Archive for April, 2009

Hit Batsmen records by ballpark

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Here’s the list of pitchers who have hit the most batters in each current major league ballpark, with data through April 29, 2009:

Park record
Angel Stadium of Anaheim Chuck Finley – 38
AT&T; Park (Giants) Jason Schmidt – 11
Busch Stadium (Cardinals) Jason Marquis – 13
Chase Field (D-backs) Randy Johnson – 44
Citi Field (Mets) Oliver Perez – 1,
John Maine – 1,
Nelson Figueroa – 1,
Bobby Parnell – 1,
Jordan Zimmermann – 1,
Matt Lindstrom – 1,
Yovani Gallardo – 1
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) Brett Myers – 16
Comerica Park (Tigers) Justin Verlander – 19
Coors Field (Rockies) Pedro Astacio – 29
Dodger Stadium Chan Ho Park – 42
Dolphin Stadium (Marlins) Dontrelle Willis – 25,
Kevin Brown – 25
Fenway Park (Red Sox) Tim Wakefield* – 80
Great American Ball Park (Reds) Aaron Harang – 18
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Twins) Brad Radke – 34
Kauffman Stadium (Royals) Mark Gubicza – 29
Miller Park (Brewers) David Bush – 19
Minute Maid Park (Astros) Roy Oswalt – 22
Nationals Park John Lannan – 6
Oakland Coliseum (A’s) Barry Zito – 33
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Scott Erickson – 31
PETCO Park (Padres) Jake Peavy – 18
PNC Park (Pirates) Kip Wells – 22
Progressive Field (Indians) Charles Nagy – 24
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Kenny Rogers – 31
Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) Roy Halladay – 26,
Todd Stottlemyre – 26
Safeco Field (Mariners) Jamie Moyer – 27
Tropicana Field (Rays) Paul Wilson – 24
Turner Field (Braves) Greg Maddux – 26
U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) Mark Buehrle – 26
Wrigley Field (Cubs) Carlos Zambrano* – 43
New Yankee Stadium Cliff Lee – 1,
Carl Pavano – 1,
Damaso Marte – 1,
A.J. Burnett – 1,
Rafael Perez – 1,
Masahide Kobayashi – 1

* – The Wrigley and Fenway records can’t be confirmed, but there isn’t much chance Wakefield’s 80 has been beaten by anyone. Roger Clemens is the only other Red Sox pitcher who hit over 80 batters in his career, and he only had 41 at Fenway, including his time with Toronto and the Yankees. On the Wrigley record, Charlie Root hit 73 batters for the Cubs between 1926 and 1941, which is one more than Zambrano’s total, so their’s a good chance he could have done better than Zambrano’s 43 hit batters at home.

Many of these records are very breakable this season. The Miller Park record was broken on Wednesday when Dave Bush passed Ben Sheets, but Sheets has 18 so he could easily get the record back in his next home start. Kevin Correia is 1 hit batter away from Jason Schmidt’s record at AT&T; park. John Lannan’s record at Nationals stadium has three other players within 2 plunks of it. And if Pedro Martinez re-signs with the Red Sox and hits 44 batters at Fenway Park, he’ll tie Wakefields total. It could happen. Paul Maholm is only two plunks behind Kip Wells PNC Park record too.

Quentin plunked twice, takes league lead

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 29, 2009

The Mariners played the White Sox last night, and one of the game’s highlights had to be Erik Bedard becoming the first pitcher to plunk Carlos Quentin twice in one game. That gave Quentin a total of 6 for the season, and 45 for his career. Quentin also got hit 6 times last April, making him just the third player to get hit 6 times in consecutive Aprils since 1986 (the Jamie Moyer Era). Craig Biggio got 6 plunks in April in 2001 and 2002, and Reed Johnson got plunked 6 times in April of 2005 and 2006.

Speaking of Reed Johnson, he’s now been plunked 95 times, after last nights plunking by Doug Davis. That would have moved Johnson into a tie for 13th place with Aaron Rowand on the active HBP list, but Rowand got plunked by Guillermo Mota. That puts Rowand into a 12th place tie with Manny Ramirez among actives, at 96 HBPs. Johnson (95), Rowand (96), Ramirez (96), Miguel Tejada (97), and Chase Utley (85) all have an excellent chance of crossing the 100 HBP milestone this season.

