Wednesday, August 31, 2005

All-Plunk team (infield)

Yesterday I began announcing the Official Plunk Biggio All Time All-Plunk team, beginning with the outfield. Today we'll go through the greatest plunk taking infielders of all time.

First Base: Tommie Tucker
Second Base: Craig Biggio
Short Stop: Hughie Jennings
Third Base: John McGraw

2B: Ron Hunt
3B: Eddie Yost

The starting 4 have been hit 964 times so far, with 342 on the bench.

1B: Tommie Tucker played a little outfield and pitched a couple of games, but what he did most of the time was play first base and get hit by pitches. 272 plunks stands as 2nd all time for the moment. Tucker led the American Association in plunks in 1887 and 1889 and was the National League HBP leader from 1890-1892.

2B: Craig Biggio gets the edge over Ron Hunt at second base largely because this is a website about Craig Biggio. To date, Biggio and Hunt both have been hit 214 times while playing second base. Hunt had 243 HBPs, the 50 plunk season, and led the National League a record seven consecutive years. But, Biggio has 271 and counting, and 5 league plunk titles. And a web log.

SS: Hughie Jennings. The all time leader often left out of the conversation by not being modern enough. 287 career plunks, with 220 recorded in years when he played at least 75% of his games at short stop. He led the league 5 times, and was plunked 51 times in 1896.

3B: John McGraw was hit 134 times in his career with 99 recorded in years in which he spent 75% of his time at third. He tied Dummy Hoy for the first HBP crown in the American League in 1901. Anyone associated with a guy named Dummy gets extra credit. Eddie Yost makes the team for getting plunked 99 times in 16 seasons at third. Also, since these two were barely plunked at all compared to Jennings, Tucker, Biggio and Hunt, it seemed like a platoon was called for.

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At 8/31/2005 07:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget your pitcher - Eric Plunk!

At 9/01/2005 12:33:00 AM, Anonymous dm said...

Or, if that's the theme, then you could go with Belve Bean (pitched for the Indians in the 1930's) tossing to Jim Ball (caught for two seasons for the Boston Braves). I like it: Bean to Ball.

Speaking of which: is anybody else bothered by the fact that there have been TWO major league pitchers named Hitt?

At 9/01/2005 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous JimBob said...

No catcher? Would Kendall sneak in as the only other active player on the all-plunk roster, or has his (admittedly plunk-filled) career not been long enough yet to surpass Pudge Fisk?

At 9/01/2005 10:35:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Obvious choices for Catcher and DH and the oft-asked for "most plunked pitcher" are rounding out the team later today.


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