Thursday, June 09, 2005

Glavine today

Tom Glavine faces the Astros today. He'll be their second opposing pitcher this week to have won a Cy Young award. Glavine has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, having played most of his career with the non-plunking Braves. Glavine hits a batter slightly less than once every 10 starts - 54 hit batsmen in 582 starts. Only 7 pitchers with 500 or more starts have hit fewer batters than Glavine.

Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch on June 9, 2000 by Stan Spencer, and on this day in 1996 by Ken Ryan.

Also, today's New York Times has an excellent article about Biggio and the record, and I'd like to thank Jack Curry for mentioning Plunk Biggio. Although, I'm a little confused about what the Elias Sports Bureau had to say. The box score for the game Biggio has been mentioning when Jeremi Gonzalez hit him in the face is here. Biggio went 1-1 with 3 walks and 2 stolen bases in the game, and while I don't know what inning he got beaned, it wouldn't surprise me at all to hear that it wasn't his last plate appearance of the game. The Astros clinched the division that day.

6 Comments:

At 6/09/2005 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Earl said...

Congrats on the NYT mention! Pretty cool.

 
At 6/09/2005 12:37:00 PM, Blogger timh27 said...

ok here's a question -
how many of the biggio plunks have resulted in runs scored?

 
At 6/09/2005 12:46:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

There's a big black hole in the data I have access to (mostly retrosheet.org) between 1994 and 1999 when they don't have game logs, so I can't get at the answer to the runs scored question. I'm told I could probably purchase that info, but I haven't asked how much it would cost yet.

 
At 6/09/2005 01:29:00 PM, Blogger numberonecat said...

there's also a nice little piece by Ben McGrath in the latest issue of the New Yorker, which also references your most excellent blog.

 
At 6/09/2005 04:23:00 PM, Blogger John T. Byrne said...

Do you have access to enough data to make a graphic charting where Biggio has been hit. Perhaps you could use color coding to specify which area where hit most/least often. I guess it would be similar to what I have seen used for indicating where a batters hot zone is for hitting.

Great site. Congrats on PR.

 
At 6/09/2005 04:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Bidge started out as a catcher, have you looked at which plunkers he has also caught? Even a list of former teammates would be interesting.

 

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