Yesterday, Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera hit Joe Inglett of the Blue Jays, to improve his league leading total of batters plunked to 14. That pitch was also Cabrera’s first plunk thrown on a Thursday this season, and it makes him the first pitcher in 2008 to hit a batter on every day of the week. Last season, only 2 pitchers hit a batter on every day of the week – Bronson Arroyo and Jeff Suppan – but in 2006, 10 pitchers accomplished that feat. This is the first season Cabrera has hit a batter on every day of the week, and he’s the 39th pitcher to do so this century. Since 2000, 5 pitchers have hit batters on every day of the week in 2 different seasons, but none have done it more than twice.
Jeff Bennett, Aaron Laffey, Roy Halladay and Micah Owings are all one plunk away from joining Cabrera, with at least one batter hit on every day of the week. Owings and Laffey are only missing a Thursday plunk, while Hallady hasn’t hit anyone on Monday and Bennett has missed every batter he’s faced on Tuesday. It hasn’t helped that none of them have pitched on those days – so each of them has hit a batter on every day of the week that they’ve actually had the opportunity.
On the batting side, the only players who have been hit on every day of the week this year are Jason Giambi and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Giambi completed his set of days with an hbp on July 2nd, but Kouzmanoff had been hit on every day of the week by June 8th.
In other news, espn.com has this article about a plunk fueled brawl in the minors between the affiliates of the Cubs and the Reds. It does not, however, adequately explain how a pitcher tried to throw a pitch into the opposing dugout and missed it entirely, striking a fan. Nice work, Julio Castillo – you displayed a total lack of sportsmanship and pitching ability at the same time, and you managed to get arrested for it. As usual, if everyone would just take their base and shut their mouths, we wouldn’t have this problem.
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