Posts Tagged ‘Chase Utley’

Konerko gets 100th!! Utley gets 155th! Somebody else gets 169th!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

White Sox veteran Paul Konerko joined the club yesterday. The 100 plunk club. He was one of three batters hit by Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno. Konerko’s 100th plunk occurred in the 3rd inning, and was clocked at 90.6 mph. He’s the 79th player in major league history to get hit by 100 pitches. 97 of those have been for the White Sox, and he ranks 4th in franchise history in the plunk category. He’s also the 2nd most plunked batter born in Rhode Island.

Chase Utley now holds 19th place on the all time HBP list, getting hit by a pitch for the 155th time yesterday. That was the 2nd time Ricky Nolasco hit Utley, and the 7th time Utley has been hit by the Dodgers. Since Utley joined the majors in 2003, he’s been hit 30 more times than any other player.

And, Ryan Dempster could not wait one more batter to be the first Canadian ever to throw 90 plunks. He finally hit Alex Rodriguez after several attempts, making Canadian plunk history, and pushing Rodriguez’s plunk total to 169. The Yankees performance enhancement enthusiast and third baseman is the 15th most plunked batter of all time. As you’ve probably heard, he’s appealing MLB’s decision to suspend his right to the HBP rule, and if he loses his appeal all pitchers will be able to hit him without sending him to first base or counting as an official HBP. Until then though, his plunks still count.

The Red Sox seemed a little confused by where home plate was and where the batters box was in last night’s game, because they ended up hitting the Yankees 4 times. Believe it or not, that was the first time in the live ball era that the Red Sox have thrown 4 plunks at the Yankees in a single game.

Utley moves up to 19th place all time

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Chase Utley is now tied for 19th place on the all time plunk leaders chart, collecting his 154th HBP on a pitch from Matt Harvey. He is tied with Brady Anderson and Fred Clarke who also got hit by 154 pitches in their careers. Utley needs 3 more HBPs to catch Fernando Vina.

Also yesterday, Henry Blanco ended a streak of 1336 plate appearances without a plunk. He hadn’t been hit since August 22, 2004.

Ichiro Suzuki celebrated his 50th HBP, on a pitch from Boston’s Ryan Dempster.

Doug Fister threw his 14th plunk of the year, continuing to lead the majors in delivering plunkage.

Chase Utley still knows how to take a plunk

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

On Monday night the Phillies lost an extra inning game, watching Carlos Quentin help the game winning rally in the 10th inning with an HBP. Last night it was Chase Utley‘s turn to spark a game winning rally with his HBP. Utley got hit leading off the 13th inning, and came around to score the go-ahead run that would turn out to be the game winner. That plunk was Utley 153rd career HBP. He’s the 21st most plunked player of all time, and is now one plunk behind Fred Clarke and Brady Anderson on the all time list. But, Utley has only been hit two times this season, so he seems to be waiting for the right moments, like last night, to take his plunks. Tommy Layne threw that 13th inning plunk, and it was just the 5th plunk of his career.

Albert Pujols also got hit by a pitch last night, for the 86th of his career, delivered by Tigers pitcher Jose Alvarez. That was the 2,099th plunk in Angels team history. Pujols got hit by the 6th pitch of his career on June 26, 2001.

Marlins set new record for plunking Chase Utley

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Florida Marlins have now hit Chase Utley with 22 pitches, with Alejandro Senabia hitting him in the 6th inning yesterday. That gives the Marlins the all time record in hitting Chase Utley with pitches, moving them ahead of the Mets, who have thrown 21 of Utley’s 152 career plunks. The Nationals and Braves have each hit Utley 20 times, so they’re not out of the race (not that it’s a contest, I’m sure). Among active leaders, only one batter has been hit more times by one team – Derek Jeter, with 24 HBPs by the Red Sox. Utley’s 152 career plunks give him sole possession of 21st place on the all time list for HBPs, breaking his tie with Chet Lemon. Utley needs two more to move into a tie with Brady Anderson and Fred Clarke for 19th place. Utley is the Phillies career record holder, but that was his first plunk at the Marlins new park.

Josh Willingham took his 96th major league plunking last night, delivered by Julio Teheran. Willingham leads the American League with 7 plunks this year.

Brandon Phillips collected plunk number 60 for his collection. Jesus Gomez took his first bases loaded HBP, for an RBI.

Utley gets 151, 7th from Tim Hudson

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Chase Utley is now tied with Chet Lemon for 21st place on the all time HBP list, with 151. Tim Hudson hit him yesterday, again. Hudson has now hit Chase Utley’s 7 times, which is as many times as Pedro Astacio hit Craig Biggio, and as many times as Charlie Hough hit Don Baylor. They only matchup in the division era that’s produced more plunks is David Wells vs Jason Giambi. Wells hit Giambi 8 times. Hudson has now hit 108 batters, which puts him in a tie for 65th place on the all time list for plunks thrown. He’s tied with Gaylord Perry and Billy Rhines. 12.4% of all HBPs that have occurred at Citizen’s Bank Park have hit Chase Utley.

AJ Burnett threw his 107th career plunk yesterday, putting him just behind Hudson at 68th place on the all time list, tied with Ed Reulbach.

