Archive for April, 2013

Jay ties Busch Stadium record

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Jon Jay took an HBP from Mat Latos last night, making that the 15th time Jay has been plunked at the current version of Busch Stadium. That ties him with Matt Holiday for the park record in career HBPs. Fernando Vina held the record at the old Busch Stadium, with 45, but so far no one has been hit more than 15 times at the new Busch. That will change as soon as Jay or Holiday gets hit again.

Juan Pierre increased his career plunk total to 102, adding a plunking from Bobby Parnell of the Mets. That’s the 4th time Pierre has been hit by the Mets, among his 102 career plunks. Pierre holds the record for most HBPs by a batter born in Alabama, and is now tied with Orlando Cepeda for 73rd place on the all time list for career HBPs.

Robbie Grossman got hit by Andy Pettitte in the Astros-Yankees game last night, giving him his first major league plunk. Grossman is the 277th batter in Astros history, which means the Astros are still 8 plunked batters short of having one batter with an HBP for every HBP Craig Biggio took himself for the Astros. Grossman is 23, and Pettitte is 40 so that plunk has the largest gap between the ages of the pitcher and batter since Jamie Moyer hit Mat Latos on May 27, 2012.

Travis Hafner also got hit in that Yankees-Astros game, extending his North Dakota plunk record to 87, and Austin Romine became the 556th batter ever plunked for the Yankees, while recording the 10th HBP ever seen in a game between the Yankees and Astros.

The most plunked batters born on April 30th

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

34 hbp – Phil Garner, born 04/30/1949, 812nd all time, played from 1973 to 1988
34 hbp – Charley Jones, born 04/30/1850, 812nd all time, played from 1875 to 1888
16 hbp – Jeff Reboulet, born 04/30/1964, 1764th all time, played from 1992 to 2003
10 hbp – Chet Laabs, born 04/30/1912, 2479th all time, played from 1937 to 1947
4 hbp – Joe Strain, born 04/30/1954, 3840th all time, played from 1979 to 1981

active leader: nobody

features – everyone plunked

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Just for the sake of extra information and time wasting, I’ve added a page to the site where you can look up every plunk since 1969, by batter, pitcher, batting team or pitching team. So, if you wanted to see the dates and box scores for all the times Derek Jeter has been plunked by the Red Sox, or all the times the Orioles have hit the Braves, or all the times Kerry Wood hit the Brewers, or all the times Jamey Wright hit Jason Kendall, or the times Dennis Eckersley hit Carlton Fisk, but only while Fisk was with the White Sox, or the time Pat Rapp hit Dion Sanders (why would you want to know that?), or all the times Dave Otto hit Ed Ott (never, but at least now you know), or everyone named Jay who ever hit the Blue Jays (click on the pitcher first name column header to sort).

You could even add to the fun of watching a game, by looking up the pitcher and seeing if he’s hit each batter before, as they come to the plate. (Although it will only be up to date through the previous day – no live updates, and no updates for earlier games on the same day. For live updates, check the @plunksignal twitter feed).

There’s a link on the main page, underĀ  the Other Stuff section, if you forget where you put your link to the new plunkopedia page.


Reed Johnson – target of 121 plunks.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Tigers had only hit Braves batters 12 times in the history of both franchises before yesterday, but they added to that total 3 times in their last game. The third of those plunks landed on Reed Johnson, giving him a career total of 121. Johnson is now tied with Miguel Tejada for 45th place among the most plunked batters in major league history. That was his 5th time being plunked by the Dodgers, but the first time he has been hit by Al Alburquerque.

