Kevin Youkilis just finished up his best season ever at getting hit by pitches, with 7 in the month of August. That led all Major League players for the month, earning Youk the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award. Chase Utley got hit 6 times August, giving him the Player of the Month award for the National League. Congratulations to Youkilis and Utley for their outstanding achievements in the field of getting hit by a lot of pitches.
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If someone measured how good a month was by how many times AJ Pierzynski got hit by a pitch, July 2012 was the best July ever. Pierzynksi got hit by 5 pitches in July, leading all major league batters for the month. That earns him the July 2012 Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award for the American League. He was hit by Ricky Romero, Luis Mendoza, Brian Duensing, Scott Feldman, and Nick Blackburn.
In the National League, the July 2012 Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award goes to Ricky Weeks. Weeks was one of four NL players to get hit by 4 pitches in July, but he had the best BACON for the month among those with 4 plunks, at .641. Carlos Quentin, Rod Barajas and Dan Uggla also got hit by four pitches in July, but they showed some seriously terrible batting consistency. Quentin had .563 BACON, Barajas was at .532, and Dan Uggla was at .295.
Congratulations to Pierzynski and Weeks, the July 2012 Plunk Everyone Players of the Month
You can usually be pretty sure that if somebody gets hit by 7 pitches in a month, they’re going to win the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award. The last time two players got hit by 7 pitches in the same month was June of 2007 when Luis Terrero of the White Sox and David DeJesus of the Royals both had 7 plunk months. (Terrero never took another HBP after that month). In June of 2012, it was Carlos Quentin having the 7 plunk month – the 2nd of his career. The only other active players who’s been hit by 7 pitches in a month more than once is Chase Utley – he’s done it 5 times, including 4 different 8 plunk months.
So Carlos Quentin gets the National League Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award for June 2012, for his 7 HBPs.
In the American League, Josh Willingham gets the June 2012 Player of the Month award for his work, getting hit by 5 pitches. He leads the American League with 11.
Carlos Ruiz got hit by 7 pitches in May, and that makes him the easy choice for Plunk Everyone Player of the Month for May 2012. The last 7 plunk month in the majors was April of 2011 by Carlos Quentin. When Ruiz holds his press conference to accept the award, we can expect him to thank Tommy Hanson, Gio Gonzalez, Daniel Bard, Lucas Harrell, Jon Lester, Jake Westrbrook, and Kyle Lohse for their contributions to his winning this award.
The American League award goes to Asdrubal Cabrera for his 4 HBPs and .714 Bacon. Luke Scott, Matthew Joyce and Travis Hafner also got hit 4 times for AL teams in May, but Cabrera batted more consistently, so he gets the American League Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award for May 2012.
Twins left fielder Josh Willingham just finished up his best April ever, at least by the standard we use for judging around here. He was hit by 4 pitches, leading all major league players in the HBP category. That gives him the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award for April 2012.
In the National League, Jerry Hairston Jr., Brian Bogusevic, and Jonathan Lucroy all tied for the most HBPs with 3 each, which means we go to BACON to break the tie. Unfortunately, Hairston and Lucroy didn’t get enough plate appearances to be considered “qualified” for the month, so that means Bogusevic gets the NL Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award, despite a BACON of .567.
Astros first baseman Brett Wallace made his major league debut on July 31st, and got off to a fast start with 6 HBPs in the month of August. That’s the most in the National League and gives him the Plunk Everyone National League Player of the Month award for August. He’s the first Astro to lead the majors in HBPs for a month since Craig Biggio’s historic 6 plunks in June of 2005, when he passed Don Baylor for the so called “modern” major league HBP record. Wallace joins Chris Burke, Richard Hidalgo and Craig Biggio as the only Astros to get hit 6 times in a month (Burke and Hidalgo did it once each, Biggio did it 16 times). However, Wallace needs to work on his hitting consistency, because his BACON was just .532 for the month, and that left him barely ahead of Prince Fielder in BACONxHBP – my favorite stat for measuring the balance between getting hit by pitches and still being able to get hits. Wallace had a 3.19 BACONxHBP, while Fielder had 4 HBPs and a 3.01 BaconxHBP. Rickie Weeks also got hit by 4 pitches in August, and had a 3.00 BACONxHBP.
In the AL, Juan Pierre wins the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month Award, getting hit 5 times, and having a red hot and crispy .945 BACON. He had just 2 hitless games all month. Josh Hamilton is the runner up with 4 HBPs and a .779 BACON – which is good, but below his season total.
Marlon Byrd got hit by 7 pitches in July, so that earns him the Plunk Everyone National League Player of the Month Award. He also had a very solid .756 Bacon for the month, and led the majors in baconxHBP at 5.29 for the month. June NL player of the month Rickie Weeks finished one plunk behind Byrd, with 6, and would have taken it based on his .792 Bacon if he’d been hit by one more pitch in July. Byrd has 16 HBPs for the Cubs so far this year, making him the first to reach that total since Frank Chance in 1904 and 1905. Chance was player/manager for the Cubs two World Series wins in 1907 and 1908, so since the Cubs have never won a World Series without a manager who had been hit by 16 pitches for the team, the Cubs have a clear choice for who should replace Lou Piniella as manager next season. This would be Byrd’s 2nd player of the month award this year, except that I hadn’t thought of handing out player of the month awards in early June, when Byrd would have won the May award.
In the American League, Fred Lewis got hit by an AL best 5 pitches, so he wins the Plunk Everyone American League Player of the Month Award. His Bacon was only .655 for the month, but only two other players were within 1 plunk of him in July. Erick Aybar didn’t Bacon much better than Lewis at .693, and Miguel Tejada is disqualified for the award because he got traded to the National League.
In the month of June, 2010, Rickie Weeks of the Brewers got hit by 6 pitches which makes him the official winner of the Plunk Everyone National League Player of the Month award for June. He beats out Johnny Gomes for this award. Gomes also got hit 6 times in June, but Weeks had the edge both in plunk difficulty and BACON. Weeks had a very good .774 making it his most consistent batting month of the year. His BACONxHBP led the majors for the month of June, showing that he was the best in the league at getting hit by pitches, while also consistently getting hits. Gomes BACON was a meager .622 in June, showing a lack of balance between his hitting and his getting hit.
In the American League, the Plunk Everyone Player of the Month award goes to Carlos Quentin, for getting hit by 5 pitches. No other American League batter got hit more than 3 times in June, so even though Quentin had a very very bad .591 BACON for the month, he still led the AL in BACONxHBP. On the plus side, Quentin’s .591 BACON for June is his best month of the season, and a dramatic improvement on his April and May batting consistency. He also had a 2.77 SPAM for June, which is in the top half of the league for the month. Hopefully Quentin can keep his HBP going and use that momentum to continue to improve his hitting.
If I had thought to hand them out, the May awards would have gone to Jose Guillen in the AL and Marlon Byrd in the NL, and the April awards would have gone to Prince Fielder in the NL and Juan Rivera in the AL.