Archive for August, 2009

Chris Coghlan becomes 2nd Chris ever plunked for the Marlins

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HBPs of note: August 30, 2009

The big story yesterday was that Chris Coghlan collected the 1000th plunk in Marlins franchise history, and it was even mentioned in the media, if you looked hard enough. If you went by past stats, you’d never have guessed that a batter named Chris would have received the Marlin’s 1000th plunk, because only 1 of their first 999 plunks was recorded by someone named Chris. A player named Mike would have been a better guess, since they had 8.3% of the Marlin’s first 1000 plunks. Including Coghlan, 10 batters born in Florida have now been plunked 74 times in franchise history.

In other baseball action yesterday, Aaron Rowand was hit by a pitch for the 106th time in his career. That extends the record for players born in Oregon, which he already owned. Jason Bartlett got his 35th career plunk, Geoff Blum got his 30th and Matt Diaz got his 25th. And, Fred Lewis recorded the 900th HBP by a batter born in 1980.

Marlins break the 1000 plunk barrier!

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Marlins rookie Chris Coghlan got plunked in the 7th inning today, marking the first time in his career he’s been hit by a major league pitch. But, while it was one first plunk for a rookie, it was one giant milestone for the Marlins franchise. Plunk Number 1000 in team history. Coghlan joins the likes of Craig Biggio and Ty Cobb on the list of players who have collected the 1000th plunk for a franchise.

Wes Helms also got plunked for the Marlins, which makes this post a little less round-number-centric. But, here are a few (dozen) facts about the first 1001 plunks in Marlins franchise history.

Chris Coghlan was the 120th different batter plunked in a Marlins uniform in their first 1001 plunks, but he’ll need to get hit once more to be the 79th batter plunked twice for Marlins. Alex Gonzalez is the franchise record holder with 51 HBPs, with Gary Sheffield and Josh Willingham tied behind him with 43 plunks each. Mike Lowell got hit 39 times while he was a Marlin and Dan Uggla is the active leader with 36. Plunked Marlins include batters from 43 US states and territories and 13 foreign countries on five continents.

Coghlan may be the newest member of the Plunked Marlins club, but he’s not the youngest. He was born in 1985, but Cameron Maybin was born in 1987, and got plunked for the Marlins on April 25th of this season. The oldest player among plunked Marlins is Charlie Hough. He was born in 1948, and was 45 years and 8 months old when he got his one and only plunk with the team, which means he’s not just the oldest member of the club, he has the record for oldest age at the time of the plunking. The Marlins record for youngest age at the time of a plunk belongs to Miguel Cabrera, who was 20 years and 4 months old the first time he got plunked (September 1, 2003).

Of the 1001 base runners the Marlins have had who reached base by getting hit by pitches, 262 have come around to score runs. They’ve been hit a total of 25 times with the bases loaded.

On the other end of those 1001 pitches, were 538 different pitchers from 27 teams – they’ve never been plunked by the Angels or Mariners though. The Marlins have been plunked the most by their division rival Phillies, Nationals and Mets, but the Cubs and Astros have hit them more than the Braves, despite not being in a different division (although the Cubs were in the NL east in 1993).

Here are the team by team totals for plunking the Marlins:

Phillies – 112
Nats/Expos – 103
Mets – 91
Cubs – 70
Astros – 63
Braves – 62
Rockies – 55
Rays – 54
Cardinals – 53
Pirates – 49
Dodgers – 45
Reds – 44
Padres – 41
Giants – 41
Brewers – 30
Diamondbacks – 28
Red Sox – 16
Blue Jays – 10
Orioles – 8
A’s – 5
Yankees – 5
Royals – 5
Indians – 4
Twins – 2
Tigers – 2
Rangers – 2
White Sox – 1

Even though the Braves are relatively low on the list of plunking the Marlins, long-time Braves pitcher Greg Maddux holds the carer record for hitting Marlins with 11. Tony Armas Jr. is second on the list with 8, which is particularly impressive because he’s only hit 51 total batters in his career. Pitchers named Mike have hit 46 Marlins, while pitchers named John have hit 30, and Kevins have hit 27 Marlins.

