Archive for April 21st, 2012

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.

The most plunked batters born on April 21th

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

32hbp – Dick Green, born 04/21/1941, 869th all time, played from 1963 to 1974
29hbp – Ken Caminiti, born 04/21/1963, 995th all time, played from 1987 to 2001
21hbp – Al Bumbry, born 04/21/1947, 1397th all time, played from 1972 to 1985
16hbp – Germany Smith, born 04/21/1863, 1744th all time, played from 1884 to 1898
12hbp – Jeff Keppinger, born 04/21/1980, 2157th all time, played from 2004 to 2012