Rivera turns 40

HBPs of note: June 3, 2010

Mariano Rivera has now hit one batter for every year he’s been alive.  Ty Wigginton took an HBP from Rivera yesterday, making that a total of 40 career hit batsmen for the Yankees long time closer.  Wigginton himself has been the victim of 3 of those plunks, and is tied with Kevin Youkilis for the most career plunks against Rivera.  Rivera is the only pitcher born in Panama to hit 40 batters.

Prince Fielder re-took the major league plunk lead, getting his 9th HBP of the year off Josh Johnson.  Fielder only had 9 HBPs all of last year, and he appears to be well on his way to topping his career high of 14.  That was Johnson’s 15th plunk, and also the 900th plunk ever thrown by a pitcher from Minnesota.  And, somehow it was also the 900th known plunk thrown by a pitcher named Johnson.  (Although Walter Johnson’s career total is different depending on where you look).  It was Fielder’s first career plunk by a pitcher born in Minnesota, and he’d never before been hit by anyone named Josh, or anyone from the Johnson family.

Atlanta rookie Jason Heyward received his 5th career plunk, extending his lead among rookies.

And, Gerald Laird got hit by David Huff. That was simultaneously the 900th HBP recorded by a batter born in 1979, and the 500th thrown by a pitcher born in 1984. Batters born in 1979 have been hit 33 times by pitchers born in 1984.


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