Cubs leadoff batter Reed Johnson took a 6th inning plunk from Washington pitcher Craig Stammen yesterday, giving Johnson his 114th career plunk and putting him into a tie for 50th place on the all time HBP leaderboard. He’s tied with Frankie Crosetti and Bill Freehan. Johnson had previously been plunked 4 times in games played on April 7th, and all 4 of those were thrown by Casey Fossum. Fossum hit Johnson 3 times on April 7, 2006, and once more on April 7, 2007. With yesterday’s plunk, Johnson joins Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi as the only active players who have been hit 5 times on a single calendar date. Giambi has 5 plunks on April 3rd, and Jeter has 5 plunks on June 1st and June 9th.
Yoennis Cespedes got hit by Felix Hernandez yesterday, which is the 2nd time this season that has happened. Since the beginning of the designated hitter era, there is no other case where a batter was hit by the same pitcher in two different games as early as April 7th. Cespedes now leads the league in HBPs with 2, and he’s the first player ever to record his first two career plunks on two different continents.
Prince Fielder took his first HBP as a Tiger yesterday, the 79th of his career. He is the 529th batter ever plunked for the Tigers. Josh Harrison became the 696th batter ever plunked for the Pirates, taking his first career HBP yesterday. Yonder Alonso also took his first plunk in the majors, becoming the 284th batter to take a plunk for the Padres. And, Josh Willingham took his 76th career plunk, but his first with the Twins making him the 555th batter to be hit for that franchise.