Biggio vs plunk pennant winners
The Astros current opponent, the Florida Marlins, is leading the Majors with 49 hit batters on the season. They are in a tight race for the most plunks thrown in the Majors as well as most in the National League (the plunk pennant) with the Nationals (48) and the Cardinals and Pirates (43 each). 2 of those teams have hit Biggio this year, but Craig Biggio has only been plunked by the overall Major League leading team in hit batters in 4 seasons, but those 4 seasons were the only ones in the last 18 years that have had a National League team throw the most plunks in the league. 2006 looks likely to join the list.
Biggio has been hit by at least one of the teams tied for the National League lead in plunks in 13 of the last 18 seasons, including 1988 when he didn't get hit, and 1996 when Houston lead the NL. In '96 the 2nd place Rockies plunked Biggio 3 times.
Last year the NL leading plunk throwers, the Rockies, hit Biggio 5 times. That was the 2nd time Biggio had been hit 5 times by the NL leader, the other being the 2000 season by the Dodgers. He's been hit a total of 31 times by teams the finished the season at least tied for the most plunks in the National League.
League Leaders by year:
|League||Year||Team||Total Batters hit||Plunked Biggio (HBP:BGOs)|