Gordon Beckham got hit by a pitch in the first inning of the Rays-White Sox game, and that pitch was the historic 4500th plunk in White Sox franchise history. They’re the first American League team to reach that total, and the 6th franchise overall. Congratulations on that historic achievement, White Sox.
Yesterday I mentioned that the group of people who might wish to hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch might be larger than the 131 pitchers who had already hit him. Ervin Santana moved from one group to the other last night, becoming the 132nd pitcher to plunk Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez now has 162 plunks, one for each game in a standard regular season schedule. He needs 3 more to tie former Yankee Kid Elberfeld for 15th place on the all time list. That was his 90th plunk as a Yankee, and that makes the Yankees the first franchise to have 4 different players get hit 90 times for them. (Unless we’re allowed to divide Craig Biggio into 3 different Astros who got hit 95 times each.)
For Ervin Santana, it was his 69th career plunk, which is just 4 less than John Lackey‘s franchise record total of 73 for the Angels.
Martin Maldonado nearly made it 10 plate appearances into his major league career before getting hit by a pitch, but he got his in his 9th career trip to the plate. That gave him the honor of being the 250th batter ever to take a plunk for the Brewers franchise. The Brewers are back in the major league lead with 31 plunks this season.
AJ Pierzynski got his 98th career plunk last night, putting him high on the list of likely candidates to become the next member of the 100 plunk club. (Rickie Weeks is also sitting at 98 plunks, and Carlos Quentin is playing again with 97. Juan Pierre has 96.)