Jon Jay picked up his 15th plunk of the season, contributed by Justin Germano, making him just the 9th batter in Cardinals history to reach that total in a season. (David Eckstein, Fernando Vina, Fernando Tatis, Solly Hemus, Steve Evans, Dan McGann, John McGraw and Dick Harley as the others)

Utley reachs 150 plunks

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Chase Utley became the 22nd Major Leaguer ever to get hit by 150 pitches in a career, when Josh Edgin hit him with the bases loaded in the 9th inning last night. That was the 4th RBI plunk of Utley’s career, and his 4th at Citi Field. Utley has been hit 21 times by the Mets now, including 3 times this year. Prior to this month he’d never been hit by a pitcher named Josh, but Edgin is the second Josh to hit him this month. Utley’s RBI plunk was the 3rd bases loaded HBP of the day, making yesterday the first day since June 22, 2011 on which three batters were hit without an empty base to take. The Mets threw an RBI plunk in the 1st and 9th inning, making them the first team of the division era to accomplish that.

Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus reached base on a Phil Hughes plunk in the 3rd inning, and then scored when Moises Alou was plunked with the bases loaded.

Ryan Braun got his 11th plunk of the season, the 48th of his career, and the 2nd while facing Jason Grilli. The Brewers are up to 88 plunks this season, making them the 19th team since 1900 to get hit 88 times. They have 13 regularly scheduled games left to improve on that total, and based on their per-game plunk rate this year, they should finish the year around 96 plunks.
Here’s the list of post-1900 teams with 88 or more HBPs:
2008 Indians – 103
1997 Astros – 100 (Biggio’s 34 plunk year)
2006 Phillies – 95
2004 Pirates – 95 (Craig Wilson‘s 30 plunk year)
1903 Giants – 92
1996 Blue Jays – 92
1997 Pirates – 92 (Kendall’s first 31 plunk season)
1998 Pirates – 91 (Kendall’s 2nd 31 plunk season)
2003 Blue Jays – 90
1905 Giants – 90
1901 Cardinals – 90
2007 Phillies – 90
2005 Nationals – 89
2007 Royals – 89
2006 Pirates – 89
2005 Blue Jays – 89
2001 Astros – 89
2001 A’s – 88
2012 Brewers – 88 (13 games left)

Utley gets 149th, extends double digit plunk streak to 7 years.

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Dallas Keuchel threw his first major league plunk yesterday, but the guy he hit has been hit quite a few times – Chase Utley.  Utley has been hit 149 times, and 2012 is the 7th consecutive season in which Utley has been hit at least 10 times.  That’s the longest active streak of seasons with double digit plunks.  He needs to get hit 2 more times to tie Chet Lemon for 21st place on the all time HBP list.  Utley also earned the distinction of being the first batter ever plunked by a pitcher named Dallas in the city of Houston.  Dallas Green threw 30.1 innings at Colt Stadium in the 60s, but never plunked anyone there.  Dallas Braden hit Michael Young in Arlington once, but he’s never hit a batter in Houston.  Dallas Keuchel is the first Dallas to plunk a batter in Houston.

Andrelton Simmons took his first career plunk yesterday, and timed it pretty well.  He got hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the score tied 4-4.  His plunk drove in Jeff Baker, making the score Braves 5, Nationals 4.  That was the 2nd time this year that Ryan Mattheus has hit a batter with the bases loaded, and the 3rd time in his career.  But he’s only ever hit 5 batters.

Aramis Ramirez picked up his 101st career plunk, taking one from Manny Acosta.  Ramirez is one plunk behind Orlando Cepeda for 72nd place all time.  The Brewers are up to 84 plunks this year, leading the league by a wide margin, and extending their franchise record for single season plunks.

Justin Masterson threw plunk number 50 of his career, hitting Alex Avila.


Chase Utley takes 148th, Twins throw 4000th

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Josh Johnson became the 117th pitcher ever to hit Chase Utley with a pitch last night, when he plunked Utley in the 1st inning of the Marlins-Phillies game.  Utley now has 148 career HBPs, which is 3 short of Chet Lemon for 21st place on the all time list for career plunks.   Despite all those other HBPs, Utley had never been hit by a pitcher named Josh before yesterday. He’s been hit three times on September 12th.

In Minnesota last night, PJ Walters and Kyle Waldrop hit Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas of the Royals.  Waldrop’s plunk was the 4,000th ever thrown by the Twins franchise.

Austin Kearns picked up his 75th career plunk, also in the Phillies-Marlins game, and in the game between the Mets and Nationals, Kelly Shoppach got his 53rd career plunk.  That one was the 400th ever thrown in a game between the Mets and the Nationals franchise.

Rickie Weeks turns 30 years old today, which means he’s no longer the most plunked batter under 30 years old.  That distinction falls to Prince Fielder, who has 93 career plunks, and doesn’t turn 30 until May 9, 2014.

Kevin Youkilis wins the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award for August 2012

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Kevin Youkilis just finished up his best season ever at getting hit by pitches, with 7 in the month of August. That led all Major League players for the month, earning Youk the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award. Chase Utley got hit 6 times August, giving him the Player of the Month award for the National League. Congratulations to Youkilis and Utley for their outstanding achievements in the field of getting hit by a lot of pitches.

70th Citizens Bank Park plunk for Utley

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Jonathan Niese has now hit Chase Utley with a pitch twice in his career, and last nights was Utley’s 70th at Citizens Bank Park.  Since 1969, Craig Biggio is the only other player to get hit 70 times at one ballpark.  Utley is up to 147 plunks for his career, and that leaves him 4 plunks behind Chet Lemon for 21st place on the all time list.

Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz took an HBP from Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks yesterday, and that was the 100th time the Dbacks have ever plunked a Dodgers batter.