Thursday, September 21, 2006

vaguely defined records

In June of 2005, when Craig Biggio collected his 267th and 268th HBPs and passed Don Baylor for third place on the all time list, many media outlets incorrectly hailed Biggio for breaking the "all-time" record. Some got it more correct, with the claim that he broke the vaguely defined "modern" record, and a few got closer to the point by calling 268 plunks the new "post-1900" record.
A more precise definition for what Biggio broke with plunk 268 would have been the Post-1893 HBP record. From 1894 to today, Hughie Jennings recorded 265 plunks, so Baylor broke Jennings' post-1893 record in 1988 with his 266th plunk, and Biggio broke Baylor's post-1893 record with his 268th. Biggio then broke the post-1892 record with his 270th HBP (Jennings had 269 from 1893 on), and Biggio broke the post-1891 record when he got hit for the 279th time. Jennings' first 9 plunks were recorded in 1891 so the post-1890 record is the same as the all time record.

Looking at a more recent definition of what you might want to call "modern", Biggio still holds a slim lead on the Post-2000 record. From the beginning of the 2001 season through yesterday's games, Biggio had 112 HBPs, just ahead of Jason Kendall's 104 and David Eckstein's 103. Biggio still holds the lead for most plunks since [insert year here] for every year you want to insert there from 1892 to 2002. From the 2003 season on, Jason Kendall has 75 HBPs to Biggio's 67, and Kendall is on the verge of taking the post-1997 and the post-2001 plunk titles away from Biggio as well. From 1998 to right now, Biggio and Kendall were both hit by 162 pitches, and from the beginning of 2002 to today, they are tied at 84 HBPs.

Here are the top 3 in HBPs since the beginning of each of the last 11 seasons:

Post-1995 plunks (1996 through today)
Craig Biggio - 223
Jason Kendall - 208
Carlos Delgado - 146

Post-1996 plunks (1997 through today)
Craig Biggio - 196
Jason Kendall - 193
Carlos Delgado - 137

Post-1997 plunks (1998 through today)
Craig Biggio - 162
Jason Kendall - 162
Carlos Delgado - 129

Post-1998 plunks (1999 through today)
Craig Biggio - 139
Jason Kendall - 131
Carlos Delgado - 118


Post-1999 plunks (2000 through today)
Craig Biggio - 128
Jason Kendall - 119
Carlos Delgado - 103
David Eckstein - 103


Post-2000 plunks (2001 through today)
Craig Biggio - 112
Jason Kendall - 104
David Eckstein - 103

Post-2001 plunks (2002 through today)
Craig Biggio - 84
Jason Kendall - 84
Craig Wilson - 80

Post-2002 plunks (2003 through today)
Jason Kendall - 75
Reed Johnson - 69
Craig Biggio - 67

Post-2003 plunks (2004 through today)
Jason Kendall - 50
Reed Johnson - 49
Aaron Rowand - 49

Post-2004 plunks (2005 + 2006 season)
Aaron Rowand - 39
Reed Johnson - 37
Jason Giambi - 35

Post-2005 plunks (2006 season)
Reed Johnson - 21
Rickie Weeks - 19
Aaron Rowand - 18
(click here for complete 2006 plunk leaders)

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