It was “Opening Day Mark III” yesterday as some teams not playing in Japan or opening a new ballpark in a weird one game series began their seasons, but other teams did not for some reason, and amongst the excitement of more than one regular season MLB game being played on the same day, Mark Buehrle plunked Scott Rolen giving Rolen 125 career plunks. That puts him in a tie for 42nd place on the all time list with Jeff Kent and Honus Wagner. Rolen has been plunked more times than any other batter born in Indiana. That plunk was also the 100th ever recorded in a game between the Marlins and Reds.
Roy Halladay started off his season by plunking two Pirates, which of course means that the Pirates are now on pace to get hit an amazing 324 times this season. That would be a record, but maybe it’s too early to put much stock in linear projections. Halladay now has three career hit batters on April 5th. Andrew McCutchen was the first Pirate plunked in 2012, in the 4th inning by Halladay, and Clint Barmes took Halladay’s other plunk in the 8th.
Korean plunk record holder Shin-Soo Choo became the first Indian plunked this season, Ramon Santiago got the Tigers on the HBP board, Kelly Johnson became the first Blue Jay to be plunked in 2012, and South Dakota HBP record holder Mark Ellis was the first Dodger of the year to fail to dodge a pitch. Santiago’s plunk was the 3400th ever recorded by a player from the Dominican Republic, and Mark Ellis’ HBP was his 55th, and the 125th by a batter born in South Dakota. So Scott Rolen and the combined total of everyone born in South Dakota are still even.