Monday, August 06, 2007

wait, he's retiring when? No, not last Friday.

Some long time Astros fans may remember a player from long long ago named Craig Biggio. It may have been a while since you've seen him play, but he'll be back in action at home tonight against the Cubs - assuming he hasn't forgotten how to play the game during his long absence. This will be Biggio's first game since back on August 3, 2007.

Rich Hill will be pitching for the Cubs when they visit Houston tonight, and he might be looking to plunk Biggio for the first time in his career. Hill has hit 7 batters this season, which is just 2 behind the National League leader in hitting batters.

Craig Biggio was recorded his 80th HBP on August 6, 1996 against the Montreal Expos, and was also plunked by that long lost team on August 6, 2004. He was also got hit twice on August 6, 2003 by Mets Aaron Heilman and Pedro Feliciano.

5 Comments:

At 8/06/2007 09:54:00 AM, Anonymous Wesley said...

We're due a two plunk game. It's been a long time for such a great get-hitter. Biggio got five hits on the night he needed two hits to get 3000. Has Biggio ever been plunked 3-times in a game? That would be special for the record, although I would miss the ESPN announcements of cutting to every Biggio at-bat for the record chase.

 
At 8/06/2007 08:01:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

I believe that Hughie Jennings was once plunked three times in a game. Is that the only instance?

 
At 8/06/2007 08:04:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

Wow, I am so wrong. Retrosheet lists 15 other instances of a player being hit 3 times in one game, the most recent being Reed Johnson, who did it twice last season. And they do NOT list Hughie, so there are at least 16. Biggio's never done it. Wouldn't that be a cool sight to see...

 
At 8/06/2007 09:06:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Yeah, according to baseball-almanac.com, Jennings was hit 3 times in a game 3 different times, which is the record - recently tied by Reed Johnson who has also had 3 different 3 plunk games. But Biggio's never done it. That would certainly be a great moment in plunk history.

 
At 8/07/2007 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently here's the reason Biggio won't get the plunks:

http://www.theonion.com/content/
news/craig_biggio_blames_
media_pressure

 

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