Tuesday, June 19, 2007

first games in a ballpark

Last night's game at Anaheim was Biggio's first at Angels Stadium, and that park became the 40th different ballpark in which Craig Biggio has hit safely. It was also the 29th park in which he hit safely in his first game. There are only four ballparks where Biggio took more than 2 games to get his first hit in that park. The Reds held him hitless for his first 4 games at Riverfront/Cinergy. He didn't get a hit until his 4th game as a rookie at the Astrodome, and his first two games on both sides of San Fransisco Bay - at Candlestick and whatever the A's park was called that week - resulted in 0 hit games, before he got a hit in his 3rd. Biggio waited for his 2nd game to get his first hit at both Atlanta Stadiums, both Busch Stadiums, Stade Olympique, Shea Stadium, and Dodger Stadium. He has now hit safely in his first career game at Chase Field, Citizen's Bank Park, Comiskey Park II, Coors Field, County Stadium, Great American Ball Park, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miller Park, Minute Maid Park, Camden Yards, Petco Park, PNC Park, Qualcomm Stadium, Royals Stadium, The Ballpark at Arlington, Three Rivers Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Comerica Park, Jacobs Field, Mile High Stadium, Fenway Park, RFK Stadium, Safeco Field, Metrodome, AT&T Park, Tiger Stadium, and Angels Stadium though not in that order, and not necessarily when the parks had those names (which may or may not be their current names).

Craig Biggio has at least 1 hit in every major league park in which he's played a game.

He's gotten hit by a pitch in his first game at three different parks - the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and the Frequently Renamed Coliseum in Oakland. But, Citizen Bank Park was the only park at which he hit safely and got hit safely in his first game there. He got a hit their first in that game, so New Busch, Oakland Coliseum, and old Riverfront Park (where Biggio got hit in his 4th game, and got a hit in his 5th) are the only parks where he recorded an HBP before he recorded a hit.

Angels Stadium also became, last night, the 10th park at which Biggio has played but not been plunked, joining Fenway Park, Jacobs Field (Cleveland), Mile High Stadium, Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park (Detroit), the Metrodome, Safeco Field (Seattle), AT&T park (San Francisco), and RFK Stadium. AT&T Park holds the record, among the parks he's never been hit at, for the most games Biggio has played there, but it's still 15 games short of Dodger Stadium for the most games before Biggio records an HBP. He didn't get hit in a road game against the Dodgers until his 41st game at Dodger Stadium.

Biggio has only grounded into a double play at 27 different ballparks - three less than he's been plunked in - and only grounded into a double play more than once at 16 parks. At the moment, there are no road ballparks at which Biggio has reached double digits in grounding into double plays, and he's only done that in his first game at two parks - Pacbell/AT&T Park and Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins Stadium.

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