Thursday, June 21, 2007

Last game in Anaheim

Craig Biggio scored a run last night, but he didn't get a hit or get hit by a pitch, and the Astros gave up a 6 run rally in the 7th inning to lose 8-4.

The Astros have today off, traveling back to Texas to finish up interleague play against the Rangers. So, Biggio won't be adding to the long list of pitchers who have plunked him on June 21st - Pete Harnisch, Carlos Perez, Ismael Valdes, Erasmo Ramirez and Jamey Wright.

All five of Biggio's HBPs on this date were recorded in the state of Texas - three at home and two - thrown by Ismael Valdes and Erasmo Ramirez on June 21, 2003 - for the Rangers at Arlington.
Pete Harnisch threw plunk 131 at the Astrodome, nine years and 152 plunks ago, on June 21, 1998.

Carlos Perez threw HBP number 168 on June 21, 2000, and Jamey Wright threw number 264 on June 21, 2005.


At 6/21/2007 08:01:00 AM, Anonymous Kenny said...

This morning SportsCenter was teasing a story about "Plunk Record." So I waited and waited, turned out it was a story that this year's college world series is having a record number of HBPs. Allegedly, college players are learning the art of making a strike into an HBP to get on base. Imagine my disappointment.

But I am glad to see that Biggio has the awesome power to prevent and reduce the power of earthquakes. That's really great!

At 6/21/2007 08:39:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

I still don't believe it's physically possible - or at least highly improbable - to get hit by a pitch that's in a strikezone that ends at the belt. Even if a batter stands with his toe on home plate, he'd still have to find a way to drop his front elbow down 2 or 3 inches to get it down to the altitude where the highest strikes are called. And if you're actually in the batters box, you'd have to lean considerably forward.

I won't deny that some pitches have been leaned into, but very few of those pitches were likely to be over the plate, and they were almost certainly higher than anything an umpire would call a strike.

At 6/21/2007 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

- Trivia question from Coors Field last night says Helton, Jeter, Sosa, Thomas, and Anderson are the five active players w/ 1000 career hits in a single stadium. I was amazed Biggio not on the list.
- Anyone here have a breakdown on his Dome hits and his Enron/Minute Maid hits?
- If so, please send to
- Thanks.

-- LBCjr

At 6/21/2007 02:53:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Biggio had 913 at the Astrodome and has 617 at Minute Maid. But Biggio's the only active player with over 90 plunks in one park, and over 50 plunks in two parks.


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