Also yesterday, Cleveland’s Kelly Shoppach and Boston’s Nick Green both got hit by a pitch in the Red Sox-Indians game. Green has now been hit 5 times in 56 plate appearances, or once per 11.2 plate appearances, while Shoppach has been hit 4 times in 44 plate appearances, or once every 11 times he steps to the plate. When Ron Hunt got hit 50 times in 1971, he only got hit once every 12.76 plate appearances, so Shoppach and Green are on a very impressive pace.

HBP records by Ballpark

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Here’s the list of all the current major league ballparks, and their HBP record holders in games at those parks. As of April 28, 2009.

Park Record
Angel Stadium of Anaheim Brian Downing – 50
AT&T; Park (Giants) Barry Bonds – 27
Busch Stadium (Cardinals) David Eckstein – 13
Chase Field (Diamondbacks) Luis Gonzalez – 30
Citi Field (Mets) Jason Kendall – 1,
Gary Sheffield – 1,
Wil Nieves – 1,
Ryan Church – 1,
Josh Willingham – 1,
Hanley Ramirez – 1
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) Chase Utley – 35
Comerica Park (Tigers) Brandon Inge – 24
Coors Field (Rockies) Larry Walker – 55
Dodger Stadium Alex Cora – 26
Dolphin Stadium (Marlins) Alex Gonzalez – 32
Fenway Park (Red Sox) Carlton Fisk* – 45
Great American Ball Park (Reds) Jason LaRue – 33
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Twins) Chuck Knoblauch – 39
Kauffman Stadium (Royals) Mike Macfarlane – 44
Miller Park (Brewers) Geoff Jenkins – 32
Minute Maid Park (Astros) Craig Biggio – 56
Nationals Park Nick Johnson – 5
Oakland Coliseum (A’s) Jason Giambi – 38
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Brady Anderson – 66
PETCO Park (Padres) Khalil Greene – 13
PNC Park (Pirates) Craig Wilson – 52
Progressive Field (Indians) Travis Hafner – 33
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Alex Rodriguez – 29
Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) Carlos Delgado – 61
Safeco Field (Mariners) Ichiro Suzuki – 21
Tropicana Field (Rays) Jonny Gomes – 26
Turner Field (Braves) Andruw Jones – 42
U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) Frank Thomas – 35
Wrigley Field (Cubs) Ernie Banks* – 35
New Yankee Stadium Johnny Damon – 1,
Mark Teixeira – 1,
Hideki Matsui – 1,
Shin-Soo Choo – 1,
Nick Swisher – 1,
Kelly Shoppach – 1

*- Not confirmed. There is a chance that someone might have been plunked more at these oldest parks, just not a very good chance. This is at least the post-1960 People just didn’t get hit by a lot of pitches for the major portion of the 20th century.

Kevin Kouzmanoff is one plunk behind Khalil Green for the PETCO record. Rickie Weeks could catch Geoff Jenkins for the Miller Park record with anothe 6 plunks at home. Several players are within one plunk of the Nationals Park record, including Chase Utley, who only visits that park. Kenji Johjima is also fairly close behind Ichiro for the Safeco record, with 17.

Dave Bush plunks 3 Pirates

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 28, 2009

Dave Bush became the first pitcher in the 2009 season to plunk three batters in a game when he hit Freddy Sanchez, Eric Hinske and Adam Laroche last night. That’s Bush’s first 3 plunk game of his career, and it moves him past Bill Travers into 2nd place on the Brewers franchise hit batsmen list. Bush is only 5 plunks away from tying Jamey Wright for the Brewers record of 49 hit batters. Bush has hit 63 batters in all, but only 44 have been with the Brewers. Bush also took the league lead with 5 hit batters this year. No word yet on whether Bush’s ability to hit Pirates with pitches will get him drafted by the merchant marine to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny threw his 40th career plunk, hitting Jhonny Peralta, possibly out of frustration over confusing everyone with the spelling of his first name.

Brandon Inge and Kevin Youkilis both got their 45th career plunk, but Inge got hit by the Yankees, who have hit Youkilis 9 times, and Youkilis got hit by Cleveland, who have hit Inge 5 times. Brandon Inge is 10th on the Tigers all time plunks list, and Youkilis is 11th on the Red Sox list. Inge is the Tigers active leader, but Youkilis is 2nd among active Red Sox, behind Jason Varitek.

Brian Buscher, Travis Ishikawa and Colby Rasmus all got their first career plunking yesterday. Buscher’s plunk was the 7th of the season for the Twins, which is a big improvement from last season when they didn’t get their 7th HBP until May 27th.

