Archive for June, 2012

The most plunked batters born on June 30th

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

105 hbp – Mark Grudzielanek, born 06/30/1970, 65th all time, played from 1995 to 2010
64 hbp – Tony Fernandez, born 06/30/1962, 245th all time, played from 1983 to 2001
22 hbp – Davy Jones, born 06/30/1880, 1322nd all time, played from 1901 to 1918
21 hbp – Ron Swoboda, born 06/30/1944, 1404th all time, played from 1965 to 1973
10 hbp – Roberto Ortiz, born 06/30/1915, 2453rd all time, played from 1941 to 1950

One more for Carlos Quentin (103)

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Carlos Quentin joined Vladimir Guerrero and Tris Speaker at the 103 career HBPs mark yesterday.  They’re all tied at 67th place on the all time list after Brett Myers plunked Q! last night.  Plunk number 103 for Quentin was also his 5th RBI plunk.  He’s up to 6 HBPs this season.

Rockies reliever Josh Roenicke got hit by a pitch for the first time in his career, in just the 5th plate appearance of his 5 year major league career.  He’s the 146th player ever to take an HBP for the Rockies, and only the 3rd to do so as a relief pitcher.  The Rockies have now been involved in the last 3 major league plunkings of relief pitchers.  Prior to yesterday, the last such incident was August 8, 2010 when Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers hit Pirates reliever Daniel McCutchen.  On April 28, 2010, Colorado reliever Matt Belisle got plunked by Esmerling Vasquez.

Trevor Bauer made his major league debut, starting for Arizona yesterday, and waited until the 3rd inning before throwing his first plunk.  He made it a good one though, giving Dan Uggla his 50th career plunk.

Shin-Soo Choo picked up his 48th career plunk, and his 7th of the season.  Choo is now one plunk ahead of Ichiro, giving him sole possession of the HBP record for batters born in Asia.  That plunk broke the Indians streak of 27 games without an HBP.

Placido Polanco got his 92nd career plunk, and Johnny Cueto and Brett Myers both threw their 55th.

The most plunked batters born on June 29th

Friday, June 29th, 2012

59hbp – Bobby Veach, born 06/29/1888, 284th all time, played from 1912 to 1925
48hbp – Harmon Killebrew, born 06/29/1936, 439th all time, played from 1954 to 1975
39hbp – Heinie Reitz, born 06/29/1867, 649th all time, played from 1893 to 1899
32hbp – Pedro Guerrero, born 06/29/1956, 871st all time, played from 1978 to 1992
29hbp – Burgess Whitehead, born 06/29/1910, 1000th all time, played from 1933 to 1946

Doumit takes 1000th plunk for state of Washington

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Ryan Doumit got hit by another pitch yesterday, one day after collecting the 999th plunk ever to hit a batter born in Washington. The 1000th for Washington was a 9th inning plunk thrown by Will Ohman, just after he also hit Trevor Plouffe.

Jake McGee hit Eric Hosmer with a pitch for the Rays, making McGee the 125th pitcher to throw a plunk for the Rays organization.

Brendan Ryan got an HBP for the Mariners, making that his 3rd of the season and the 7th for the Mariners whole team. The Mariners have been hit the same number of times as Ryan Braun or Carlos Pena. And 5 fewer times than Carlos Ruiz.

The Indians plunkless streak continues, up to 27 games now. They haven’t gone unplunked that long since 1994.

The most plunked batters born on June 28th

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

267hbp – Don Baylor, born 06/28/1949, 4th all time, played from 1970 to 1988
67hbp – Richard Hidalgo, born 06/28/1975, 227th all time, played from 1997 to 2005
56hbp – Corey Koskie, born 06/28/1973, 316th all time, played from 1998 to 2006
52hbp – Brandon Phillips, born 06/28/1981, 375th all time, played from 2002 to 2012
35hbp – Chris Speier, born 06/28/1950, 770th all time, played from 1971 to 1989

Floyd takes league lead with 9th

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Gavin Floyd faced off against the Minnesota Twins batters last night, and in the 2nd inning he hit Ryan Doumit with a pitch. That was the 9th batter Floyd has hit this season, and that moves him ahead of Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard for the major league lead in hitting batters this year. Also, that was the 100th HBP in Target Field history, which has been pretty slow to rack up the HBPs even though I’m pretty sure it’s named after Craig “Target” Biggio, the modern master of the HBP.

