HBPs of Note: July 29, 2009
John Lackey entered yesterday’s game just one hit-batter behind Chuck Finley for the Angels franchise record in the category of hitting batters. But, you had to have a good feeling that the record was going down, when he stepped onto the mound against the Indians, the most plunked team in the league. It didn’t take him long either, hitting Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the 1st inning to tie Finley, and following that up by hitting Victor Martinez to take sole possession of the Angels Franchise Record.
The Angels all time hit batters list now looks like this:
John Lackey (2002- ) – 72
Chuck Finley (1986-1999) – 71
Nolan Ryan (1972-1979) – 56
Frank Tanana (1973-1980) – 55
Mike Witt (1981-1990) – 48
(Please note, that’s not the same Chuck Finley who’s been hanging around Miami on TV, looking a lot like Bruce Campbell)
Adding to the historical significance of that game, Lackey’s plunk of Shin-Soo Choo not only tied the Angels’ record, but it also made Choo the most plunked Korean born player ever, with 17. He passed Hee Seop Choi. Choo has been hit 10 times this season, so he’s already broken the Korean single season record as well.
In other Eastern Hemisphere news, Ryan Rowland-Smith threw the 100th plunk in Major League history delivered by an Australian pitcher.
Melvin Mora collected his 107th career HBP, moving him into a tie for 55th on the all time list, with Pete Rose and Wally Schang. Which makes this a good time to call for Bud Selig to put Wally Schang in the Hall of Fame! (yeah yeah, he’d have to be voted in by the veterans committee, or the special committee for old-timey players or something. But it’s still easier to just demand action from whoever is in charge.)