Here’s the complete list of pitchers who have plunked a Marlin:
Greg Maddux (11), Tony Armas (8), Jamie Moyer (7), Mike Pelfrey (7), Mark Leiter (7), Mel Rojas (7), Andy Ashby (7), Darryl Kile (7), Bret Saberhagen (6), Byung-Hyun Kim (6), Jim Bullinger (6), Pedro Astacio (6), Kevin Millwood (6), Jon Lieber (6), Turk Wendell (6), Ryan Rupe (6), Chan Ho Park (6), Steve Trachsel (6), Matt Clement (6), Vicente Padilla (6), Jason Marquis (6), Josh Fogg (6), Brandon Duckworth (6), Carlos Zambrano (6), Roy Oswalt (5), Ryan Madson (5), Oliver Perez (5), Randy Wolf (5), Dave Weathers (5), Shane Reynolds (5), Pedro Martinez (5), Tom Glavine (5), Rheal Cormier (5), Mike Johnson (5), Jeremy Powell (5), Armando Reynoso (5), Bobby Jones (4), Joe Kennedy (4), Kevin Appier (4), Mike Mimbs (4), Marc Wilkins (4), Ricky Bottalico (4), Paul Wagner (4), Pete Schourek (4), Livan Hernandez (4), Matt Morris (4), Esteban Loaiza (4), Tim Scott (4), Jamey Wright (4), Kerry Wood (4), Glendon Rusch (4), Tomokazu Ohka (4), Aaron Heilman (4), Jay Bergmann (4), James Shields (3), Kevin Correia (3), Brad Thompson (3), David Bush (3), Sean Marshall (3), Mike Bacsik (3), Jake Peavy (3), Brandon Webb (3), Gavin Floyd (3), Matt Belisle (3), Brett Myers (3), Tim Hudson (3), Kip Wells (3), Jason Schmidt (3), Hideo Nomo (3), Trever Miller (3), Jeff Suppan (3), Billy Wagner (3), Ryan Dempster (3), Tim Worrell (3), Toby Borland (3), Tom Candiotti (3), Terry Adams (3), Pete Harnisch (3), Todd Jones (3), Jason Isringhausen (3), Miguel Batista (3), Travis Hughes (3), Orel Hershiser (3), Rocky Biddle (3), Kevin Tapani (3), Marvin Freeman (3), Mike Remlinger (3), John Thomson (3), Jose Mesa (3), John Burkett (3), John Franco (3), John Halama (3), Jerry Dipoto (3), Jae Weong Seo (3), Dustin Hermanson (3), Esteban Yan (3), Frank Castillo (3), Garrett Stephenson (3), C.J. Nitkowski (3), Bryan Rekar (3), Bryce Florie (3), Andy Benes (3), Allen Watson (3), Adam Bernero (3), Dave Veres (3), Dave Mlicki (2), Dave Coggin (2), Darren Dreifort (2), Darren Holmes (2), David Cone (2), Dennis Springer (2), Denny Neagle (2), Carlos Perez (2), Cory Lidle (2), Al Leiter (2), Amaury Telemaco (2), Brian Meadows (2), Britt Reames (2), Bobby Jones (2), Brad Clontz (2), Bobby Ayala (2), Gil Heredia (2), Doug Drabek (2), Jaime Navarro (2), Gregg Olson (2), Hector Carrasco (2), Jerry Spradlin (2), Jason Christiansen (2), John Patterson (2), Joey Hamilton (2), John Wetteland (2), Kevin Brown (2), Kevin Foster (2), Jim Brower (2), John Smiley (2), Jose Lima (2), Kent Bottenfield (2), Mike Thurman (2), Nelson Cruz (2), Norm Charlton (2), Mark Petkovsek (2), Kevin Jarvis (2), Robert Person (2), Rolando Arrojo (2), Rich Loiselle (2), Osvaldo Fernandez (2), Pat Rapp (2), Kevin Ritz (2), Omar Olivares (2), Paul Wilson (2), Tommy Greene (2), Victor Zambrano (2), William Van Landingham (2), Paul Byrd (2), Chris Carpenter (2), Giovanni Carrara (2), Jason Johnson (2), Tim Pugh (2), Derek Lowe (2), Ryan Karp (2), Scott Mullen (2), Scott Sanders (2), Stan Belinda (2), Sterling Hitchcock (2), Steve Parris (2), Steve Reed (2), Sun-Woo Kim (2), Todd Stottlemyre (2), Orlando Hernandez (2), Scott Elarton (2), Tim Wakefield (2), Braden Looper (2), Javier Vazquez (2), Valerio de los Santos (2), Mike Timlin (2), Brett Tomko (2), Mike Stanton (2), John Smoltz (2), Matt Herges (2), Francisco Cordero (2), Orber Moreno (2), Mark Redman (2), Kris Benson (2), Freddy Garcia (2), Damaso Marte (2), Nelson Figueroa (2), Eric Milton (2), Ted Lilly (2), Luis Vizcaino (2), Buddy Carlyle (2), Shawn Chacon (2), Billy Traber (2), Geoff Geary (2), Jorge de la Rosa (2), Jason Jennings (2), Gary Majewski (2), Casey Fossum (2), Jesus Colome (2), Horacio Ramirez (2), Chad Paronto (2), Jorge Julio (2), Claudio Vargas (2), Ben Sheets (2), Randy Choate (2), Tim Redding (2), Carlos Silva (2), Aaron Cook (2), Adam Eaton (2), Shawn Hill (2), Noah Lowry (2), Chad Qualls (2), Angel Guzman (2), Rich Harden (2), Mark Hendrickson (2), Clay Condrey (2), Doug Waechter (2), Dana Eveland (2), Mike Burns (2), Kyle Davies (2), Micah Owings (2), Jon Lester (2), Kyle Kendrick (2), Tony Pena (2), Matt Cain (2), Jair Jurrjens (2), Dirk Hayhurst (2), Carlos Marmol (2), Fabio Castro (2), Ramon Troncoso (2), Matt Albers (2), John Lannan (2), Jae Kuk Ryu (1), Matt Garza (1), Peter Moylan (1), Joe Smith (1), Bud Norris (1), Alberto Arias (1), Manuel Corpas (1), Greg Burke (1), J.A. Happ (1), Kyle McClellan (1), Edinson Volquez (1), Alex Hinshaw (1), Brian Wilson (1), Kurt Birkins (1), Chad Billingsley (1), Brad Hennessey (1), Chad Gau
din (1), Chad Cordero (1), Scott Kazmir (1), Chris Young (1), Fausto Carmona (1), Brandon League (1), J.P. Howell (1), Steven Shell (1), Ambiorix Burgos (1), Yorman Bazardo (1), Chris Resop (1), Ubaldo Jimenez (1), Juan Morillo (1), Wandy Rodriguez (1), Leo Nunez (1), Tom Gorzelanny (1), Wade LeBlanc (1), Greg Reynolds (1), Carlos Villanueva (1), Matt Chico (1), J.D. Martin (1), Ryan Sadowski (1), Ross Ohlendorf (1), Jonathan Sanchez (1), Marcos Carvajal (1), Chad Orvella (1), Ryan Webb (1), Collin Balester (1), Manny Parra (1), Eric Stults (1), Hong-Chih Kuo (1), Daniel Cabrera (1), Francisco Rosario (1), Greg Aquino (1), Oscar Villarreal (1), Heath Bell (1), Seth McClung (1), Brian Stokes (1), Nate Robertson (1), Chien-Ming Wang (1), Todd Wellemeyer (1), Aaron Harang (1), Kirk Saarloos (1), Cliff Lee (1), Luis Ayala (1), Javier Lopez (1), Jose Contreras (1), Joel Hanrahan (1), Ian Snell (1), Blaine Boyer (1), Paul Maholm (1), Edwin Jackson (1), John Maine (1), Mike Gosling (1), Edgar Gonzalez (1), Darwin Cubillan (1), Luke Hudson (1), Rafael Soriano (1), Duaner Sanchez (1), Kyle Lohse (1), Joe Beimel (1), John Grabow (1), Mike Gonzalez (1), Justin Duchscherer (1), Mark Prior (1), Brandon Backe (1), Erik Bedard (1), Jose Valverde (1), Jorge Sosa (1), Pedro Feliciano (1), Johan Santana (1), Bronson Arroyo (1), Scott Linebrink (1), Derrick Turnbow (1), Cedrick Bowers (1), Justin Miller (1), Brian Falkenborg (1), Chad Durbin (1), Danys Baez (1), Brad Penny (1), Ryan Franklin (1), Jeff Weaver (1), Barry Zito (1), David Riske (1), Stephen Randolph (1), Rob Bell (1), Dave Borkowski (1), Dennis Stark (1), Brian Fuentes (1), Danny Kolb (1), Mike Lincoln (1), Russ Springer (1), Curt Schilling (1), Darren Oliver (1), Dennys Reyes (1), Al Reyes (1), Ron Villone (1), Salomon Torres (1), Odalis Perez (1), Ramon Ortiz (1), Kyle Farnsworth (1), Ray King (1), Sidney Ponson (1), Jamie Walker (1), Todd Van Poppel (1), Tom Browning (1), Tom Edens (1), Todd Ritchie (1), Tim Spooneybarger (1), Terrell Wade (1), Steve Sparks (1), Terry Mulholland (1), Tim Belcher (1), Tim Corcoran (1), Tim Mauser (1), Steve Avery (1), Steve Bedrosian (1), Scott Sanderson (1), Sean Bergman (1), Shawn Boskie (1), Sid Fernandez (1), Scott Ruffcorn (1), Sam McConnell (1), Satoru Komiyama (1), Scott Erickson (1), Scott Forster (1), Scott MacRae (1), Kent Mercker (1), Randy Johnson (1), Joe Borowski (1), Doug Brocail (1), Tom Gordon (1), Alan Embree (1), Shawn Estes (1), Woody Williams (1), Ugueth Urbina (1), Wayne Franklin (1), Wayne Gomes (1), Wes Obermueller (1), Tony McKnight (1), Tony Saunders (1), Travis Smith (1), Troy Mattes (1), Pedro Liriano (1), Pedro Martinez (1), Pete Smith (1), Peter Munro (1), Ramon Martinez (1), Ramon Tatis (1), Randy Myers (1), Reggie Harris (1), Rene Arocha (1), Rich Rodriguez (1), Rick Reed (1), Rick Sutcliffe (1), Rick White (1), Ricky Bones (1), Ricky Stone (1), Robb Nen (1), Ricardo Rodriguez (1), Rich DeLucia (1), Ruben Quevedo (1), Roberto Hernandez (1), Roger Bailey (1), Roger Clemens (1), Roger Mason (1), Roger McDowell (1), Kevin McGlinchy (1), Mark Dewey (1), Mark Gardner (1), Larry Andersen (1), Larry Luebbers (1), Lee Hancock (1), Les Lancaster (1), Manuel Aybar (1), Marc Valdes (1), Mark Portugal (1), Mark Thompson (1), Masato Yoshii (1), Matt Mantei (1), Matt Ruebel (1), Omar Daal (1), Mike Morgan (1), Mike Perez (1), Mike Trombley (1), Mike Venafro (1), Mike Williams (1), Mike Judd (1), Mike Magnante (1), Mike Matthews (1), Mike Buddie (1), Mike DeJean (1), Mike Grace (1), Mike Harkey (1), Mike James (1), Kevin Gross (1), Kevin Gryboski (1), Johnny Ruffin (1), Jose Bautista (1), Jose Santiago (1), Josias Manzanillo (1), Juan Acevedo (1), Julio Santana (1), Junior Herndon (1), Ken Hill (1), John Burke (1), John Habyan (1), John Rocker (1), John Roper (1), John Hope (1), John Hudek (1), Joe Magrane (1), Joey Dawley (1), Joey Eischen (1), Jim Gott (1), Jim Mecir (1), Jimmy Anderson (1), Jimmy Haynes (1), Joe Grahe (1), Joe Hudson (1), Jay Witasick (1), Jeff Ballard (1), Jeff Innis (1), Jeff Juden (1), Jeff Shaw (1), Jeff Williams (1), Jesse Orosco (1), Jim Abbott (1), J.D. Durbin (1), Hector Almonte (1), Jamie Arnold (1), Jared Fernandez (1), Jaret Wright (1), Doug Henry (1), Erik Sabel (1), Everett Stull (1), Felix Rodriguez (1), Francisco Cordova (1), Graeme Lloyd (1), Grant Roberts (1), Greg Harris (1), Gene Stechschulte (1), Geremi Gonzalez (1), Aaron Fultz (1), Brian Bohanon (1), Brian Lawrence (1), Brandon Claussen (1), Bruce Ruffin (1), Bryan Eversgerd (1), Brian Powell (1), Brian Williams (1), Cal Eldred (1), Andy Carter (1), Allen Levrault (1), Adam Butler (1), Barry Manuel (1), Ben Rivera (1), Ben Van Ryn (1), Bill Pulsipher (1), Bill Swift (1), Bob Tewksbury (1), Bob Walk (1), Craig McMurtry (1), Curt Leskanic (1), D.J. Houlton (1), Dan Smith (1), Danny Graves (1), Danny Jackson (1), Darrell May (1), Carlos Valdez (1), Carlton Loewer (1), Casey Daigle (1), Chris Nabholz (1), Chris Peters (1), Chris Reitsma (1), Chuck Crim (1), Chuck Ricci (1), Clint Sodowsky (1), Dewon Brazelton (1), Dicky Gonzalez (1), Donne Wall (1), Donovan Osborne (1), Doug Creek (1), David Nied (1), David West (1), Dennis Cook (1), Dennis Eckersley (1), Dave Eiland (1), Dave Otto (1), Dave Wainhouse (1), Dave Williams (1)

