Chase Utley has now been hit by exactly as many pitches as Chuck Knoblauch was in his career, after Ross Detweiler threw Utley’s 139th career plunk last night. Those two second basemen are tied at 28th place on the all time plunks list, one behind Bill Dahlen, who played back when nickels used to have bees on them and they’d used to say “gimme 5 bees for a nickle” and tie an onion to their belts. But anyway, Utley has 14 on the season, but he’s still 4 plunks behind the NL leaders so it looks like this won’t be the year Utley collects his 4th HBP title.
Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham, and Alexei Ramirez (twice) all got plunked for the White Sox yesterday bringing the season total for their team to 82. Previously, the White Sox had never been hit by more than 79 pitches in a season so they blew past that record yesterday. They’re the first team to get hit 82 times since 2008 when the Indians set the American League record with 103 plunks.
Red Sox pitcher Matt Albers hit Nolan Reimold, making that the 88th HBP thrown by the Red Sox this year. They need to hit 6 more batters to break their franchise single season record for hitting people.