HBPs of note: June 18, 2009
There were 5 HBPs in baseball action yesterday, highlighted by Carlos Zambrano‘s plunking of a White Sox rookie named Gordon Beckham. Zambrano is not tied with Zach Greinke among active pitchers in the category of plunking White Sox batters – they’ve each done it 9 times. Zambrano also extended his Venezuelan record hit batter total to 74, and he’s only 14 plunks away from the Cubs team record for hitting batters, currently standing at 88 by Kerry Wood.
Also, Evan Longoria got the 10th plunk of his career.
329 of the 545 players who have thrown a pitch this season have hit a batter.