The most plunkful day of the year

HBPs of note: September 1, 2010

Most of the league seems to have been waiting for the calendar to turn to September to start getting hit by pitches, because 17 batters were plunked yesterday. That’s the most HBPs on a single day this year, and the highest single day total since August 4, 2009 when 19 batters were plunked. Thanksfully though, none of yesterday’s 17 plunks were thrown by Aroldis Chapman, who was hitting a painful sounding 104 miles per hour on Gameday’s radar gun.

Chris Volstad was the biggest contributor to yesterday’s high plunk output, hitting 3 Nationals batters – Wil Nieves, Alberto Gonzales and Nyjer Morgan. Nieves and Gonzales hadn’t been hit this season.

Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson delivered Scott Rolen’s 119th career plunk, pushing him within 1 plunk of Buck Herzog for 42nd place on the all time HBP list.

Manny Ramirez took his first plunk in a White Sox uniform yesterday, bringing his career total to 105. He’s tied for 63rd place on the all time list with Dan Brouthers and Mark Grudzielanek. That was the 400th time since 1920 that the White Sox have been plunked by the Indians, as well as the 850th plunk in Progressive Field history.

Franciso Liriano hit two batters, bring his Target Field record total to 5, and his season total to a career high 10. Perhaps naming their park Target has had a positive effect on HBPs after all, at least for Liriano.


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