Wednesday, July 11, 2007

last day of the break

Nobody got plunked in the all-star game yesterday, and there isn't any baseball today - not even anything baseball-like, except maybe in the minor leagues, so quit hanging around the internet and go read a book or something.

Lance Painter plunked Biggio on July 11, 1998.


At 7/12/2007 01:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say one thing: You might be able to take steroids so you can hit more home runs, or steal more bases, or have a better batting average, but no matter how much drugs you take, it's NOT going to help your plunk totals. You still have to stand there and take the pitch, and the pitcher still has to bean you. Sure, a drugged-up ball-player might be more insensitive to pain, but they also have to be a good enough ball player to stay in the big leagues long enough to accumulate their impressive list of plunks, and that takes skill. You have to be a good enough hitter that the pitcher wants to intimidate you to get you to shy off. Nobody beans a guy who can't hit ... or at least, that's what I believe (Although I think I know a guy who could correlate plunking percentages against batting average and see if the rate of plunking is statistically lower for hitters who are currently batting poorly). Hitters get plunked, but good hitters get plunked more, because they get to hit more, and they are a threat to the pitcher. That's my theory.


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