It's not clear that Craig Biggio would have gotten hit by more pitches this year if Phil Garner was not managing the team, but when a season goes this way - with Biggio only getting hit 3 times and remaining 3 short of the all time record - it's perfectly reasonable for a team's ownership to want to shake things up in the clubhouse. The only question now is whether or not new manager Cecil Cooper can inspire the plunk chase and manage the Astros in such a way that Craig Biggio can break the most important record in sports (or at least the most interesting record in sports).
We'll see what changes the new administration makes tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals come to Houston. Braden Looper will be pitching for the visitors tonight, and he hit Biggio with a pitch on April 13, 2005.
Mark Gardner plunked Biggio 15 years ago today, on August 18, 1992 for the Expos, and
Lance Davis hit Biggio with a pitch on August 28, 2001. The Astros are 2-0 on August 28th when Craig Biggio gets hit by a pitch (Cecil Cooper take note).