Archive for March 29th, 2012

Baseball with the rising sun

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It’s a sure sign of spring when Cuban rookies are getting hit by pitches in regular season games in Japan. Oakland rookie and cuban import Yoennis Cespedis got the 2012 MLB HBP season started off yesterday taking a plunk from Felix Hernandez in the 5th inning. That was the first time a player born in Cuba has been plunked in an MLB game played in Tokyo. It was the first career plunk for Cespedis, and if he keeps up this pace he’ll be vying for the league HBP record within two seasons. He’s the 76th person born in Cuba to take at least on plunk in the Major Leagues, and he’s now 191 plunks behind Minnie Minoso for the record.
In the 6th inning, Hernandez hit Seth Smith, for his 9th career HBP. That plunk was the 1200th HBP ever recorded by a batter born in Mississippi. For Hernandez, those were plunks number 43 and 44.

The most plunked batters born on March 29th

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

74hbp – Brian Jordan, born 03/29/1967, 184th all time, played from 1992 to 2006
24hbp – Tommy Holmes, born 03/29/1917, 1218th all time, played from 1942 to 1952
22hbp – Geronimo Pena, born 03/29/1967, 1317th all time, played from 1990 to 1996
20hbp – Duff Cooley, born 03/29/1873, 1456th all time, played from 1893 to 1905
19hbp – Alex Ochoa, born 03/29/1972, 1520th all time, played from 1995 to 2002