Debut and game 2 plunks

July 26th, 2011 by pbr

Last Friday Jason Kipnis got hit in his major league debut, and on that same day Jose Altuve got hit in his 2nd game in the majors. That prompted a commenter to ask how often batters get hit in their debut, or 2nd game in the majors. So, here’s the answer: not very often. But it was wildly popular in 2006 and 2007 (probably due to all the excitement over Craig Biggio‘s run at the all time HBP record).

Here’s the list of batters who got hit by a pitch in their first or 2nd big league game, going back to 2005:
2011
Jose Altuve (HOU) – 07/22/11 – 2nd Game
Jason Kipnis (CLE) – 07/22/11 – 1st Game
Anthony Rizzo (SD) – 06/10/11 – 2nd Game
Brian Dinkelman (MIN) – 06/04/11 – 1st Game
2010
Daniel Descalso (SLN) – 09/22/10 – 2nd Game (this may have been his 3rd game if you want to count a pinch-running appearance)
Ruben Tejada (NYN) – 04/08/10 – 2nd Game
2009
Mike Carp (SEA) – 06/18/09 – 2nd Game
Fernando Martinez (NYN) – 05/26/09 – 1st Game
2008
Collin Balester (WAS) – 07/06/08 – 2nd Game
Collin Balester (WAS) – 07/01/08 – 1st Game
Emmanuel Burriss (SFN) – 04/21/08 – 1st Game
2007
Cameron Maybin (DET) – 08/18/07 – 2nd Game
Ian Stewart (COL) – 08/11/07 – 1st Game
Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE) – 08/08/07 – 1st Game
Sean Gallagher (CHN) – 06/09/07 – 1st Game (Gallagher entered this game as a relief pitcher and got hit by the first pitch thrown to him as a batter)
Sean Barker (COL) – 06/06/07 – 1st Game
Andy LaRoche (LAN) – 05/07/07 – 2nd Game
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (ATL) – 05/02/07 – 1st Game
Hunter Pence (HOU) – 04/28/07 – 1st Game
Alex Gordon (KCA) – 04/02/07 – 1st Game
2006
Scott Moore (CHN) – 09/04/06 – 1st Game
Delmon Young (TBA) – 08/29/06 – 1st Game
Brandon Harper (WAS) – 08/09/06 – 1st Game
Chad Billingsley (LAN) – 06/15/06 – 1st Game (as starting pitcher – on the 8th pitch of his first plate appearance, with a full count)
Chris Coste (PHI) – 05/27/06 – 2nd Game
Kevin Frandsen (SFN) – 04/29/06 – 2nd Game
Kevin Frandsen (SFN) – 04/28/06 – 1st Game (Frandsen also got plunked in his third game)
Kenji Johjima (SEA) – 04/03/06 – 1st Game
2005
Yuniesky Betancourt (SEA) – 07/29/05 – 2nd Game
Adam Greenberg (CHN) – 07/09/05 – 1st Game
Adam Stern (BOS) – 07/07/05 – 1st Game
Kelly Shoppach (BOS) – 05/28/05 – 1st Game
Jason Repko (LAN) – 04/07/05 – 2nd Game

An honorable mention goes to John Rheinecker of the Rangers who got hit in his only career plate appearance, but he had pitched in several games before that. It was his debut as a batter though.

Since 1974, Sean Gallagher is the only player to get plunked in his major league debut, and do so as a relief pitcher.

Going back further, here’s the list of players who were plunked in there debut from 1974 to 2004 (I don’t have the data handy to look for 2nd games for that span)
Jerry Gil (ARI) – 08/22/04
Joey Gathright (TBA) – 06/25/04
Byron Gettis (KCA) – 05/27/04
Cody Ross (DET) – 07/04/03
Austin Kearns (CIN) – 04/17/02
Corky Miller (CIN) – 09/04/01
Bobby Kielty (MIN) – 04/10/01
Mike Mahoney (CHN) – 09/08/00
Eric Byrnes (OAK) – 08/22/00
A.J. Pierzynski (MIN) – 09/09/98
Donnie Sadler (BOS) – 04/01/98
Ryan Long (KCA) – 07/16/97
Kevin Polcovich (PIT) – 05/17/97
Steve Bieser (NYN) – 04/01/97
Wilson Delgado (SFN) – 09/24/96
Dmitri Young (SLN) – 08/29/96
Jose Malave (BOS) – 05/23/96
Tony Graffanino (ATL) – 04/19/96
F.P. Santangelo (MON) – 08/02/95
George Williams (OAK) – 07/14/95
Orlando Miller (HOU) – 07/08/94
Tony Tarasco (ATL) – 04/30/93
Joe Millette (PHI) – 07/16/92
Eddie Tucker (HOU) – 06/14/92
Rich Amaral (SEA) – 05/27/91
Freddie Benavides (CIN) – 05/14/91
Tom Quinlan (TOR) – 09/04/90
Jeff Datz (DET) – 09/05/89
Dana Williams (BOS) – 06/19/89
Greg Litton (SFN) – 05/02/89
Stan Jefferson (NYN) – 09/07/86
Oddibe McDowell (TEX) – 05/19/85
Ty Gainey (HOU) – 04/24/85
Mark Grant (SFN) – 04/27/84
Skeeter Barnes (CIN) – 09/06/83 Twice!
Tim Flannery (SDN) – 09/03/79
Joe Gates (CHA) – 09/12/78
Ron Washington (LAN) – 09/10/77
Fred Andrews (PHI) – 09/26/76
Don Werner (CIN) – 09/02/75
Jim Rice (BOS) – 08/19/74

3 Responses to “Debut and game 2 plunks”

  1. Brad says:

    How about a special mention to Adam Greenberg who was hit in the head in his first and only MLB AB to date. I hope for the kid that he’s able to one day get back to the majors but if he doesn’t he’s gotta be the only player to get HBP in his only MLB plate appearance.

  2. jax says:

    You could make a decent roster out of 2007.

    And amen to Adam Greenberg getting back on the field.

  3. pbr says:

    Yeah, I too have been hoping for the return of Adam Greenberg. On the plus side, he’s currently tied for the lead in HBPs in the Atlantic League. On the downside, he’s 30 and he’s playing in the Atlantic League. Not a great sign for his return to the majors unless maybe he develops a knuckle ball.

    But there was one other player who got plunked in his only major league plate appearance. Fred Van Dusen for the 1955 Phillies, on September 11th. I wrote about him on my old plunkbiggio website, and Van Dusen’s nephew (or niece) left a comment saying Fred was alive and well.

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