Thursday, August 30, 2007

tied for 5th in doubles

Cecil Cooper employed the old "move Biggio down to 2nd" trick with the Astros last night, but it didn't get Craig Biggio hit by any more pitches than he's been hit by in any of his past 36 games - which is none. The Astros won the game 7-0, and Craig Biggio hit his 665th career double, which ties him with George Brett for 5th on the all time list. That's pretty good, but if he had been hit by two pitches instead of hitting one double he'd be tied with Hughie Jennings for 1st on that all time list.

Joel Piniero pitches for Cardinals today, but since it's a day game, there's a good chance Biggio will be on the bench to start the game. Piniero has hit 38 batters in his career, but only 2 this season. The closest he's ever come to plunking Biggio, alphabetically anyway, was hitting Aaron Boone with a pitch.

Do you know who's been hit by pitches twice before on August 30th? Craig Biggio. Barry Jones hit him on August 30, 1991, and Jason Bere plunked Biggio on August 30, 1997.

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