Monday, June 29, 2009

Milestones

HBPs of Note: June 28, 2009

There were 17 plunks in yesterday's batch of major league baseball games, making it the 2nd plunkiest day of the year. Jamie Moyer's plunking of Scott Rolen wasn't just Moyer's 135th plunk thrown and Rolen's 109th plunk received, it was also the 4,500th thrown in Phillies franchise history. They're the first franchise to reach that total - although it may not be perfectly accurate because plunks weren't tracked very well on the pitching side in the early years of baseball. The Tigers are the next closest team with 4,360 known plunkings thrown in team history.

On the other hand, plunks have been tracked accurately for the past 17 seasons, so we can be sure that Andrew Miller's plunking of Ben Zobrist was the 900th thrown by the Florida Marlins. Also in that game, JP Howell hit Cody Ross, which was the 19th career plunk for both of them.

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