Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Dellin Betances becomes 500th Yankee to hit a batter

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Yankees rookie Dellin Betances made his major league debut last night, and he didn’t hit a batter until the 5th batter he faced. Unfortunately he walked three of the last four so he managed to throw his first career HBP with the bases loaded. He’s the fourth pitcher this year to have a bases loaded plunk be the first HBP he ever threw, and the 2nd Yankee to do it. The last person to throw a bases loaded plunk quicker than that was Josh Roenicke who threw a bases loaded plunk to the 2nd batter he ever faced, although obviously he didn’t load the bases before doing that. On Sept 24, 2006 Juan Morillo of the Rockies started his career with three walks and a bases loaded plunk.
But on the plus side, Betances is the 500th pitcher to hit a batter for the Yankees, and that’s a pretty good milestone.

Josh Kinney of the White Sox hit Jason Kipness of the Indians and that was the 107th plunk thrown this year by a pitcher who once plunked Craig Biggio. Last year the Biggio Plunkers hit 150 batters.

BACON race update:
Jacoby Ellsbury – .843
Robinson Cano – .828
Jose Reyes – .817
Ryan Braun – .815
Miguel Cabrera – .811