Today was going to be the matchup between the most plunked player in the last hundred years - Craig Biggio - and the least plunked player active in the Major Leagues - Juan Castro. But, perhaps because they were embarrassed to face Craig Biggio with the unplunkable Juan Castro on their roster, the Twins traded Castro last week. Castro has had 2,202 plate appearances and never been hit by a pitch, leading all unplunked active players. But the Twins still have Nick Punto, who ranks 4th in plate appearance among players who have never taken one for the team with 770. Red Sox teammates Coco Crisp and Curt Schilling are 2nd and 3rd with 1,908 and 899 plate appearance respectively.
Overall the Twins have been hit by a pitch 92 times on days when Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch, and have a record of 114-134 in those games, including a loss in the one game in which they plunked Biggio. That works out to a .460 win percentage, which is slightly less than the .489 win percentage the Twins have compiled over the seasons in which Biggio has been plunked. So, if the Twins had won the games on the dates Biggio was plunked at the same rate that they were generally winning over that span, they would have gone 121-127. Somehow, Biggio's plunks caused the Twins to lose 7 extra games, at least 6 of which he was nowhere near... right?
Including the days when the Twins franchise was the Washington Senators, Bucky Harris is the all time franchise leader in HBPs with 99 between 1919 and 1928. Clyde Milan and Eddie Yost (the most plunked player in history with Y for a last initial) are 2nd and 3rd with 80 and 76 plunks for the franchise.
Chuck Knoblauch is 4th, and 1st among those who played for the franchise as it's currently known, accumulating 74 HBPs from 1991 to 1997. Torri Hunter is there active leader, with 39, tied for 19th in franchise history.
Top 20 most plunked batters in Twins franchise history:
Among pitchers, Walter Johnson ranks first hitting batters in the Twins history, dating back to the Washington days. Depending on which website you believe, Johnson hit either 203 or 205 batters. Some sites list him as the all time record holder in that category, but pre-1900 stats for pitchers hitting batters are apparently not as well documented as batting stats, so there are a few from that era who may have plunked more than that. But not for the Twins or Senators.
Jim Katt is next with 96 hit batters between 1959 and 1973, and Bert Blyleven is third, having hit 80 batters in his various stints with the Twins between 1970 and 1988. Brad Radke's 62 career hit batters ranks 1st among active Twins and 6th in Twins history.
Top 20 pitchers by hit batsmen in Twins franchise history: