Fielder takes Major League lead with 17th

Prince Fielder broke out of a four way tie in the 2012 most plunkable player race, getting his 17th plunk of the season last night. Oakland’s Jesse Chavez contributed that one, a 93mph 8th inning pitch, giving Fielder the league lead ahead of Carlos Quentin, Carlos Ruiz and Kevin Youkilis. That was also plunk number 95 of Fielder’s career.

AJ Burnett threw his 105th and 106th career plunks, hitting Travis Ishikawa and Norichika Aoki. Burnett is now tied for 69th on the all time list with David Cone and Earl Moore. He’s hit more batters than any two other pitchers born in Arkansas.

Aoki’s plunk was his 12th of the season, which leads all rookies this year, and ties him with the previously mentioned Prince Fielder for the most plunks by a rookie in Brewer’s history. Fielder had 12 as a Brewers rookie in 2006. Carlos Gomez also got hit in that game, bringing the Brewers franchise record season plunk total to 87. They’d need to get hit 16 more times to match the 2008 Indians post-1900 record of 103 plunks in a season.

Gorkys Hernandez got hit in the 10th inning of the Marlins-Braves game, Adam Jones got hit in the 11th inning of the Orioles-Mariners game, and Mark Reynolds was also plunked in the 17th inning of that game. That makes yesterday the only day of the 2012 season on which three different batters got hit in extra innings.


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