Archive for September, 2013

Fielder gets 104th, Masterson grabs Phil Knell award

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Prince Fielder reached 104 career plunks yesterday, getting hit by Henderson Alavarez. 104 plunks puts Fielder in a tie with Kevin Youkilis for 71st place on the all time list for HBPs. Among players under 30 years old right now, no other player is within 40 plunks of Fielder. Jeff Francoeur is the next most plunked player under 30, with only 59.

Also, Justin Masterson threw his 17th plunk of the year, jumping ahead of Doug Fister for the American League Phil Knell award. More on that when we have the postseason awards ceremony.

Travis Hafner got hit twice by Erik Bedard, bring him up to 90 career plunks. He’s the most plunked North Dakotan ever.

The Rockies did not get hit by a pitch yesterday, meaning they’ve ended their season with a team record 34 game plunkless streak. Booooooooooo.

pitching plunk leaders born on September 30th

Monday, September 30th, 2013

73 hbp – Nap Rucker, born 09/30/1884, 186th all time, played from 1907 to 1916
54 hbp – Robin Roberts, born 09/30/1926, 372nd all time, played from 1948 to 1966
53 hbp – Jose Lima, born 09/30/1972, 386th all time, played from 1994 to 2006
38 hbp – Johnny Allen, born 09/30/1904, 706th all time, played from 1932 to 1944
28 hbp – Johnny Podres, born 09/30/1932, 1070th all time, played from 1953 to 1969

active leader:
9 hbp – Kenley Jansen, born 09/30/1987, 2742nd all time, played from 2010 to 2013

Morton hits Choo, possibly locking up Most Plunkable Player race

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Charlie Morton his Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch yesterday, bringing Choo’s total to 26 for the season, and Morton’s total to 16. For Choo, that means he has a 2 plunk lead over Starling Marte for the Most Plunkable Player Award this year, with only one meaningless game left to play. If Marte is able to put together a 3 plunk performance today, it will surely be for the individual glory of being the most plunked player in the league, rather than any team goal, since the Pirates have already locked up home field advantage for the Wild Card game on Tuesday.

Choo is only the 4th left handed batter ever to get hit 26 times in a single season, joining Chase Utley, Fernando Vina and Steve Evans.

That plunk also gave Morton 16 plunks this year, which gives him a 3 plunk lead over the next National League pitcher for the Phil Knell Award (most plunks by a pitcher). He’s tied for the overall season lead with American Leaguers Doug Fister and Justin Masterson. The last Pirates pitcher to hit 16 batters was Don Carwell in 1963.

pitching plunk leaders born on September 28th

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

277 hbp – Gus Weyhing, born 09/29/1866, 1st all time, played from 1887 to 1901
68 hbp – Jake Westbrook, born 09/29/1977, 215th all time, played from 2000 to 2013
59 hbp – Ed Morris, born 09/29/1862, 300th all time, played from 1884 to 1890
27 hbp – Bob Anderson, born 09/29/1935, 1125th all time, played from 1957 to 1963
25 hbp – Steve Busby, born 09/29/1949, 1238th all time, played from 1972 to 1980

active leader: Jake Westbrook

The most plunked batters born on September 28th

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

79 hbp – Harry Steinfeldt, born 09/29/1877, 161st all time, played from 1898 to 1911
32 hbp – Rob Deer, born 09/29/1960, 891st all time, played from 1984 to 1996
32 hbp – Tim Flannery, born 09/29/1957, 891st all time, played from 1979 to 1989
24 hbp – Dave Orr, born 09/29/1859, 1241st all time, played from 1883 to 1890
20 hbp – Rich Reese, born 09/29/1941, 1492nd all time, played from 1964 to 1973
20 hbp – Gene Richards, born 09/29/1953, 1492nd all time, played from 1977 to 1984

active leader:
7 hbp – Shelley Duncan, born 09/29/1979, 3033rd all time, played from 2007 to 2013

Marte takes 24th!!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

With just two games left to play this year, Starling Marte has moved within one plunk of Shin-Soo Choo for the 2013 plunk title. Marte has now been hit 24 times this year, while Choo has 25. Marte got hit yesterday by Homer Bailey of the Reds. Bailey also hit Neil Walker who has 15 plunks this year. The Pirates have locked up the 2013 Plunk Pennant, leading the league with 87 HBPs. The Reds are in 2nd place with 75, so they’d have to get hit 13 times in this weekend’s games to take the lead.

AJ Pierzynski got hit for the 114th time in his career when CJ Wilson hit him yesterday. He’s now 53rd on the all time HBP list, tied with Frank Crosetti and Bill Freehan.

pitching plunk leaders born on September 27th

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

38 hbp – Micah Owings, born 09/28/1982, 705th all time, played from 2007 to 2012
30 hbp – Mike DeJean, born 09/28/1970, 988th all time, played from 1997 to 2006
24 hbp – Frank Bates, born 09/28/1876, 1292nd all time, played from 1898 to 1899
21 hbp – Grant Jackson, born 09/28/1942, 1481st all time, played from 1965 to 1982
16 hbp – Keiichi Yabu, born 09/28/1968, 1889th all time, played from 2005 to 2008

active leader: nobody

The most plunked batters born on September 27th

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

89 hbp – Jack Fournier, born 09/28/1889, 115th all time, played from 1912 to 1927
36 hbp – Wilbur Good, born 09/28/1885, 751st all time, played from 1905 to 1918
19 hbp – Ryan Zimmerman, born 09/28/1984, 1562nd all time, played from 2005 to 2013
17 hbp – Dick Gernert, born 09/28/1928, 1693rd all time, played from 1952 to 1962
16 hbp – Mario Guerrero, born 09/28/1949, 1792nd all time, played from 1973 to 1980
16 hbp – Denny Sullivan, born 09/28/1882, 1792nd all time, played from 1905 to 1909

active leader: Ryan Zimmerman

Chase Headley breaks Petco Park plunk record

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Chase Headley took an HBP from D-backs pitcher David Hernandez last night, giving him 11 plunks this year, but more importantly that was Headley’s 20th HBP at Petco Park. That breaks the previous record of 19 Petco Park plunks set by Kevin Kouzmanoff, so Headly is now the most plunked batter in park history. That also ties the all time record for HBPs at a San Diego ballpark because the park record at old Qualcomm Park (aka San Diego Stadium) was 20 by Gene Tenace. Congratulations to Headley for this achievement.

pitching plunk leaders born on September 26th

Friday, September 27th, 2013

109 hbp – Vicente Padilla, born 09/27/1977, 65th all time, played from 1999 to 2012
63 hbp – Jon Garland, born 09/27/1979, 255th all time, played from 2000 to 2013
56 hbp – Dave Wickersham, born 09/27/1935, 345th all time, played from 1960 to 1969
35 hbp – John Lannan, born 09/27/1984, 791st all time, played from 2007 to 2013
33 hbp – Whit Wyatt, born 09/27/1907, 882nd all time, played from 1929 to 1945

active leader: Jon Garland