Cole Hamels took the mound last night with the Phillies in need of just one hit batter to cross historic threshold of 4600 plunks thrown in franchise history, and he didn’t waste much time getting that done. He plunked Angel Pagan, the 2nd batter in the first inning of the game. At the moment, the Phillies have thrown 149 more plunks than any other franchise, with the Tigers next behind them at 4451. That was Hamels’ 21st career plunk, and Pagan’s 2nd. Pagan’s plunk was the 700th ever by someone born in 1981.
Meanwhile, the Royals entered yesterday’s action 2900 plunks behind the Phillies, but they kept pace, with Luke Hochevar throwing the 1700th plunk in franchise history, hitting Adam Dunn. Dunn now has 72 career plunks, but that was his first in the American League. Dunn is the 35th player with over 70 National League plunks and at least 1 plunk in the American League.
Tags: HBPs of note