HBPs of Note: June 11, 2009
Aaron Cook hit Jason Kendall with a pitch yesterday, becoming just the 186th pitcher in major league history to plunk Jason Kendall at least once. Kendall has now been hit 237 times in his career, which leaves him just 6 HBPs behind Ron Hunt for 5th place on the all time list.
John Lannan of the Nationals hit Jonny Gomes of the Reds, and that made Lannan the first pitcher to hit 10 batters at Nationals Park. It was Gomes 36th career HBP, which doesn’t make him anything, but he still holds the career franchise record for his old team, the Rays, so that’s pretty good. That was Gomes first HBP for the Reds.
Alex Rodriguez got hit for the 144th time in his career, which moves him ahead of Carlton Fisk, into sole possession of 20th place all time. But Fisk is still the most plunked batter ever born in Vermont, while Rodriguez is only the 2nd most plunked player born in the state of New York. Brad Penny threw that one, making him the 118th pitcher to plunk Rodriguez. He’s been hit 16 times by the Red Sox, which is one behind Derek Jeter and 3 behind Jason Giambi on the list of active players who the Red Sox have plunked the most.
Jamie Moyer hit a Mets batter for the 8th time in his career, which makes him tied for 1st place among active pitcher in hitting Mets, but it was also the 134th of his career, which is a lot.
Kurt Suzuki of the A’s was hit by a pitch for the 18th of his career, but this one was in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tie game, as a pinch hitter. His plunk moved pinch runner Chris Denorfia to 2nd base, setting up a Daric Batron bunt moving the runners over, and a Rajai Davis game winning single, scoring Denorfia. But the pinch-hit HBP was the key to that game winning rally.