In yesterday’s Indians-Royals game, Bruce Chen hit Carlos Santana, And Jason Frasor hit Mike Aviles. Those were the 1899th and 1900th plunks ever thrown by Royals pitchers. So they have that going for them. 156 of those 1900 plunks have been thrown at the Indians.
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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.
Rickie Weeks took an HBP from Zack Wheeler in the 1st inning of yesterday’s Brewers-Mets game, inflating his career total to 123. That puts him in 47th place on the all time HBP list, ahead of Miguel Tejada, and two plunks behind Jeff Kent and Honus Wagner. The Mets also hit Khris Davis in the 4th inning, which means the Mets have hit the Brewers 7 times this season. That’s a new record for the Mets – they hit 6 Brewers in 2005, but this is the first time the Mets have ever hit 7 Brewers in a single season.
Carlos Ruiz and Anthony Rizzo both reached 10 plunks on the season with HBPs yesterday – Rizzo had 2.
In last night’s Phillies-Giants game, AJ Burnett hit Pablo Sandoval with a pitch. That was the 125th major league plunk Burnett has thrown in regular season play, and that puts him in a 4 way tie for 40th place all time. Kid Casey, Phil Knell and Willie Sudhoff are the others who hit 125 batters in their careers.
Veteran pitcher Jamey Wright hit Russell Martin and Andrew McCutcheon last night for his 153rd and 154th plunks thrown. 154 puts Wright in a tie with Don Drysdale for 18th place in Major League batter plunking history. Martin also got hit by Josh Beckett in that game, pushing his 2014 HBP total to 13. That’s 2 plunks ahead of any other player this season.
Aramis Ramirez got hit by a Mat Latos pitch last night giving him 118 career plunks. That ties him with AJ Pierzynski for 50th place on the all time list. That was the 3rd time Latos has hit Ramirez, and that was the first plunk Latos has thrown this year.
Danny Valencia broke a streak of 1372 plate appearances without an HBP, getting hit by Chris Sale yesterday. Valencia had never been hit in the majors, so now he has 1 in 1372 plate appearances.
Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton has now hit 17 batters this season, after hitting Charlie Blackmon in yesterday’s game against the Rockies. The last Pirates pitcher to hit 17 in a season was Ed Doheney in 1903. Hitting 17 batters by July 19th hasn’t been done since – sometime before Retrosheet has data. Howard Emke reached 17 on July 22nd in 1923 (he hit Ira Flagstead 3 times in that game). But nobody in the live ball era hit 17 batters by July 19th until Charlie Morton in 2014.
Cardinals pitcher Nicholas Greenwood hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch yesterday, delivering the 122nd plunk of Weeks major league career. Rickie is now tied with Miguel Tejada for 47th place all time, and he’s the Brewers all time leader. The Cardinals have hit Weeks 11 times, and yesterday’s was hit 60th HBP at Miller Park. He joins Derek Jeter, Chase Utley, Craig Biggio, Brady Anderson and Carlos Delgado among modern players who have 60 HBPs at a single ballpark.
Also in that game, Carlos Gomez got hit for the 11th time this season, putting him in a tie for the major league lead, with Neil Walker, Shin-Soo Choo and Russell Martin. Martin also got his 11th plunk yesterday in the Pirates-Reds game. That plunk was the 4,999th in Pirates history.
Jimmy Nelson threw his 1st major league plunk in yesterday’s Brewers-Cardinals game, and he made it Matt Holliday’s 100th plunk. Holliday is the 83rd member of the 100 plunk club, tied with David Dejesus and Henry Larkin for 81st place in plunk history. Congratulations to Holliday for reaching this milestone of grit and determination and not getting out of the way. That plunk also moved Holliday into sole possession of 7th place in Cardinals history, with 48 HBPs, just ahead of Dan McGann and Ray Blades.
Holliday’s plunk was his 10th of the season, and Carlos Gomes also collected his 8th plunk of the year in that game (which was also the 777th plunk in Miller Park history). There are currently 8 players with double digit plunks this season, but no one with more than 11.
Andrew McCutcheon got hit by Mike Leake for the 3rd time in his career yesterday, taking the 4,998th HBP in Pirates history.
Mike Zunino got plunked by Jeff Samardzija last night giving him a total of 10 HBPs this year. That makes him only the 2nd player ever to reach 10 plunks in a season whose last name starts with Z. That hasn’t been done since Chief Zimmer got hit 11 times for the 1900 Pirates. Zimmer got hit 11 times in a season in 1900, 1899 and 1890, but no player filed under Z has ever been hit by more than 11 pitches.