Friday, October 30, 2009

Yankees plunked 100 times in Postseason History

Along with being the first player ever plunked on October 29th, Mark Teixeira had the honor of recording the 100th postseason HBP in the history of the New York Yankees. It was Teixeira's first postseason plunk ever; recorded in the 8th inning against Ryan Madson, who had never before hit a batter in the postseason. Teixeira is now the 57th batter to be plunked in the postseason while batting for the Yankees.

For the Yankees franchise, it was the 49th HBP they've been thrown in the World Series, and the 30th World Series in which they've been hit by at least one pitch. The Tigers are a distant 2nd in World Series plunks with 20, but they've only been hit in 9 different World Series. The Red Sox have been hit 19 times in 10 World Series. On the overall postseason list, the Red Sox are a distant 2nd with 44.

Last nights plunk was the 12th in Yankees history in game 2 of the World Series, but they've been hit more times in game 3 with 14 plunks. Another 10 Yankees have been plunked in World Series Game 1, 6 in game 5, 5 in game 4, and 2 in game 6. But no Yankee has ever been hit by a pitch in game 7 of a World Series. Miguel Cairo got hit in ALCS game 7, in 2004, but that's the only game 7 the Yankees have been plunked in.

Here's the full break down of the Yankees 100 postseason plunks, by round and game:

GameALDSALCSWorld SeriesTotal
Game 18
4
10
22
Game 27
7
12
26
Game 34
3
14
21
Game 43
2
5
10
Game 53
9
6
18
Game 6n/a
0
2
2
Game 7n/a1
0
1
Total
25
26
49
100


Of the 100 baserunners the Yankees have gotten by being hit by pitches, only 16 of them have actually come around to score a run. The last time a plunked batter came around to score was that ALCS game 7 plunk in 2004 by Miguel Cairo (that includes plunks on which a pinch runner took the place of the hit batter, and the pinch runner scored). Cairo has scored 3 times after reaching on HBPs - all in the 2004 ALCS. Derek Jeter is the only other Yankee to score runs after plunks twice. The others to do so are Nick Johnson, Jason Giambi, Chuck Knoblauch, Jim Leyritz, Randy Velarde, Rick Cerone, Elston Howard, Tony Kubek, Hank Bauer, Phil Rizzuto, Joe Dimaggio, and Billy Johnson. Only Mike Stanley, George Pipgras and Earle Combs have been hit with the bases loaded in the postseason for the Yankees - once each.

Overall, the Yankees have won 53 postseason games in which they've been hit by at least 1 pitch, and lost 31. In games when they've been hit twice, they're 11-5. 59 of their 100 postseason plunks have been recorded in series that the Yankees went on to win. They've won 34 of the 50 postseason series in which they've been hit by a pitch at least once - they have a 17 and 5 series record when they get hit once, 10-6 when plunked twice, 3-3 when they get hit 3 times, and 4-1 when they get hit 4 times in a series, and 0-1 when hit 7 times in a postseason series (that was the '04 Red Sox). Overall, they've won 46 postseason series and lost 21 so they actually have a slightly better record of winning their series when they don't get hit by any pitches, at 11-5.

Tino Martinez has the Yankees postseason record for total plunks with 6, but he never got hit in the World Series. Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Reggie Jackson all got hit 3 times in the World Series, so that's the record for that round. Miguel Cairo is the only Yankee to get hit 4 times in a single postseason, and he actually did all of them in a single series - the 2004 ALCS. That's not just a Yankee record, it's an MLB record for both most HBPs for a batter in a single series, and for a single postseason. The first Yankee ever to be plunked in the postseason was Mike McNally in the 1921 World Series (game 3). The first ALCS plunk for the Yankees landed on Rick Cerone in the 4th inning of game 2 of the 1981 ALCS - but Greg Nettles got hit two innings later. Randy Velarde recorded the first ALDS plunk in Yankees history in game 1 of the 1995 division series. Mike Gazella was the only Yankee ever plunked in extra innings of a postseason game, getting hit in the 10th inning of game 5 in the 1926 World Series. Chuck Knoblauch was the only player plunked as the first Yankee batter of the game in the postseason, and he did so twice - in ALDS game 1, and ALCS game 5 of 1998. Knoblauch's 1998 postseason for the Yankees was the only time in major league history a batter got hit in all 3 rounds of the postseason.

