Archive for July 2nd, 2012

Players of the Month for June 2012

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

You can usually be pretty sure that if somebody gets hit by 7 pitches in a month, they’re going to win the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award. The last time two players got hit by 7 pitches in the same month was June of 2007 when Luis Terrero of the White Sox and David DeJesus of the Royals both had 7 plunk months. (Terrero never took another HBP after that month). In June of 2012, it was Carlos Quentin having the 7 plunk month – the 2nd of his career. The only other active players who’s been hit by 7 pitches in a month more than once is Chase Utley – he’s done it 5 times, including 4 different 8 plunk months.
So Carlos Quentin gets the National League Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award for June 2012, for his 7 HBPs.

In the American League, Josh Willingham gets the June 2012 Player of the Month award for his work, getting hit by 5 pitches. He leads the American League with 11.

Arroyo throws 91st (but doesn’t throw 92nd)

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Bronson Arroyo hit Buster Posey with a pitch yesterday, giving him a career total of 91 hit batters, and giving Posey a career total of 10. But Arroyo didn’t hit Ryan Vogelsong. That decision cause some controversy. Arroyo threw a pitch fairly close to Vogelsong, but not close enough to hit him, and that was apparently the signal for an extremely disorganized and poorly choreographed flash mob on the infield, made up of players from both benches. Sometimes I just don’t get these things. Just play baseball, and keep racking up those HBPs – we don’t need any more entertainment than that.

In other action yesterday, Alex Cobb became the first pitcher named Alex ever to plunk Prince Fielder. But, Cobb is the 2nd pitcher to hit Prince Fielder with a pitch who was born in Massachusetts and has a first and last name that are each 4 letters long. Rich Hill is the other. Fielder has been hit 84 times in his career, and he’s up to 6 HBPs this year. He’s tied for 5th among American League batters in the HBP category.

Edwin Encarnacion is one of the American Leaguers ahead of Fielder, and he picked up his 7th of the season. Ernesto Freiri threw that one.

The most plunked batters born on July 2nd

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

84hbp – Jose Canseco, born 07/02/1964, 133rd all time, played from 1985 to 2001
62hbp – Sean Casey, born 07/02/1974, 267th all time, played from 1997 to 2008
50hbp – Fred Carroll, born 07/02/1864, 403rd all time, played from 1884 to 1891
42hbp – Nyjer Morgan, born 07/02/1980, 556th all time, played from 2007 to 2012
15hbp – Tony Armas, born 07/02/1953, 1846th all time, played from 1976 to 1989
15hbp – Hal Wagner, born 07/02/1915, 1846th all time, played from 1937 to 1949
15hbp – Grover Hartley, born 07/02/1888, 1846th all time, played from 1911 to 1934
15hbp – Bob Gilks, born 07/02/1864, 1846th all time, played from 1887 to 1893
15hbp – Ed Beecher, born 07/02/1860, 1846th all time, played from 1887 to 1891