Archive for April, 2012

96! Rickie Weeks breaks the Brewers franchise plunk record!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Some said it was a retaliation for the previous game when Mat Gamel plowed over the Astros catcher, but that wouldn’t make much sense because it wasn’t Mat Gamel who got hit by the first pitch the Astros threw last night.  It was Rickie Weeks.  More likely, Bud Norris just wanted his name in the record book, and he got it.  He threw the pitch that became Rickie Week’s 96th career plunk, putting him ahead of Geoff Jenkins on the Brewers franchise HBP list, for a new record!  Weeks is the most plunked batter in Brewers franchise history, and just the 26th player in MLB history to get hit 96 times for one team.  It was Weeks 46th plunk at Miller Park, extending his own park record, and the 175th plunk ever recorded in a game between the Astros and Brewers.  The Brewers continue to lead the league in getting hit by pitches, with 11 on the season, and they seem to like getting hit on Tuesday’s because they’ve done that 5 times already this year.  The Brewers plunk total for Tuesdays this year is higher than 10 other teams full season total.

Paul Konerko got his 91st career plunk last night, from a Tom Milone pitch.  But he’s still 57 plunks away from the White Sox franchise record.

The most plunked batters born on April 25th

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

43hbp – Fred Hartman, born 04/25/1868, 532nd all time, played from 1894 to 1902
42hbp – Tony Phillips, born 04/25/1959, 553rd all time, played from 1982 to 1999
36hbp – Jacque Jones, born 04/25/1975, 729th all time, played from 1999 to 2008
19hbp – Danny Espinosa, born 04/25/1987, 1521st all time, played from 2010 to 2012
12hbp – Jimmy Brown, born 04/25/1910, 2158th all time, played from 1937 to 1946

Brewers reach 10 plunks first

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

There wasn’t much HBP action to tell you about in yesterday’s games, with just 2,813 pitches thrown in the majors, and only 3 of them hitting a batter.  But among those, Nyjer Morgan got hit by pitch from Brandon Lyon, and that was the 10th plunk this year for a Brewers batter.  They’re the first team to reach double digits in HBPs for this year.  It was the 110th time the Astros have plunked the Brewers, though the Brewers have only hit the Astros 64 times, and non-Craig Biggio Astros 47 times.

Miguel Montero reached 20 career plunks yesterday on a Kyle Kendrick pitch, making him the 10th player to get hit 20 times for the Dbacks.  And, in the only other plunk of the day David Freese was plunked by Matt Garza.  That was the 4,795th HBP in Cardinals franchise history.

The most plunked batters born on April 24th

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

49hbp – Omar Vizquel, born 04/24/1967, 417th all time, played from 1989 to 2012
38hbp – Carlos Beltran, born 04/24/1977, 662nd all time, played from 1998 to 2012
28hbp – Jim Field, born 04/24/1863, 1036th all time, played from 1883 to 1898
17hbp – Chipper Jones, born 04/24/1972, 1648th all time, played from 1993 to 2012
10hbp – Bob Ewing, born 04/24/1873, 2441st all time, played from 1902 to 1912

Plunked by former batterymates

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Last week I was looking at catchers batting stats and how they differ if they’re batting against pitchers that they had once caught for, or if they were facing someone they’d never called pitches for. Obviously the more interesting question is who has been hit by the most pitches from pitchers they used to catch for.

So, from 1969 to 2011, here are the leaders in getting hit by former battery mates (although to go back this far we’re limiting it to starting pitcher/catcher combinations, because that’s what I can get at).

Jason Kendall – 10
Craig Biggio – 10
Carlton Fisk – 6
Don Slaught – 6
Joe Torre* – 6
Rick Cerone – 5
Mike Macfarlane – 5
Mickey Tettleton – 5
Brad Ausmus – 5
Ozzie Virgil – 5
Gary Carter – 4
Dave Valle – 4

*- Joe Torre’s number is only for 1969 and on, so that’s an incomplete total for him.

Craig Biggio got hit 3 times by Pete Harnisch, twice by Mark Portugal, and once each by Jeff Juden, Danny Darwin, Xavier Hernandez, Darryl Kile and Ryan Bowen.
Kendall was hit twice by Bronson Arroyo, twice by Danny Darwin, and once each by Kip Wells, Jeff Suppan, Denny Neagle, Jon Lieber, Nelson Figueroa, and Elmer Dessens. So Biggio and Kendall got the same number of plunks from former (starting) batterymates, but Kendall had one more pitcher in the group. But then, he spent a lot more time catching than Biggio did.  So if someone asks you what pitcher plunked and pitched to both Jason Kendall and Craig Biggio, the answer is Danny Darwin.

