Archive for June 17th, 2011

Updated HBP records by ballpark

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Since the last time I posted HBP records for every active major league ballpark early in 2009, five of those records have changed hands, and one team has moved to a new ballpark, so that sounds like a good reason to post the new and improved records.

Park HBP Record Active Leader
Angel Stadium of Anaheim Brian Downing – 50 Mike Napoli – 18
AT&T Park (Giants) Barry Bonds – 27 Aaron Rowand – 24
Busch Stadium (Cardinals) Albert Pujols -14 Albert Pujols -14
Chase Field (Diamondbacks) Luis Gonzalez – 30 Conor Jackson – 15
Citi Field (Mets) Fernando Tatis – 6 Alex Cora – 5,
Jeff Francoeur – 5,
Ruben Tejada – 5
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) Chase Utley – 57 Chase Utley – 57
Comerica Park (Tigers) Brandon Inge – 32 Brandon Inge – 32
Coors Field (Rockies) Larry Walker – 55 Matt Holliday – 29
Dodger Stadium Alex Cora – 26 Alex Cora – 26
Fenway Park (Red Sox) Carlton Fisk – 45 Kevin Youkilis – 41
Great American Ball Park (Reds) Jason LaRue – 33 Adam Dunn – 25
Kauffman Stadium (Royals) Mike Macfarlane – 44 David DeJesus – 41
Miller Park (Brewers) Rickie Weeks – 42 Rickie Weeks – 42
Minute Maid Park (Astros) Craig Biggio – 56 Lance Berkman – 33
Nationals Park Josh Willingham – 11 Josh Willingham – 11
Oakland Coliseum (A’s) Jason Giambi – 39 Jason Giambi – 39
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Brady Anderson – 66 Melvin Mora – 58
PETCO Park (Padres) Kevin Kouzmanoff – 19 Kevin Kouzmanoff – 19
PNC Park (Pirates) Craig Wilson – 52 Jason Kendall – 37
Progressive Field (Indians) Travis Hafner – 40 Travis Hafner – 40
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Alex Rodriguez – 30 Alex Rodriguez – 30
Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) Carlos Delgado – 61 Reed Johnson – 40
Safeco Field (Mariners) Ichiro Suzuki – 23 Ichiro Suzuki – 23
Sun Life Stadium (Marlins) Alex Gonzalez – 33 Alex Gonzalez – 33
Target Field (Twins) Orlando Hudson – 3,
Denard Span – 3,
Joe Mauer – 3
Orlando Hudson – 3,
Denard Span – 3,
Joe Mauer – 3
Tropicana Field (Rays) Jonny Gomes – 26 Jonny Gomes – 26
Turner Field (Braves) Andruw Jones – 42 Andruw Jones – 42
U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) Carlos Quentin – 43 Carlos Quentin – 43
Wrigley Field (Cubs) Ernie Banks – 35 Aramis Ramirez – 34
New Yankee Stadium Mark Teixeira – 20 Mark Teixeira – 20

Some things you may notice from this list:

  • 18 park records are held by active players, but Citi Field is not one of them – despite only opening in 2009.  Unless someone signs Fernando Tatis.
  • Alex Gonzalez looks like he’s going to get to keep the Sun Life Stadium record forever, since the closest current Marlin is Hanley Ramirez with only 19, and they’re supposed to be moving to a new park next year.
  • The two oldest ballparks – Fenway Park and Wrigley Field may both have their records broken this year.  Aramis Ramirez is one plunk behind Ernie Banks for the Wrigley record and Youkilis should be capable of 5 more home plunks this year to pass Carlton Fisk.
  • Of the 18 records held by active players, only 9 are held by players who are still playing for the home team in those parks where they hold the record.

Quentin gets 88th

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Carlos Quentin extended his major league leading HBP total to 14 yesterday, getting a plunk from Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn. Blackburn has now plunked Quentin twice this season, and three times in his career. Only Jon Lester has thrown as many plunks to Quentin. Quentin now has 88 career HBPs, and he’s second among active batters in getting plunked by the Twins with 9. Brandon Inge is the only active player with more HBPs against Minnesota. Inge has 12.
That plunk was also the 50th in Target Field history.

The Yankees and Rangers hit each other 5 times yesterday (although one of them was a bad call by the umpire – it still counts though). There have now been 3 different games with 5 or more hit batters this season. There was only 1 game with 5 HBPs last year, and only 2 of them in 2009. So this season has seen the most five plunk games since 2008. That year their were seven such games, and that was the most in any year since the start of the live ball era.

Kevin Youkilis got plunked again by David Price, who previous plunked Youk on April 12th this year. Youkilis now has 76 career HBPs, extending his Red Sox record.

Zach Stewart became the 200th pitcher ever to hit a batter for the Blue Jays franchise when he threw his first career HBP on a plunking of Mark Reynolds. Brian Gordon also threw his first career plunk yesterday (and his 2nd), which now makes 10 pitchers this week who have thrown their first career HBPs.

Fernando Salas plunked Mike Morse in the Cardinals/Nationals game, and that was the 250th plunk ever recorded in a game between those two franchises.