Archive for April 23rd, 2012

Plunked by former batterymates

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Last week I was looking at catchers batting stats and how they differ if they’re batting against pitchers that they had once caught for, or if they were facing someone they’d never called pitches for. Obviously the more interesting question is who has been hit by the most pitches from pitchers they used to catch for.

So, from 1969 to 2011, here are the leaders in getting hit by former battery mates (although to go back this far we’re limiting it to starting pitcher/catcher combinations, because that’s what I can get at).

Jason Kendall – 10
Craig Biggio – 10
Carlton Fisk – 6
Don Slaught – 6
Joe Torre* – 6
Rick Cerone – 5
Mike Macfarlane – 5
Mickey Tettleton – 5
Brad Ausmus – 5
Ozzie Virgil – 5
Gary Carter – 4
Dave Valle – 4

*- Joe Torre’s number is only for 1969 and on, so that’s an incomplete total for him.

Craig Biggio got hit 3 times by Pete Harnisch, twice by Mark Portugal, and once each by Jeff Juden, Danny Darwin, Xavier Hernandez, Darryl Kile and Ryan Bowen.
Kendall was hit twice by Bronson Arroyo, twice by Danny Darwin, and once each by Kip Wells, Jeff Suppan, Denny Neagle, Jon Lieber, Nelson Figueroa, and Elmer Dessens. So Biggio and Kendall got the same number of plunks from former (starting) batterymates, but Kendall had one more pitcher in the group. But then, he spent a lot more time catching than Biggio did.  So if someone asks you what pitcher plunked and pitched to both Jason Kendall and Craig Biggio, the answer is Danny Darwin.

Wright hits 143rd

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Prior to yesterday, Jamey Wright had only hit 142 batters and none of them were Astros third baseman Chris Johnson. But Wright solved both those problems yesterday by plunking Chris Johnson. Wright has now hit 143 batters, putting him ahead of Frank Foreman and into sole possession of 24th place on the all time hit batters list. That the first plunking Wright has delivered as a member of the Dodgers, and he’s the 498th Dodgers pitcher to throw a plunk.

In Chicago, Johnny Cueto took a game against the Cubs as the opportunity to become the 9th pitcher in Reds franchise history to hit 50 batters. He hit Joe Mather for number 50, and then celebrated by hitting Starlin Castro two innings later for number 51. Cueto is tied for the major league lead with 4 plunks this season.

Josh Willingham of the Twins got hit again yesterday, his 2nd consecutive day with an HBP. Jeff Niemann threw that one, making Willingham the first player to reach 4 HBPs in 2012.

The most plunked batters born on April 23rd

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

92hbp – Andruw Jones, born 04/23/1977, 91st all time, played from 1996 to 2012
43hbp – Jim Bottomley, born 04/23/1900, 532nd all time, played from 1922 to 1937
28hbp – Dolph Camilli, born 04/23/1907, 1036th all time, played from 1933 to 1945
13hbp – Jason Tyner, born 04/23/1977, 2035th all time, played from 2000 to 2008
7hbp – Warren Spahn, born 04/23/1921, 2946th all time, played from 1942 to 1965