Tuesday, May 24, 2005

plunk inflation

Batters are being hit by pitches this season at a rate of about .734 per game, which is down slightly from the past two years. When Craig Biggio entered the league in 1988, league wide plunks per game were around .438 but they have steadily increased throughout his career. The HBP per game numbers from 2001 through this year have been in a range not seen in 100 years. 2001's .778 plunks per game was the first to brake .700 since 1902 when it was .705.
Craig Biggio's and Hughie Jennings stats are more beneficiaries than causes of this trend, and removing their numbers from the overall stats does not impact the league wide totals too greatly.
During the span of Biggio's career (through 2004), there have been .598 HBPs per game, slightly better than the average during Hughie Jennings career, .550. Don Baylor's era was relatively plunk-free with .374 hit batters per game.

yearhbp/gm
yearhbp/gmyearhbp/gmyearhbp/gm
20040.762
19730.38919430.26719130.569
20030.761
19720.40419420.27819120.589
20020.72
19710.42419410.25219110.686
20010.778
19700.42519400.28819100.658
20000.647
19690.45419390.2919090.639
19990.651
19680.48119380.28819080.625
19980.651
19670.46419370.2619070.653
19970.639
19660.42319360.33619060.641
19960.62
19650.44519350.31319050.68
19950.605
19640.42819340.28119040.665
19940.548
19630.44119330.2919030.686
19930.529
19620.43819320.29919020.705
19920.465
19610.40319310.30219010.81
19910.43
19600.39619300.32519000.969
19900.409
19590.40219290.33118991.01
19890.381
19580.40519280.37518980.997
19880.438
19570.41519270.39418970.978
19870.4
19560.3919260.39218960.032
19860.386
19550.40519250.40918950.017
19850.333
19540.35819240.44818940.019
19840.317
19530.39619230.48918930.049
19830.34
19520.39219220.49518920.04
19820.321
19510.36419210.4618910.059
19810.334
19500.35519200.44518900.541
19800.313
19490.30119190.47518890.301
19790.36
19480.27419180.45518880.324
19780.367
19470.24819170.46918870.734
19770.376
19460.25519160.51318860.307
19760.353
19450.29119150.5518850.376
19750.394
19440.27619140.54618840.314
19740.399






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