HBPs of note: April 29, 2010
Only 5 batters were plunked on April 29th this year, but one of them was David Eckstein, who had been hit 135 times before, and once by Milwaukee starter Doug Davis. 135 plunks was the most ever by a player born in Florida, with Gary Sheffield reaching that mark last year, and Eckstein tying his total on April 17th. But, Doug Davis plunked Eckstein the first inning yesterday, giving the smallish Floridian his 136th career plunk – the most ever by a player from Flordia. Meanwhile, the 2nd most plunked active player in Florida, Rickie Weeks, watched from the 2nd base defensive position, which is also where Eckstein plays. Overall, Eckstein is 29th in career HBPs in major league history, and only Jason Kendall his been hit more since Eckstein joined the league in 2001.
For Davis, it was the 40th hit batter he’s thrown in his major league career.
Matt Holiday got HBP number 59 of his career, but more importantly it was the 4700th HBP in Cardinals franchise history. Only the Giants and Pirates have been hit more.
Victor Marte threw his first career HBP, becoming the 238th pitcher to throw a plunk for the Royals.