Archive for May, 2010

Jamie Moyer is still old

Monday, May 31st, 2010

HBPs of note: May 30, 2010

Jamie Moyer hit Brett Carroll with a pitch yesterday, making him the first 47 and a half year old pitcher to hit a batter since Phil Neikro hit Dick Schofield on June 30, 1987. Carroll has been hit 7 times this year.

Carlos Quentin got his 6th plunk of the season yesterday, and has now been hit 60 times in his career.  James Shields threw that one.

Twins pitcher Scott Baker hit Texas Ranger Matt Treanor making that the 13 plunk at Target Field.  Baker is the 13th pitcher to hit a batter a Target Field, and no one has done it twice yet.

Clayton Kershaw hit Carlos Gonzalez with a pitch, and that marked the 4600th plunk thrown by a pitcher born in Texas.

1000 plunks for Louisiana! (not in one game)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

HBPs of note: May 28, 2010

Ryan Theriot got hit by a Kyle McClellan pitch yesterday, making that Theriot’s 13 career HBP.  But more importantly, that plunk was the 1,000th plunk ever recorded by a batter from Louisiana!   For a state that’s probably sick of being hit by things like hurricanes and oil spills, it’s nice that their native born players have still been able to find the grit and determination to get hit by 1000 major league pitches.  Congratulations on 1,000 HBPs, Louisianna!

Jason Giambi got hit by a pitch yesterday, making him just the 3rd left handed batter to get hit by 167 pitches (not including switch hitting Tommy Tucker).  He was hit by Jonathon Broxton, who is now the only pitcher with the letter X in his last name who has plunked Giambi.

From the frequently plunked, to the nearly impossible to plunk, Nick Punto got hit by a Colby Lewis pitch yesterday.  Prior to yesterday, Punto had been hit just twice in 2,628 career plate appearance.  The only active player with over 2000 plate appearances who had been plunked fewer times than Punto is Juan Castro.   But, after Lewis’s plunk, Punto has dropped behind David Murphy and Garrett Anderson on the least frequently plunked list.  Punto now has 1 plunk for every 877 plate appearances.  Lewis joins Chris Capuano and Erik Bedard as the only pitchers who have plunked Punto.

One pitcher who hasn’t plunked Nick Punto is Jamey Wright, even though Wright has now hit 136 batters.  Curtis Granderson became his 136th victim in the bottom of the eight inning yesterday, putting Wright in 20th place on the all time list, moving ahead of Chan Ho Park.  Park actually came in to pitch the top of the 9th inning for the Yankees in that game, but resisted the urge to throw a couple of plunks and re-take 20th place on the career hit batters list.

Shane Victorino got his 40th HBP, extending his Hawaiian career record.  Ichiro Suzuki got his 45th HBP, extending his Japanese career record.  Reed Johnson got his 99th career plunk, which isn’t any kind of record I can think of, but does leave him one short of being the 69th member of the 100 plunk club.  Carlos Quentin got his 59th.

Jason Hayward got his 4th career plunk yesterday, and had the misfortune of getting the fastest recorded pitch speed for a plunk this year.  Joel Hanrahan’s pitch left his hand at 98.5 mph, according to’s gameday.  That’s the fastest starting speed for a plunk this year, but it slowed to 88.1mph before hitting Hayward.  By speed at contact, it was only the 8th fastest plunk this year.  (If you want to keep track of his sort of thing, the season’s fastest plunks are available in the interactive bruise board menu in the upper right of this page).

The Astros extended there plunkless streak to 16 games.

assorted threatened records

Friday, May 28th, 2010

With the season close to 1/3 of the way through, and several players on pace to have seasons HBP totals in the neighborhood of 20 plunks, it’s a good time to look at which of this years leaders has a chance to break some kind of single season plunk record. Obviously no one is going to touch the Hughie Jennings 51 plunks season, or the more recent (post-1900 record) Ron Hunt 50 plunk year, and Don Baylor’s American League record 35 plunks is really unlikely, but there are other records to look at.

