2008 American League HBP awards

Now that the AL has finally completed their season, we can hand out their HBP awards.

Most Plunkable Player AwardAL (most HBPs by a batter):

Jason Giambi, New York Yankees – 22

Left handed batters led both the American League and the National League for the 2nd consecutive season, marking the first time that’s ever happened. Carlos Quentin was the right handed leader in the AL with 20, and Milton Bradley was the leading switch hitter with 9.

The Phil Knell Award – AL (most batters plunked by a pitcher):

Daniel Cabrera, Bal – 18

Dana Eveland was the AL’s top plunk-throwing lefty with 12.

Mitch Williams Award – AL (most hit batters by a relief pitcher):

Josh Rupe, Texas Rangers – 10

Jason Giambi led the AL in getting hit by relief pitchers, with 12.

Plunked Rookie of the Year – AL (most HBPs by a rookie):

Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox – 7

The Gus Weyhig Award – AL (most plunks thrown by a rookie):

Josh Rupe, Texas Rangers – 10

Sandy Alomar Award – AL (most plate appearances without an HBP):

Bobby Crosby, Oakland A’s – 605

The Chick Fraser Award – AL (most batters faced without hitting anyone)

Gil Meche, Kansas City Royal – 886

No American League pitcher has faced that many batters in a season without hitting any of them since Bill Gullickson for the 1992 Tigers. He faced 919 batters without throwing a plunk.

Most Plunked Team – AL (the plunk pennant):

Cleveland Indians – 103!

That’s the post-1900 record, in case you hadn’t heard.

Least Plunked Team – AL:

Minnesota Twins – 36

That’s not a great total but at least they had two players who got hit 7 times. The Angels didn’t have a player with more than 6 plunks, despite their 52 HBP team total.

Most Plunks Thrown – AL:

Baltimore Orioles – 80

Fewest Plunks Thrown – AL:

Twins – 31

American League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Jason Giambi, New York Yankees – 17 (Giambi had 22 in all, but only 17 while playing 1B)

2nd Base: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox – 7

Short Stop: Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays – 9
Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox – 9

3rd Base: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – 12

Left Field: Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox – 20

Center Field: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians – 10

Right Field: Franklin Gutierrez, Cleveland Indians – 7

Catcher: Kelly Shoppach, Cleveland Indians – 11
Kurt Suzuki, Oakland A’s – 11

Designated Hitter: Milton Bradley, Texas Rangers – 9

Pinch Hitter: Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers – 2
Marlon Byrd, Texas Rangers – 2

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