Bronson Arroyo threw his 90th career plunk, and his 26th at Great American Ballpark, when he hit Ryan Braun in the first inning. The Brewers have been hit 44 times this season, and 11 of those have been recorded on Tuesdays. Braun has now been 2 of the hit batters among Bronson Arroyo’s 90. Braun is up to 7 HBPs this season.

Dan Ugla got hit yesterday for the Braves, and that was the Braves 10th of the season, while the Brewers have 11 on Tuesdays.

Alfonso Soriano got number 76 and 77 of his career, getting hit by Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner of the Mets.

If you’re a fan of batters born in the state of Washington getting hit by pitches you’ll want to keep an eye on all of tonight’s games. Ryan Doumit’s historic 100th plunk in Target Field history was also the 999th by a batter born in Washington. So keep an eye out for Doumit, or Lyle Overbay, Willie Bloomquist, Travis Buck, Brent Lillibridge, Travis Ishikawa, Michael Brantley, Hank Conger or Matt Hague picking up an HBP tonight for the 1000th ever received by a batter born in Washington.

The most plunked batters born on June 27th

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

49hbp – Jim Edmonds, born 06/27/1970, 419th all time, played from 1993 to 2010
41hbp – Jeff Conine, born 06/27/1966, 586th all time, played from 1990 to 2007
31hbp – Johnny Estrada, born 06/27/1976, 913rd all time, played from 2001 to 2008
26hbp – Rico Petrocelli, born 06/27/1943, 1140th all time, played from 1963 to 1976
24hbp – Gus Zernial, born 06/27/1923, 1222nd all time, played from 1949 to 1959

Willingham goes to 11

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Josh Willingham showed every yesterday that his season total for HBPs can go up to 11. That’s one plunkier than his previous plunk total of 10. Willingham leads the American League this season, and he’s 1 HBP behind Carlos Ruiz for the major league lead. That was also the 99th HBP in Target Field history.

Giants pitcher Barry Zito has now hit Andre Ethier 3 times, and other batters 87 times for a career total of 90, after hitting Ethier yesterday. That was the 25th plunk Zito has thrown while pitching for the Giants.

Jeff Francis hit Danny Espinosa twice, and that 2nd one was the 1200th ever thrown by a pitcher born in 1981.

Chris Stewart got an HBP for the Yankees yesterday, making him the 550th different player to get hit by at least one pitch for the Yankees. Mark Teixeira picked up his 40th as a Yankee as well, giving him 93 for his career.

The most plunked batters born on June 26th

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

254hbp – Jason Kendall, born 06/26/1974, 5th all time, played from 1996 to 2010
159hbp – Derek Jeter, born 06/26/1974, 17th all time, played from 1995 to 2012
16hbp – Bill Robinson, born 06/26/1943, 1747th all time, played from 1966 to 1983
16hbp – Debs Garms, born 06/26/1907, 1747th all time, played from 1932 to 1945
12hbp – Topsy Hartsel, born 06/26/1874, 2173rd all time, played from 1898 to 1911
12hbp – Luis A. Gonzalez, born 06/26/1979, 2173rd all time, played from 2004 to 2006

Granderson gets 30th, Red Sox trade all time leader

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Curtis Granderson got his 30th career plunk yesterday, and Joey Votto got his 30th. Austin Kearns picked up plunk number 72, Eric Young got hit twice for career plunk numbers 6 or 7. Scott Diamond doubled his career plunk total, throwing his 3rd and 4th, and Josh Lindblom threw the 200th plunk ever delivered by a pitcher born in 1987. Joe Nathan became the 320th pitcher to throw a plunk for the Rangers, and Matt Harrison snapped a streak of 800 batters faced without hitting anyone (they both hit Eric Young).

But, the most important plunk related news yesterday was probably that the Red Sox decided that after taking a franchise record 86 plunks for the team, they no longer need Kevin Youkilis. Only 12 other players have been hit half that many times for the Red Sox. This is all just further evidence that major league front offices continue to misunderstand the game of baseball, and the value the ability to get hit by a high volume of pitches brings to a baseball team. The Red Sox new active leader in career HBPs is Dustin Pedroia with 27.