Thursday, June 29, 2006

on off days, you can't get crushed by the American League.

Yesterday's game was another shutout (5-0) at the hands of the American League leading Detroit Tigers, but Craig Biggio had the day off. Well at least they got shutout and swept by the best team in baseball, so they're not settling for second best there, right?

The Astros have the day off today before a weekend series at Arlington, where Biggio is likely to move past Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list. But today, of course, is the one year anniversary of historic plunk #268 when Craig Biggio broke the post-1900 record - Don Baylor's record - for being hit by pitches. Byung-Hyun Kim threw plunk #268 on June 29, 2005 (and you can watch it again in the special features on the Astros' NL Championship DVD).
Anthony Telford of the Rangers threw a somewhat less historic plunk on June 29, 2002 (#210), and Ben Sheets plunked Biggio for #183 on June 29, 2001, which tied Biggio for 8th on the plunk list, at the time, with Jake Beckley.

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