Archive for July 6th, 2012

Foul Ball All Stars

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Here’s how this year’s All Star rosters would look if position players were selected by who hit the most foul balls. Which is obviously ridiculous, because they SHOULD be selected by who gets hit by the most pitches.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CATCHER
A.J. Pierzynski (CWS) – 238
J.P. Arencibia (TOR) – 211
Kurt Suzuki (OAK) – 175

FIRST BASE
Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) – 299
Prince Fielder (DET) – 223
Carlos Pena (TB) – 221

SECOND BASE
Ian Kinsler (TEX) – 277
Kelly Johnson (TOR) – 245
Gordon Beckham (CWS) – 230

THIRD BASE
Miguel Cabrera (DET) – 263
Mike Moustakas (KC) – 253
Adrian Beltre (TEX) – 249

SHORT STOP
Derek Jeter (NYY) – 286
Jhonny Peralta (DET) – 234
Cliff Pennington (OAK) – 230

LEFT FIELD
Alex Gordon (KC) – 250
Josh Willingham (MIN) – 214
Dayan Viciedo (CWS) – 188

CENTER FIELD
Adam Jones (BAL) – 266
Curtis Granderson (NYY) – 248
Alejandro De Aza (CWS) – 228

RIGHT FIELD
Josh Reddick (OAK) – 295
Jeff Francoeur (KC) – 289
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) – 247

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz (BOS) – 228
Kendry Morales (LAA) – 210
Billy Butler (KC) – 206

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER
Buster Posey (SF) – 251
Miguel Montero (ARI) – 227
Carlos Ruiz (PHI) – 202

FIRST BASE
Frederick Freeman (ATL) – 282
Joey Votto (CIN) – 216
Yonder Alonso (SD) – 214

SECOND BASE
Brandon Phillips (CIN) – 251
Danny Espinosa (WSH) – 247
Dan Uggla (ATL) – 240

THIRD BASE
Hanley Ramirez (MIA) – 291
Chase Headley (SD) – 257
Chris Johnson (HOU) – 229

SHORT STOP
Dee Gordon (LAD) – 260
Ian Desmond (WSH) – 251
Starlin Castro (CHC) – 241

LEFT FIELD
Ryan Braun (MIL) – 270
Matt Holliday (STL) – 248
Alfonso Soriano (CHC) – 229

CENTER FIELD
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) – 240
Michael Bourn (ATL) – 236
Angel Pagan (SF) – 223

RIGHT FIELD
Hunter Pence (PHI) – 224
Jason Heyward (ATL) – 226
Jay Bruce (CIN) – 205

DESIGNATED HITTER
Mike Morse (WSH) – 82 (34 as DH)
Jim Thome (BAL) – 61 (30 as DH)
Jason Giambi (COL) – 68 (22 as DH)

Ruiz brings ’12 total to 13

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Carlos Ruiz improved his Major League leading plunk total to 13 when he failed to avoid a pitch from RA Dickey.  That was Dickey’s 35th career plunk – which isn’t very many for a guy who throws a knuckle ball.  That was the 11th plunk Dickey has thrown at Citi Field, and that ties him for the park record with Mike Pelfrey.  Ruiz is up to 43 for his career.

Later in that game Jonathan Papelbon hit Jordany Valdespin while blowing a save in the 9th inning, and that was a significant plunk for several reasons. First, Valdespin scored the winning run, on a David Wright single, which is significant enough.  But it was also the 1900th plunk in Mets franchis history, and it was Papelbon’s 1st plunk since joining the Phillies, making him the 600th pitcher ever to throw a plunk for the Phillies.

Danny Espinosa was hit again yesterday, making that his 2nd consecutive game with a plunk.  He’s up to 7 plunks this season.

The most plunked batters born on July 6th

Friday, July 6th, 2012

49hbp – Roy Hartzell, born 07/06/1881, 420th all time, played from 1906 to 1916
43hbp – Steve O’Neill, born 07/06/1891, 534th all time, played from 1911 to 1928
38hbp – Willie Randolph, born 07/06/1954, 670th all time, played from 1975 to 1992
11hbp – Greg Norton, born 07/06/1972, 2308th all time, played from 1996 to 2009
9hbp – Jason Thompson, born 07/06/1954, 2609th all time, played from 1976 to 1986