HBPs of note: July 30, 2010
Roy Oswalt hit 68 batters in his career with Houston. He was 4 plunks short of the franchise record for hitting batters, but that record was held by the late Darryl Kile. It’s a sign of the great respect the Astros players have always held for DK that Roy Oswalt – even though he never played on the same team with Kile – wanted to protect that record, and that meant demanding a trade. So, the Phillies shipped Oswalt off to Philadelphia, where he hit two batters in his first outing for his new team. He has now hit 70 batters in his major league career. He’ll need to hit 81 more batters with the Phillies to break that franchise’s record, currently held by Bill Duggleby, and that could take a while. But, Oswalt is also just 5 plunks behind Willie Mitchell for the record of most plunks thrown by a pitcher born in Mississippi, and that one won’t be avoided by just demanding a trade.
Tim Wakefield doesn’t have that problem, because every time he hits a batter, he’s just breaking his own record. And using the logic above, he has no respect for his own HBP record. He hit Miguel Cabrera, giving himself a career total of 178 plunks, a Red Sox record of 168 plunks since joining the team, and 86 hit batters at Fenway Park.
Kevin Youkilis also got hit in that game, giving him 67 career HBPs, all with the Red Sox. That leaves him 4 plunks behind Mo Vaughn for the team record.
Carlos Quentin also got hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him 68 career plunks and an American League leading 14 on the season.
So, Youkilis got his 67th HBP yesterday, Carlos Quentin got his 68th, Adam Dunn got one of Oswalt’s plunks for his 68th, and Casey Blake got hit twice for his 67th and 68th. So that’s two 67ths and 3 68ths, which makes a full house, if you were playing HBP career total poker yesterday.
Kris Medlan of the Braves got hit by the first pitch of his career, thrown by Johnny Cueto, and that made him the first Braves pitcher to get hit by a pitch since Mike Hampton on August 19, 2005.