HBPs of note: April 15, 2010
Portly Brewers slugger Prince Fielder was hit by a Sean Marshall pitch in the 6th inning yesterday, and that was the 50th plunk of Fielder’s career. Fielder became the first batter to get hit 50 times before his 26th birthday since his teammate Rickie Weeks. Weeks made it to 59 before his 26th birthday, and the only other active player who made it to 50 plunks before turning 26 was former Brewer Jason Kendall. (Kendall made it to 95 plunks before turning 26).
In a fitting celebration, Fielder honored his own 50th plunk by getting his 51st plunk 3 innings later, from John Grabow. That moved Fielder ahead of Brady Clark on the Brewers all time list, into sole possession of 5th place. The Brewers combo of Fielder and Weeks makes them one of only 4 teams with two different players who have taken 50 plunks for the team. The others are Cleveland, Boston and the Yankees (who have 3, but people like hitting Yankees).
Speaking of Cleveland players with over 50 HBPs, Travis Hafner got his 60th career plunk. That moves him out of a tie with Grady Sizemore, and into sole possession of 4th place on the Indians all time plunks list. Hafner already holds the Progressive field record, as well as the HBP record for batters born in North Dakota. If you picked Darren O’Day in your “who will throw Travis Hafner’s 60th plunk” pool, you won.
The only other plunk yesterday landed on Oakland’s Travis Buck, which makes yesterday only the 2nd day ever on which two different players named Travis were hit by pitches. The other was April 9, 2008 on which it was also Travis Buck and Travis Hafner who were plunked. 1999 was the first year 2 different Travis’s were plunked in the same season.