Monday, June 27, 2005


It's a sports cliche that some managers can get their players to run through walls for them, but not many can get a player to take over a hundred plunks. Larry Dierker got 112 plunks out of Craig Biggio, and only 6 managers had a player get more HBPs for them (not including Fred Clarke who was hit 125 times as a player/manager).
Most plunks by player/manager combinations:
Ned HanlonHughie Jennings1893-1903245
Frank SeleeTommy Tucker1890-1897150
John McGrawArt Fletcher1909-1920132
Fred ClarkeHonus Wagner1897-1915116
Joe McCarthyFrankie Crosetti1932-1946114
Gene MauchRon Hunt1971-1974114
Larry DierkerCraig Biggio1997-2001112
Connie MackJimmie Dykes1918-193293
Joe Torre...*1996-200492
*Some overrated Yankee who gets too much press as it is, and I'm not printing his name.

Not only did Larry Dierker manage Biggio for more of his plunks than any other Astros manager, he inspired Biggio to a higher ratio of HBPs per plate appearance than any other - that could have something to do with Dierker's Astros 3 first place finishes. However, current manager Phil Garner has gotten more home run power from Biggio than any previous manager.

YearsManagerPlate AppearancesHBPHRHBP/PAHR/PA
1988Hal Lanier1310300.0229
'89-'93Art Howe316628480.008840.01516
'94-'96Terry Collins190757430.029890.02255
'97-'01Larry Dierker3414112860.032810.02519
'02-'04Jimy Williams176155430.031230.02442
'04-?Phil Garner60215200.024920.03322

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At 6/27/2005 02:54:00 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Of course the home runs might have something to do with the Astros moving into the Juice Box formerly known as the Corporation-who-went-out-of-business-bankrupting-millions-and-causing-me-to-have-to-do-a-lot-more-work-so-my-CEO-doesn't-get-arrested Field and out of the Astrodome.

At 6/27/2005 03:05:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

True, but the Astrodome years ended in 1999 (it wasn't y2k compliant), but Jimy Williams still managed to reduce Biggio's home runs per plate appearance from what it was under Dierker, even though Dierker had 3 seasons in the Astrodome.
But really, who cares about homers when there's plunks to discuss.

At 6/27/2005 03:17:00 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

That's because Jimy Williams sucks. How many Hits Batsmen did Larry Dierker have? I bet it was a lot, he pitched when men were men.

At 6/27/2005 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude you rock for not printing you know who's name.

p.s. Your blog rox.


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