Jose Guillen (8 HBP, 27 projected) – If Jose Guillen keeps up his plunks per game pace for the rest of the Royals season, he’ll reach 27 plunks. The single season record for the Royals is 23, set by David DeJesus in 2007. Also, if Guillen reaches that number he’ll break the single season HBP record for a player born in the Dominican Republic, which currently stands at 19. But, Guillen is the one who holds that record, having set it in

Prince Fielder (8 HBP, 28 projected) – The Brewer’s single season record is 25, set in 1998 by Fernando Vina. Fielder was born in California, and Jason Kendall holds the single season record for that state, with 31 in both 1997 and 1998. It’s tough to see Fielder threating that record, but it’s not out of the question.

Rickie Weeks (7 HBP, 24 projected) – Weeks needs to pick it up a little more to get to Vina’s mark, but he might have his teammate Prince Fielder in the way. And that’s not an easy roadblock to get around. But, if Weeks does pick up his HBP pace a little bit, he could make a push for David Eckstein’s single season record for Florida born players, which is 27 HBPs.

Travis Hafner (7 HBP, 25 projected) – If Hafner stays healthy this year, he’s on an excellent pace to crack the Indians single season record, which stands at 20. Ryan Garko set that in 2007. Hafner could also improve his North Dakota single season record of 17 HBPs set in 2004.

Josh Willingham and Juan Pierre (6 HBP, 21 projected) – Willingham and Pierre were both born in Alabama, and the record for an Alabama born player is 17 by hall of famer Heinie Manush in 1923. Pierre could also pick up his pace a little and threaten Minnie Minoso’s White Sox record, which is 23 plunks in 1956. Willingham has no shot at the Nationals team record, since they used to be the Expos, and Ron Hunt got hit 50 times for them.

Kurt Suzuki (6 HBP, 20 projected) – The Oakland team record for a single season is 20, which has been done by notable plunk artists Don Baylor, and Jason Kendall. Suzuki is right on pace for that, but he is also on track to break Shane Victorino’s record for plunks by a player born in Hawaii. Victorina was hit 14 times in 2006.

Brett Carroll (6 HBP, 20 projected) – If Carroll gets to 20 plunks this year, he’ll break both the Marlins single season record, and the record for most plunks in a season by someone born in Tennessee. Carlos Delgado holds the Marlins record with 17 in 2005, and the Tennesse record has stood since 1910, when Clyde Milan got hit 15 times.

David Eckstein (5 HBP, 17 projected) – This won’t be a career year for Eckstein, but he could break the Padres record for single season plunks. Kevin Kouzmanoff got hit 15 times in 2008 for the Padres, but if Eckstein breaks that he can add it to his record collection along with the Angel’s single season record.

Jason Bay (4 HBP, 14 projected) – 14 plunks wouldn’t do much on most teams, but on the Mets, it would be a single season record. John Olerud (1997) and Ron Hunt (1963) are the only Mets who have been plunked 13 times. Also, Jason Bay is Canadian, and the Canadian record for HBPs in a season is 14, which Larry Walker accomplished 1995, 1997 and 2001. Tim Harkness has the single season record for a Canadian player on the Mets, with 7 in 1964.

John Buck (4 HBP, 13 projected) – John Buck is from Wyoming, and the Wyoming single season HBP record is 10. Buck already holds a share of that record, with a 10 HBP 2007 season, but Mike Lansing was hit 10 times in 1996, and Buck would probably like to have the record to himself. Because nobody likes sharing.

For the sake of reference, the complete list of single season record holders by team can be found here – but the Padres record listed is out of date. It’s now 15 by Kevin Kouzmanoff.

