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.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 19th

April 19th, 2014 by pbr

51 hbp – Bucky Walters, born 04/19/1909, 427th all time, played from 1934 to 1950
48 hbp – Frank Viola, born 04/19/1960, 480th all time, played from 1982 to 1996
32 hbp – Scott Kamieniecki, born 04/19/1964, 914th all time, played from 1991 to 2000
28 hbp – Zach Duke, born 04/19/1983, 1072nd all time, played from 2005 to 2014
23 hbp – Roy Mitchell, born 04/19/1885, 1353rd all time, played from 1910 to 1919
23 hbp – Dennys Reyes, born 04/19/1977, 1353rd all time, played from 1997 to 2011
23 hbp – John Wyatt, born 04/19/1935, 1353rd all time, played from 1961 to 1969

active leader: Zach Duke

The most plunked batters born on April 19th

April 19th, 2014 by pbr

36 hbp – Whitey Kurowski, born 04/19/1918, 753rd all time, played from 1941 to 1949
21 hbp – Brent Mayne, born 04/19/1968, 1432nd all time, played from 1990 to 2004
17 hbp – Joe Mauer, born 04/19/1983, 1698th all time, played from 2004 to 2014
16 hbp – Rick Miller, born 04/19/1948, 1793rd all time, played from 1971 to 1985
15 hbp – Spike Owen, born 04/19/1961, 1894th all time, played from 1983 to 1995

active leader: Joe Mauer

Jay gets 40th, and Red Sox get hit in 5th consecutive game

April 18th, 2014 by pbr

Jon Jay became the 17th player in Cardinals history to get hit by 40 pitches in his career with the team, taking a plunking from Taylor Jordan in the 6th inning last night. Jay scored a run for his troubles.

Also last nigth, Xander Bogaerts was plunked by the White Sox for the third time in 2 games. That extends the Red Sox streak of games with a plunk to 5. The Red Sox have been hit 11 times already this year, leading the majors. Bogaerts needs 3 more plunks to tie the career plunk record for batters born in Aruba.

Rajai Davis got hit for the 4th time this year, giving him the American League lead in plunks. Jason Castro leads the NL with 4.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 18th

April 18th, 2014 by pbr

60 hbp – Danny Friend, born 04/18/1873, 288th all time, played from 1895 to 1898
50 hbp – Bill Bayne, born 04/18/1899, 448th all time, played from 1919 to 1930
43 hbp – Jack Scott, born 04/18/1892, 579th all time, played from 1916 to 1929
38 hbp – Steve Blass, born 04/18/1942, 706th all time, played from 1964 to 1974
26 hbp – Dennis Rasmussen, born 04/18/1959, 1191st all time, played from 1983 to 1995

active leader:
14 hbp – Henderson Alvarez, born 04/18/1990, 2081st all time, played from 2011 to 2013

The most plunked batters born on April 18th

April 18th, 2014 by pbr

54 hbp – Brady Clark, born 04/18/1973, 352nd all time, played from 2000 to 2008
47 hbp – Miguel Cabrera, born 04/18/1983, 478th all time, played from 2003 to 2014
40 hbp – Duffy Lewis, born 04/18/1888, 628th all time, played from 1910 to 1921
23 hbp – Sam Crawford, born 04/18/1880, 1299th all time, played from 1899 to 1917
22 hbp – Billy Butler, born 04/18/1986, 1345th all time, played from 2007 to 2014

active leader: Miguel Cabrera

MLB breaks division era record for plunking batters named Chris

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

On May 14, 1995, Chris Gomez, Chris Hoiles, and Chris Sabo were all hit by pitches, making that the only day since 1969 on which three different batters named Chris were hit by pitches. But yesterday, Chris Heisey, Chris Davis, Khris Davis, and Chris Iannetta were all hit by pitches.

In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong set a new park record for total hit batters, throwing his 18th AT&T Park plunk. He hit Hanley Ramirez to break a three way tie for the record with Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez.

Red Sox rookie infielder Xander Bogaerts received his first major league plunk yesterday, getting hit by John Danks in the 3rd inning, and then got his 2nd major league plunk in the 11th inning from Daniel Webb. That one was Webb’s first as a major leaguer. The Red Sox have been hit by pitches in 4 consecutive games. Their live ball era record for plunk streaks is 7 games.

Stolmy Pimentel hit a batter for the first time in his career, and that’s important because it’s fun to write Stolmy Pimentel. He’s the 603rd pitcher ever to throw a plunk for the Pirates.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 17th

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

22 hbp – Jersey Bakely, born 04/17/1864, 1425th all time, played from 1883 to 1891
13 hbp – Scott Perry, born 04/17/1891, 2190th all time, played from 1916 to 1921
11 hbp – Charlie Ferguson, born 04/17/1863, 2443rd all time, played from 1884 to 1887
6 hbp – John Grimes, born 04/17/1869, 3339th all time, played from 1897 to 1897
6 hbp – Charlie Jaeger, born 04/17/1875, 3339th all time, played from 1904 to 1904

active leader:
2 hbp – Dan Jennings, born 04/17/1987, 4736th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on April 17th

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

62 hbp – Solly Hemus, born 04/17/1923, 273rd all time, played from 1949 to 1959
32 hbp – Cap Anson, born 04/17/1852, 892nd all time, played from 1871 to 1897
31 hbp – Marquis Grissom, born 04/17/1967, 933rd all time, played from 1989 to 2005
26 hbp – Tom Needham, born 04/17/1879, 1159th all time, played from 1904 to 1914
21 hbp – Pedro Garcia, born 04/17/1950, 1432nd all time, played from 1973 to 1977

active leader:
19 hbp – Ryan Raburn, born 04/17/1981, 1562nd all time, played from 2004 to 2014

Pierzynski plunked for 116th time

April 16th, 2014 by pbr

In Chicago last night White Sox pitcher Donald Veal plunked AJ Pierzynksi in the 9th inning, pushing Pierzynksi’s career total to 116. That gives him sole possession of 51st place in the all time HBP standings. That was also AJ’s 30th plunk at US Cellular Field, making him the 4th batter ever to reach that total at the White Sox home park. Frank Thomas got hit 35 times at that park, and Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin share the park record with 46 each.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada plunked Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina last night, and that was the 200th plunk ever recorded in a Brewers-Cardinals game. 90 of those landed on Cardinals batters. The Cardinals plunked Carlos Gomez later in the game.

Robbie Ross hit Brad Miller twice in the Rangers-Mariners game, making Ross the first pitcher to hit the same batter in the 3rd and 8th innings of a game since John Smoltz did that to Chris Snelling on April 12, 2007.