Monday, October 03, 2005

2005 offensive awards

Most Plunkable Player:
American League: Shea Hillenbrand (TOR), 22
National League: (tie) Jose Guillen (WAS), Geoff Jenkins (MIL) 19
Hillenbrand recorded the lowest plunk total to lead the majors since 1995 when Craig Biggio had 22. The '95 season was strike-shortened, but in the previous full season (1993) Dave Valle led the majors with just 17 HBPs.

Plunked Rookie of the Year:
American League: Jonny Gomes (TB), 14
National League: Ryan Doumit (PIT), 13
The all time Rookie record is held by Tommy Tucker who had 29 in the American Association in 1887. The American League rookie record is 21 by David Eckstein in 2001, and the NL record is 20 by Frank Robinson in 1956.

Sandy Alomar Award(most plate appearance without an HBP):
American League: Chone Figgins (LAA), 720
National League: Abraham Nunez (STL), 421
Figgins fell 18 plate appearances short of Sandy Alomar's record for most plate appearances in a season without being hit by a pitch.

Most Plunked Team (the plunk pennant):
National League: Washington Nationals, 89
American League: Toronto Blue Jays, 89

Least Plunked Team:
American League: Los Angeles California United States North America Earth of Anaheim Angels, 29
National League: Atlanta Braves, 45
The Angels are the first team since the 2000 Expos to finish a season with less than 30 plunks.

All Plunked Team:

National League
C (tie) Ryan Doumit (PIT), Jason Larue (CIN) 13

1B Carlos Delgado (FLA) 17

2B Craig Biggio (HOU) 17

3B Morgan Ensberg (HOU), Carlos Baerga (WAS) 8

SS David Eckstein (STL) 13

OF Geoff Jenkins (MIL) 19, Jose Guillen (STL) 19, Brady Clark (MIL) 18

P (tie) Brian Moehler (FLA), Gary Glover (MIL), Jason Schmidt (SF), John Patterson (WAS), Brad Penny (LA), Livan Hernandez (WAS), AJ Burnett (FLA), Mike Hampton (ATL), Kris Benson (NYM), Roy Oswalt (HOU), Kip Wells (PIT), Jake Peavy (SD), Roger Clemens (HOU), Dontrelle Willis (FLA), Glendon Rusch (CHC), Jose Acevedo (COL), Ryan Vogelsong (PIT) 1

American League
C Jason Kendall (OAK) 20

1B Shea Hillenbrand (TOR) 22

2B Nick Green (TB), Placido Palanco 11

3B $252,000,000 (NYY) 16

SS Angel Beroa (KC) 14

OF Aaron Rowand (CHW) 21, Lew Ford (MIN) 16, Reed Johnson (TOR) 16

DH Jonny Gomes (TB) 14

Doubles note: Craig Biggio became the 11th player in Major League history to hit 40 or more doubles in 7 or more seasons. The others are Tris Speaker (10), Stan Musial (9), Wade Boggs (8), Harry Heilman(8), Charlie Gehringer (7), Lou Gehrig (7), Pete Rose (7), Rogers Hornsby (7), Nap Lapjoie (7), and Joe Medwick (7). With the standard Pete Rose disclaimer, all are in the Hall of Fame. Also, only Speaker (14), Rose (12), Musial (11) and now Biggio (10) have had 10+ seasons with 35 or more doubles.


At 10/03/2005 01:51:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

I want to complement you on your blog and ask a few questions about the whole season data we have now.

How does the overall rate of plunks for the majors this year compare to previous years? Are rookie pitchers getting better or worse at hitting batters?

I'm sure the national media will immediately attribute any changes to steroids. I'm not sure how, they just will.

At 10/03/2005 02:55:00 PM, Anonymous Hadley Potato Farmer said...

Baerga had to be up there in plunks per plate appearances or PA per Plunk to end up with 8 and lead the league at his position.

At 10/03/2005 03:23:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Baerga is 5th in plunks per PA among players with more than 1 plunk, but 20th overall with his 8 plunks in 174 plate appearances. Adam Greenberg of the Cubs got drilled in his only plate appearance. Ryan Doumit got hit 13 times in 257 trips to the plate.

At 10/04/2005 09:45:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

To answer m's question, league wide plunks are down to 0.739 per game - down from last year but still close to the level of the past 5 seasons. 2001-2005 have seen plunk frequency higher than it has been since the turn of the prior century. Check out the list here.
Rookie pitchers hit 0.0109% of batters they faced this season, down from 0.0110% in 2004. Rookie plunk rates have tracked about the same as overall plunk rates, seeing a high point in 2001 and a decline back through the 20th century up to levels similar to the past five years back in the early 1900s.


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