And, here’s the full list of single season HBP records by country or state or province of birth:

Birthplace Single Season HBP Record
American Samoa Tony Solaita – 2 in 1975
Aruba Gene Kingsale – 3 in 2002
Australia Joe Quinn – 7 in 1892, 1909, 1922, and 1926
Bahamas Andre Rodgers – 9 in 1963
Belgium Brian Lesher – 1 in 1996
British Honduras Chito Martinez – 2 in 1992
AB (CAN) Vince Barton – 9 in 1931
BC (CAN) Larry Walker – 14 in 1995, 1997, 2001
MB (CAN) Corey Koskie – 12 in 2001, 2004
NB (CAN) Bill Phillips – 11 in 1885,
John O’Brien – 11 in 1897
NS (CAN) Pop Smith – 13 in 1887
ON (CAN) Frank O’Rourke – 12 in 1927
PQ (CAN) Sam LaRoque – 12 in 1890
SK (CAN) Terry Puhl – 4 in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Colombia Jolbert Cabrera – 10 in 2003
Cuba Minnie Minoso – 23 in 1956
Curacao Andruw Jones – 15 in 2005
Czechoslovakia Elmer Valo – 8 in 1951
Denmark Olaf Henriksen – 1 in 1914, 1915
Dominican Republic Jose Guillen – 19 in 2005, 2007
England Tim Manning – 7 in 1884,
Tom Brown – 7 in 1885
France Ed Gagnier – 1 in 1914, 1915,
Bruce Bochy – 1 in 1979, 1980,
Steve Jeltz – 1 in 1986, 1987, 1989
Germany Glenn Hubbard – 6 in 1987
Honduras Gerald Young – 3 in 1988
Ireland Reddy Mack – 15 in 1888
Italy Reno Bertoia – 8 in 1960
Jamaica Devon White – 12 in 2001
Japan Kenji Johjima – 13 in 2006
Mexico Erubiel Durazo – 9 in 2004
Netherlands John Houseman – 7 in 1897
Nicaragua Marvin Benard – 6 in 1999, 2000
Norway John Anderson – 14 in 1898
Puerto Rico Carlos Delgado – 19 in 2003
Panama Einar Diaz – 16 in 2001
Poland Moe Drabowsky – 1 in 1966
Russia Jake Gettman – 6 in 1898
Saudi Arabia Craig Stansberry – 1 in 2007
Scotland Hugh Nicol – 7 in 1888
Singapore Robin Jennings – 1 in 1996
South Korea Shin-Soo Choo – 17 in 2009
Switzerland Otto Hess – 2 in 1905, 1907
AK (USA) Josh Phelps – 17 in 2003
AL (USA) Heinie Manush – 17 in 1923
AR (USA) Sherm Lollar – 16 in 1956
AZ (USA) Shea Hillenbrand – 22 in 2005
CA (USA) Jason Kendall – 31 in 1997, 1998
CO (USA) Jimmy Welsh – 11 in 1929
CT (USA) Pete Gilbert – 28 in 1891
DC (USA) Art Devlin – 15 in 1907
DE (USA) Randy Bush – 9 in 1988
FL (USA) David Eckstein – 27 in 2002
GA (USA) Mack Jones – 15 in 1969
HI (USA) Shane Victorino – 14 in 2006
IA (USA) Fred Clarke – 24 in 1897
ID (USA) Harmon Killebrew – 8 in 1964
IL (USA) Jake Stahl – 23 in 1908
IN (USA) Phil Bradley – 16 in 1988
KS (USA) Pat Meares – 16 in 1997
KY (USA) Dan McGann – 39 in 1898
LA (USA) Clint Courtney – 12 in 1957
MA (USA) Tommy Tucker – 33 in 1889
MD (USA) Brady Anderson – 24 in 1999
ME (USA) Sid Farrar – 13 in 1888
MI (USA) F.P. Santangelo – 25 in 1997
MN (USA) Gene DeMontreville – 10 in 1898
MO (USA) Ron Hunt – 50 in 1971
MS (USA) Chet Lemon – 20 in 1983
MT (USA) Ed Bouchee – 14 in 1957
NC (USA) Brandon Phillips – 12 in 2007
ND (USA) Travis Hafner – 17 in 2004
NE (USA) Ike Rockenfield – 14 in 1905
NH (USA) Arlie Latham – 11 in 1889, 1991
NJ (USA) Eric Young – 21 in 1996
NM (USA) Cody Ross – 9 in 2009
NV (USA) Marty Cordova – 10 in 1995
NY (USA) Craig Biggio – 34 in 1997
OH (USA) Curt Welch – 36 in 1891
OK (USA) Charlie O’Brien – 17 in 1996
OR (USA) Charlie Babb – 22 in 1903
PA (USA) Hughie Jennings – 51 in 1896
RI (USA) Nap Lajoie – 15 in 1913
SC (USA) Joe Jackson – 12 in 1912,
Reggie Sanders – 12 in 2002
SD (USA) Mark Ellis – 10 in 2007
TN (USA) Clyde Milan – 15 in 1910
TX (USA) Don Baylor – 35 in 1986
UT (USA) Duke Sims – 6 in 1967, 1969, 1970
VA (USA) Steve Brodie – 23 in 1899
VT (USA) Carlton Fisk – 17 in 1985
WA (USA) Geoff Jenkins – 19 in 2005
WI (USA) Rick Reichardt – 18 in 1968
WV (USA) Dick Padden – 19 in 1898
WY (USA) Mike Lansing – 10 in 1996,
John Buck – 10 in 2007
Virgin Islands Joe Christopher – 6 in 1964, 1965
Venezuela Andres Galarraga – 25 in 1998
Wales Jimmy Austin – 8 in 1913