Pedro Martinez is responsible for more plunkings of Yankees than any other postseason pitcher, with 4. No other pitcher has thrown more than 2. The Dodgers are the franchise who has hit the Yankees the most, having thrown 16 World Series plunks against the Yankees. The Red Sox have hit them 12 times. They've been plunked by 21 of the 29 other Major League teams - 9 from the AL and 12 from the NL. The only teams that haven't hit the Yankees at least once in the postseason are the Astros, Brewers, Rockies, Nationals, Rays, White Sox, Blue Jays and Royals.

Here's the complete list of every Yankee plunked in the postseason:
Tino Martinez - 6 (2001 ALDS x2, 1999 ALCS, 1998 ALCS, 1996 ALCS, 1997 ALDS)
Derek Jeter - 5 (2003 WS, 2001 WS, 1996 WS, 2001 ALDS, 2000 ALDS)
Alex Rodriguez - 5 (2004 ALCS x2, 2005 ALDS x2, 2006 ALDS)
Miguel Cairo - 4 (2004 ALCS x4)
Jason Giambi - 4 (2006 ALDS x2, 2003 WS, 2002 ALDS)
Chuck Knoblauch - 4 (1998 WS, 2000 ALCS, 1998 ALCS, 1998 ALDS)
Yogi Berra - 3 (1953 WS x2, 1955 WS)
Elston Howard - 3 (1964 WS, 1962 WS, 1960 WS)
Reggie Jackson - 3 (1978 WS x2, 1977 WS)
David Justice - 3 (2000 WS x2, 2001 ALCS)
Alfonso Soriano - 3 (2003 ALCS, 2001 ALCS, 2002 ALDS)
Bernie Williams - 3 (2000 ALCS, 1999 ALDS, 1997 ALDS)
Scott Brosius - 2 (2000 WS, 2001 ALDS)
Robinson Cano - 2 (2009 ALCS x2)
Mariano Duncan - 2 (1996 ALCS, 1996 ALDS)
Lou Gehrig - 2 (1936 WS, 1932 WS)
Jim Leyritz - 2 (1996 ALDS, 1995 ALDS)
Raul Mondesi - 2 (2002 ALDS x2)
Joe Pepitone - 2 (1964 WS, 1963 WS)
Jorge Posada - 2 (2004 ALCS, 2000 ALCS)
Babe Ruth - 2 (1932 WS, 1922 WS)
Hank Bauer - 1 (1953 WS)
Aaron Boone - 1 (2003 ALCS)
Rick Cerone - 1 (1981 ALCS)
Chris Chambliss - 1 (1976 WS)
Earle Combs - 1 (1927 WS)
Frankie Crosetti - 1 (1938 WS)
David Dellucci - 1 (2003 ALCS)
Bill Dickey - 1 (1932 WS)
Joe DiMaggio - 1 (1950 WS)
Joe Dugan - 1 (1922 WS)
Karim Garcia - 1 (2003 ALCS)
Mike Gazella - 1 (1926 WS)
Tommy Henrich - 1 (1941 WS)
Billy Johnson - 1 (1947 WS)
Nick Johnson - 1 (2003 ALDS)
Tony Kubek - 1 (1960 WS)
Tony Lazzeri - 1 (1937 WS)
Johnny Lindell - 1 (1947 WS)
Billy Martin - 1 (1952 WS)
Hideki Matsui - 1 (2003 WS)
Gil McDougald - 1 (1953 WS)
Mike McNally - 1 (1921 WS)
Graig Nettles - 1 (1981 ALCS)
John Olerud - 1 (2004 ALDS)
Herb Pennock - 1 (1923 WS)
Lou Piniella - 1 (1977 WS)
George Pipgras - 1 (1928 WS)
Phil Rizzuto - 1 (1951 WS)
Eddie Robinson - 1 (1955 WS)
Joe Sewell - 1 (1932 WS)
Bill Skowron - 1 (1962 WS)
Mike Stanley - 1 (1997 ALDS)
Johnny Sturm - 1 (1941 WS)
Nick Swisher - 1 (2009 ALCS)
Mark Teixeira - 1 (2009 WS)
Randy Velarde - 1 (1995 ALDS)

In summary, I find this much more impressive than the 26 championships. But I still don't like the Yankees.

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