Friday, July 14, 2006

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:

LeagueYearTeamTotal Batters hitPlunked Biggio (HBP:BGOs)
AL2005Red Sox890
NL2005Rockies845
AL2004Devil Rays930
NL2004Expos792
AL2003Devil Rays950
NL2003Rockies844
AL2002Devil Rays940
NL2002Phillies700
AL2001Red Sox930
NL2001Pirates804
NL2000Dodgers755
AL2000Devil Rays660
AL1999Devil Rays790
NL1999Cardinals630
AL1998Devil Rays810
NL1998Mets681
NL1997Reds771
AL1997Red Sox700
AL1996Angels840
NL1996Astros700
NL1995Expos591
AL1995A's530
NL1994Rockies491
AL1994Angels450
AL1993Mariners660
NL1993Giants502
NL1993Mets502
AL1992Mariners600
NL1992Expos501
AL1991A's550
NL1991Cardinals470
AL1990Royals460
NL1990Astros380
NL1990Expos381
AL1989Rangers480
NL1989Reds331
AL1988Blue Jays590
NL1988Braves430

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