Friday, July 28, 2006

Diamondback notes

There are currently 12 active players in the major leagues with over 100 career HBPs, and 2 of them play for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unless you still consider Jeff Bagwell active, there is only one other team in the league with multiple 100 plunk players, and that's the Yankees, who have 4. But still, Craig Biggio has more career HBPs than the combined total of everyone on the Diamondbacks roster not named Damion Easley. Easley has an impressive 117 career plunks, and Luis Gonzalez is at 106 for his career. Including Easley, the D-backs 25 man roster has a total of 391 career plunks.
Luis Gonzalez holds the D-backs franchise record with 60 plunks while playing for Arizona. That's more than twice as many as the next most plunked Diamondback, Andy Fox, who accumulated 27 HBPs while with the club. Behind him are Junior Spivey with 25, and Steve Finley with 22, but Craig Counsell will pass Finley with his next HBP. Counsell leads the team in 2006 with 7 plunks, tieing him at 22 for his Diamondbacks career. Craig Biggio has been hit by more pitches than the top 12 players on the Arizona franchise list.

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