Archive for March, 2013

The plunksignal

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

If you’ve been wondering why twitter exists without someone building a system that sends out tweet notifications every time someone gets hit by a pitch, I may have solved that problem. If you’re interested in keeping track of every one of MLB’s HBPs as they happen, you can now follow the @PlunkSignal twitter feed. It’s up and running, and mostly works. Improvements will be ongoing. No, this isn’t an april fools joke. Okay, yes, maybe it kind of is, but it’s also a real thing.

At the moment, each time a batter gets hit by a pitch, the @PlunkSignal twitter feed will post the batter and pitchers name, team, inning of the plunk, pitch speed from pitchf/X if available, and the number of plunks for both the batter and the pitcher in the game, season and career. That’s the gibberish at the end – you’ll see, for example B-g1s3c63 P-g2s6c23. That’s telling you that the batter has been hit once in this game, 3 times this season, and 63 times in his career. Same deal for the pitcher. At some point I might add the batter-pitcher matchup totals, or team splits or something. Maybe. But for now I wanted to keep it simple. We’ll see how it goes.

The most plunked batters born on March 31st

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

52 hbp – Bill Hallman, born 03/31/1867, 381st all time, played from 1888 to 1903
21 hbp – Carson Bigbee, born 03/31/1895, 1409th all time, played from 1916 to 1926
15 hbp – Peter Bourjos, born 03/31/1987, 1861st all time, played from 2010 to 2012
(Bourjos was hit 5 times in 2012 to move to third place on this list)
13 hbp – Tracy Jones, born 03/31/1961, 2061st all time, played from 1986 to 1991
12 hbp – Jeff Mathis, born 03/31/1983, 2188th all time, played from 2005 to 2012

The most plunked batters born on March 30th

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

(no change from last year)
38 hbp – George Van Haltren, born 03/30/1866, 672nd all time, played from 1887 to 1903
23 hbp – Ripper Collins, born 03/30/1904, 1280th all time, played from 1931 to 1941
17 hbp – Hal Rhyne, born 03/30/1899, 1663rd all time, played from 1926 to 1933
14 hbp – Ed Gremminger, born 03/30/1874, 1962nd all time, played from 1895 to 1904
8 hbp – Tom Burns, born 03/30/1857, 2804th all time, played from 1880 to 1892

active leader – nobody

The most plunked batters born on March 29th

Friday, March 29th, 2013

(no change from last year)
74 hbp – Brian Jordan, born 03/29/1967, 188th all time, played from 1992 to 2006
24 hbp – Tommy Holmes, born 03/29/1917, 1229th all time, played from 1942 to 1952
22 hbp – Geronimo Pena, born 03/29/1967, 1327th all time, played from 1990 to 1996
20 hbp – Duff Cooley, born 03/29/1873, 1472nd all time, played from 1893 to 1905
19 hbp – Alex Ochoa, born 03/29/1972, 1538th all time, played from 1995 to 2002

active leader:
1 hbp – Kila Ka’aihue, born 03/29/1984, 5732nd all time, played from 2008 to 2012

The most plunked batters born on March 28th

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

(no change from last year)
55 hbp – Glenn Davis, born 03/28/1961, 332nd all time, played from 1984 to 1993
29 hbp – Jimmy Barrett, born 03/28/1875, 1009th all time, played from 1899 to 1908
12 hbp – Craig Paquette, born 03/28/1969, 2188th all time, played from 1993 to 2003
12 hbp – Tom McLaughlin, born 03/28/1860, 2188th all time, played from 1883 to 1891
10 hbp – Harry Gleason, born 03/28/1875, 2472nd all time, played from 1901 to 1905

active leader:
1 hbp – Ryan Kalish, born 03/28/1988, 5732nd all time, played from 2010 to 2012

The most plunked batters born on March 27th

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

(no change from last year)
47 hbp – Miller Huggins, born 03/27/1878, 469th all time, played from 1904 to 1916
43 hbp – Michael Cuddyer, born 03/27/1979, 542nd all time, played from 2001 to 2012
28 hbp – George Magoon, born 03/27/1875, 1050th all time, played from 1898 to 1903
24 hbp – Wes Covington, born 03/27/1932, 1229th all time, played from 1956 to 1966
15 hbp – Bill Collins, born 03/27/1882, 1861st all time, played from 1910 to 1914

active leader: Cuddyer, but he’s not quite active enough to have been hit in 2012.

The most plunked batters born on March 26th

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

35 hbp – Kevin Seitzer, born 03/26/1962, 774th all time, played from 1986 to 1997
26 hbp – Brendan Ryan, born 03/26/1982, 1144th all time, played from 2007 to 2012
(Ryan was hit 5 times in 2012 to tie Brower on this list)
26 hbp – Frank Brower, born 03/26/1893, 1144th all time, played from 1920 to 1924
24 hbp – Jack McCarthy, born 03/26/1869, 1229th all time, played from 1893 to 1907
22 hbp – Josh Wilson, born 03/26/1981, 1327th all time, played from 2005 to 2011

The most plunked batters born on March 25th

Monday, March 25th, 2013

(no change from last year)
80 hbp – Clyde Milan, born 03/25/1887, 152nd all time, played from 1907 to 1922
56 hbp – Woodie Held, born 03/25/1932, 321st all time, played from 1954 to 1969
41 hbp – Travis Fryman, born 03/25/1969, 594th all time, played from 1990 to 2002
24 hbp – Dan Wilson, born 03/25/1969, 1229th all time, played from 1992 to 2005
20 hbp – Lee Mazzilli, born 03/25/1955, 1472nd all time, played from 1976 to 1989

active leader: nobody

The most plunked batters born on March 24th

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

71 hbp – Roy Thomas, born 03/24/1874, 209th all time, played from 1899 to 1911
48 hbp – George Sisler, born 03/24/1893, 447th all time, played from 1915 to 1930
45 hbp – Corey Hart, born 03/24/1982, 503rd all time, played from 2004 to 2012
(Hart took 11 plunks in 2012 to move up to third place among his co-birthdayers)
42 hbp – Kip Selbach, born 03/24/1872, 568th all time, played from 1894 to 1906
30 hbp – Jesus Alou, born 03/24/1942, 966th all time, played from 1963 to 1979

The most plunked batters born on March 23rd

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

(no change from last year)
54 hbp – Farmer Weaver, born 03/23/1865, 347th all time, played from 1888 to 1894
53 hbp – George Scott, born 03/23/1944, 362nd all time, played from 1966 to 1979
49 hbp – Lee May, born 03/23/1943, 425th all time, played from 1965 to 1982
43 hbp – Johnny Logan, born 03/23/1927, 542nd all time, played from 1951 to 1963
42 hbp – Elmer Smith, born 03/23/1868, 568th all time, played from 1886 to 1901

active leader: nobody