2013 Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of getting hit by a lot of pitches

November 18th, 2013 by pbr

It’s time for the 2013 Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HBPs, and assorted other awards which amuse me.

Most Plunkable Player Award (most HBPs by a batter):
National League: Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 26 HBPs
American League: Shane Victorino (BOS) – 18 HBPs

The Phil Knell Award (most batters plunked by a pitcher):
American League – Justin Masterson (CLE) – 17 HBPs
National League – Charlie Morton (PIT) – 16 HBPs

Mitch Williams Award (most hit batters by a relief pitcher):
National League – Alfredo Simon (CIN) – 8 HBPs
American League – Jim Johnson (BAL), Tanner Scheppers (TEX), Aaron Loup (TOR) – 7 HBPs

 

Plunked Rookie of the Year (most HBPs by a rookie):
National League – Yasiel Puig (LAD) – 11 HBPs
American League – Jose Iglesias (BOS/DET) – 11 HBPs

 

The Gus Weyhing Award (most plunks thrown by a rookie):
National League – Julio Teheran (ATL) – 13 HBPs
American League – Chris Archer (TB) – 8 HBPs

 

Sandy Alomar Award (most plate appearance without an HBP):
American League – Mark Trumbo – 678 Plate Appearances, 0 HBPs
National League – Adeiny Hechavarria – 578 Plate Appearances, 0 HBPs

 

The General Crowder Award (most batters faced without hitting anyone)
American League – Bartolo Colon – 769 Batters Faced, none plunked
National League – Francisco Liriano – 666 Batters Faced, none plunked

Most Plunked Team (the plunk pennant):
National League – Pittsburgh Pirates – 88 HBPs
American League – Boston Red Sox – 72 HBPs

(The Red Sox restored order to the universe by winning the World Series after leading the AL in plunks. In 2012, the Giants won the World Series after being dead last in HBPs in the regular season – a serious blow to the theory that plunks=victory.)

Least Plunked Team:
National League – Colorado Rockies – 26 HBPs
American League – Seattle Mariners – 31 HBPs

Most Plunks Thrown:
National League – Pittsburgh Pirates – 70 HBPs
American League – Toronto Blue Jays – 65 HBPs

Fewest Plunks Thrown:
American League – Oakland A’s – 35 HBPs
National League – Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres – 40 HBPs

American League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Chris Davis (BAL) – 9 HBPs at 1B, 10 total (Prince Fielder also had 9 at 1B, but no others, so Davis wins the tie breaker)

2nd Base: Ian Kinsler (TEX) – 8 HBPs (Kinsler also broke the Rangers franchise record for career plunks this year)

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias (DET/BOS) – 11 HBPs, 9 as Shortstop

3rd Base: tie – Kyle Seager (SEA), Brett Lawrie (TOR), Matt Dominguez (HOU) – 7 HBPs

Left Field: Josh Willingham (MIN) – 14 HBPs, 12 as LF

Center Field: Mike Trout (LAA) – 9 HBPs

Right Field: Shane Victorino (BOS) – 18 HBPs, 16 as RF

Catcher: AJ Pierzynski (TEX) – 9 HBPs, 8 as Catcher

Designated Hitter: Travis Hafner (NYY) – 5 HBPs

National League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Allen Craig (STL) – 10 HBPs, 8 as 1B

2nd Base: Neil Walker (PIT) – 15 HBPs

Shortstop: Starlin Castro (CHC) – 7 HBPs

3rd Base: Todd Frazier (CIN) – 14 HBPs

Left Field: Starling Marte (PIT) – 24 HBPs (This is a post 1900 record for plunks by a left fielder. The last player who probably had 24 plunks as a left fielder was Fred Clarke in 1897. He had 25 HBPs that season, and only played 3 games at other positions)

Center Field: Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 26 HBPs, 25 as Center Fielder

Right Field: Norichika Aoki (MIL) – 11 HBPs, 10 as Right Fielder

Catcher: Wellington Castillo (CHC) – 11 HBPs

Pitcher: 15 pitchers with 1 each. This award might need a 2 plunk minimum.

