Archive for July 9th, 2012

HBP all stars

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Following up on last Friday’s post regarding who would make the All-Star team if it were chosen by who hit the most foul balls, below is how the roster really should work. This is how it would be if chosen by who got hit by the most pitches.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CATCHER
Russell Martin (NYY) – 6
Mike Napoli (TEX) – 6
Kelly Shoppach (BOS) – 5

FIRST BASE
Carlos Pena (TB) – 8
Prince Fielder (DET) – 6
Casey Kotchman (CLE) – 5
Mark Reynolds (BAL) – 5

SECOND BASE
Ramon Santiago (DET) – 5
Ian Kinsler (TEX) – 4
Gordon Beckham (CWS) – 4

THIRD BASE
Alex Rodriguez (NYY) – 7
Brett Lawrie (TOR) – 5
Kevin Youkilis (CWS) – 5

SHORT STOP
Alcides Escobar (KC) – 6
Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE) – 4
Brendan Ryan (SEA) – 3

LEFT FIELD
Josh Willingham (MIN) – 11
Daniel Nava (BOS) – 7
Matthew Joyce (TB) – 5

CENTER FIELD
Adam Jones (BAL) – 5
Alejandro De Aza (CWS) – 5
Craig Gentry (TEX) – 5

RIGHT FIELD
Shin-Soo Choo (CLE) – 7
Alex Rios (CWS) – 4
Jose Bautista (TOR) – 4

DESIGNATED HITTER
Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) – 8
Travis Hafner (CLE) – 6
Billy Butler (KC) – 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER
Carlos Ruiz (PHI) – 13
Miguel Montero (ARI) – 5
Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) – 3
Chris Snyder (HOU) – 3

FIRST BASE
Corey Hart (MIL) – 6
Frederick Freeman (ATL) – 4
Brett Wallace (HOU) – 3
Joey Votto (CIN) – 3

SECOND BASE
Danny Espinosa (WSH) – 7
Rickie Weeks (MIL) – 6
Dan Uggla (ATL) – 5

THIRD BASE
Aramis Ramirez (MIL) – 5
Cody Ransom (MIL) – 3
Hanley Ramirez (MIA) – 3
David Freese (STL) – 3
Chris Johnson (HOU) – 3

SHORT STOP
Clint Barmes (PIT) – 4
Brandon Crawford (SF) – 3
Ruben Tejada (NYM) – 3
Dee Gordon (LAD) – 3

LEFT FIELD
Ryan Braun (MIL) – 9
Carlos Quentin (SD) – 8
Alfonso Soriano (CHC) – 5

CENTER FIELD
David DeJesus (CHC) – 8
Jon Jay (STL) – 5
Nyjer Morgan (MIL) – 5

RIGHT FIELD
David DeJesus (CHC) – 8
Jose Tabata (PIT) – 6
Corey Hart (MIL) – 6

DESIGNATED HITTER
Carlos Quentin (SD) – 3 as DH, 8 total
Rickie Weeks (MIL) – 1 as DH, 6 total
Jordany Valdespin (NYM) – 1 as DH, 2 total
Jim Thome (BAL) – 1 as DH, 1 total

The best part about this method is that a team like this years’ Brewers can send two players at the same position.

Cueto hits 10th of ’12

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher of the 2012 season to reach the 10 hit batters mark after a two plunk effort yesterday against the Padres.    He hit Chase Headley in the first inning, and Jason Marquis in the 5th.  That’s the 2nd time in his career that Cueto has hit a pitcher, but Jason Marquis is the active leader in hitting other pitchers with pitches, with 4.

Also in that game, Scott Rolen picked up career plunk number 126.  He’s now tied with Aaron Rowand for 41st place on the all time HBP list.  Luke Gregerson threw that one.

Travis Hafner collected his 82 career plunk yesterday, increasing his Indians franchise record total.  That was the 2nd plunk of his career from James Shields.

The most plunked batters born on July 9th

Monday, July 9th, 2012

120hbp – Buck Herzog, born 07/09/1885, 46th all time, played from 1908 to 1920
62hbp – Willie Wilson, born 07/09/1955, 267th all time, played from 1976 to 1994
23hbp – Hector Lopez, born 07/09/1929, 1276th all time, played from 1955 to 1966
23hbp – Miguel Montero, born 07/09/1983, 1276th all time, played from 2006 to 2012
20hbp – Wally Post, born 07/09/1929, 1464th all time, played from 1949 to 1964