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Top 50 batters right now

Monday, May 4th, 2009

… at getting hit by pitches.

Below is the list of the top 50 active batters, by their rate of HBPs per plate appearance. The last column is the number of plate appearances they’d need, at their current rate, to reach 288 HBPs, which would be the all time record, breaking Hughie Jennings 287 mark. All data is as of the morning of May 4, 2009, and a 5 HBP minimum is required to make this list.

Player HBP PA HBP per
PA
PA per
HBP
PA needed
for record
1 Carlos Quentin(CWS) 45 1,126 0.0400 25.0 7,206
2 J.R. Towles(HOU) 8 220 0.0364 27.5 7,920
3 Jason LaRue(STL) 103 2,941 0.0350 28.6 8,223
4 Reed Johnson(CHC) 95 2,722 0.0349 28.7 8,252
5 Ryan Garko(CLE) 43 1,385 0.0310 32.2 9,276
6 Rickie Weeks(MIL) 62 2,015 0.0308 32.5 9,360
7 Jason Kendall(MIL) 235 7,768 0.0303 33.1 9,520
8 Corky Miller(CWS) 12 407 0.0295 33.9 9,768
9 Ryan Doumit(PIT) 34 1,227 0.0277 36.1 10,393
10 Chase Utley(PHI) 87 3,221 0.0270 37.0 10,663
11 Lastings Milledge(WSH) 27 1,004 0.0269 37.2 10,709
12 Ian Stewart(COL) 11 413 0.0266 37.5 10,813
13 Josh Willingham(WSH) 45 1,693 0.0266 37.6 10,835
14 David Eckstein(SD) 126 4,751 0.0265 37.7 10,859
15 Ramon Santiago(DET) 31 1,170 0.0265 37.7 10,870
16 Aaron Rowand(SF) 96 3,642 0.0264 37.9 10,926
17 Chris Iannetta(COL) 21 799 0.0263 38.0 10,958
18 Chris Coste(PHI) 18 706 0.0255 39.2 11,296
19 Alex Cora(NYM) 81 3,187 0.0254 39.3 11,332
20 Nick Green(BOS) 21 861 0.0244 41.0 11,808
21 Kelly Shoppach(CLE) 18 768 0.0234 42.7 12,288
22 Chris Burke(SD) 31 1,374 0.0226 44.3 12,765
23 Mike Redmond(MIN) 52 2,323 0.0224 44.7 12,866
24 Jose Guillen(KC) 124 5,576 0.0222 45.0 12,951
25 Nick Johnson(WSH) 57 2,636 0.0216 46.2 13,319
26 Edwin Encarnacion(CIN) 41 1,912 0.0214 46.6 13,431
27 Kenji Johjima(SEA) 32 1,499 0.0213 46.8 13,491
28 Matt Treanor(DET) 18 846 0.0213 47.0 13,536
29 David DeJesus(KC) 61 2,874 0.0212 47.1 13,569
30 Jason Giambi(OAK) 160 7,864 0.0203 49.2 14,155
31 A.J. Pierzynski(CWS) 85 4,243 0.0200 49.9 14,376
32 Nate McLouth(PIT) 31 1,563 0.0198 50.4 14,521
33 Carlos Delgado(NYM) 169 8,627 0.0196 51.0 14,702
34 Melvin Mora(BAL) 102 5,211 0.0196 51.1 14,713
35 Emmanuel Burriss(SF) 7 358 0.0196 51.1 14,729
36 Jerry HairstonJr.(CIN) 63 3,238 0.0195 51.4 14
,802
37 Chris Duffy(MIL) 15 773 0.0194 51.5 14,842
38 Kevin Youkilis(BOS) 46 2,375 0.0194 51.6 14,870
39 Angel Berroa(NYY) 53 2,762 0.0192 52.1 15,009
40 Ryan Freel(BAL) 42 2,190 0.0192 52.1 15,017
41 Jason Bartlett(TB) 34 1,795 0.0189 52.8 15,205
42 Xavier Nady(NYY) 46 2,463 0.0187 53.5 15,421
43 Prince Fielder(MIL) 41 2,196 0.0187 53.6 15,426
44 Travis Hafner(CLE) 57 3,073 0.0185 53.9 15,527
45 Kevin Kouzmanoff(SD) 25 1,361 0.0184 54.4 15,679
46 Shane Victorino(PHI) 33 1,807 0.0183 54.8 15,770
47 Matt Diaz(ATL) 19 1,047 0.0181 55.1 15,870
48 Alex Gordon(KC) 21 1,197 0.0175 57.0 16,416
49 Mike Napoli(LAA) 16 927 0.0173 57.9 16,686
50 Fernando Tatis(NYM) 51 3,054 0.0167 59.9 17,246

Verlander plunks an Indian (So what’s new?)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

HBPs of Note: May 3, 2009

Justin Verlander hit Kelly Shoppach with a pitch yesterday, which give Verlander a total of 15 career plunks against the Indians. He’s thrown 42 of them in all, but nearly 3/8ths of his hit batsmen have been Indians. That was also Verlander’s 20th plunk thrown at Comerica Park, where he already held the record. Cleveland hadn’t been plunked in the first two games of the series, but they haven’t made it through a three game series against the Tigers without being plunked at least once since August 25th to 27th of 2006.

Carlos Pena got hit by a pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays – that’s his 23rd with them, putting him in a tie for 3rd place on the Rays all time plunk list. He’s 12 away from tying Johnny Gomes’s franchise record.