2013 BACON Title:
American League – Miguel Cabrera (DET) – .832 BACON
National League – Michael Cuddyer (COL) – .830 BACON

2013 BACON x HBP Title:
National League – Shin-Soo Cho (CIN) – 18.0
American League – Shane Victorin (BOS) – 13.4

2013 BACON x Hits Title:
American League – Miguel Cabrera (DET) – 160.6
National League – Matt Carpenter (STL) – 152.0

Most Swings (not including bunt attempts):
American League – Adam Jones (BAL) – 1,410
National League – Jay Bruce (CIN) – 1,339

Most Swings that Missed (not including bunt attempts):
American League – Chris Davis (BAL) – 409
National League – Pedro Alvarez (PIT) – 403

Save a Tree Award (most plate appearances in which the batter did not risk damaging his bat by swinging it, not including intentional walks… In other words, most plate appearances with 0 swings):
National League – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 69
American League – Mike Trout (LAA) – 57

“Hey, I could do THAT” award (most strikeouts in plate appearance in which the batter did not bother swinging the bat)
American League – Mike Napoli (BOS), Brett Gardner (NYY) – 11
National League – Matt Carpenter (STL) – 10

“Hey, I could do THAT Too” award (most strikeouts with three swings that missed):
American League – Chris Davis (BAL) – 21
National League – Pedro Alvarez (PIT) – 20

Most Foul Balls:
National League – Freddie Freeman (ATL) – 564
American League – Dustin Pedroia (BOS) – 538

Most Foul Balls (Team):
National League – New York Mets – 4,459
American League – Boston Red Sox – 4,392


Most Foul Balls (Ballpark)
:
National League – Citi Field – 4,598
American League – Camden Yards – 4,438


Most Foul Balls given up by a pitcher
:
American League – Justin Verlander (DET) – 767
Natioanl League – Cole Hamels (PHI) – 712

Fastest plunk
National League – Aroldis Chapman (CIN) hit Khris Davis (MIL) – 102mph, August 24th
American League – Fernando Rodney (TB) hit JP Arencibia (TOR) – 98.2mph, May 9th

Most plunks by day of the Week

Sunday – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 8
Monday – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 6
Tuesday – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 5
Wednesday – Todd Frazier (CIN) – 5
Thursday – Mitch Moreland (TEX), Brandon Crawford (SF) – 3
Friday – Starling Marte (PIT) – 6
Saturday – Starling Marte (PIT) – 7

Most plunks against a single team
National League – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 7 plunks against Pittsburgh
American League – Shane Victorino (BOS) – 4 plunks against Detroit; Josh Willingham (MIN) – 4 plunks against Kansas City; Jose Iglesias (DET/BOS) – 4 plunks against Seattle

Most teams plunked by
National League – Neil Walker (PIT) – 12 teams
American League – Daniel Nava (BOS) – 12 teams

Most teams plunked
American League – Justin Masterson (CLE) – 12 teams
National League – Ian Kennedy (ARI/SD), Paul Maholm (ATL) – 9 teams

Most foul balls in one plate appearance
American League – Justin Smoak (SEA) – 12 (8/4/2013 vs BAL)
National League – Jordan Brown (MIA) – 10 (5/27/2013 vs TB)

Most foul balls with a runner going (season total)
American League – Jason Kipnis (CLE) – 27
National League – Darwin Barney (CHC) – 22

Most pickoff attempts to first by a pitcher:
American League – Justin Verlander (DET) – 194 (Verlander threw to first base 48 more times than any other pitcher in 2013)
National League – Kris Medlan (ATL) – 143

 

Most Checked-On Runner (at first base):
National League – Shin-Soo Choo (CIN) – 233
American League – Mike Trout (LAA) – 173
(Brian McCann was on 1st base during 156 plate appearances, but pitchers never threw to first to check on him)

Most slump-free award (SPAM leaders)
National League – Michael Cuddyer (COL) – 2.02 SPAM
American League – Miguel Cabrera (DET) – 2.09 SPAM

(SPAM measures a batters slump-proneness by calculating the batter’s average hitless streak per plate appearance – more here)

Most Streak prone (HAM leaders)
National League – Yadier Molina (STL) – .449
American League – Miguel Cabrera (DET) – .430

(HAM is a stat pioneered by the Japanese team known as the Nippon Ham fighters – either that or it’s another stat I made up, and it’s explained here. Basically it measures how good a player was at stringing together hits in consecutive plate appearances.)

Best starting pitcher at getting outs (by PORK, which measures who each pitcher faced, how hard they are to get out, and who the pitcher got outs from):
American League – Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) – .767
National League – Cliff Lee (PHI) – .760
(Cy Young award winners Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw both finished 2nd in their league in this category)

 

Best relief pitcher at getting outs (by PORK, minimum 100 batters faced):
American League – Koji Uehara (BOS) – .839
National League – Kenley Jansen (LAD) – .800

 

 

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