Monday, May 01, 2006

May begins in Wisconsin

Craig Biggio stayed untouched by pitched baseballs on Saturday, and took Sunday off, finishing April with 3 HBPs - exactly as many plunks as he collected in April of 2005 and 2004. Moving into May, the month in which Biggio has been most (59 times), the Astros head to Milwaukee for two games.
Tonight they'll face Brewers starter Tomokazu Ohka. Ohka is 2-1 this season, and has hit 2 batters. He's hit 27 batters in his career, in 875 innings, but has never plunked Craig Biggio.

On this day in Biggio plunking history, Pedro Martinez threw a 6th inning plunk in Montreal on May 1, 1997, and Britt Reams, also with the Expos, plunked Biggio in Houston on May 1, 2002.

4 Comments:

At 5/01/2006 09:35:00 AM, Anonymous DM said...

I believe that, in yesterday's game, Chris Burke started in place of Biggio at 2nd base and as the leadoff hitter, and recieved a plunk leading off the 1st inning for his trouble. That oughta count for something. Burke was channelling Bidge, maybe.

 
At 5/01/2006 10:35:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

hey, do you work for MLB.com or something? Trying to give Burke's stats to Biggio is exactly why their website has Biggio's plunk count as 277 instead of 276. As I mentioned back in February, MLB.com gave all Burke's stats to Biggio for one game where Biggio left after the 3rd inning.

Also because of that game, Biggio's At-bat total is high by 2 ABs. So, in a little less than a month when Biggio becomes the 24th player ever to reach 10,000 At-bats, MLB.com will have it on the wrong AB, and possibly a game too soon. He'll also be passing Harold Bains, Andre Dawson and Eddie Collins on the all time AB list in the next few weeks, but again, if anything on MLB.com mentions it, it will probably be on the wrong at-bat or the wrong game. (unless they don't actually use their own website for their research)

Hopefully they'll get around to fixing it sometime soon.

 
At 5/01/2006 01:49:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

Ok, I was just looking for some Karmic Burke-Biggio-leadoff connection, but point taken. Have you attempted to notify the boneheads at MLB.com about their error? I mean, other than by posting on your blog about it, which if they weren't boneheads they'd be reading religiously.

 
At 5/01/2006 02:25:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Well I'm all for the idea of Burke learning the true art of leadoff-getting-hit from the master.

And yeah, I had been having trouble finding an email address on mlb.com to complain to, but I finally found a user comments form or something. I got a response that leads me to believe that they'll have it fixed in no time. It says "Dear Fan:
Thank you for sending your email. It has been forwarded to the appropriate department within our offices. They will contact you as soon as the information you requested is available."

I'm brimming with confidence that they'll have it fixed any time now.

On the other hand, maybe I should consider a backup plan - like having our pal Cletus "bubba" Huckabee talk to them. I'm sure one email from him would have them straightened out.

I used the form here so if anyone else wants to join in the letter writing campaign, maybe it would help. Or, if anyone finds a better way to contact mlb.com, let me know.

 

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