Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Postseason HBPs by Catcher

Here's a look at which catchers have been behind the plate, expecting to catch the most postseason HBPs:

Jorge Posada - 39
Jason Varitek - 30
Brad Ausmus - 17
Sandy Alomar - 17
Ivan Rodriguez - 17
Yogi Berra - 14
Yadier Molina - 14
Mike Matheny - 13
Mike Piazza - 12
Bengie Molina - 12
Carlos Ruiz - 11
Steve Yeager - 10
Javy Lopez - 10
Tony Pena - 10
Ramon Hernandez - 9
A.J. Pierzynski - 9
Boss Schmidt - 9
Russell Martin - 9
Yorvit Torrealba - 8
Dioner Navarro - 8
Dan Wilson - 8

Since 2002, 14.9% of postseason plunks have occurred with a Molina behind the plate, but this year that number is up to 27.6%.

In the World Series itself, Yogi Berra holds the record with 14 HBPs, followed by Jorge Posada with 10, and Boss Schmidt with 9. Johnny Kling, Roy Campanella, Ray Schalk, Gabby Hartnett and incoherent TV babbler Tim McCarver have all called the pitches that became 7 World Series HBPs.

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