It’s that time again – time to award the baseball season’s most coveted award – the Most Plunks in a park named after Beer award! And this year’s winner, for the 2nd consecutive season, is – Rickie Weeks! Rickie only got hit 8 times this season, but they were all at home at Miller Park, and 8 was enough this year to win the Beer Park HBP title. Prince Fielder had 5 HBPs at parks named for beer, and Matt Holiday, Jon Jay, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gonzalez had 4 each – so I guess they all get beer park bronze medals. Only 134 batters were hit by pitches at parks named for beer this year, well below last year’s total of 166.
On the pitching side, Randy Wolf wins the award for most plunks thrown at parks named after beer, with 9. Jason Hammel was the runner up with 5, despite playing for the Astros, whose home park is named after Orange Juice. Jason Motte, who I believe is named after applesauce, hit 4 batters at beer parks while playing for the Cubs who play at Wrigley, which is named after a person, not a gum. Tim Hudson and Ubaldo Jimenez also hit 4 batters at parks named for beer.