Tuesday, July 10, 2007

2007 all star game

Tonight's all-star game is the first ever in which the starter for both teams has hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. Jake Peavy and Dan Haren both plunked Biggio in the 2003 season. Biggio plunkers David Wells and Greg Maddux started against each other in the 1998 All-Star game, but Wells didn't plunk Biggio until 2003.

12 pitchers have plunked Biggio the same year they made the all-star team, but only 6 of them did it before the all-star break. Dontrelle Willis and Chris Carpenter were the last all-stars to plunk Biggio, both in 2005. Biggio was plunked by 3 different all-stars in 1997, and was hit by two all-stars in 1999 and 2000. Kevin Brown is the only pitcher who plunked Biggio in two different years in which he also made the all-star team.

Biggio has never been plunked on July 10th, but he did get hit in the 1998 all-star game. For a complete history of all-star plunks, check here. No one has taken one for their league in the past two all-star contests.

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