Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez has only played in about 80% of his team’s games this season, but yesterday he brought his HBP total for the year to 14. That ties Johnny Gomes 2005 season for the most plunks taken by a Rays batter in a single year. Gomes only played 101 games in 2005, but he had 411 plate appearances to get to 14 HBPs. Rodriguez has gotten there in only 356 plate appearances. The Rays have 26 more games for Rodriguez to try to get hit again and take the Rays single season record for himself.
Chase Utley added another HBP to his career total, bringing it to 136. He’s got 31st place on the all time list all to himself, and needs 1 more to tie Frank Chance at 30th. Brad Hand was the arm that threw that one, and it was his first major league hit batter. Utley has now been hit by 12 different pitchers who had never hit a batter in the Majors before.