another stunning coincidence
Yesterday, Craig Biggio collected his 262nd hit by pitch 6,127 days after Don Baylor became the third player to record 262 career HBPs back on August 20, 1988. The pitcher who plunked Baylor that day nearly 15 years ago started a minor league game yesterday for the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am league. That's right, Oil Can Boyd, who dished out Don Baylor's plunk number 262, began his most recent "comeback" on the same day that Craig Biggio recorded plunk 262.
If The Can lives his dream and makes it back to the majors, and happens to plunk Craig Biggio he would become the 7th pitcher to drill both Biggio and Baylor. The current members of that club are Tom Candiotti, Jose DeLeon, Danny Jackson, Mark Portugal, Frank Tanana, and Bob Tewksbury.