Archive for July 11th, 2011

Most plunked All Stars

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Carlos Quentin has been selected to this year’s All-Star Team for the American League, and he’s been hit by 19 pitches already this year. You may have been wondering, is he the most plunked All Star ever? Not quite. Jason Kendall went to the 1998 All-Star game having already amassed 20 HBPs that year. But he was playing for the National League. Quentin is the most plunked American League All-Star ever. Don Baylor had more plunks at the All-Star break in 1986 than Quentin does now, but Baylor was passed over for the mid summer classic – because, you know, people didn’t understand the genius they were witnessing at the time or realize he was on his way to a 35 HBP year.

Anyway, here’s the complete list of people who made the All-Star team, and had been hit by at least 15 pitches at the time of the game. Only one of them – Craig Biggio in 1998 – got hit by a pitch in the All-Star game he went to with 15+ plunks on the season.
Jason Kendall – 20 – 1998
Carlos Quentin – 19 – 2011
Shea Hillenbrand – 16 – 2005
Craig Biggio – 16 – 1996
Craig Biggio – 15 – 1998
Chase Utley – 15 – 2007

Rickie Weeks now 2 plunks behind Brewers record

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Rickie Weeks got his 93rd career HBP yesterday, 2nd most in Brewers franchise history behind only Geoff Jenkins 95. Weeks got his 93rd in the bottom of the 9th inning with the game tied, and setting the stage for Craig Counsell‘s game winning sac fly. It wasn’t quite a game winning rbi plunk, but it should probably count as an assist on the game winning sac fly. Rickie has only been hit 6 times this year but he’s still got a couple of months to get those last 3 to pass Jenkins.

Also in that game, Randy Wolf hit Scott Rolen with the bases loaded, giving Wolf 92 career plunks and 124 plunks for Rolen. Rolen is in 44th place on the all time list, one HBP behind Honus Wagner and Jeff Kent. Wolf is 7th among active pitchers in HBPs, one behind John Lackey and AJ Burnett.

Reed Johnson got his 109th career plunk, and Vlad Guerrero got his 102nd, making yesterday the 2nd day this season when three different players with over 100 HBPs got hit by a pitch.

Kevin Youkilis got his 10th HBP of the season, giving him 5 consecutive seasons with double digit HBPs. Only Chase Utley and Carlos Quentin have streaks equal to that, although Utley needs another 4 HBPs to stretch his to 6 years this season.