Wednesday, June 22, 2005

notes on 266

Today's game was the 20th time Craig Biggio has been hit twice in the same game, and Jason Jennings was the 12th pitcher to hit him twice in the same game. He's just the second pitcher to hit Biggio twice in the same game for the Rockies, but Pedro Astacio did it on two separate occasions.
Today also marked the 6th time he's been plunked 3 or more times in 2 days, including these same two days two years ago - June 21st and 22nd of 2003. On May 7th and 8th of 2000 he was hit twice in 2 consecutive games, his only 4 plunk 2 game span. But, today was the first time he was hit twice in a day game following a night game when he was plunked so it's a reasonable guess that the approximately 17 hours between plunk 264 and 266 was the fastest 3 plunk span in Biggio's career. He has never been hit 3 times in the same game, and he has never been hit in both games of a double header.
Also, between the 7th inning last night and the 3rd inning today he was plunked in 3 consecutive plate appearances. That may be the only time he's ever done that but I can't fully rule out August 2nd and 3rd of 1996 and July 20th and 21st in 1995 just from their box scores.

Don Baylor's 266th HBP came on September 25, 1988, 5 days after his 265th on September 20.

Tommy Tucker's 265th and 266th HBPs came sometime during 1899.

Hughie Jennings 265th and 266th HBPs occured sometime during 1901.

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At 6/22/2005 10:39:00 PM, Anonymous cletus j. "bubba" huckabee jr. said...

Now I don’t mean to be pedantic, and Mama always goes on and on about how pedantic I can be (Lord have mercy how that woman can go on and on), and I sure enough don’t want to be accused of flogging a dead horse, but flogging the dead horse of statistics is as much a part of Baseball as off-key renditions of the Star Spangled Banner…so…

The statistics suggest to me that Mr. Jennings’ numbers might could be counted in among the 20th Century seeing as how 15% of his total plunkings came in the last Century. He would then, if my logic stands to reason (and Mama assures me that my logic don’t usually stand to reason, so go ahead on and judge for yourself) , be the current “modern era” leader. My reasoning is this – Biggio’s record will not be set aside as pre-millennial just because (as of today) 57.5% of his plunkings came before the turn of the millennium. Therefore, why set aside Jennings and not count his numbers as “modern era” since 85% of them came before the 20th Century?

Mr. Tucker's numbers were all compiled century-before-last, so I reckon we can use the Bud Selig rule of thumb and discount anything done by anybody not either currently playing, currently on the autograph circuit, or a boyhood idol in the Selig yesteryears.

So, stay with me now, that would suggest that if we ain’t fixin’ to look at “all time” numbers and we are just going to be selective so as to get Baylor and Biggio closer to the top of the heap sooner, then we still have to consider Jennings as statistically part of the “modern era” seeing as how he played a considerable chunk of his career in the 20th Century.

Hughie Jennings* – 287 (15% in the “modern era, but 100% pre millennial)

Tommy Tucker* – 272 (100% century-before-last, 100% pre millennial)

Don Baylor* – 267 (100% last-century, 100% pre millennial)

Craig Biggio – 266 (42.5% modern era [i.e. 21st Century or post millennial])

I went ahead on and placed an asterisk beside them three fellers to denote the fact that, like Roger Maris’ record, we can denote the achievement while still finding a way to cast a disparaging eye. This, thanks to the crafty use of the asterisks, means that Biggio is already the leader.

Additionally, I point out that Don Baylor will, next Tuesday, be 56 years of age and will have been eligible for AARP membership for a solid six years, and in just six more years he will be eligible for certain Social Security Retirement Benefits.

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