Prince Fielder took an HBP from Kyle Lohse at Miller Park last night, and it was number 600 in the history of Brewers home park. Fielder has accounted for 32 of those, which puts him tied with Geoff Jenkins for 2nd place in park history. The park celebrated it’s 600th plunk by setting fire to some kettle corn, causing smoke to billow through the park. I suspect they had intended to use the retractable roof to send out the news of the 600th plunk by celebratory smoke signal by opening and closing it, releasing puffs of smoke representing the message of the 600th HBP, but then they realized that it was a night game and no one would be able to see it. That was Fielder’s 8th plunk of the season, and the 76th of his career.
There was controversy in New York last night Fausto Carmona plunked Mark Teixeira, thinking Teixeira should be honored to be on the receiving end of Carmona’s 50th career plunk. But Teixeira was having none of that, shouting back “who cares about your 50th hit batter thrown? That plunk was MY 86th career HBP” and Carmona shouted back “you only have 85 career plunks, stop exaggerating your HBP total”. Carmona was right – Teixeira only has 85 career plunks, but since the argument got heated, both teams had to step on to the field to negotiate which player had a better claim on the notability of that HBP. Yankees manager Joe Girardi knew Teixeira was wrong about his HBP total, but backed his player anyway – not wanting to ruin his confidence. So Girardi shouted at the assembled Indians “Mark Teixeira is the third most plunked player ever born in Maryland, and that was the 1425 HBP ever recorded by a Marylander!”, and the Indians didn’t think much of that shouting back that Teixeira still needed 69 more HBPs to catch Brady Anderson for the Maryland record – which only got Teixeira fired up again, because he thinks he only needs 68 more. The whole situation could have been easily resolved with a quick internet query, and the umpires became so disgusted by the discussion that they didn’t let either player keep the ball.
Anthony Rizzo and Luke Hughes were welcomed to the majors with their first career HBPs yesterday.
Tags: HBPs of note