Archive for June 9th, 2011

Disappointments

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The following is a list of all the players who have refused to get hit by a pitch in their last 500 plate appearances (through June 8, 2011), sorted by the number of plate appearances they’ve had since their last plunk. I’m very disappointed in all of them, and their teammates and fans should be too.

Batter Date of last HBP Plate Appearances
Endy Chavez 04/30/2004 1739
Mark Kotsay 07/18/2006 1537
Magglio Ordonez 08/01/2008 1213
Chipper Jones 04/19/2009 1186
Hunter Pence 07/30/2009 1167
Henry Blanco 08/22/2004 1131
David Murphy 05/27/2009 1056
Omar Infante 05/20/2009 892
Ronny Paulino 09/07/2007 881
Jose Reyes 04/19/2010 834
J.J. Hardy 05/18/2009 829
Victor Martinez 09/17/2009 796
Eric Chavez 08/25/2006 778
Edgar Renteria 05/12/2009 765
Jay Bruce 05/08/2010 717
Carlos Zambrano Never 691
Colby Rasmus 05/06/2010 684
Garrett Jones 05/23/2010 640
Ryan Dempster Never 613
Denard Span 06/28/2010 612
Michael Saunders Never 608
Nelson Cruz 04/12/2010 606
Hideki Matsui 05/15/2010 603
Ben Zobrist 06/26/2010 600
Ronny Cedeno 05/11/2010 596
Ichiro Suzuki 07/20/2010 594
Koyie Hill 04/10/2009 581
Chris Davis 04/22/2009 562
Danny Valencia Never 561
Pablo Sandoval 05/14/2010 555
Corey Patterson 05/17/2010 545
Melky Cabrera 06/30/2010 522
Jonathan Herrera Never 517
Chris Young 07/30/2010 514
Brett Myers Never 512
Casey McGehee 07/27/2010 509

Wakefield credited with 180th career plunk

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Nobody really seemed to think it hit anyone, except the umpire, and his was the only opinion that counted last night when Tim Wakefield was credited with career plunk number 180. Robinson Cano got sent to first base, so it counts as an HBP. That gives Wakefield sole possession of 8th place on the all time plunks thrown list, ahead of Joe McGinnity. 170 of those plunks have been thrown while pitching for the Red Sox, and only Walter Johnson and Eddie Plank have thrown more plunks for a single franchise.

Randy Wolf has hit exactly half as many batters as Tim Wakefield, having thrown his 90th career HBP at Jason Bay last night. Wolf now leads the NL with 8 plunks this season, and is 3rd among active pitchers in hitting the Mets, with 7. For Bay, that was career plunk number 54.

In the Pirates/Diamondbacks game, Melvin Mora got his 117th career plunk, and Justin Upton got his 9th HBP of this year. Mora is 47th on the all time HBPs list. For Upton, it was career plunk #20.