who’s on first – while someone is getting hit by a pitch

January 13th, 2011 by pbr

(not playing first in this case, but being the runner on first)

Since 1974, no player has been a runner on 1st base while his teammate got hit by a pitch more often than Chipper Jones. He’s been on first 50 times when an HBP occurred. His closest active competition is Alex Rodriguez and Bobby , who have each been moved from 1st to 2nd 46 times by a plunking of the batter. John Olerud had 47 such incidents, and Carlos Delgado and Brian Giles and 44 and 40. Nobody else from 1974 to 2010 got over the 40 mark in this particular made-up statistical category. But, the weird part in Chipper’s case is that he’s only gotten hit himself 17 times. So his teammates have moved him over to 2nd with an HBP 33 more times than he’s taken a plunk himself.

Here are the only players, from 1974 to 2010, with under 25 plunks, but who had other people get hit more than 25 times while standing on 1st base:
Chipper Jones (17 HBPS, 50 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Robin Ventura (23 HBPS, 32 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Luis Castillo (12 HBPS, 31 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Wade Boggs (23 HBPS, 30 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Michael Young (18 HBPS, 29 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Neifi Perez (7 HBPS, 26 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Ron Belliard (24 HBPS, 26 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)
Harold Baines (14 HBPS, 25 HBPs by other players while he was on 1st)

Andres Galarraga was hit the most with Chipper Jones on 1st, with 16, but they have been matched by Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun for the post-1974 record for most HBPs by a batter/1st base runner combination (Braun being the runner and Prince being the plunking target). Chase Utley has been hit 15 times with Shane Victorino on first, and Alex Rodriguez got plunked 15 times with Bobby Abreau on 1st. Prior to Chipper and Andres, Don Baylor and Jim Rice held the post-1974 record with 14 instances in which Baylor got hit with Rice on first. 11 of those were in 1986, but Galarraga bettered that with 12 plunks with Chipper Jones on first in 1998.

Chipper Jones also holds a share of the post-1974 record for being driven in from third by a plunk with 7. Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr, and Ryan Theroit have also been driven in 7 times on an RBI HBP.

Ichiro Suzuki has been the runner on third 22 times when a plunking occurred, which is the most for any base runner on third since 1974. Chipper Jones is tied for 2nd with 19, along with Bernie Williams, Omar Vizquel, Jason Kendall and Craig Biggio – those last two can never be far away when their are HBPs flying around. Kendall has the post-1974 record for plunks occurring while he’s playing catcher, with 690. Biggio had 620 plunks land on opposing players while he was playing 2nd base, leading all players in the post-1974 era, and also had the most plunks occur while he was the base runner on 2nd, with 41. (Biggio of course was a noted fan of being on 2nd base, having hit 668 career double – 5th all time).

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