Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just Manny being hit by 100 pitches

HBPs of note: August 4, 2009

It was a busy day for baseballs hitting batters yesterday, with 19 HBPs around the game. That's the most plunks on a single day in the 2009 season, and the first 19 plunk day since July 19, 2008.

Manny Ramirez got career plunk number 100, off Brewer Chris Smith. Ramirez is the 67th batter in Major League history to be hit by 100 pitches, and he joins Jose Guillen and Miguel Tejada as the only Dominican players to reach that milestone.

Chase Utley got his 99th career plunk, and his 16th of the season, moving ahead of Kelly Shoppach for the league league lead this year. Jason Hammel threw that one, but probably didn't know that hitting him again would have created the very interesting circumstance of having two players reach 100 plunks on the same date, and it would have been the 400th plunk in Citizens Bank Park history. Maybe that's a good thing though, that pitchers don't know these things.

Mark DeRosa picked a good time to get his 45th career HBP - in the 10th inning of a tie game, with the bases loaded. His RBI plunk put the Cardinals ahead of the Mets, but then Albert Pujols stole his glory with an insurance grand slam putting the Cardinals ahead by 5.

Former teammates Grady Sizemore and Ryan Garko both got their 55th career HBP yesterday, and Jonny Gomes got his 40th. Joel Pineiro threw his 40th career plunk. Garko's plunk was thrown by Astros pitcher Felipe Paulino, and that was the 1900th plunk thrown in Astros history.

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