pickoff attempts to first by a pitcher:
American League – Justin Verlander (DET) – 209 (Verlander threw to first base 59 more times than any other pitcher in 2014)
National League – Stephen Strasburg (WSH) – 150

 

Most slump-free award (SPAM leaders)
National League – Justin Morneau (COL) – 2.23 SPAM
American League – Victor Martinez (DET) – 2.02 SPAM

(SPAM measures a batters slump-proneness by calculating the batter’s average hitless streak per plate appearance – more here)

Most Streak prone (HAM leaders)
National League – Ben Revere (PHI) – .427
American League – Jose Altuve (TEX) – .476

(HAM is a stat pioneered by the Japanese team known as the Nippon Ham fighters – either that or it’s another stat I made up, and it’s explained here. Basically it measures how good a player was at stringing together hits in consecutive plate appearances.)

Best starting pitcher at getting outs (by PORK, which measures who each pitcher faced, how hard they are to get out, and who the pitcher got outs from):
American League – Felix Hernandez (SEA) – .785
National League – Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – .765
(Kershaw got .786 outs per batter faced, but the batters he faced were below average)

 

Best relief pitcher at getting outs (by PORK, minimum 100 batters faced):
American League – Delin Betances (NYY) – .806
National League – Ken Giles (PHI) – .838

 

 

Panda plunk leads to world series win

October 30th, 2014 by pbr

Pablo Sandoval got hit by a pitch leading off the 2nd inning of last night’s World Series game 7, and that put him on base to score the Giants first run on a sacrifice fly. Sandoval is just the 3rd player ever to score a run after reaching base on a plunk in a world series game 7. Tim Salmon scored after a 3rd inning plunk in game 7 in 2002, and Albert Pujols scored after a 5th inning plunk in game 7 in 2011 (and for bonus points, he was driven in by an RBI plunk). All three won their World Series.

Congratulations Giants

HBPs in first World Series plate appearance

October 22nd, 2014 by pbr

Lorenzo Cain got hit by a pitch in his first World Series plate appearance last night, making him the first player to get hit in his first attempt at batting in the World Series since October 22, 2005 when Jeff Bagwell got hit by Jose Contreras.

Here are all the players who took a plunk in the first World Series plate appearance of their career:
Lorenzo Cain 10/21/2014
Jeff Bagwell 10/22/2005
Orlando Cabrera 10/23/2004
Todd Pratt 10/21/2000
Jose Canseco 10/15/1988
Roy Howell 10/12/1982
Joe Christopher 10/6/1960
Sandy Amoros 9/30/1955
Al Smith 9/29/1954
Lloyd (Little Poison) Waner 10/5/1927
Mike Gazella 10/7/1926
Max Carey 10/7/1925
Jimmy O’Connell 10/13/1923
Johnny Rawlings 10/5/1921
Morrie Rath 10/1/1919
Roger Bresnahan 10/9/1905

Utley takes 169th plunk

September 29th, 2014 by pbr

Nothing says “I just like winning baseball games” than quite like taking HBPs in the final game of the season, trying to grit-out that last game before the offseason so teams that don’t make the postseason can at least have one final victory.

Chase Utley picked up his 169th career plunk yesterday, moving into a tie for 16th place on the all time HBP list with Alex Rodriguez. Utley has now been hit more times for the Phillies than the next two most plunked Phillies combined. Mike Lieberthal got hit 88 times for Philadelphia, and Ed Delahanty once held the Phillies record with 80. With Derek Jeter retiring, and Jason Giambi’s future uncertain, Utley is positioned to be the active leader in HBPs starting next season (or tied for the active lead if Alex Rodriguez plays).

The most plunked batters born on September 29th

September 29th, 2014 by pbr

79 hbp – Harry Steinfeldt, born 09/29/1877, 163rd all time, played from 1898 to 1911
32 hbp – Rob Deer, born 09/29/1960, 904th all time, played from 1984 to 1996
32 hbp – Tim Flannery, born 09/29/1957, 904th all time, played from 1979 to 1989
24 hbp – Dave Orr, born 09/29/1859, 1261st all time, played from 1883 to 1890
20 hbp – Rich Reese, born 09/29/1941, 1519th all time, played from 1964 to 1973
20 hbp – Gene Richards, born 09/29/1953, 1519th all time, played from 1977 to 1984

active leader:
7 hbp – Shelley Duncan, born 09/29/1979, 3080th all time, played from 2007 to 2013

pitching plunk leaders born on September 26th

September 26th, 2014 by pbr

41 hbp – Bobby Shantz, born 09/26/1925, 627th all time, played from 1949 to 1964
30 hbp – Bert Humphries, born 09/26/1880, 1008th all time, played from 1910 to 1915
22 hbp – Aaron Myette, born 09/26/1977, 1444th all time, played from 1999 to 2004
20 hbp – Brian Shouse, born 09/26/1968, 1575th all time, played from 1993 to 2009
20 hbp – Doug Sisk, born 09/26/1957, 1575th all time, played from 1982 to 1991

active leader: 17 hbp – Christopher Archer, born 09/26/1988, 1809th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on September 26th

September 26th, 2014 by pbr

43 hbp – Steve Buechele, born 09/26/1961, 566th all time, played from 1985 to 1995
28 hbp – Dave Martinez, born 09/26/1964, 1076th all time, played from 1986 to 2001
16 hbp – Rich Gedman, born 09/26/1959, 1824th all time, played from 1980 to 1992
15 hbp – George Anderson, born 09/26/1889, 1925th all time, played from 1914 to 1918
14 hbp – Dave Duncan, born 09/26/1945, 2037th all time, played from 1964 to 1976

active leader: nobody

pitching plunk leaders born on September 25th

September 25th, 2014 by pbr

57 hbp – Dave Weathers, born 09/25/1969, 340th all time, played from 1991 to 2009
51 hbp – Joel Pineiro, born 09/25/1978, 437th all time, played from 2000 to 2011
45 hbp – Pat Malone, born 09/25/1902, 541st all time, played from 1928 to 1937
30 hbp – Johnny Sain, born 09/25/1917, 1008th all time, played from 1942 to 1955
18 hbp – Steve Arlin, born 09/25/1945, 1724th all time, played from 1969 to 1974

active leader:
15 hbp – Vance Worley, born 09/25/1987, 2004th all time, played from 2010 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on September 25th

September 25th, 2014 by pbr

79 hbp – Dick Harley, born 09/25/1872, 163rd all time, played from 1897 to 1903
49 hbp – Phil Rizzuto, born 09/25/1916, 448th all time, played from 1941 to 1956
33 hbp – Glenn Hubbard, born 09/25/1957, 864th all time, played from 1978 to 1989
31 hbp – Rocco Baldelli, born 09/25/1981, 947th all time, played from 2003 to 2010
28 hbp – Tony Womack, born 09/25/1969, 1076th all time, played from 1993 to 2006

active leader:
6 hbp – Wil Nieves, born 09/25/1977, 3322nd all time, played from 2002 to 2014

Gomez gets 19th plunk

September 24th, 2014 by pbr

Carlos Gomez became the 5th Brewer ever to get hit by 19 pitches in a season last night when he was hit by Aroldis Chapman. That leaves Gomez one plunk behind Jon Jay for the 2014 most plunkable player award – so the Brewers may have lost the division to the Cardinals already, but the plunk race is still in play. Gomez joins Fernando Vina, Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks among the Brewers who have assembled 19 plunk seasons (though weeks did it twice).

Joe Mauer broke a streak of 1150 plate appearances without an HBP, getting hit by Andrew Chafin