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Jon Jay reaches 15 plunks with walkoff

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Jon Jay put himself back in the lead in the 2014 most plunkable player race, staying in front of a 9th inning JJ Hoover pitch last night, with the bases loaded and the game tied. That plunk won the game for the Cardinals, but more importantly gave Jay 15 plunks on the season to lead the majors. That’s the Cardinals 2nd walkoff plunk this season, making them the only team in the last 50 years to have 2 game winning HBPs in the same season.

AJ Burnett passed Kenny Rogers on the all time plunk list, throwing #127 and #128 of his career. Burnett is now 38th on the all time list for hitting batters. Burnett has hit 12 batters this season,

Mike Zunino took his 14th plunk of the season, extending his lead for the American League most plunkable player award.

The most plunked batters born on August 20th

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

57 hbp – Todd Helton, born 08/20/1973, 317th all time, played from 1997 to 2013
50 hbp – Graig Nettles, born 08/20/1944, 429th all time, played from 1967 to 1988
30 hbp – Tom Brunansky, born 08/20/1960, 990th all time, played from 1981 to 1994
14 hbp – Kal Daniels, born 08/20/1963, 2025th all time, played from 1986 to 1992
14 hbp – Al Lopez, born 08/20/1908, 2025th all time, played from 1928 to 1947

active leader: 1 hbp – Matt Hague, born 08/20/1985, 5857th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

pitching plunk leaders born on August 20th

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

55 hbp – Andy Benes, born 08/20/1967, 363rd all time, played from 1989 to 2002
52 hbp – Pete Schneider, born 08/20/1895, 410th all time, played from 1914 to 1919
46 hbp – Mark Langston, born 08/20/1960, 526th all time, played from 1984 to 1999
31 hbp – Jose Paniagua, born 08/20/1973, 968th all time, played from 1996 to 2003
27 hbp – George Zuverink, born 08/20/1924, 1143rd all time, played from 1951 to 1959

active leader: nobody

Utley plunked for 166th time

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Chase Utley has only been hit by 3 pitches while facing Seattle Mariners pitchers, including the time Roenis Elias hit Utley last night. However, Chase Utley has been hit 163 times by other teams, so he has 166 for his career. That’s one more plunk than Kid Elberfeld ever got, so Utley is now alone in 17th place on the all time list. He’s 2 plunks behind Derek Jeter for 16th place, 17 plunks behind Jake Beckley for 1st place among left handed batters, and 119 plunks behind Craig Biggio for 2nd place all time. Utley has been hit 10 times this season, making this his 8th season with double digit plunks.

Justin Masterson hit Mike Leake in the Cardinals-Reds game, bringing his season total to 14. That’s 5 plunks behind Charlie Morton for the season lead.

pitching plunk leaders born on August 19th

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

72 hbp – Woody Williams, born 08/19/1966, 194th all time, played from 1993 to 2007
59 hbp – Ron Darling, born 08/19/1960, 306th all time, played from 1983 to 1995
51 hbp – Chris Capuano, born 08/19/1978, 434th all time, played from 2003 to 2014
38 hbp – Tex Carleton, born 08/19/1906, 715th all time, played from 1932 to 1940
34 hbp – George Ferguson, born 08/19/1883, 854th all time, played from 1906 to 1911

active leader: Chris Capuano

Marte gets 14th for share of the lead

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Pirates baseball magnet Starling Marte got hit by Rafael Soriano last night, bringing Marte’s season total to 14. That ties him with Jon Jay for the major league lead. Marte’s career rate of plate appearances per plunk is now 28.02, which ranks 2nd among active players with 1000 plate appearances. Carlos Quentin gets hit every 25.57 plate appearances.

Jeremy Guthrie threw his 13th plunk of the season, landing a baseball on Eduardo Escobar. Guthrie leads the American League in plunks, but he’s 6 short of Charlie Morten for the overall major league lead.

pitching plunk leaders born on August 18th

Monday, August 18th, 2014

101 hbp – Burleigh Grimes, born 08/18/1893, 84th all time, played from 1916 to 1934
51 hbp – Gus Dorner, born 08/18/1876, 434th all time, played from 1902 to 1909
23 hbp – Lowell Palmer, born 08/18/1947, 1367th all time, played from 1969 to 1974
18 hbp – Max Lanier, born 08/18/1915, 1722nd all time, played from 1938 to 1953
18 hbp – Albie Lopez, born 08/18/1971, 1722nd all time, played from 1993 to 2003

active leader:
5 hbp – Justin Wilson, born 08/18/1987, 3616th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on August 18th

Monday, August 18th, 2014

58 hbp – Buck Weaver, born 08/18/1890, 308th all time, played from 1912 to 1920
37 hbp – Bobby Higginson, born 08/18/1970, 732nd all time, played from 1995 to 2005
36 hbp – Sam Wise, born 08/18/1857, 763rd all time, played from 1881 to 1893
35 hbp – Roberto Clemente, born 08/18/1934, 798th all time, played from 1955 to 1972
33 hbp – Wally Gerber, born 08/18/1891, 862nd all time, played from 1914 to 1929

active leader: 10 hbp – Evan Gattis, born 08/18/1986, 2546th all time, played from 2013 to 2014

Jay jumps into MPP race lead with 4 plunks in 2 days

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Jon Jay got hit by two pitches yesterday, and this isn’t a rerun – he got hit by 2 pitches on Friday as well. Jay is the first batter to get hit by 4 pitches in two days since April 16th and 17th 2005 when Reed Johnson got hit 3 times in one game and 1 in the next by the Rangers.
Since 1920, only 7 batters, including Jay, have been hit 4 times in the span of two games. Jay now sits in first place in the race for the 2014 Most Plunkable Player award, with 14 HBPs on the season.

Shin-Soo Choo also got hit by a pitch yesterday, for his 12 of the season and 93rd career plunk.

pitching plunk leaders born on August 17th

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

56 hbp – Brett Myers, born 08/17/1980, 352nd all time, played from 2002 to 2013
43 hbp – John Buzhardt, born 08/17/1936, 583rd all time, played from 1958 to 1968
33 hbp – Skip Lockwood, born 08/17/1946, 891st all time, played from 1969 to 1980
32 hbp – Mike Maroth, born 08/17/1977, 924th all time, played from 2002 to 2007
30 hbp – Chad Qualls, born 08/17/1978, 1001st all time, played from 2004 to 2014

active leader: Chad Qualls