It’s a sure sign of spring when Cuban rookies are getting hit by pitches in regular season games in Japan. Oakland rookie and cuban import Yoennis Cespedis got the 2012 MLB HBP season started off yesterday taking a plunk from Felix Hernandez in the 5th inning. That was the first time a player born in Cuba has been plunked in an MLB game played in Tokyo. It was the first career plunk for Cespedis, and if he keeps up this pace he’ll be vying for the league HBP record within two seasons. He’s the 76th person born in Cuba to take at least on plunk in the Major Leagues, and he’s now 191 plunks behind Minnie Minoso for the record.
In the 6th inning, Hernandez hit Seth Smith, for his 9th career HBP. That plunk was the 1200th HBP ever recorded by a batter born in Mississippi. For Hernandez, those were plunks number 43 and 44.
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