If you are the sort of person who had nothing better to do in the offseason than to go look at Craig Biggio's stats page on MLB.com, you might have noticed something odd. The HBP column lists 274. But this site lists his total plunks as 273. Well, so does espn.com, and cbs.sportsline.com. The general agreement of the rest of the internet is that Craig Biggio has been hit 273 times, with 17 in the 2005 season. MLB.com lists 18 for 2005.
One conclusion readers of this website might jump to is that maybe MLB officially overturned the infamous Lost Plunk in some sort of offseason statistical re-justicing. But, they didn't.
Taking a look at the game log for 2005, the extra plunk can be found on September 21st vs. Pittsburgh. The mlb.com box score lists Craig Biggio being hit by a Matt Capps pitch. Every other site shows that plunk belonging to Chris Burke. Also, the corresponding MLB.com story explains that Craig Biggio left after three innings, but Matt Capps only pitched the 8th inning.
MLB.com appears to have taken all of Chris Burke's stats for the game on 9/21/2005 and assigned them to Craig Biggio. Why? It remains a mystery. Hopefully someone will fix it before too much confusion is caused, casting shadows over the inevitable plunk that breaks Hughie Jennings' record. If anyone has a logical explanation for this I'd like to hear it. If anyone has an illogical explanation for this I'd like that even more.
UPDATE: As of July 24, 2006, MLB.com appears to have corrected all the stats associated with this problem.