HBPs of note: April 23, 2010
Prince Fielder was hit by another pitch last night, bring his season total to a major league leading 6. That was the 53rd plunk of Fielder’s career, moving him ahead of Jim Gantner on the Brewers career plunk list, into sole possession of 4th place. That was also his 22nd at Miller Park, which moves him ahead of Jason Kendall into 3rd place on the Miller Park HBP list. Gregg Zaun added another plunk for the Brewers, which gives them a league leading 13 on the season, and 5 of those have been thrown by the Cubs. Just for future reference, the post-1960 record for one team being plunked by another team in April is 8 (Colorado hit the Dodgers 8 times in April 2005, and the Expos hit the Mets 8 times in April 2004). The post-1960 record for a one team being plunked by one other team for the season is 21 – that was how many times the 2008 Tigers hit the 2008 Indians, which was a major factor in Cleveland’s breaking of the post-1900 season plunk record with 103 HBPs.
David DeJesus got hit by a pitch for the Royals, bringing his career total to 68 – which leaves him 10 away from tying Mike Macfarlane’s franchise record. That was also DeJesus’s 41st plunk at Kauffman Stadium, which is just 3 away from the park record (44 by Mike Macfarlane).
In fun with numbers, Mark Teixeira got his 67th plunk, David DeJesus got his 68th, Miguel Batista threw his 69th, Ryan Dempster threw plunks number 70 and 71 of his career, and AJ Burnett threw his 72nd and 73rd.
Donny Lucy of the White Sox and Drew Stubbs of the Reds both got there first career HBPs. Lucy is the 575th batter to get hit for the White Sox, and Stubbs is the 678th batter to take one for the Reds.
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