And here’s everyone who’s ever been plunked as a Marlin:
Alex Gonzalez (51), Josh Willingham (43), Gary Sheffield (43), Mike Lowell (39), Mike Redmond (38), Derrek Lee (37), Dan Uggla (36), Preston Wilson (33), Cliff Floyd (32), Hanley Ramirez (27), Miguel Cabrera (25), Kevin Millar (25), Cody Ross (22), Juan Pierre (22), Greg Colbrunn (22), Jeremy Hermida (20), Andy Fox (19), Juan Encarnacion (19), Matt Treanor (18), Jeff Conine (18), Carlos Delgado (17), Bret Barberie (16), Jorge Cantu (15), Devon White (15), Wes Helms (14), Kurt Abbott (14), Aaron Boone (13), Charles Johnson (13), Damion Easley (12), Alex Arias (12), Quilvio Veras (11), Edgar Renteria (10), Alfredo Amezaga (10), Dave Berg (9), Bruce Aven (9), Chuck Carr (9), Andre Dawson (9), Miguel Olivo (9), Kevin Orie (8), Luis Castillo (8), Craig Counsell (7), Paul Lo Duca (7), Ivan Rodriguez (6), Benito Santiago (6), Todd Dunwoody (6), John Baker (6), Joe Borchard (5), Bobby Bonilla (5), Reggie Abercrombie (5), Orestes Destrade (5), Terry Pendleton (5), John Mabry (5), Darrell Whitmore (5), Rich Renteria (4), Bob Natal (4), Mike Jacobs (4), John Cangelosi (4), Moises Alou (4), Jerry Browne (3), Hee Seop Choi (3), Gregg Zaun (3), Walt Weiss (3), Mark Smith (2), Dontrelle Willis (2), Todd Zeile (2), Dave Magadan (2), Ralph Milliard (2), Brian Moehler (2), Eric Reed (2), Russ Morman (2), Tommy Gregg (2), Ross Gload (2), Jorge Fabregas (2), Nick Johnson (2), Ramon Castro (2), Wil Cordero (2), Brian Banks (2), A.J. Burnett (2), Jerry Brooks (1), Greg Briley (1), John Burkett (1), Emilio Bonifacio (1), Jeff Abbott (1), Brett Hayes (1), Chris Coghlan (1), Chad Allen (1), Danny Bautista (1), Paul Bako (1), Chris Clapinski (1), Henry Cotto (1), Matias Carrillo (1), Joe Dillon (1), Mario Diaz (1), Alejandro De Aza (1), Brian Daubach (1), Darren Daulton (1), Mark Kotsay (1), Livan Hernandez (1), Lenny Harris (1), Charlie Hough (1), Ryan Jackson (1), John Gall (1), Jim Eisenreich (1), Junior Felix (1), Mark Gardner (1), Craig Grebeck (1), Pablo Ozuna (1), Mike Mordecai (1), Carl Pavano (1), Tim Raines (1), Mike Rabelo (1), Cameron Maybin (1), Todd Linden (1), Josh Wilson (1), John Wehner (1), Dave Weathers (1), Jesus Tavarez (1), Michael Tejera (1), Rob Stanifer (1), Henry Rodriguez (1)

