Alex Rodriguez was plunked by Alex Burnett yesterday, which is the first time he’s ever been plunked by an Alex, but more importantly it’s the 159th plunk of Rodriguez’s career. That moves him ahead of Derek Jeter into sole possession of 16th place on the all time HBP list. Rodriguez is also now 2nd in plunks occurring in New Yankee Stadium, and 2nd among batters born in New York.
In Chicago, Paul Konerko received his 90th career plunk on a pitch from Jim Johnson. Konerko is 2nd in plunks at US Cellular Field and 2nd among batters born in Rhode Island. Also, both Paul Konerko and Alex Rodriguez have been hit by 87 pitches with their current team, and both are in 4th place on their team’s career HBP list.
And, Jerry Hairston Jr got hit by Randy Wolf, giving Hairston 81 career plunks. He’s the 2nd most plunked player born in Iowa. Wolf’s plunk was the 97th of his career, and if it weren’t for the resurection of Jamie Moyer, Wolf would be the active leader among left handers. 4 of Wolf’s 97 plunks have been thrown on April 19th.
Kila Ka’aihue has spent time in the majors in 5 different seasons now, but until yesterday he had never been plunked. He’d had 344 career plate appearances without a plunk, but Kevin Jepsen broke that streak with a 7th inning plunk.