Friday, September 23, 2005

batters box evacuees

While I have no proof of how often they actually had to get out of the way of a potential plunking pitch, here is a look at some of the best at not being hit by pitches.

Most plate appearance in an unplunked career:
Mark Lemke3664
Bill Bergen3228
Mickey Witek2325
Herm Winningham2069
Juan Castro*2027

*Active

Most plate appearances per plunk (at least 1 HBP):
PA per HBPHBPPA
Doug Flynn408514085
U L Washington312413124
Al Burch241212412
John Kruk2301.524603
Bob Melvin209512095


Most plate appearances per plunk (at least 1 HBP, over 5,000 plate appearances):

PA per HBPHBPPA
Sandy Alomar Sr.172035160
Sam West1394.456972
Jerry Mumphrey1386.2545545
Rollie Hemsley1377.2545509
Garret Anderson*136456246

*Active

Most plate appearances per plunk (at least 1 HBP, over 10,000 plate appearances):

PA per HBPHBPPA
Luke Appling931.1818181110243
Harold Baines792.2857141411092
Eddie Murray712.0555551812817
Dave Winfield494.322512358
Wade Boggs466.9565212310740


The fewest HBPs by any player with as many plate appearances as Craig Biggio (11,301) is 18 by Eddie Murray.

Also, Sandy Alomar Sr.'s single season record of 738 plate appearances without being hit by a pitch appears to be safe. Chone Figgins hasn't been hit by a pitch this year, but he would need to average slightly better than 6 plate appearances per game in the final 10 Angels games (and not get hit by a pitch) to break the record.

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