Posts Tagged ‘Chase Utley’

Utley takes 169th plunk

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Nothing says “I just like winning baseball games” than quite like taking HBPs in the final game of the season, trying to grit-out that last game before the offseason so teams that don’t make the postseason can at least have one final victory.

Chase Utley picked up his 169th career plunk yesterday, moving into a tie for 16th place on the all time HBP list with Alex Rodriguez. Utley has now been hit more times for the Phillies than the next two most plunked Phillies combined. Mike Lieberthal got hit 88 times for Philadelphia, and Ed Delahanty once held the Phillies record with 80. With Derek Jeter retiring, and Jason Giambi’s future uncertain, Utley is positioned to be the active leader in HBPs starting next season (or tied for the active lead if Alex Rodriguez plays).

Utley plunked for 166th time

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Chase Utley has only been hit by 3 pitches while facing Seattle Mariners pitchers, including the time Roenis Elias hit Utley last night. However, Chase Utley has been hit 163 times by other teams, so he has 166 for his career. That’s one more plunk than Kid Elberfeld ever got, so Utley is now alone in 17th place on the all time list. He’s 2 plunks behind Derek Jeter for 16th place, 17 plunks behind Jake Beckley for 1st place among left handed batters, and 119 plunks behind Craig Biggio for 2nd place all time. Utley has been hit 10 times this season, making this his 8th season with double digit plunks.

Justin Masterson hit Mike Leake in the Cardinals-Reds game, bringing his season total to 14. That’s 5 plunks behind Charlie Morton for the season lead.

Utley lands 165th, Johnson gets 131st

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Phillies veteran plunk target Chase Utley was hit by a Javier Lopez pitch last night, in the top of the 10th inning with the bases loaded. That was Utley’s 5th RBI plunk, and the 165th HBP of his career. Kid Elberfeld got hit by 165 pitches in his career, and he was the 17th most plunked batter ever, which means Utley is also the 17th most plunked batter ever. That’s 77 more plunks than any other player in Phillies history.

Reed Johnson experienced the 131st plunk of his career last night, delivered by Trevor Cahill. He’s 37th on the all time list, one plunk behind Damion Easley.

Mike Zunino was hit for the 13 time this season, tying him with Carlos Gomez, Starling Marte and Russel Martin for the major league lead. He’s 2 plunks ahead of Shin-Soo Choo for the American League most plunkable player award race. He’s only the 4th Mariner to get hit 13 times in a season. Craig Biggio got hit by over 13 pitches in a season 10 times, but every Mariner ever has only reached 13 plunks in a season 4 times.

Jon Jay and Alex Gordon both reached 50 plunks yesterday.

Chase Utley gets 164th

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Phillies veteran 2nd baseman Chase Utley was plunked by Brad Zeigler yesterday, improving Utley’s career total to 164. That’s the 18th most plunks ever by a major league player, and the 4th most by a left handed batter. He needs one more to tie Kid Elberfeld for 17th place, and 20 more to be the most plunked left handed batter ever.

162!! for Chase Utley

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Since Chase Utley first started playing in the Major Leagues in 2003, no batter has been hit by more pitches.  Yesterday Doug Fister hit Utley with a pitch, bringing the total regular season count of Utley HBPs to 162.  For the span from 2003 to 2014 the second most plunked batter behind Utley has been Reed Johnson with 127.  Carlos Quentin is behind him with 125.  So Utley has a 35 plunk lead on any other player in the Chase Utley era.

162 plunks ranks 18th on the all time list for career HBPs, 3 plunks behind Kid Elberfeld.  Yesterday’s plunk was his 21st delivered by the Washington Nationals, and he’s the only player that franchise has hit over 20 times.  Also remarkable for Utley is that he has only played for one team during his 162 HBPs.   The only other players to get hit 162 times for a single team are Craig Biggio (285), Hughie Jennings (205), Jason Kendall (177) and Derek Jeter (166).

Utley plunked for 160th time

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Chase Utley extended his HBP streak to 3 consecutive games yesterday, taking an 11th inning HBP from Scott Rice. Utley now has 160 career plunks (18th on the all time list), and the Mets have hit him 25 times. In the past 50 years, only Ron Hunt, Don Baylor, Craig Biggio and Jason Kendall have been hit 25 times by one team, but Utley is now a member of that club.

Also in the high plunk totals department, Jamey Wright hit Brandon Hicks in the Giants-Dodgers game, giving him a total of 152 plunks thrown. He ranks 19th on the all time list, and needs to hit two more batters to match Don Drysdale’s career total.

Desmond Jennings got hit by Cody Allen yesterday, collecting the 900th plunk in Rays history.

Neil Walker collected his league leading 8th plunk of the year yesterday, failing to avoid a Shelby Miller pitch. The Pirates lead all teams with 23 plunks this year, and also lead all teams with 24 plunks thrown. They’re on pace to hit 108 batters and get hit 104 times.

Utley gets 159th

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Phillies baseball target Chase Utley has been hit in each of his last two games, and he is now up to 159 for his career. That puts him 18th on the all time list, between Kid Elberfeld at 165 and Fernando Vina at 157. Utley has been hit 7 times at Citi Field, the most of any non-Met, and the 5th most in park history. The Mets have hit Chase Utley 24 times now, and that ranks 2nd to only Ron Hunt’s 28 among the common landing spot for plunks thrown by the Mets.
Dylon Gee threw yesterday’s contribution to Utley’s plunk total, and hit Marlon Byrd as well. Gee has now hit 15 batters at Citi Field which puts him one plunk ahead of RA Dickey for the park record.

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.