Posts Tagged ‘HBPs of note’

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).

Gomez gets 19th plunk

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Carlos Gomez became the 5th Brewer ever to get hit by 19 pitches in a season last night when he was hit by Aroldis Chapman. That leaves Gomez one plunk behind Jon Jay for the 2014 most plunkable player award – so the Brewers may have lost the division to the Cardinals already, but the plunk race is still in play. Gomez joins Fernando Vina, Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks among the Brewers who have assembled 19 plunk seasons (though weeks did it twice).

Joe Mauer broke a streak of 1150 plate appearances without an HBP, getting hit by Andrew Chafin

Reed Johnson gets 133rd

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

If you’re not familiar with Reed Johnson’s work, he’s the 36th most plunked batter of all time. He took sole possession of that spot on the all time plunk chart getting hit by Dillon Gee. Johnson has been hit 4 times by the Mets but that was his first at Citi Field. Johnson has been plunked by 28 of 30 major league teams.

Garin Cecchini got hit for the Red Sox last night, in his 2nd major league plate appearance.

Jeter gets 170th

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Derek Jeter moved ahead of Alex Rodriguez on the all time list for career HBPs last night, collecting his 170th career plunk on a pitch from Steve Geltz in the 8th inning of last night’s Rays-Yankees game. Jeter now has 15th place on the all time list all to himself – he’d need to get hit 2 more times to tie Carlos Delgado for 14th. The Rays have hit Jeter 18 times, but they only have one more game to add to that total before Jeter’s retirement this fall.

Mike Zunino took plunks number 16 and 17 of his season last night, extending his lead in the American League most plunkable player race. Only Dave Valle in 1993 (17) and Jose Guillen in 2007 (19) have been hit that many times in a season for the Mariners.

Jeter gets 169th plunk – ties Arod

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton was not actually hit by a pitch last night, even though you probably already saw video of a pitch hitting him in the face. While Stanton did take a pitch in the face, the umpire said he was swinging – so no HBP for him or Reed Johnson who finished the at-bat and also got hit while swinging for a non-HBP.

Derek Jeter – known for getting hit by pitches that didn’t actually hit him – received plunk number 169 of his career, tying him with Bradley Boxberger. Jeter is now tied for 15th place on the all time list, tied with Alex Rodriguez.

AJ Burnett threw plunk number 130 of his career last night, hitting Starling Marte. He’s tied for 32nd place all time, with Jesse Tannehill and George Mulin. Marte is up to 17 plunks this season, 2 behind league leader Jon Jay who also got hit yesterday.

Jon Jay collected his 19th HBP of the season, delivered by Johnny Cueto. Jay currently leads all 2014 batters in plunks.

Dan Murphy broke a 1092 PA plunkless streak, getting hit by Matt Thornton.

Jay takes most plunkable player lead with 18th

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Jon Jay is now the first Cardinal to get hit 18 times in a season since the great Fernando Vina in 2002. Jay was hit by Reds pitcher Sam Lecure in the 8th inning last night, giving him a one plunk lead over teammate Matt Holliday in the 2014 plunk race. Holliday and Jay are the first pair of Cardinals to have 17 plunks in the same season since 1900 when Dann McGann and John McGraw got hit 24 and 23 times.

Starling Marte kept himself in the conversation for the 2014 most plunkable player award, collecting his 16th of the year last night. Jerome Williams hit Marte in the 1st inning of yesterday’s Pirates-Phillies game.

Zunino reaches 15 plunks

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Mariners catcher Mike Zunino now has a commanding lead in the American League Most Plunkable Player race, taking his 15th plunk of the year last night. He’s only the 3rd Mariner ever to get hit 15 times in a season, and if he could get hit 4 more times this season, he would tie Jose Guillen for the Mariners single season record (19). He’s also the first player with a last name beginning with Z ever to get hit by 15 pitches in a season, putting him just behind Eric Young and Kevin Youkilis if you take every player with a 15 plunk season and sort them alphabetically.

Dominic Brown broke a streak of 929 plate appearances without an HBP, getting hit by Jared Hughes yesterday.

Overbay breaks 903 PA plunkless streak

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Lyle Overbay’s streak of not getting hit by pitches since 2011 could not survive yesterday’s Cardinals-Brewers game. Overbay’s last plunk had been June 8 2011 against Zach Duke, and Lance Lynn hit him yesterday in the 4th inning.
The Cardinals and Brewers have hit each other 21 times this year, the most of any pair of opponents in 2014. The Cardinals have hit the Brewers 13 times, and that’s 1 plunk short of the single season record in hitting Brewers – 14 by the 2010 Cubs. The Brewers have hit 8 Cardinals this year, but they trail the Pirates in the Cardinal-plunking standings by 3 plunks.

Jon Jay reaches 15 plunks with walkoff

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Jon Jay put himself back in the lead in the 2014 most plunkable player race, staying in front of a 9th inning JJ Hoover pitch last night, with the bases loaded and the game tied. That plunk won the game for the Cardinals, but more importantly gave Jay 15 plunks on the season to lead the majors. That’s the Cardinals 2nd walkoff plunk this season, making them the only team in the last 50 years to have 2 game winning HBPs in the same season.

AJ Burnett passed Kenny Rogers on the all time plunk list, throwing #127 and #128 of his career. Burnett is now 38th on the all time list for hitting batters. Burnett has hit 12 batters this season,

Mike Zunino took his 14th plunk of the season, extending his lead for the American League most plunkable player award.

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.