Archive for May 1st, 2012

Players of the month for April 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham just finished up his best April ever, at least by the standard we use for judging around here. He was hit by 4 pitches, leading all major league players in the HBP category. That gives him the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award for April 2012.

In the National League, Jerry Hairston Jr., Brian Bogusevic, and Jonathan Lucroy all tied for the most HBPs with 3 each, which means we go to BACON to break the tie. Unfortunately, Hairston and Lucroy didn’t get enough plate appearances to be considered “qualified” for the month, so that means Bogusevic gets the NL Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award, despite a BACON of .567.

Pierre gets 96th

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Juan Pierre extended his record for most plunks by a batter born in Alabama to 96 last night, when he was plunked by Scott Maine (who was born in Florida).

Yu Darvish, Junichi Tazawa and Hiroki Kuroda each hit a batter yesterday, making it just the 2nd day ever on which three different pitchers born in Japan hit a batter. The other time was August 8, 2000 when Mac Suzuki, Kaz Sasaki and Craig House hit batters.

In Miami, Patrick Corbin made his major league debut, and hit Austin Kearns with the 13th pitch he threw. Kearns now has 70 career HBPs.

Clay Buchhulz hit Cliff Pennington of the A’s, and that was the 600th plunk ever recorded by a batter born in 1984. Chris Parmalee’s plunk from C.J. Wilson was the 50 time a batter born in 1988 has been hit by a pitch. The 1988 batch of major leaguers is 6 plunks behind the 1989 group.

The most plunked batters born on May 1st

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

60hbp – Charlie O’Brien, born 05/01/1960, 280th all time, played from 1985 to 2000
30hbp – Al Zarilla, born 05/01/1919, 953rd all time, played from 1943 to 1953
13hbp – Johnny Berardino, born 05/01/1917, 2036th all time, played from 1939 to 1952
9hbp – Frank Foreman, born 05/01/1863, 2597th all time, played from 1884 to 1902
8hbp – Jose Lind, born 05/01/1964, 2768th all time, played from 1987 to 1995
8hbp – Felix Torres, born 05/01/1932, 2768th all time, played from 1962 to 1964