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).