Over the past two seasons, Carlos Quentin has been getting hit by a pitch at a rate of about 34 times per 162 games. If he played every game this year, he’d be on pace to get hit 37 times in the season, which would be the most since Ron Hunt‘s 50 plunk year in 1971. But, instead he’s only played 69 games this year, which is still enough for him to break the Padres single season plunk record. Quentin got his 16th of the season on a pitch from Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, and that plunk was also the 800th in Chase Field History. Only 23 players have been hit by 16 pitches in their Padres career, and Quentin has now done that in a season where he didn’t play until May 28th. His 16 plunks make him the major league leader this year. Overall, Quentin is up to 113 HBPs, and still in 53rd place on the all time list for career HBPs.
Also yesterday, Chase Utley got hit by a pitch for the 145th time in his career, trying him with Jose Guillen for 22nd place all time. That plunk was also the 200th time a pitcher from the Nationals franchise has hit the Phillies (including the Montreal years).
Blake Beavan threw the 1700th plunk in Mariners franchise history yesterday, and he threw it at Kevin Youkilis, who now leads the American League with 13 HBPs this year. Youk is up to 95 plunks in his career, moving closer to the 100 plunk milestone.
7 of yesterday’s 15 HBPs were recorded by 3rd basemen, making that the most HBPs on a single day this year recorded by people playing the same position. Left Fielders got hit 6 times on July 6th. 7 hbps were recorded by 2nd basemen on May 22nd last year, and 7 HBPs by first basemen occurred on May 14, 2004, and 7 right fielders were plunked on April 23, 1978. But prior to yesterday, there had never been a 7 plunk day for third basemen since before the league split into divisions (if ever).