plunk records by chinese zodiac sign

July 15th, 2010 by pbr

It was recently pointed out to me that there aren’t enough baseball splits by chinese zodiac sign. So… here are the current HBP records, and active leaders, by what year of the chinese calendar they were born in. (For convenience purposes, we’re using the restaurant place-mat method, and just going by the year of the western calendar, rather than building all the cutoff points for each official chinese new year.)

Year Career record Active Leader Single Season Record
Rat Carlos Delgado – 172 (1993-2009) Manny Ramirez – 104 (1993-) Melvin Mora – 20 (2002),
Billy Gilbert – 20 (1903)
Ox Don Baylor – 267 (1970-1988) Mike Cameron – 86 (1995-) Don Baylor – 35 (1986)
Tiger Jason Kendall – 252 (1996-) Jason Kendall – 252 (1996-) Jason Kendall – 31 (1997,1998)
Rabbit Jake Beckley – 183 (1888-1907) Alex Rodriguez – 151 (1994-) Pete Gilbert – 28 (1891)
Dragon Brady Anderson – 154 (1988-2002) Jose Guillen – 140 (1997-) Craig Wilson – 30 (2004)
Snake Hughie Jennings – 287 (1891-1918) Aaron Rowand – 115 (2001-) Hughie Jennings – 51 (1896)
Horse Bill Dahlen – 140 (1891-1911) Chase Utley – 115 (2003-) Chase Utley – 27 (2008)
Ram Dan McGann – 230 (1896-1908) David DeJesus – 71 (2003-) Dan McGann – 39 (1898)
Monkey Fred Clarke – 153 (1894-1915) Mark Teixeira – 72 (2003-) Fred Clarke – 24 (1897)
Rooster Fernando Vina – 157 (1993-2004) Brad Ausmus* – 68 (1993-) Steve Evans – 31 (1910)
Dog Curt Welch – 173 (1884-1893) Mark Grudzielanek – 105 (1995-) Curt Welch – 36 (1891)
Pig Tommy Tucker – 272 (1887-1899) Jason Giambi – 168 (1995-) Tommy Tucker – 33 (1889)

*- If you’re understandably skeptical about whether Brad Ausmus still counts as active, you can have Ryan Garko at 55 career plunks as the active leader among Roosters.

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