Rickie Weeks had never been plunked by the White Sox before yesterday, but he had been hit 99 times by 22 other teams. Dylan Axelrod was the lucky winner of the contest to see who would throw Weeks 100th career plunk. He hit Weeks in the 6th inning, and Weeks came around to score a run, making that the 33rd time he’s scored after reaching on an HBP. Axelrod is the 82nd pitcher to hit Weeks with a pitch, and the 15th born in California. For some reason, no California born pitcher has plunked Rickie Weeks twice. Alphabetically, Axelrod is 2nd only to Greg Aquino among the plunkers of Rickie Weeks.
Weeks is the 72nd player in major league history to get hit by 100 pitches, and the 5th who was born in Florida. But more impressively, he’s just he 24th to take 100 pitches for a single team. Among active players only Derek Jeter (159) and Chase Utley (139) have been hit 100 times for their teams. Jason Giambi got hit over 100 times for the Yankees, but her plays for Colorado now. The Brewers are the 15th active franchise to have a 100 plunk player, and the 4th among the expansion franchises, joining the Astros, Blue Jays and Nationals. Also, Weeks is just the 14th player to break the 100 plunk milestone before turning 30 years old. The only other living players to do that are Carlos Quentin, Jason Kendall, Chet Lemon, Don Baylor, Ron Hunt and Frank Robinson.
In non 100th plunk news, Carlos Ruiz collected his 12th of the season, extending his major league leading total, and Josh Willingham got his 10th, becoming the first American Leaguer to hit double digits in the plunk column. Those two have been hit on the same day 3 times this month.
5 left fielders were plunked yesterday, making it the plunkiest day for left fielders since July 19, 2011 when 6 were hit.