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 Hanlon||Hughie Jennings||1893-1903||245|
|Frank Selee||Tommy Tucker||1890-1897||150|
|John McGraw||Art Fletcher||1909-1920||132|
|Fred Clarke||Honus Wagner||1897-1915||116|
|Joe McCarthy||Frankie Crosetti||1932-1946||114|
|Gene Mauch||Ron Hunt||1971-1974||114|
|Larry Dierker||Craig Biggio||1997-2001||112|
|Connie Mack||Jimmie Dykes||1918-1932||93|
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.