Thinks got a little weird in Kansas City yesterday in the third inning when Shin-Soo Choo got hit by a pitch from Jonathan Sanchez. That was the 2nd time Sanchez has hit Choo, but the wild on-field celebration for Choo breaking the South Korean record for career HBPs somehow got both teams involved in jumping and dancing around the infield, delay the game for several minutes. I don’t even get why they were celebrating, since Choo already had the South Korean HBP record. He was just breaking his own record. And it was only the 61st HBP for players born in South Korea so it’s not like it was a big milestone. But then it got even more weird in the bottom half of the inning when both teams had another huge infield dance party to celebrate Mike Moustakas‘ 2nd career HBP. 2? Look, I’m all for celebrating important milestones in HBPs, but you don’t need to go further than a tip of the cap, a wave to the crowd and giving the player the ball to put in his trophy case. But career plunk number 2 is certainly not one of those important milestones. The 1,716th and 1,717th plunks in Kauffman Stadium history are not important milestones. The 4,089th plunk by a Cleveland batter or the 1,771st plunk by a Royals batter are not big deals. So lets save the parties for birthdays, not regular days.
Choo has 3 plunks this season, tying him for the league lead.
In other more notable HBP news, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher this year to hit 3 batters in a game, hitting Delmon Young twice and Andy Dirks once. Floyd is now tied with Felix Hernandez of the major league lead in hitting batters, with 3. Floyd has now hit 23 batters at US Cellular Field, 2nd only to Mark Buehrle‘s 28.
Jerry Hairston Jr. got his 80th career plunk, on a pitch from Padre’s rookie Joe Weiland. That was Wieland’s HBP debut.
Corey Hart became the first player this year to get an HBP out of the Braves pitching staff.