Wednesday, September 14, 2005

fish or trade bait

Tonight's Marlins starter, AJ Burnett, was the subject of many trade rumors earlier in the season, but the Marlins kept him, and time will tell if they'll be able to resign him in the off season. The revolving door on major league rosters makes Craig Biggio's 273 plunks and 18+ seasons with the Astros that much more amazing. On August 1 of this year, the Marlins traded for Ron Villone, making that the 6th time Villone has been traded. In doing so, Villone tied Jay Witasick for most trades by a pitcher who has hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. Witasick set the record on July 14 this year when he was traded from the Rockies to the A's.
Through 2004, there had been 26 trades in which pitchers who have plunked Biggio were swapped for each other.
Mark Leiter and Manny Aybar have been traded for the most other pitchers who have drilled Biggio, with 3 each. Leiter was traded by the Giants to the Expos for Kirk Reiter and Tim Scott on July 30, 1996 and was part of a package that sent him from Colorado to Milwaukee in exchange for Juan Acevado and others on April 4, 2001.
Manny Aybar was traded from Colorado to Cincinnati for Gabe White on April 7, 2000, and St. Louis to Colorado for a package including Darryl Kile and Dave Veres on November 16, 1999. That trade also sent Juan Acevado to Colorado, making it the biggest swap of Biggio plunkers ever, with 4 of them changing sides.
No pitcher has ever managed to get traded and plunk Biggio on the same day, but Turk Wendall was traded from the Cubs to the Mets on August 8, 1997 and plunked Biggio the following day.

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