Archive for May 7th, 2012

Rodriguez gets 160th plunk

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Luke Hochevar has now hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch twice, after he delivered a 92mph pitch to the Yankees 3rd baseman in the 3rd inning yesterday.  That pushed Rodriguez to a career total of 160 HBPs, making him the 16th player ever to reach that total.  That was the 6700th plunk ever to land on a batter born in New York.

Bryce Harper got hit by a pitch from Cole Hamels, making him the first ever batter born in 1992 to get hit by a pitch.  He’s only a little over 19 and a half years old, so the only person during Harper’s lifetime to get plunked at a younger age was Adrian Beltre.   Hamels got hit by a pitch himself two innings later, becoming just the 2nd pitcher this season to take a plunk.  The other was fellow Phillie Joe Blanton.

Including Hamels, four different batters who were 9th in the batting order got hit by pitches yesterday.  That’s the highest single day total for number 9 hitters this year.

The most plunked batters born on May 7th

Monday, May 7th, 2012

34hbp – Mickey Doolan, born 05/07/1880, 803rd all time, played from 1905 to 1918
27hbp – Conor Jackson, born 05/07/1982, 1087th all time, played from 2005 to 2011
17hbp – Brook Fordyce, born 05/07/1970, 1652nd all time, played from 1995 to 2004
12hbp – Dick Williams, born 05/07/1929, 2159th all time, played from 1951 to 1964
11hbp – Mark Smith, born 05/07/1970, 2296th all time, played from 1994 to 2003