plunks by manager
Since someone asked, here's the breakdown of Biggio's HBPs by Astros manager:
|Manager||Span||Games*||HBP:BGO||HBP:BGO per game|
|Matt Galante**||6/14/99 - 7/11/99||27||4||0.148|
|Jimy Williams||2002 - 7/11/2004***||411||55||0.134|
|Phil Garner||7/16/04 - 8/27/07||530||33||0.062|
|Cecil Cooper||8/28/07 - ?||1||0||0|
* - the Games column is the number of Astros games managed by each manager, whether Biggio played in them or not - since it would have generally been the manager's responsibility to put Biggio into those games.
** - Matt Galante managed 27 games in 1999, filling in for Larry Dierker
*** - John Tamargo mangaged 1 game in place of Jimy Wiliams, on May 31, 2002.
As you can see, Phil Garner's record of getting Biggio hit by pitches was the worst since Art Howe. Larry Dierker got the most plunks out of (or into) Biggio, but on a per game basis, he didn't get Biggio hit too much more frequently than Terry Collins or Jimy Williams. Matt Galante's brief tenure got Biggio hit most frequently per Astros game - if he'd been managing all of Biggio's 2,824 games and kept getting Biggio plunked at that rate, Biggio would have about 418 HBPs.
New Astros manager Cecil Cooper was born in the Chinese year of the Ox, and Biggio has been hit a total of 90 times while being managed by those born in the year of the Ox. But, he's been hit 136 times for managers born in the year of the Dog. I mention this only because Craig Biggio has been plunked twice on days when I've posted crazy crap about astrology (here and here).