They’re trying to shut us down.

May 4th, 2012 by pbr

Nine games, 2,457 pitches yesterday. Did the games not count? Did the players just not care if they won or lost yesterday? Or was there something else going on? It’s a little hard not to take this personally.
NOBODY got hit by a pitch yesterday, even though 9 major league games were played. There haven’t been that many games played in one day with no one at all getting hit by a pitch since October 2, 1992 – nearly 20 years ago.

Well fine, if that’s the way your going to be about it, I can roll with it.

Derek Jeter hit 13 foul balls yesterday, bringing his season foul ball total to 103. That’s the third highest foul ball total in the league behind Freddie Freeman and Josh Reddick. Freeman has 119 foul balls this year, with 2 yesterday, and Reddick has 106 but he was off yesterday. And while Jeter had time to hit 13 foul balls, he totally failed to get hit by any pitches. No batter has hit more than 13 foul balls in a single game this year, and only Jeter, Freeman and Joey Votto have had a 13 foul game.
Paul Konerko hit 9 foul balls against the Indians, bringing his season foul ball total to 75. That’s the 2nd most fouls a White Sox batter has hit in a single game this year, but Adam Dunn hit 11 foul balls on April 9th. Both of those games were against the Indians.

6 Responses to “They’re trying to shut us down.”

  1. oahu420 says:

    Now I am curious, what is the record for most foul balls in a single at-bat?

  2. pbr says:

    I only have fouls back to 2005, but in that span the record is 13, by Cory Sullivan and Freddy Sanchez.
    The Sanchez box score is here (look at the 7th inning):
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT200904160.shtml
    and the Sullivan one is here (3rd inning)
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN200708190.shtml

    The Sullivan one amuses me because Kaz Matsui was running with the pitch on 11 of the foul balls, so the pitch sequence looks like this:
    Foul
    Ball
    Ball
    Throw to first, Ball
    Foul
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Foul (Runner Going)
    Ball in Play (Runner Going)

  3. Bradley says:

    Didn’t Hideki Matsui have a 27 pitch at bat with Brian Wilson that ended in a flyout or am I completely misremembering?

  4. pbr says:

    Baseball reference says Hideki Matsui never faced Brian Wilson, but he could have had a 27 pitch at-bat against someone in 2003 or 2004.

  5. oahu420 says:

    Wow. A 17 pitch at-bat. That’s a lot of souvenir baseballs. Too bad the stats only go back seven years. I heard that guys like Ty Cobb, Luke Appling and Rod Carew could hit foul balls at will until they got a pitch that they liked.

  6. pbr says:

    Well the pitch by pitch data actually does go back further than 2005, that’s just as far back as I’ve loaded it into my database of ridiculous baseball stuff. But pitch by pitch and foul ball get intermittent in the 90s, but weren’t officially recorded really until then. The main problem is nobody but me pulls it together into foul ball leader boards, as far as I know.

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