Dustin McGowan of the Blue Jays hit Alejandro de Aza of the White Sox, and that means the Blue Jays have hit 77 batters this year. That breaks the Blue Jays single season record for hitting batters, which was previously 76 in 2001. The White Sox have been hit 84 times this season, which is the most they’ve ever been hit in a season in franchise history.
League wide, we’re up to 1531 HBPs on the season, which is 18 plunks short of last years total. Stay tuned to find out if the 2011 season can exceed the plunk total of the 2010 season.
Prince Fielder was among three Brewers hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him 10 plunks on the season. He’s now reached doubled digits in HBPs in 5 of the 7 seasons he’s played in the majors (and one of those was a 39 game cup of coffee). He has 78 plunks for his career, which leads all batters under 29 years old by a margin of 28 plunks. Jeff Francouer is the only other player in the league who is under 29 and has been hit 50 times.
Tags: HBPs of note