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).