Pena hits 50, threatens Rays record

Friday, May 28th, 2010

HBPs of note: May 27, 2010

Carlos Pena was among 7 batters to get hit by a pitch yesterday, but he was the only batter to get his 50th career plunk yesterday. Scott Linebrink delivered that historic pitch at 91 miles per hour, pushing Pena into the 50 plunk club. Pena is the 406th batter in major league history to get hit by 50 pitches.
34 of those HBPs have occured since Pena joined the Rays, which means he is just one plunk behind Johnny Gomes for the Rays franchise record. (That record includes the years the Rays were known as the Devil Rays, before they moved from Tampa Bay to Bay.)

Jose Guillen got hit by another pitch yesterday, continuing his hot steak, tying him with Prince Fielder for the major league lead at 8 HBPs. 7 of those plunks have been in the month of May. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw that one, which was Guillen’s 139th career plunk. He is now tied for 26th place on the all time list, tied with David Eckstein and Chuck Knoblauch.
Also notable about that plunk is that it was the 300th HBP ever thrown by a pitcher from Japan. It was the 2nd time Guillen had been plunked by Dice-K.

In Baltimore, Matt Weiters was the recipient of the 950th plunk ever recorded at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Oakland pitcher Gio Gonzalez threw that one.

Hanley Ramirez was hit for the 30th time in his career.

In non-plunking news, the Astros have now reached 15 consecutive games without an HBP. That’s the longest plunkless streak by any team this year. The Astros haven’t gone 15 games without a plunk since a stretch from July 24th through August 10th 2002, when they played 16 plunkless games. (Gregg Zaun ended that streak on August 11, 2002).
Last year’s longest plunkless streak was 31 games by the Texas Rangers.

plunks per pitch leaders (2005 to present)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Since the beginning of the 2005 season, no batter has been hit by more pitches than Chase Utley.  He’s been hit 102 times in that span – 14 more than Aaron Rowand, and 28 more than Jason Kendall and Jason Giambi.  But, for every pitch that hits Utley, about 140 are thrown to him that don’t hit him.  He’s been thrown 14,394 pitches since 2005, in 3,567 plate appearances.  If Carlos Quentin had seen that many pitches, and maintained his current rate of plunks per pitch, he’d have been hit 148 times.