In case you wondered, Dave Weathers, John Burkett, Livan Hernandez and Mark Gardner are the only players who have plunked a Marlin and have also been plunked AS a Marlin.

999 for Marlins

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

HBPs of note: August 29, 2009

Padres pitcher Wade Leblanc plunked Dan Uggla yesterday, but he only did it once. That means the Florida Marlins have been hit 999 times in team history, and are still waiting to mark off the 1000th HBP for the franchise.

Scott Rolen’s 110th plunk on August 2nd got him pretty hard in the head, but he got right back in front of the horse, so to speak, collecting his 111th HBP yesterday. You don’t get to be the all time leader in plunks among batters born in Indiana without knowing how to come back from a plunk in the head. Jeff Weaver threw that one, which was also the 123rd of Weavers career.

Kevin Youkilis got plunked for the 55th time in his career. He’s now tied with Tris Speaker for 7th place on the Red Sox all time list. That was his 13th of the season, and he’s just the 2nd player in team history to get hit 10 or more times in three different seasons. Mo Vaughn had 4 seasons with double digit plunks.

There were 9 plunks recorded in major league games yesterday, and 4 of them were thrown by pitchers born in California.

BACON update

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

By popular demand*, I’ve added a page of season BACON stats for every eligible major league player. You can find it here. It’s sortable, and includes BACON x HBP; and BACON x H, which I didn’t write about, but looks intriguing. It will be updated on an ongoing basis whenever the interactive bruise board gets updated (which is usually daily).

*- popular demand in this case means one commenter asked for it, and nobody demanded that I NOT do it.

107 for Tejada, 105 for Rowand

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

HBPS of note: August 28, 2009

Miguel Tejada got plunked by Max Scherzer last night, giving Tejada a career total of 107 plunks. That puts him in a tie for 55th place on the all time list with Pete Rose, Melvin Mora and Wally Schang. It’s often been said that any time you meet Wally Schang on an all-time baseball stat list, you must be accomplishing something good.

Aaron Rowand also got plunked yesterday, for the 105th time in his career. That was his 2nd plunking this season delivered by Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez. Rowand is now tied for 2nd place on the AT&T; park plunk list with JT Snow. They’ve both been hit 15 times at the Giants home park, but they’re both 12 HBPs behind Barry Bonds for the park record (which of course should have an asterisk because Bonds wouldn’t have gotten hit 27 times their without the benefit of BALCO brand performance enhancing drugs).

Matt Weiters and Randy Ruiz both got hit for the first time in their major league careers, while Luis Cruz was the lucky recipient of the 300th HBP recorded by a player born in 1984.

The Marlins did not get plunked yesterday, which means they’re still stuck on 998 plunks in team history.

Fouls per swing

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Did you know that 47.8% of Todd Helton’s swings result in foul balls? He’s the most efficient foul ball producing batter in the league with over 200 plate appearances, in terms of fouls per swing.