Jason Kendall plunked by 30th team (twice)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 27, 2009

Jason Kendall
got plunked twice yesterday, bringing his career total to 235, but he had never before been plunked by his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s now been plunked by all 30 major league teams – the only other player to accomplish that feat was Rondell White. That was Kendall’s 10th career game with 2 HBPs, and his first 2 plunk game since July 17, 2005. Jesse Chavez became the 183 pitcher to plunk Jason Kendall, and Tyler Yates became the 184th.

Chase Utley collected his 86th career plunk yesterday, leaving him 2 short of tying the Phillies franchise record. Washington’s Michael Hinkley contributed that plunk.

Tim Wakefield threw his 167th career plunk, breaking the Red Sox franchise record for career plunking, which was 166 by Tim Wakefield. He hit Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo, who became the first Korean born player plunked by Wakefield. Tim Wakefield has now plunked batters from 10 different countries.

David Eckstein passes Honus Wagner

Monday, April 27th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 26, 2009

David Eckstein got hit by a Ross Ohlendorf pitch yesterday, bringing his career total to 126. The moves him ahead of Jeff Kent and Honus Wagner on the all time plunk list to 38th all time. Jose Guillen also got plunked yesterday, giving him 124 for his career. He needs one more to break into the top 40 on the all time list.

Jason Kendall got also got plunked yesterday, for the 233rd plunk of his career. It was his second plunk by Russ Ortiz, his 2nd plunk on April 26th, and his 17th plunk against the Astros.

Jason Bay got hit by a pitch as well yesterday, which was thrown by Mark Melancon in his first major league outing. Bay has now been hit 3 times for the Red Sox, which ties the franchise record for plunks by players born in Canada. Frank O’Rourke and Bunk Congalton where the only other Canadians to get plunked 3 times for the Red Sox.

Chase Utley collects 85th HBP

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 25, 2009

Chase Utley got hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him a career total of 85 plunks. Only Mike Lieberthal has been plunked more times in a Phillies uniform, with 88.

Chan Ho Park hit another batter, bringing his career total to 132, which is 131 more plunks than Matt Daley, who threw his first career plunk yesterday in his first major league appearance (he waited for the 4th batter).

Kevin Youkilis got hit by a pitch thrown by the Yankees, which is the 9th time he’s been hit by them – but that’s still one short of cracking the top 5 list for active batters being plunked by the Yankees. Nick Green also got plunked for the Red Sox, which ties him for the league lead at 4 plunks. He’s 4 plunks ahead of Don Baylor‘s Red Sox (and American League) single season record pace, because when Baylor got hit 35 times in 1986, he did not get his first plunk until May 1st. Green’s plunk was also the 20th of his career.

Baseballs attracted to Californians

Friday, April 24th, 2009

So far in the 2009 season, 154 pitches have hit batters, and 48 of them have hit batters who were born in California. That’s 31.2% of 2009 plunks. Last season Californian batters got hit the most, but they only collected 21.8% of 2008 plunks. And yes, there are a very large number of major league players who were born in Californian, but they only account for 18.5% of plate appearance this year.

In 1990, Californians took 28.5% of league plunkings, but no other state or foreign country in the Jamie Moyer Era* has broken the 25% mark.

* – The Jamie Moyer Era is 1986 to present, which encompasses the careers of all active players, and is also the span of time for which I have this sort of data.

Carlos Quentin takes the league lead

Friday, April 24th, 2009

HBPs of Note: April 23, 2009

Carlos Quentin became the first batter to reach 4 plunks this season, making him the league leader. He got hit by the Baltimore Orioles, which means the Orioles lead all teams in plunking Quentin with 6 in his career.

In Houston, Geoff Blum collected his 25th career plunk, and in Philadelphia Dave Bush threw his 60th career hit batsman(after throwing his 59th).

Johnny Cueto still doesn’t like third basemen

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Johnny Cueto threw his first HBP of the 2009 season yesterday, plunking Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Last season (his first in the big leagues), Cueto threw 14 plunks, and 8 of them landed on batters who were playing third base. So, 60% of Cueto’s career plunks have been thrown at third basemen.

Also yesterday, Jamey Wright hit Kelly Shoppach with a pitch, making him the 25th catcher plunked by Wright. Wright is the active leader in plunking catchers, ahead of Tim Wakefield’s 21 catchers plunked.