Monday, May 01, 2006

by the numbers

When Brandon Claussen hit Craig Biggio with a pitch on Friday, he became the 11th pitcher wearing number 34 to plunk Biggio. That broke a 3-way tie between numbers 34, 55, and 37 for largest number of different pitchers hitting Craig Biggio wearing a particular uniform number. But, tonight's starter Tomo Ohka wears number 55, so he could put the number 55 team back into a tie for the lead.
However, for Ohka to bring the total plunking Biggio count for pitchers wearing number 55 into a tie for the lead in that category, he'd need to hit Craig Biggio with a pitch 8 times tonight. Pitchers wearing number 34 hold a commanding lead with 21 total plunks thrown, largely because Pedro Astacio wore #34 while hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch 7 times.
Biggio has been hit been pitchers wearing every number from 14 to 62 except for 20 and 24. 16 different pitchers have hit Biggio with a pitch while wearing 2 or more different uniform numbers, lead by Mark Gardner and Jamey Wright who wore 3 different numbers. Gardner wore 40 and 28 while plunking Biggio for Montreal and number 26 with the Giants. Jamey Wright wore number 19 in Colorado in '97, 21 in Milwaukee, then 16 when he returned to Colorado and plunked Biggio in '05.

Total plunks and number of plunking pitchers by uniform number:
Uniform NumberTotal PlunksDifferent Pitchers
342111
551310
31139
38128
371110
32119
46109
49108
50108
2997
4488
4888
3387
4077
4776
5265
5365
5665
3064
3964
3655
4255
4355
5455
2754
3554
6153
2844
5844
1543
1943
2642
2133
5132
1422
1622
2522
4122
4522
5722
6022
2221
1711
1811
2311
5911
6211
6611
6711
6911
7111
7511
9911

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