Here are the ten best batters in the league at creating foul balls on a per-swing basis. (Minimum 200 plate appearances)

Batter Fouls Swings* Fouls per swing
Todd Helton 442 924 0.478
Brian Roberts 463 983 0.471
Kevin Millar 193 413 0.467
Willie Bloomquist 318 694 0.458
Josh Bard 185 406 0.456
Nick Punto 240 529 0.454
Jerry HairstonJr. 320 707 0.453
Kevin Youkilis 353 782 0.451
Dioner Navarro 290 647 0.448
Denard Span 363 816 0.445

*- this swing count includes missed bunt attempts, and foul bunts

Here are the bottom ten in the same category:

Batter Fouls Swings* Fouls per swing
Ty Wigginton 170 558 0.305
Nelson Cruz 229 746 0.307
Cristian Guzman 226 728 0.310
Pedro Feliz 237 758 0.313
Bobby Abreu 234 722 0.324
Adam Rosales 121 369 0.328
Garret Anderson 221 671 0.329
J.J. Hardy 209 634 0.330
Vernon Wells 281 849 0.331
Jody Gerut 106 318 0.333

Being at the bottom of the fouls per swing category doesn’t necessarily mean that these guys are good at hitting the ball straight – a couple of them just swing and miss a lot.

Quentin gets 12th of ’09

Friday, August 28th, 2009

HBPs of note: August 27, 2009

Carlos Quentin got hit by a Junichi Tazawa pitch yesterday, bringing his season total to 12, and hit career total to 51. And since there were only 3 other plunks yesterday, it didn’t get more notable than that. Kurt Suzuki got plunked for the 20th time in his career, and Ryan Theriot recorded the 990th plunk by a batter born in Louisiana. J.D. Martin became just the 2nd pitcher this year to hit two batters in the first inning of a game.

Kendall gets 243 AND 244 – Kouzmanoff ties Padres record

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

HBPs of note: August 26, 2009

Jason Kendall got hit by a pitch in the 4th inning last night, by Reds pitcher Kip Wells, bringing his career total to 243, tying him with Ron Hunt for 5th on the all time list. But, that tie only lasted about 45 minutes before Kendall got hit again in the 6th, moving him into sole possession of 5th place, with a total of 244. Jared Burton threw that one, as well as Kendall’s 230th plunk on September 9th of last year. That was the 12th 2-plunk game of Kendall’s career, and the 2nd time he’s been hit twice in a game by the Reds. The Reds are lead all teams in the field of plunking Jason Kendall with a total of 26 now, including 6 on Wednesday. The Reds have plunked Jason Kendall at least twice on every day of the week. Kendall has been hit more than the entire 2009 roster of 3 major league teams, although the Rays are up to 245 since I last noted this.

Not to be overshadowed though, Kevin Kouzmanoff got plunked for the 35th time in his career, tying the Padres career record. He joins Gene Tenace as the only two players who have been hit by 35 pitches in a Padres uniform. While it’s true that that’s only 4 more plunks than Jason Kendall has had on Wednesdays alone, it’s still the record for the Padres. Kouzmanoff has only played 3 seasons though, so he’s got plenty of time to extend the record, and maybe move the Padres out of last place in terms of franchise career records.

Hanley Ramirez records 1000th plunk in Land Shark Stadium history

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

HBPs of note: August 25th, 2009

In the 4th inning of last nights game between the Mets and Marlins at Land Shark Stadium, Hanley Ramirez got hit by a pitch. That plunk was the 1000th in park history for Land Shark Stadium, formerly known as Dolphin Stadium, formerly known as Pro Player Stadium, and possibly some other things. 502 of those plunks have been delivered to Marlins batters by visiting pitchers, and 498 have been pitches thrown by the Marlins that struck their guests at the ballpark – which is remarkably even over the course of 17 seasons. Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa was responsible for throwing the 1000th plunk at Land Shark Stadium, and while it was only his 2nd at that park it was also the 20th of his career, and the 4800th know plunk in major league history thrown by a pitcher born in the state of New York. It was Hanley Ramirez’s 17th at his home ballpark, and but he’s still 15 behind the park record holder Alex Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, Carlos Zambrano threw the 80th plunk of his career, which has been spent entirely with the Chicago Cubs. That leaves him 8 hit batters behind Kerry Wood for the Cubs record, although he’s currently in 3rd place behind Ed Reulbach.

More BACON – with plunks

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Some number of years ago, baseball stats people decided that they liked On-Base Percentage and they liked Slugging Percentage, and that they’d like them even better if they just added the two of them together. And that’s why we have something called OPS now which is the sum of two averages, those being the average total bases per at-bat, and the average times a batter didn’t make an out per times he was trying not to make an out. (Sacrifice bunts aren’t included in the On-Base Percentage calculation because presumably the batter wasn’t trying to not make an out).

So I figure if I can accomplish a similar goal (confusing matters) by combining the all-important HBP stat, and the recently-made-up batting consistency stat named BACON. But, since one is a counting stat and the other is a percentage, we can’t really just add them, so we’ll be multiplying them together. Because… well, why not. This will give us a relative measure of which players are both good at getting hit by pitches, and good at being consistent batters. Of course the hard part is coming up with a good name, and I’m not sure I really want to call it “BACON & Beans”. Lets just call that a work in progress.

Here are the top players in 2009 BACON times plunks:

Player HBP BACON HBP x BACON
Chase Utley (Phillies) 18 0.716 12.89
Kelly Shoppach (Indians) 18 0.539 9.70
Ryan Garko (Giants) 13 0.741 9.63
Brandon Inge (Tigers) 14 0.662 9.27
Shin-Soo Choo (Indians) 13 0.709 9.22
Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) 12 0.728 8.74
Josh Willingham (Nationals) 12 0.688 8.26
Ryan Braun (Brewers) 10 0.765 7.65
Miguel Tejada (Astros) 10 0.735 7.35
Marlon Byrd (Rangers) 9 0.785 7.07
Andre Ethier (Dodgers) 10 0.700 7.00
Jason Kendall (Brewers) 11 0.632 6.95
Mark Teixeira (Yankees) 9 0.761 6.85
Carlos Quentin (White Sox) 11 0.608 6.69
Nyjer Morgan (Nationals) 9 0.719 6.47
Paul Konerko (White Sox) 9 0.702 6.32
Russell Branyan (Mariners) 9 0.687 6.18
Clint Barmes (Rockies) 10 0.608 6.08
Aaron Rowand (Giants) 9 0.674 6.07
Yunel Escobar (Braves) 8 0.757 6.06
Matt Holliday (Cardinals) 8 0.751 6.01
Placido Polanco (Tigers) 8 0.749 5.99
Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) 7 0.836 5.85
Carlos Pena (Rays) 9 0.649 5.84
Juan Pierre (Dodgers) 8 0.729 5.83
Nick Johnson (Marlins) 8 0.724 5.79
Prince Fielder (Brewers) 8 0.722 5.78
David Eckstein (Padres) 8 0.714 5.71
Kevin Kouzmanoff (Padres) 9 0.633 5.70
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) 8 0.702 5.62

As you can see, this looks a lot like the list of league leaders in HBPs with just a few variations, but that’s okay. After all, we need to keep focused on what’s important here. Chase Utley has a pretty commanding lead in this category, with Kelly Shoppach in dang
er of drifting into third place even though he’s tied with Utley in HBPs. He has a little more trouble when he actually has to use his bat.

Shoppach is the only one on the list with a really bad score on the BACON (sub .600), and that could have something to do with a general connection between HBPs and BACON (for people not named Kelly Shoppach). BACON measures the ratio between a players total batting average, and his batting average excluding games in which he has no hits. And, 58.4% of HBPs occur in games in which the batter who is plunked also has at least one hit. So, batters with high BACON will have more games in which they have at least one hit, and therefor more games in which they’re likely to get hit by a pitch. Either that or batters who have been hit by a lot of pitches have faced a good variety of pitchers who aren’t very good, which gives them a chance to drive up their batting average along with their BACON. Or, none of this really makes any sense and just looks like it does because it has a nice chart with a list of numbers. If I threw in a pie chart it would be totally and completely clear, but the mixture of BACON and pie sounds dangerous.