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.