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2011 Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HBPs

Friday, September 30th, 2011

It’s time for the 2011 Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HBPs, and assorted other awards I just like.

Most Plunkable Player Award (most HBPs by a batter):
American League: Carlos Quentin (CWS) – 23 HBPs
National League: Danny Espinosa (WAS), Justin Upton (ARI) – 19 HBPs

Quentin tied the White Sox single season record, set in 1956 by Minnie Minoso – but he got hurt (a non plunk injury) and missed 36 of the last 37 games of the season. Justin Upton broke the Diamondbacks single season record, set in 1998 by Andy Fox. Danny Espinosa had the most HBPs by a switchhitting rookie since Charlie Babb had 22 in 1903. He broke the Nationals franchise record for rookie plunks by 8 HBPs, although of course he was 31 plunks short of the overall single season record for the Nats franchise (50 by Ron Hunt).

The Phil Knell Award (most batters plunked by a pitcher):
American League – John Lackey (BOS) – 19 HBPs
National League – Tim Hudson (ATL) – 15 HBPs

Hudson’s total was the most plunks by a Braves pitchers since Joe Oeschger hit 15 for the Boston Braves in 1921.

Mitch Williams Award (most hit batters by a relief pitcher):
American League – Alfredo Aceves (BOS) – 10 HBPs in relief (15 overall)
National League – Carlos Marmol (CHN), Ernesto Frieri (SD) – 9 HBPs in relief

This is the third consecutive year Carlos Marmol has had at least a share of the Mitch Williams Award.

Plunked Rookie of the Year (most HBPs by a rookie):
National League – Danny Espinosa (WAS) – 19 HBPs
American League – Casper Wells (DET/SEA) – 7 HBPs

The Gus Weyhing Award (most plunks thrown by a rookie):
National League – Dillon Gee (NYM) – 14 HBPs
American League – Ivan Nova (NYY), Tyler Chatwood (LAA), Charlie Furbush (SEA/DET) – 6 HBPs

Gee’s rookie campaign had the most hit batters by a rookie since Johnny Cueto in 2008

Sandy Alomar Award (most plate appearance without an HBP):
American League – Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) – 721 plate appearances
National League – Jose Reyes (NYM) – 586 plate appearances

Ichiro’s total is the most since Caeser Izturis had 728 in 2004 without a plunk.

The General Crowder Award (most batters faced without hitting anyone)
National League – Sean Marcum (MIL) – 823 batters faced, none plunked.
American League – Brandon McCarthy (Oak) – 690 batters faced, none plunked.

Most Plunked Team (the plunk pennant):
American League – Chicago White Sox – 84 HBPs
National League – Washington Nationals – 65 HBPs

Least Plunked Team:
National League – Atlanta Braves – 28 HBPs
American League – Seattle Mariners – 37 HBPs

Most Plunks Thrown:
American League – Boston Red Sox – 90 HBPs
National League – New York Mets – 70 HBPs

The Red Sox have hit 900 batters since the beginning of the 2000 season, making them the first team ever to hit 900 batters in a span of 12 seasons.

Fewest Plunks Thrown:
National League – Milwaukee Brewers – 33 HBPs
American League – LA Angels of 2000 Gene Autry Way – 36 HBPs

American League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Casey Kotchman (TB) – 12 HBPs

2nd Base: Gordon Beckahm (CHW) – 13 HBPs

Short Stop: Sean Rodriguez (TB) – 11 HBPs at SS, 18 total (a new single season record for the Rays)

3rd Base: Kevin Youkilis (BOS) – 12 HBPs at 3B, 14 total

Left Field: Josh Willingham (OAK) – 11 HBPs

Center Field: Curtis Granderson (NYY) – 12 HBP

Right Field: Carlos Quentin (CHW) – 19 HBP at RF, 23 total

Catcher: Kelly Shoppach (TB) – 9 HBP

Designated Hitter: Johnny Damon (TB) and Vlad Guerrero (BAL) – 7 HBPs

National League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Mike Morse (WAS) – 12 HBP

2nd Base: Danny Espinosa (WAS) – 19 HBP

Shortstop: Clint Barmes (HOU) – 7 HBP

3rd Base: Aramis Ramirez (CHC) – 9 HBP as 3B, 10 total

Left Field: Matt Holliday (STL) – 8 HBP

Center Field: Nyjer Morgan (MIL) – 11 HBP as CF, 14 total

Right Field: Justin Upton (ARI) – 19 HBP

Catcher: Carlos Ruiz (PHI) – 9 HBP as Catcher, 10 total

Pitcher: Matt Garza (CHC), Clayton Kershaw (LAD), Dillon Gee (NYM), Mat Latos (SD), Josh Collmenter (ARI), Jhoulys Chacin (COL), Ian Kennedy (ARI), Ryan Vogelsong (SF), Ricky Nolasco (FLA), Shaun Marcum (MIL), Randy Wolf (MIL) – 1 HBP

Shaun Marcum got hit by a pitch batting this year, but didn’t hit any of the 823 batters he faced. The last pitcher who faced over 800 batters and didn’t hit anyone, and also got plunked himself in the same season was Bert Blyleven in 1980.