Wright hits 143rd

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Prior to yesterday, Jamey Wright had only hit 142 batters and none of them were Astros third baseman Chris Johnson. But Wright solved both those problems yesterday by plunking Chris Johnson. Wright has now hit 143 batters, putting him ahead of Frank Foreman and into sole possession of 24th place on the all time hit batters list. That the first plunking Wright has delivered as a member of the Dodgers, and he’s the 498th Dodgers pitcher to throw a plunk.

In Chicago, Johnny Cueto took a game against the Cubs as the opportunity to become the 9th pitcher in Reds franchise history to hit 50 batters. He hit Joe Mather for number 50, and then celebrated by hitting Starlin Castro two innings later for number 51. Cueto is tied for the major league lead with 4 plunks this season.

Josh Willingham of the Twins got hit again yesterday, his 2nd consecutive day with an HBP. Jeff Niemann threw that one, making Willingham the first player to reach 4 HBPs in 2012.

The most plunked batters born on April 23rd

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

92hbp – Andruw Jones, born 04/23/1977, 91st all time, played from 1996 to 2012
43hbp – Jim Bottomley, born 04/23/1900, 532nd all time, played from 1922 to 1937
28hbp – Dolph Camilli, born 04/23/1907, 1036th all time, played from 1933 to 1945
13hbp – Jason Tyner, born 04/23/1977, 2035th all time, played from 2000 to 2008
7hbp – Warren Spahn, born 04/23/1921, 2946th all time, played from 1942 to 1965

Youkilis breaks Fenway plunk record!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

On Friday, Kevin Youkilis recorded his 45th HBP at Fenway Park, on the 100th Anniversary of the park.  That was a nice moment but it would have been even better if he got one more and broke the record.  Well, a day later the Yankees helped him finish his ascent to sole possession of the Fenway Park record.  David Phelps plunked Youkilis in the 3rd inning of yesterday’s game giving him 46 career plunks at Fenway, breaking Carlton Fisk‘s park record.  It was Phelps first major league plunk, and he made it a historic one.  Youkilis leads all active batters with 14 plunks against the Yankees.

James Shields threw his 40th career plunk yesterday, hitting Josh Willingham.  He’s the 3rd pitcher to hit 40 batters for the Rays, and he needs to hit just 4 more to break Victor Zambrano‘s record for most plunks in Rays franchise history.  Willingham’s plunk was his 78th.

The most plunked batters born on April 22nd (are named Mickey)

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

56hbp – Mickey Morandini, born 04/22/1966, 315th all time, played from 1990 to 2000
49hbp – Mickey Vernon, born 04/22/1918, 417th all time, played from 1939 to 1960
33hbp – Taylor Douthit, born 04/22/1901, 828th all time, played from 1923 to 1933
17hbp – Lew Riggs, born 04/22/1910, 1648th all time, played from 1934 to 1946
17hbp – John Orsino, born 04/22/1938, 1648th all time, played from 1961 to 1967

Youkilis ties Fenway park plunk record on Fenway’s 100th anniversary

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

The Red Sox had a big pre-game celebration for the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, and Kevin Youkilis made use of that as the perfect opportunity to tie the park plunk record. Youk got his 45th plunk at the old old ballyard, on a plunk from Yankee Ivan Nova. That ties Youkilis with Carlton Fisk for the most HBPs ever recorded at Fenway Park. Congratulations on the accomplishment and the timing. That was the 83rd plunk of Youk’s career, and he’s still the most plunked batter in Red Sox history.

In other news, somebody on the Braves finally got hit by a pitch last night, and it was Dan Uggla. Uggla stayed in the way of a Trevor Cahill pitch in the first inning of last night’s Braves-Dbacks game, ending the Braves plunkless streak. That means all 30 teams have been hit by at least one pitch this year. Last year every team had at least on plunk by April 17th.

From the least plunked team this year to the most plunked, Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun were both plunked by the Rockies last night, giving the Brewers a major league leading total of 9 this year – despite the fact that Rickie Weeks has not been plunked yet this year. Weeks is still locked in a tie with Geoff Jenkins for first place in Brewers HBP history, with 95 plunks.

Travis Hafner got his 77th career plunk last night, which leave him 2 plunks away from Nap Lajoie‘s record for plunks as a Cleveland Indian.