Archive for August 8th, 2012

2012 reaches 1000 plunks

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Josh Willingham‘s plunk in the 7th inning against Cleveland yesterday was the 1000th plunk of the 2012 season, and Willingham’s 12th.  He leads the American League in getting hit by pitches, and he’s just 2 behind Carlos Ruiz for the overall lead.  Willingham has now been hit 87 times in his career.

James Shields threw the 46th plunk of his career, extending his record for most plunks thrown by a Ray.  That was also the 999th plunk ever recorded at Tropicana Field, and it landed on Yunel Escobar.

Yesterday was Marlins pitcher Wade LeBlanc‘s 28th birthday, and Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese helped him celebrate by hitting him with a pitch.  From 1969 to 2011, no pitcher got hit by a pitch on his birthday, but now Wade LeBlanc has done so.  Leblanc joins Ian Kinsler as the only players to get a birthday plunk this year.

The most plunked batters born on August 8th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

36hbp – Jocko Milligan, born 08/08/1861, 736th all time, played from 1884 to 1893
33hbp – Frank Howard, born 08/08/1936, 835th all time, played from 1958 to 1973
31hbp – Cecil Travis, born 08/08/1913, 915th all time, played from 1933 to 1947
26hbp – Ron Karkovice, born 08/08/1963, 1141st all time, played from 1986 to 1997
17hbp – Mike Ivie, born 08/08/1952, 1658th all time, played from 1971 to 1983