Pinch Hitter: Reed Johnson – 4 pinch hit HBPs, 11 total (This tied the modern record for pinch hit HBPs with Kevin Sefcik for the 1998 Phillies and Fernando Vina for the 1994 Mets)

2011 BACON Title:
American League – Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) – .850
National League – Jose Reyes (NYM) – .823

2011 BACON x HBP Title:
American League – Carlos Quentin (CHW) – 15.35
National League – Justin Upton (ARI) – 13.77

2011 BACON x Hits Title:
American League – Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) – 180.2
National League – Starlin Castro (CHC) – 167.07

Most Swings (not including bunt attempts):
National League – Brandon Phillips (CIN) – 1328 swings
American League – Dustin Pedroia (BOS) – 1307 swings

Most Swings that Missed (not including bunt attempts):
American League – Mark Reynolds (BAL) – 429 misses
National League – Ryan Howard (PHI) – 388 misses

Save a Tree award (most plate appearances in which the batter did not risk damaging his bat by swinging it, not including intentional walks… or, most plate appearances with 0 swings):
American League – Ian Kinsler (TEX) – 62 PAs with no swings
National League – Jayson Werth (WAS) – 60 PAs with no swings

Hey, I could do THAT award (most strikeouts in plate appearance in which the batter did not bother swinging the bat)
American League – Brett Gardner (NYY) – 16 swing free strikeouts
National League – Drew Stubbs (CIN) – 13 swing free strikeouts

Most Foul Balls
American League – Dustin Pedroia (BOS) – 584 fouls
National League – Brandon Phillips (CIN) – 572 fouls

Most Foul Balls (Team)
American League – Boston Red Sox – 4614 fouls
National League – Pittsburgh Pirates – 4468 fouls

Most Foul Balls (Ballpark)
American League – Fenway Park – 4714 fouls
National League – Dodger Stadium – 4472 fouls
(Miller Park and Oakland Coliseum had the fewest foul balls this year with 3967 at Miller and 3976 at Oakland)

Fastest plunk
National League – Aroldis Chapman (CIN) hit Matt Downs (HOU) – 100mph – 05/10/2011
American League – Justin Verlander (DET) hit Carlos Santana (CLE) – 97.5mph – 06/14/2011

Teen Wolf Award (Most Home Runs on dates of full moons)
National League – Matt Kemp (LAD) – 4 hr
American League – Brent Moreal (CHW), Mark Teixeira (NYY), Matt Wieters (BAL), Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE), Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) – 3 hr

Most plunks by day of the Week

Sunday – Danny Espinosa (WAS) – 7 HBP
Monday – Justin Turner (NYM) – 5 HBP
Tuesday – Mark Teixeira (NYY), Willie Harris (NYM) – 4 HBP (All of Harris’s HBPs this year were on Tuesday)
Wednesday – Carlos Quentin (CHW) – 6 HBP
Thursday – Justin Upton (ARI), Curtis Granderson (NYY) – 4 HBP
Friday – Craig Gentry (TEX) – 5 HBP (Gentry only got hit 6 times this year – 5 on Fridays)
Saturday – Robinson Cano (NYY), Carlos Quentin (CHW), Aramis Ramirez (CHC) – 4 HBP

Miguel Cairo was hit 7 times in 2011 – once on each day of the week. The last time that happened was 1973, for Willie Horton of the Tigers.

Most plunks against a single team
American League – Casey Kotchman (TB) – 5 HBP vs the Blue Jays
National League – Justin Upton (ARI) – 5 HBP vs the Nationals

Most teams plunked by
National League – Danny Espinosa (WAS) – at least one HBP from 13 different teams
American League – Sean Rodriguez (TB) – at least on HBP from 12 different teams

Most teams plunked
American League – Fausto Carmona (CLE) – 10
National League – Carlos Marmol (CHC), Dillon Gee (NYM), Charlie Morton (PIT), Randy Wolf (MIL) – 8

Most plunks against pitchers born in Montana
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (BOS) – 1

Bob Genghis Khan award (most hits by a player born in San Dimas, California)
Brett Pill (SF) – 15 hits

Most foul balls in one plate appearance
Brandon Belt (SF) – 12 fouls on Sept 4th in the 3rd inning, off Daniel Hudson (ARI)

Most foul balls with a runner going (season total)
American League – Dustin Pedroia (BOS) – 29
National League – David Freese (STL), Andrew McCutcheon (PIT) – 20

Most throws to first by a pitcher
American League – Justin Verlander (DET) – 204
National League – Anibal Sanchez (WAS) – 189

Most slump-free award (SPAM leaders)
National League – Jose Reyes (NYM) – 1.90 SPAM
American League – Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) – 2.06 SPAM

(SPAM measures a batters slump-proneness by calculating the batter’s average hitless streak per plate appearance – more here)

Most Streak prone (HAM leaders)
American League – Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) – .478 HAM
National League – Jose Reyes (NYM) – .437 HAM

(HAM is a stat pioneered by the Japanese team known as the Nippon Ham fighters – either that or it’s another stat I made up, and it’s explained here)

Congratulations to Jose Reyes for winning the Sabermeatric triple crown in the NL with his .437 HAM, 1.9 SPAM and .823 BACON.