Tuesday, August 30, 2005

All-Plunk team

This week, I'm naming the long awaited official Plunk Biggio all time All-Plunk team starting today with the outfield.

Outfield: Minnie Minoso, Frank Robinson, Curtis Welch
Backups: Fred Clarke, Chet Lemon

These five have racked up 867 HBPs between them with 776 of them coming in seasons when the they played more than 75% of there games in the outfield.

Minnie Minoso was hit 192 times in his career with 164 of those coming in seasons when he played three quarters of his games in the outfield. He led the American League in plunks 10 different times. No other player has lead his league as many times.

Frank Robinson tallied 198 plunks in his career with 152 coming in season when he played outfield in 75% of his games. He led the league in plunks 7 different times with a career high of 20 coming in his rookie year in 1956. Only 3 other players have been plunked more as a rookie (Tommie Tucker, Charlie Babb, and David Eckstein).

Curtis Welch got plunked 173 times in his career from 1884 to 1893. 153 of those came in season when he got played outfield 75% of the time. He led the defunct American Association in plunks in 1888, 1890 and 1891.

Fred Clarke led the league in plunks just once, in 1902, but he most likely tallied all of his 153 plunks in the outfield since he only played 7 games in the infield.

Finally, rounding out the All-Plunk outfield is Chet Lemon. Lemon led the American League in plunks 4 times, and was hit 151 times - 118 playing center field and 33 playing right.


At 8/31/2005 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe we've uncovered a scandal here in naming Chet Lemon to the All-Plunk team.

Chet Lemon's given name is Chester. That is undeniable proof that Mr. Lemon had access to the beta version of the patented Cletus J. “Bubba” Huckabee Anagram Generator (version 3.4a, aka “the grits and gravy version”).

Having access to that kind of tool is more advantageous than using the "S" word that Mr. Canseco has made famous. Knowing which night to step a little closer to the plate to guarantee a spot on the PBR All-Plunk team is a huge benefit.

Once Mr. Selig is done frying David Wells, I hope he looks into this serious matter.


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