Quentin leads all active players (with at least 5 hbps)  in plunks per plate, but he’s also very efficient in his HBPs, only needing 97.4 pitches to find one to get hit by.  Among batters with at least 5 hbps in the last 5 years, only 3 have gotten hit more often than once every 100 pitches – Quentin, Carlos Baerga (8 plunks, 78.9 pitches per plunk), and Luis Terrero (16 HBPs, 85 pitches per plunk).

Here are the top 25 major leaguers in HBPs since the 2005 season:

Batter HBP PA per HBP Pitches per HBP
Chase Utley 102 35 141.1
Aaron Rowand 88 34.9 123.8
Jason Giambi 74 32.6 140.6
Jason Kendall 74 41.9 163.2
Jose Guillen 69 38.9 139
Alex Rodriguez 68 50.4 198.4
Rickie Weeks 68 33.4 136.7
Reed Johnson 66 28.8 109.6
David Eckstein 63 45.7 175.3
Josh Willingham 61 37.8 153.8
David DeJesus 60 53 203.1
Kevin Youkilis 59 47.7 207.2
Carlos Quentin 58 27.4 97.4
Prince Fielder 55 54.7 210.5
Derek Jeter 54 70 265.9
Grady Sizemore 54 66.5 269
Ryan Garko 54 32.4 131.1
Matt Holliday 53 63.9 238.1
Carlos Delgado 50 52.8 202.2
Miguel Tejada 47 74.6 261.4
Placido Polanco 47 67.8 237.7
Brandon Inge 47 66 271.5
Melvin Mora 46 65.8 259.9
Casey Blake 45 67.5 287.9
Edwin Encarnacion 45 50 193.4

Here’s the same group, sorted by total pitches per plunk:

Batter HBP PA per HBP Pitches per HBP
Carlos Quentin 58 27.4 97.4
Reed Johnson 66 28.8 109.6
Aaron Rowand 88 34.9 123.8
Ryan Garko 54 32.4 131.1
Rickie Weeks 68 33.4 136.7
Jose Guillen 69 38.9 139
Jason Giambi 74 32.6 140.6
Chase Utley 102 35 141.1
Josh Willingham 61 37.8 153.8
Jason Kendall 74 41.9 163.2
David Eckstein 63 45.7 175.3
Edwin Encarnacion 45 50 193.4
Alex Rodriguez 68 50.4 198.4
Carlos Delgado 50 52.8 202.2
David DeJesus 60 53 203.1
Kevin Youkilis 59 47.7 207.2
Prince Fielder 55 54.7 210.5
Placido Polanco 47 67.8 237.7
Matt Holliday 53 63.9 238.1
Melvin Mora 46 65.8 259.9
Miguel Tejada 47 74.6 261.4
Derek Jeter 54 70 265.9
Grady Sizemore 54 66.5 269
Brandon Inge 47 66 271.5
Casey Blake 45 67.5 287.9

(Note: in situations where the third out of an inning is recorded by a baserunner after the batter has been pitched to at least once, I’m not counting that as a plate appearance for the batter, but I AM counting those pitches. Pitches in those situations might not be counted on baseball reference’s pitch count stats.)

On average, since the beginning of 2005, about one out of every 417 pitches ends up being an HBP.

Guillen climbs two spots on all time list

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

HBPs of note: May 26, 2010

Jose Guillen moved up to 29th place on the all time HBP list on a 1st inning plunk from Scott Feldman, and then Feldman hit him again the 6th moving Guillen into a tie with Larry Walker at 28th place in HBP history.  Guillen now has 7 plunks this season, which is just one short of the league lead.  Those were Feldman’s first two plunks of the season, and his Rangers lead the majors, having hit 22 batters.  For some reason, over a third of those plunks (8), have been thrown on Wednesdays.

Mike Fontenot got plunked with the bases loaded for the Cubs yesterday, making that the 999th HBP recorded by a batter born in Louisianna.

Jerry Hairston Jr. got his 70th career plunk, and Tim Lincecum threw his 15th.

