Archive for May 21st, 2012

Franchise plunk record leader board

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Carlos Pena already held the Rays franchise record for career plunks before the 2012 season started, but thanks to his 5 HBPs this year, the Rays now have a better franchise plunk record than the Mets, and are now up to 28th place among active franchises. Rickie Weeks’ efforts this season have given him sole possession of the Brewers career HBP record, and pushed the Brewers into a tie with Larry Walker and the Rockies for the 16th best franchise plunk record among the 30 modern teams.

Below are the franchise HBP record holders for all 30 teams:

HBP Franchise Record Holder
285 Astros Craig Biggio
177 Pirates Jason Kendall
158 Yankees Derek Jeter
150 Braves Tommy Tucker
148 Orioles Brady Anderson
145 White Sox Minnie Minoso
139 Phillies Chase Utley
137 Cubs Frank Chance
132 Giants Art Fletcher
122 Blue Jays Carlos Delgado
118 Reds Frank Robinson
114 Tigers Bill Freehan
114 Nationals Ron Hunt
105 Angels Brian Downing
99 Twins Bucky Harris
98 Rockies Larry Walker
98 Brewers Rickie Weeks
93 A’s Jimmie Dykes
89 Mariners Edgar Martinez
87 Cardinals Steve Evans
84 Red Sox Kevin Youkilis
81 Indians Travis Hafner
78 Royals Mike Macfarlane
73 Dodgers Zack Wheat
61 Diamondbacks Luis Gonzalez
54 Rangers Rafael Palmeiro
51 Marlins Alex Gonzalez
43 Rays Carlos Pena
41 Mets Ron Hunt
36 Padres Kevin Kouzmanoff

first two plunks in one game

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Yesterday, Brewers rookie Taylor Green picked up his first 2 major league HBPs in the same game. The last person to do that was Josh Willingham on June 25, 2005. Willingham was playing left field against Green’s Brewers yesterday.  No other Brewer has done that.

Here’s the list of every player since 1969 to get their first two major league plunks in the same game.
Taylor Green (Brewers) –
Josh Willingham (Marlins)-
06/25/2005 (also in an interleague game, like Green)
Ross Gload (White Sox)- 04/17/2004
Mandy Romero (Rockies)- 08/17/2003
Jose Molina (Angels) – 08/16/2003
Augie Ojeda (Cubs) – 05/28/2001
Clay Bellinger (Yankees) – 04/15/2000
Torii Hunter (Twins) – 06/22/1999
Orlando Cabrera (Expos) – 05/15/1999
David Ortiz ( Twins) – 04/26/1998
MikE. Robertson (Phillies) – 08/27/1997
Kevin Ritz (Rockies) – 04/28/1995
Carlos Garcia (Pirates) – 04/12/1993
Gary Disarcina (Angels) – 09/23/1991
Todd Zeile (Cardinals) – 09/05/1990
Ron Gant (Braves) – 08/07/1988
Dave Stegman (White Sox) – 05/15/1984
Mel Hall (Cubs) – 09/17/1982
Tim Wallach (Expos) – 05/10/1981
John D’Acquisto (Padres) – 07/31/1979
Mike Cubbage (Twins) – 06/11/1976
Keith Hernandez (Cardinals) – 04/11/1976
Greg Luzinski (Phillies) – 09/14/1971
Walt Hriniak (Padres) – 08/05/1969

16 plunk Sunday

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Yorvit Torrealba, Jay Bruce, Jhonny Peralta, Will Venable, Taylor Green, Will Venable again, Troy Tulowitzki, Buster Posey, Yan Gomes, Ben Zobrist, Asdrubel Cabrera, Billy Butler, Nyjer Morgan, Taylor Green again, Matthew Joyce and Carlos Pena all got hit by pitches yesterday, making it the most plunkful day so far this season, and the first 16 plunk day since August 30, 2011.

Taylor Green’s first plunk of the day, from Jason Marquis, was his first major league plunk, and the 200th ever recorded in a Twins-Brewers game. Green also got his 2nd career plunk later in the game.

Blake Beaven became the first pitcher this year to hit 6 batters when he hit Troy Tulowitzki. That was also the 4,900th plunk ever thrown by a pitcher born in Texas.

Tim Hudson sure likes hitting batters on May 20th – he’s hit 101 batters overall, but yesterday’s plunk to Ben Zobrist was the 6th Hudson has thrown on May 20th. In the last 40 years only Jamey Wright (8 on July 29th) and Bert Blyleven (7 on April 22nd) have hit more on a single date. Tim Wakefield, CJ Nitkowski, and Bud Black also hit 6 batters on one date.

The Brewers and Rays entered yesterday’s games with 23 plunks on the season, tied for the Major League lead, and both teams got hit 3 more times yesterday.

The most plunked batters born on May 21st

Monday, May 21st, 2012

33hbp – Earl Averill, born 05/21/1902, 831st all time, played from 1929 to 1941
26hbp – Kent Hrbek, born 05/21/1960, 1137th all time, played from 1981 to 1994
20hbp – Josh Hamilton, born 05/21/1981, 1461st all time, played from 2007 to 2012
14hbp – Chris Widger, born 05/21/1971, 1942nd all time, played from 1995 to 2006
13hbp – Mark Quinn, born 05/21/1974, 2037th all time, played from 1999 to 2002