Tuesday, August 22, 2006

kids, do not try this at home

Or in Williamsport.

As you are probably aware, the Little League World Series is finishing up its final day of opening round play today. Tomorrow the US and International semifinals begin with the final game scheduled for Sunday. As the saying goes, in Little League, unlike in the Majors, it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. In the Majors, winning and losing is ranked slightly ahead of how you play the game, and just behind how many times you can get hit by a pitch in your career. Getting hit by pitches doesn't even make the list in Little League, because that sort of thing should be left to professionals who are already being paid millions of dollars. Professionals like Craig Biggio.
Craig Biggio has been hit by a pitch 6 times on days when the Little League World Series was being played. He's been hit 5 times during opening round play, and on 4 of those occasions, a team that won on the day Biggio was plunked went on to win the tournament.
On August 24, 1998, Matt Karchner plunked Biggio for the Cubs on the same day eventual 1998 Little League Champions Toms River, NJ beat the team from Cypress California 4 to 2. On August 20, 2002, Kyle Farnsworth hit Biggio with a pitch on the same day the 2002 champions from Louisville Kentucky beat Clemmons, North Carolina by a score of 4 to 2. A year ago today, Biggio was hit by Chris Hammond on the same day Ewa Beach, Hawaii's championship winning team beat Maitland Florida 10-0. And on August 18, 2001, Jimmy Anderson plunked Biggio on the same day the team from Curacao beat Santiago de Veraguas, Panama by a score of 3 to 2. Curacao lost the final game to the team from the Bronx, but Curacao became the 2001 champion when it was discovered that Bronx starting pitcher Danny Almonte was 37 years old and had recently been cut by the Yankees. (Danny Almonte has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch.)
On August 23, 1997, Craig Biggio recorded his only HBP on the same day as a Little League World Series championship game, thrown by Pedro Astacio. That year, Guadalupe, Mexico beat Mission Viejo, CA 5 to 4.

Biggio has never been hit more than once during the Little League World Series in any year. Teams representing the Asia region, Northwest Region, and the Great Lakes are 2-0 on days when Biggio is plunked, but not region's teams have won more than twice on plunk dates, although the regions have been renames a few times during the span of Biggio's career. The squad representing the Latin America region is 2-4 on days Biggio has been hit - no region's team has lost as many games on plunk dates, but Europe and the Midwest are both 0-3.



At 8/22/2006 05:09:00 PM, Anonymous Wesley said...

Has any pitcher who played in a Little League World Series ever plunked Biggio? What about pitchers who have hit any batter in a LLWS? Inquiring minds from the recently eliminated Lake Charles, LA, want to know.

At 8/22/2006 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

and while you're at it, who leads the minor league tournament in getting hit by a pitch? Wondering who will be the next Craig Biggio.

At 8/23/2006 06:53:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Jason Marquis is the only one I can find who played in the LLWS and plunked Biggio. And they don't seem to have kept box score going back very far, so unless someone eventually puts together a Little League version of Retrosheet, any records regarding hit batters in that event will remain a mystery.


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