Thursday, September 01, 2005

All-Plunk team (battery)

Rounding out the Official Plunk Biggio All Time All Plunk Team is the pitcher, catcher and DH today. If you missed them, take a look at the outfield here and the infield here.

Catcher: Jason Kendall
Pitcher: Eddie Plank
Designated (Get) Hitter: Don Baylor

Catcher: Jason Kendall has been hit by a pitch 192 times so far, 2nd to Craig Biggio among active players and tied with Minnie Minoso for 8th all time. Kendall led the National League in plunks in 1998 with 31.

Pitcher: Eddie Plank is the most plunked full time pitcher of all time, but he won that title with only 24 career HBPs. Plank also hit 196 batters, but players on this team are selected for their ability to get hit, not their ability to hit batters. Gus Weyhing doesn't make it. Tony Mullane received consideration for this slot having been hit 29 times, but he played in the field a little too often, and considering the era he played in, he didn't get hit quite enough. Eric Plunk might have seemed the logical choice for the team bearing his name, but he (disappointingly) never got hit by a pitch.

DH: Don Baylor now sits 4th all time with 267 career HBPs. 163 of those plunks came while Baylor was playing DH. Baylor led the American League in HBPs 8 times and his 267 career plunks are still the all-time American League record.

In total the 12 members of the All Time All-Plunk team have been hit 2626 times - around 3% of the total HBPs in major league history. They have led their league a total of 57 times.


At 9/01/2005 09:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is getting plunked really the best merit for selecting pitchers? Shouldn't you select a pitcher who hits a lot of batters, which should cause opponents to retaliate?

At 9/02/2005 06:37:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

This team doesn't need opposing pitchers to be retaliating to get hit. Just try missing them! It can't be done.


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