Archive for August 4th, 2012


Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Something I missed from last night’s HBPs of note – Aroldis Chapman hit Andrew McCutcheon at 101.3Mph. Wow. Since 2008 when mlb started putting their pitchf/x data online, that’s the fastest plunk in a major league game. There was a 100.9mph plunk Chapman through at Chase Utley in the 2010 playoffs, but that might not have actually hit Utley. Other than that, 100.0mph is the fastest anyone has thrown a pitch that hit someone.

Hudson throws 105th, and takes 1st as a batter

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

First of all, make sure you go read Tim Kurkjian’s article on HBPs and watch the accompanying video.  Because we need to encourage all research in the field of plunkology.

Tim Hudson threw plunk number 105 of his career when he hit Brett Wallace yesterday, moving him into 70th place on the all time list, tied with Ed Willett, Jeff Pfeffer, and Jim Lonborg.  But he also got hit by a pitch for the first time in his career, making him the 681st player to take a plunk for the Braves.

Martin Maldonado got hit by a pitch for the Brewers yesterday, and that was the 19th plunk on a Friday the Brewers have had this year.  The live ball era record for plunks on fridays is 20 for a team.  It was also the Brewers 6th consecutive game with a plunk, make this their 2nd longest streak in team history.  And, just to add to the festivities, it was the 100th time in baseball history that the Cardinals have hit the Brewers.

Ian Kennedy hit Kevin Frandsen with a pitch yesterday, bringing Kennedy’s season total to 10, and that puts him in an 8 way tie for the league lead in hitting batters this year.

The most plunked batters born on August 4th

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

183hbp – Jake Beckley, born 08/04/1867, 10th all time, played from 1888 to 1907
40hbp – Cleon Jones, born 08/04/1942, 621st all time, played from 1963 to 1976
36hbp – Johnny Grubb, born 08/04/1948, 736th all time, played from 1972 to 1987
33hbp – B.J. Surhoff, born 08/04/1964, 835th all time, played from 1987 to 2005
28hbp – Troy O’Leary, born 08/04/1969, 1043rd all time, played from 1993 to 2003
28hbp – Luke Easter, born 08/04/1915, 1043rd all time, played from 1949 to 1954