Archive for May 3rd, 2012

78 for Hafner

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Napolean Lajoie 79, Travis Hafner 78.  That’s the score for the top two HBP getters in Indians franchise history after Hafner was plunked by Philip Humber.  Hafner needs just one more plunk to claim a share of the Indians plunk record which has stood since 1914.  Hafner holds the record for plunks by a batter born in North Dakota, and Lajoie holds the Rhode Island record for plunks with 134 (only 79 of them were while he played with the Indians).

In St. Louis, AJ Burnett threw his 99th career plunk, hitting Jon Jay.  That leaves Burnett one well placed throw away from joining the 100 plunk club, after he watch Tim Hudson join the club against his team last week.  That was Burnett’s first plunk since joining the Pirates.  Jon Jay has now been hit 11 times, and that ranks 12th among players with only 6 letters in their first and last name, tied with Irv Ray.

Jonathan Sanchez hit Miguel Cabrera yesterday, and that was the 40th career plunk for both of them.  Adam Jones also got his 40th plunk yesterday, but that was thrown by Ivan Nova, who has only hit 9 batters.

Daniel Bard hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch, giving the Red Sox the major league lead in hitting batters this year with 12.  That was also the 4,300th plunk ever thrown by the Red Sox.

The most plunked batters born on May 3rd

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

31hbp – Davey Lopes, born 05/03/1945, 910th all time, played from 1972 to 1987
30hbp – George Gore, born 05/03/1857, 954th all time, played from 1879 to 1892
9hbp – Eppa Rixey, born 05/03/1891, 2597th all time, played from 1912 to 1933
7hbp – Chuck Hinton, born 05/03/1934, 2948th all time, played from 1961 to 1971
7hbp – Chris Cannizzaro, born 05/03/1938, 2948th all time, played from 1960 to 1974