172 for Giambi

Jason Giambi bats left handed, and he’s now been hit by 172 pitches. The only other player who can say that, and who was born after Ulysses S Grant was president, is Carlos Delgado, who was also hit by 172 pitches. Giambi is now tied with Delgado for 13th place on the all time list, and 2nd place all time among left handed batters. Joe Saunders delivered the latest of Giambi’s many HBPs, and it was the third time he has plunked Giambi, even though he’s only hit every other player in the league 17 times.

Livan Hernandez plunked Prince Fielder last night, giving Fielder his 74th career plunk. For Hernandez, it was number 73 of his career, and his 40th with the Nationals. That ties him with Bill Stoneman for 4th place on that franchise’s all time plunks list. Hernandez became the first Cuban to plunk Prince Fielder. Also in the game Mike McClendon threw his first major league plunk, hitting Jason Werth.

The Mets have gone 24 consecutive games without getting hit by a pitch, there longest streak since 1995, but Taylor Buchholz became the 297th pitcher to throw a plunk for the team. He hit Aramis Ramirez, giving him his 50th plunk as a Cub. Overall, Ramirez has 82 career HBPs.


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