pitching plunk leaders born on April 18th

April 18th, 2014 by pbr

60 hbp – Danny Friend, born 04/18/1873, 288th all time, played from 1895 to 1898
50 hbp – Bill Bayne, born 04/18/1899, 448th all time, played from 1919 to 1930
43 hbp – Jack Scott, born 04/18/1892, 579th all time, played from 1916 to 1929
38 hbp – Steve Blass, born 04/18/1942, 706th all time, played from 1964 to 1974
26 hbp – Dennis Rasmussen, born 04/18/1959, 1191st all time, played from 1983 to 1995

active leader:
14 hbp – Henderson Alvarez, born 04/18/1990, 2081st all time, played from 2011 to 2013

The most plunked batters born on April 18th

April 18th, 2014 by pbr

54 hbp – Brady Clark, born 04/18/1973, 352nd all time, played from 2000 to 2008
47 hbp – Miguel Cabrera, born 04/18/1983, 478th all time, played from 2003 to 2014
40 hbp – Duffy Lewis, born 04/18/1888, 628th all time, played from 1910 to 1921
23 hbp – Sam Crawford, born 04/18/1880, 1299th all time, played from 1899 to 1917
22 hbp – Billy Butler, born 04/18/1986, 1345th all time, played from 2007 to 2014

active leader: Miguel Cabrera

MLB breaks division era record for plunking batters named Chris

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

On May 14, 1995, Chris Gomez, Chris Hoiles, and Chris Sabo were all hit by pitches, making that the only day since 1969 on which three different batters named Chris were hit by pitches. But yesterday, Chris Heisey, Chris Davis, Khris Davis, and Chris Iannetta were all hit by pitches.

In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong set a new park record for total hit batters, throwing his 18th AT&T Park plunk. He hit Hanley Ramirez to break a three way tie for the record with Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez.

Red Sox rookie infielder Xander Bogaerts received his first major league plunk yesterday, getting hit by John Danks in the 3rd inning, and then got his 2nd major league plunk in the 11th inning from Daniel Webb. That one was Webb’s first as a major leaguer. The Red Sox have been hit by pitches in 4 consecutive games. Their live ball era record for plunk streaks is 7 games.

Stolmy Pimentel hit a batter for the first time in his career, and that’s important because it’s fun to write Stolmy Pimentel. He’s the 603rd pitcher ever to throw a plunk for the Pirates.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 17th

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

22 hbp – Jersey Bakely, born 04/17/1864, 1425th all time, played from 1883 to 1891
13 hbp – Scott Perry, born 04/17/1891, 2190th all time, played from 1916 to 1921
11 hbp – Charlie Ferguson, born 04/17/1863, 2443rd all time, played from 1884 to 1887
6 hbp – John Grimes, born 04/17/1869, 3339th all time, played from 1897 to 1897
6 hbp – Charlie Jaeger, born 04/17/1875, 3339th all time, played from 1904 to 1904

active leader:
2 hbp – Dan Jennings, born 04/17/1987, 4736th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on April 17th

April 17th, 2014 by pbr

62 hbp – Solly Hemus, born 04/17/1923, 273rd all time, played from 1949 to 1959
32 hbp – Cap Anson, born 04/17/1852, 892nd all time, played from 1871 to 1897
31 hbp – Marquis Grissom, born 04/17/1967, 933rd all time, played from 1989 to 2005
26 hbp – Tom Needham, born 04/17/1879, 1159th all time, played from 1904 to 1914
21 hbp – Pedro Garcia, born 04/17/1950, 1432nd all time, played from 1973 to 1977

active leader:
19 hbp – Ryan Raburn, born 04/17/1981, 1562nd all time, played from 2004 to 2014

Pierzynski plunked for 116th time

April 16th, 2014 by pbr

In Chicago last night White Sox pitcher Donald Veal plunked AJ Pierzynksi in the 9th inning, pushing Pierzynksi’s career total to 116. That gives him sole possession of 51st place in the all time HBP standings. That was also AJ’s 30th plunk at US Cellular Field, making him the 4th batter ever to reach that total at the White Sox home park. Frank Thomas got hit 35 times at that park, and Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin share the park record with 46 each.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada plunked Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina last night, and that was the 200th plunk ever recorded in a Brewers-Cardinals game. 90 of those landed on Cardinals batters. The Cardinals plunked Carlos Gomez later in the game.

Robbie Ross hit Brad Miller twice in the Rangers-Mariners game, making Ross the first pitcher to hit the same batter in the 3rd and 8th innings of a game since John Smoltz did that to Chris Snelling on April 12, 2007.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 16th

April 16th, 2014 by pbr

105 hbp – Jim Lonborg, born 04/16/1942, 72nd all time, played from 1965 to 1979
68 hbp – Dutch Leonard, born 04/16/1892, 217th all time, played from 1913 to 1925
33 hbp – Curt Young, born 04/16/1960, 882nd all time, played from 1983 to 1993
22 hbp – Antonio Alfonseca, born 04/16/1972, 1425th all time, played from 1997 to 2007
18 hbp – Jim Devlin, born 04/16/1866, 1707th all time, played from 1886 to 1889

active leader:
2 hbp – Paco Rodriguez, born 04/16/1991, 4736th all time, played from 2012 to 2014

The most plunked batters born on April 16th

April 16th, 2014 by pbr

157 hbp – Fernando Vina, born 04/16/1969, 18th all time, played from 1993 to 2004
39 hbp – Rich Rollins, born 04/16/1938, 660th all time, played from 1961 to 1970
38 hbp – Paul Waner, born 04/16/1903, 684th all time, played from 1926 to 1945
22 hbp – Piggy Ward, born 04/16/1867, 1345th all time, played from 1883 to 1894
8 hbp – Bernie Allen, born 04/16/1939, 2859th all time, played from 1962 to 1973

active leader:
1 hbp – Nolan Arenado, born 04/16/1991, 5805th all time, played from 2013 to 2014

Seager and Moss both get 15th plunk

April 15th, 2014 by pbr

Yes, it’s a slow plunk news day.

Only three batters were hit by pitches yesterday – Colby Lewis hit Kyle Seager in the Rangers-Mariners game, bringing Lewis’s career total to 30 and Seager’s to 15.

In the Angels-A’s game, Joe Smith hit Brandon Moss giving Moss 15 career plunks. Smith has hit 20 in his career, and that plunk was number 1992 in the history of Angels Stadium of Anaheim.

Danny Espinosa got hit by Kevin Slowey in the Nationals-Marlins game, increasing Espinosa’s career total to 36. That puts him in a tie with Jose Vidro for 10th place in Nationals history, but he’s still 78 plunks behind Ron Hunt for the franchise record. Kevin Slowey has hit 21 people.

pitching plunk leaders born on April 15th

April 15th, 2014 by pbr

75 hbp – Darby O’Brien, born 04/15/1867, 175th all time, played from 1888 to 1891
68 hbp – Woodie Fryman, born 04/15/1940, 217th all time, played from 1966 to 1983
29 hbp – John Danks, born 04/15/1985, 1027th all time, played from 2007 to 2014
27 hbp – Aaron Laffey, born 04/15/1985, 1127th all time, played from 2007 to 2013
26 hbp – King Cole, born 04/15/1886, 1191st all time, played from 1909 to 1915

active leader:
John Danks