The most plunked batters born on April 29th

Monday, April 29th, 2013

55 hbp – Kelly Shoppach, born 04/29/1980, 334th all time, played from 2005 to 2013
(Shoppach has been hit 6 times since his last birthday)
28 hbp – Rick Burleson, born 04/29/1951, 1052nd all time, played from 1974 to 1987
28 hbp – Ed Charles, born 04/29/1933, 1052nd all time, played from 1962 to 1969
27 hbp – Amby McConnell, born 04/29/1883, 1100th all time, played from 1908 to 1911
27 hbp – Luis Aparicio, born 04/29/1934, 1100th all time, played from 1956 to 1973

active leader: Kelly Shppach

Burnett hits 111th

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

AJ Burnett has now hit 111 batters in his major league career, but only 109 of them weren’t Jon Jay. Number 111 was Jon Jay. Burnett is tied for 62 place on the all time list for hitting batters, with Pedro Astacio. Jon Jay now has 14 HBPs at the new Busch Stadium, leaving him one plunk short of the park record. Matt Holiday has 15 plunks at the Cardinals new park, and Albert Pujols is tied for second, with 14.

The most plunked batters born on April 28th

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

55 hbp – Barry Larkin, born 04/28/1964, 334th all time, played from 1986 to 2004
15 hbp – David Freese, born 04/28/1983, 1862nd all time, played from 2009 to 2013
(Freese has been hit 6 times since his last birthday)
12 hbp – Jackie Brandt, born 04/28/1934, 2192nd all time, played from 1956 to 1967
7 hbp – Luis Quinones, born 04/28/1962, 2995th all time, played from 1983 to 1992
4 hbp – Mike Chartak, born 04/28/1916, 3840th all time, played from 1940 to 1944
4 hbp – Red Lucas, born 04/28/1902, 3840th all time, played from 1923 to 1938
4 hbp – Russ Morman, born 04/28/1962, 3840th all time, played from 1986 to 1997

Cardinals and Pirates throw 4 plunks at each other

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Last night’s game between the Cardinals and Pirates was the first game this season to feature four batters getting hit by pitches. Two of those, in the 3rd and 5th inning, where Lance Lynn hitting Starling Marte. The 2nd of those with the 7th HBP of Marte’s career, and the 3rd delivered by Lance Lynn. Lance Lynn might not like him very much. Marte now has 5 HBPs this year, which is the 2nd best total in the league, even though he’s still 5 plunks behind Shin-Soo Choo.

Eduardo Nunez took an HBP for the Yankees, from Brad Lincoln. That was the 11th HBP for the Yankees this year, but 6 of those have occurred on Fridays.

Didi Gregorius became the 4th player ever born in the Netherlands to get hit by a major league pitch, when Josh Outman hit him last night. Outman has a streak of 764 batters faced without hitting one, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to plunk someone from the Netherlands.

The most plunked batters born on April 27th

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

(no change from last year)
78 hbp – Frank Catalanotto, born 04/27/1974, 164th all time, played from 1997 to 2010
48 hbp – Rogers Hornsby, born 04/27/1896, 447th all time, played from 1915 to 1937
37 hbp – Enos Slaughter, born 04/27/1916, 708th all time, played from 1938 to 1959
24 hbp – Hy Myers, born 04/27/1889, 1230th all time, played from 1909 to 1925
23 hbp – Willie Upshaw, born 04/27/1957, 1282nd all time, played from 1978 to 1988

active leader:
2 hbp – Chris Carpenter, born 04/27/1975, 4818th all time, played from 1997 to 2012

The most plunked batters born on April 26th

Friday, April 26th, 2013

76 hbp – Jack Barry, born 04/26/1887, 177th all time, played from 1908 to 1919
38 hbp – Joe Crede, born 04/26/1978, 673rd all time, played from 2000 to 2009
34 hbp – Sean Rodriguez, born 04/26/1985, 812nd all time, played from 2008 to 2013
(Sean Rodriguez has been hit 5 times since his last birthday)
33 hbp – Geoff Blum, born 04/26/1973, 838th all time, played from 1999 to 2012
33 hbp – Amos Otis, born 04/26/1947, 838th all time, played from 1967 to 1984

active leader – Sean Rodriguez