Thursday, April 05, 2007

Career homers = Career plunks

Craig Biggio hit his 282nd career home run last night, which brings his career total for homers even with his total for being hit by pitches. Baseball Tonight noted the occasion last night with a list of (post-1900) players who have retired with career homers equal to career HBPs:
Ray Blade - 50
Lu Blue - 47
Bip Roberts - 30

If you include the pre-1900 players, Jake Beckley finished his years with 75 HRs and HBPs, and Bobby Lowe had 72 each. As you can see, no one has been close to Biggio for the highest career total when the two categories are equal.

This is the third time in Biggio's career, since 0, that he's gotten his home run and plunk totals to match. Early in his career, he had more homers than plunks, but his HBP total caught his homers on September 12, 1997 when he got hit twice by Chan Ho Park. That brought his HBP and homer total equal at 115. The two stats went there seperate ways for a few years, but met again on April 10, 2000 when Biggio hit his 153rd career homer, off Pat Hentgen. But since then, Biggio's HBPs have been in the lead - until last night.

Only one other player has had his career homers and HBPs equal each other within the range of the three times Biggio did it. Minnie Minoso finished his career with 192 HBPs and 186 homers, but his totals in the two categories were in a see-saw battle for the lead between June 26, 1960 and April 29, 1962. He homered on June 26, 1960 to pull the two stats into a tie at 156, and they were even again at 157, 158, 159, 160, 162, 163, 171, 178, 179 and 180. But Minoso's HBPs took the lead for good on April 29, 1962.

The only other player who could have possibly had equal numbers of HBPs and homers with 100 or more of each is Dan Brouthers who finished his career in 1904 with 106 homers and 105 HBPs. He finished the 1893 season with 96 HBPs and 94 homers but by the end of 1894, he had 103 homers and 101 HBPs. But, day by day stats are lacking for those years so it's impossible to say exactly when the two stats last matched for him.



At 4/05/2007 12:59:00 PM, Anonymous Kenny said...

Well now I am curious to know about other relationships between HBP and HR. Like how did Babe Ruth's HR total match up to his HBP? Or another home run king, like Hank Aaron's 755 matchup with his HBPs? Does there seem to be a correlation between these two career statistics, or is Mr. Biggio more special like that?

Other thanthat, thank you for your consistent and persistent work!

At 4/05/2007 01:44:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Ruth only got hit 43 times in his career - he'd had that many homers by the end of his 5th season, and more than that in his 6th season alone. He had at least 9 homers by the first time he got an hit by a pitch, and never had a season with more plunks than homers. He had 9 seasons in which his home run total was more than his career plunk total (43).

Aaron got hit even less - only 31 times. He had 30 homers in his first two seasons alone.

Maybe tomorrow I can look at the relationship a little more and post the top 20 on the plunk list with their HR totals, and the top 20 on the HR list and their plunk totals - generally though, the top get-hitters don't hit a ton of homers, and the top HR hitters don't get hit a lot. Biggio's balance between the two probably just shows him to be a remarkably balanced all around player.

At 4/05/2007 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we are focusing on his career milestones, and today is an off day, could you give us the figures for Biggio's Hits, HRs and of course his HPBs in the minors and in college. I believe he was only in Tucson for one season.

At 4/05/2007 05:53:00 PM, Blogger Softball Chic said...

288-May 25, 2007
3000-July 14,2007

At 4/05/2007 09:39:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Baseballcube has Biggio's minor league stats - 5 HBPs. I think I've seen his college numbers someplace but I can't seem to find them right now.


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