Jason Heyward takes rookie plunk lead

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

HBPs of note: May 25, 2010

Jason Heyward wasn’t the first batter born in 1989 to get hit by a pitch, but batters born in that year have been hit by 4 pitches, and 3 of those landed on Heyward.  Renyel Pinto hit him yesterday, putting him in the lead among all Rookies with 3 HBPs.  I’ve heard he probably leads rookies in other statistical categories.

Joe Inglett got plunked for the Brewers, for their 24th HBP of the season, leading all teams.  They’re still on pace to break the team record of 82 plunks set in 2006.  Inglett had not been hit before for the Brewers, and yesterday’s plunk made him the 235th Brewer ever hit by a pitch.  Can you name the other 234?  Yeah, me neither.  I could look it up though.

Juan Pierre moved a step closer to become the most plunked player from the state of Alabama, by getting his 73rd career plunk.  He’s 7 short of Joe Sewell’s Alabama record of 80.

Javier Lopez plunks Ryan Hannigan

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

HBPs of Note: May 24, 2010

Only 1260 major league pitches were thrown yesterday, and 544 of those were swung at by a batter.  Another 237 of them were called strikes, so that only left 479 outside the strike zone for someone to get hit by.  Only one pitch hit a batter yesterday, and it was thrown by Javier Lopez and landed on Ryan Hannigan.

Hannigan’s plunk was the 7th of his career and the 431st plunk by a batter born in Washington DC.  It was also the 482nd plunk at Great American Ballpark and the 925th thrown by a pitcher from Puerto Rico.  And, it was the 70th plunk by a catcher this season.  Catchers lead all positions in 2010 HBPs, 17 ahead of 2nd basemen.

Pierzynski ties division record

Monday, May 24th, 2010

HBPs of note: May 23, 2010

Dan Meyer hit AJ Pierzynski with a pitch yesterday, giving Pierzynski a career total of 89 plunks, and puts him in a tie for 100th place on the all time list.  Pierzynski has now been hit 74 times for AL Central teams, and that ties the division record.  Matt Lawton and Paul Konerko have also been hit 74 times for teams in the American League’s central division.  Lawton reached that total first, in 2004, and Konerko tied his mark earlier this year.  That was also Pierzynski’s 20th plunk at US Cellular Field, and his 40th for the White Sox.

Prince Fielder took an HBP from Carl Pavano, putting him back in the Major League lead with 8 plunks this year.  That was Fielder’s first plunking since April 26th.  Also, that was the 10th plunk ever recorded at Target Field.

Jason Bay got hit for the Mets for his 51st career plunk, but that was also the 1800th HBP in Mets team history.

Also yesterday, Josh Willingham broke the Nationals Park HBP record, getting his 10th plunk their, from Kevin Millwood.  Willingham takes the record away from Nick Johnson, who got hit 9 times at Nationals Park.

In all, 14 batters were hit yesterday, making it the most plunk-filled day since April 28th.

Weeks joins leaders

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

HBPs of note: May 22, 2010

Rickie Weeks took an 11th inning HBP in Minnesota yesterday, bringing his season total to 7, which puts him in a tie for the major league lead with Travis Hafner and Prince Fielder.  Also, that was the 700th plunk recorded by a batter born in 1982, after Jason Kubel got the 699th in the 10th inning of the same game.  Weeks’ plunk was thrown by Twins pitcher Alex Burnett, who had never hit a batter before.  The Twins had 2 HBPs, which makes the Brewers the first team to hit the Twins twice in one game at the generally mis-named Target Field (where there seem to be a relatively low number of HBP targets on most days).  Only 9 batters have been hit by pitches at Target Field, including the 3 in yesterday’s game.

Tigers rookie Austin Jackson got his first career HBP, but unfortunately it was a 85mph plunk in the batting helmet.  He left the game, but the news says he’ll be okay.  But, having that as his first major league plunk might not make him want to follow in the footsteps of Craig Biggio.