Monday, April 24, 2006

plunks per plate appearance update

On Saturday, frequent commenter and more frequent question asker DM asked for up to the minute plunks per plate appearance data. I'm not quite ready for up to the minute, but here is the updated top-15 through last season, with a minimum of 500 plate appearances.

Top 15 in plunks per plate appearance through 2005 (500 plate appearance minimum):
Craig Wilson8118470.043854
Sal Fasano379360.039529
Jason LaRue8523140.036732
Jason Kendall19759580.033064
Reed Johnson4814780.032476
Olmedo Saenz4715550.030225
Bobby Hill185960.030201
Vance Wilson268860.029345
David Eckstein8932330.027528
Ramon Santiago228140.027027
Aaron Guiel259480.026371
Mike Redmond4116630.024654
Aaron Rowand4418230.024136
Craig Biggio273113410.024071
A.J. Pierzynski6125470.023949

At the other end of the spectrum, Chone Figgins finally took one for the team on Saturday after starting his career with 1719 unplunked plate appearances. Before then, he had the third most plate appearance of any major leaguer who had never been plunked. The active list for most career plate appearances without an HBP is as follows:
NamePlate appearances
Juan Castro2087
Coco Crisp1810
Nick Punto677
Jon Lieber616
Josh Bard559
Hideo Nomo543
Adam Melhuse540

Kirk Rueter and Al Leiter retired in the offseason, finishing unplunked careers with 740 and 613 plate appearance respectively.


At 4/24/2006 01:33:00 PM, Blogger Will said...

Wow, if Bigg had been plunk as often as Craig Wilson, he would be approaching 500 (497). Come on Bigg, you need to step it up! Of course, I'll take going 4 for 4 any night.

At 4/24/2006 02:27:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Wilson also missed much of last July and August after getting hit by a pitch on his hand shortly after returning from a previous non-plunk related surgery on the same hand. Biggio's 275 have never put him on the DL. There's that fine line between sacrificing your body for the team and costing your team by getting injured.

(granted an elbow pad helps once in a while, but still...)

At 4/24/2006 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which do you see happening first......Biggio reaching 3000 hits or 300 plunks?

At 4/24/2006 07:47:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

"frequent commenter and even more frequent pest" hmmm I like it :)

At 4/24/2006 08:36:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

to answer the anonymous question, Biggio should get to 3000 hits well before 300 hbps unless something really weird happens. 3000 hits should probably be in the bag early in 2007 (unless he stays really hot this year - but it would take a career year to make it in '06), but it will probably take most of 2007 to get to 300 hbps.

At 4/25/2006 03:59:00 AM, Blogger george said...

I would have added or used another column to the table in this article ... by heh you are the master .. I'm just the student ... which is the reciprocal of "I was once the student ... now I am the Master" , (heavy breathing sound, heavy breathing sound) by Darth Vadar in Starwars... I digress ...

The other column would be the reciprocal. I used your numbers, re-calculated and wow! Bigg gets hit about every 41.54 plate appearances!

So since plate appearances should really be in thirds ... would you round up to 41.66 or round down to 41.33 PA's per HPB?

At 4/25/2006 04:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George - what is HPB?

At 4/25/2006 08:09:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

George, converting to plate appearance per HBP was obviously your homework. Also, I don't think plate appearances need to be rounded to thirds, but feel free to try to convince me that they should be for some reason. Innings come in thirds, but a plate appearance is a whole unit.


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