The on-base machine that is Shin-Soo Choo got hit by yet another pitch last night, becoming the first Cincinnati Red to get hit by 10 pitches in a season since 2010. Choo is already tied for the 30th best single season HBP total in Reds history, with only 142 games left to improve on that total. The only other players in the last 50 years who have been hit by 10 pitches in 22 days are Craig Biggio in 1997, when he got hit 34 times, and Ron Hunt in 1971, when he got hit 50 times. Choo is the 5th player in the last 50 years to get hit 10 times in a single month – the others are the modern era top 4 in career HBPs – Craig Biggio (285 HBPs), Don Baylor (267 HBPs), Jason Kendall (254 HBPs), and Ron Hunt (243 HBPs).
Rationally speaking, it’s too early in the season to predict a 30 or 40 or 50 HBP season, but these are the only things that are compairable to what Choo is doing right now. He’s on pace for 81. No other team has more than 9 HBPs this year.
For the record, Travis Wood was yesterday’s contributor to the Choo plunk parade.
In other plunk news, AJ Burnett plunked Jimmy Rollins, giving Burnett 110 career hit batters, and breaking Jimmy Rollins streak of 935 plate appearances without a plunk. Burnett is now in sole possession of 63rd place on the all time list for hitting batters.
Jason Marquis hit Carlos Gomez and Logan Schafer with pitches in the first inning last night, giving Gomez his 30th career plunk, and Schafer his first. Marquis is tied for 4th among active players in the category of “most Brewers plunked. Schafer is the 252nd player to get hit by a pitch for the Brewers. Both runners scored.