Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Nobody leaves until...

I'm looking forward as much as anyone to seeing Craig Biggio reach the 3000 hits plateau, but some of the ideas coming out recently to get him there are going a bit far. For example, Russ Springer had some extremely controversial ideas in Alyson Footer's column on Sunday. Springer's theory is that Biggio should "Stop taking walks. Stop getting hit. Get 700 at-bats."

Then, last night the Astros unveiled their new "Nobody goes home until Craig Biggio gets a hit" rule. Biggio saved his hit until the 12th inning, when he doubled and scored the winning run, but he did not get hit by a pitch. Again, I want to see him reach 3000 hits as much as anyone, and it serves as a great incentive to keep playing and keep stepping into the batters box, but I don't thing Russ Springer's "Stop getting hit" idea is at all necessary. 26 others have 3000 hits, but nobody has ever reached 300 HBPs. 3000 hits and 300 HBPs has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Today the Astros travel to San Francisco to face Matt Morris and the Giants. Morris is well known to the Astros from his many years pitching for the Cardinals, where he hit Craig Biggio with a pitch on September 19, 2003. The Giants, however, haven't hit Biggio with a pitch since 1999 and he has never been hit in SBC Park.

Craig Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on April 11th.


At 4/11/2006 11:36:00 AM, Blogger Cory Lieder said...

Jason Kendell, 8 and a half years younger than Biggio, just moved into sole possession of 7th place on the all-time HBP list.

Kendall is averaging about 20 HBP per year, much higher than Biggio's 15 per year.

1. Hughie Jennings+ 287 R
2. Craig Biggio (39) 274 R
3. Tommy Tucker# 272 B
4. Don Baylor 267 R
5. Ron Hunt 243 R
6. Dan McGann# 230 B
7. Jason Kendall (31) 199 R

Expect Kendall to make a run at Biggio's mark. Jason already has 2 HBP this season.

At 4/11/2006 12:59:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Yeah, Kendall has an excellent chance to break the record after Biggio retires. At some point I'll update the post I did last season on this subject, but if Kendall doesn't break it there aren't very many active players who look like they have a shot.
Kendall will be interesting though. He's got an epic homerless streak going, and you'd have to think he can't afford to let his batting slip any more if he wants to keep playing at an 18-20 plunk per season level for another 5 years. Also, he'll be a free agent after '07, coming off $13mil that year, so it'll be interesting to see where he ends up and for how much.

At 4/11/2006 11:20:00 PM, Blogger Cory Lieder said...

Thanks for the response. Agreed on the playing time issue being what will most likely stop Jason "The Prince of Darkness" Kendall from getting to Biggio/Jennings.

Kendall was plunked again tonight in the 2nd inning. #200. Congrats to him.


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