Astrolometrics

September 25th, 2012 by pbr

I’m getting ready for the day when the backlash against the sabrmetric movement in baseball gets so strong that teams start evaluating players by astrology (You told us the Orioles couldn’t be good because they have a negative run differential! But they’re making the playoffs! I’m assuming this is statistically impossible. Because I’m not going to look up the 1987 Twins run differential when the won the world series, which was -20.) Though some might think they’d go to phrenology first before resorting to astrology, that approach is clearly skewed by steroid use.
Anyway, below are the all time HBP leader by astrological sign, along with the active leaders and single season record holders.

CAPRICORN
Jason Giambi – 175
Brady Anderson – 154
Carlton Fisk – 143
Nellie Fox – 142
Art Fletcher – 141
Active Leader: Giambi – 175
Single Season Record: 24 by Brady Anderson in 1999

AQUARIUS
Curt Welch – 173
Chet Lemon – 151
David Eckstein – 143
Melvin Mora – 117
Steve Evans – 111
Active Leader: Josh Willingham – 89
Single Season Record: 36 by Curt Welch in 1891

PISCES
Ron Hunt – 243
Willie Keeler – 129
Honus Wagner – 125
Jeff Kent – 125
Jason LaRue – 107
Active Leader: Kevin Youkilis – 98
Single Season Record: 50 by Ron Hunt in 1971

ARIES
Hughie Jennings – 287
Kid Elberfeld – 165
Fernando Vina – 157
John McGraw – 134
Scott Rolen – 127
Active Leader: Rolen – 127
Single Season Record: 51 by Hughie Jennings in 1896

TAURUS
Jose Guillen – 145
Dan Brouthers – 105
Andruw Jones – 97
Reggie Jackson – 96
Prince Fielder – 95
Active Leader: Jones – 97
Single Season Record: 24 by Dan Brouthers in 1891

GEMINI
Andres Galarraga – 178
Dummy Hoy – 134
Jeff Bagwell – 128
Miguel Tejada – 121
Manny Ramirez – 109
Active Leader: Travis Hafner – 84
Single Season Record: 25 by Andres Galarraga in 1998

CANCER
Don Baylor – 267
Jason Kendall – 254
Dan McGann – 230
Carlos Delgado – 172
Derek Jeter – 163
Active Leader: Jeter – 163
Single Season Record: 39 by Dan McGann in 1898

LEO
Jake Beckley – 183
Alex Rodriguez – 166
Sherry Magee – 109
Wally Schang – 107
Barry Bonds – 106
Active Leader: Rodriguez – 166
Single Season Record: 22 by Shea Hillenbrand in 2005

VIRGO

Frank Robinson – 198
Frank Chance – 137
Nap Lajoie – 134
Steve Brodie – 132
Aaron Rowand – 126
Active Leader: Carlos Quentin – 113
Single Season Record: 28 by Pete Gilbert in 1891

LIBRA
Fred Clarke – 154
Brian Downing – 129
Frankie Crosetti – 114
Eddie Yost – 99
John Reilly – 94
Active Leader: Placido Polanco – 92
Single Season Record: 25 by Eddie Burke in 1893 and Fred Clarke in 1897

SCORPIO
Tommy Tucker – 272
Gary Sheffield – 135
Damion Easley – 132
Jimmie Dykes – 115
Bucky Harris – 99
Active Leader: Adam Dunn – 76
Single Season Record: 33 by Tommy Tucker in 1889

SAGITTARIUS
Craig Biggio – 285
Minnie Minoso – 192
Chase Utley – 151
Larry Walker – 138
Reed Johnson – 119
Active Leader: Utley – 151
Single Season Record: 34 by Craig Biggio in 1997

2 Responses to “Astrolometrics”

  1. PBC says:

    What are the totals by sign?
    Cancer on top, Sagittarius or other?

  2. pbr says:

    Virgo’s have been hit the most all time:
    Virgo – 9117
    Cancer – 8847
    Sagittarius – 8843
    Libra – 8755
    Scorpio – 8455
    Pisces – 8416
    Aries – 8182
    Capricorn – 8181
    Leo – 8132
    Aquarius – 7790
    Gemini – 7095
    Taurus – 6819
    (as of end of games on 9/24/12)

    By PA per HBP rate, Capricorns have been hit most frequently:
    Capricorn – 145.5 PA per HBP (one plunk every 145.5 plate appearances)
    Cancer – 146.4
    Sagittarius – 149.3
    Aries – 150.2
    Virgo – 151.2
    Pisces – 154.5
    Aquarius – 158.8
    Scorpio – 160.9
    Libra – 162.5
    Leo – 165.5
    Gemini – 169.8
    Taurus – 173.0

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