06/29/2005: History will be made any day now....
And I'll bet the proprietors of the Plunk Biggio blog couldn't be happier.
Last night, Houston Astros 2B Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch thrown by Colorado Rockies RHP Jason Jennings.
I know, you're saying *yawn* So what?.
Well, it was the 267th time that Biggio had been hit. And that, my friends, ties the modern Major League record, which was held by Don Baylor. Let the folks at Plunk Biggio put it in perspective for you:
If Biggio manages to get hit again, he will be the first person born after the Ulysses S Grant administration to get hit 268 times.For what it's worth, Hughie Jennings holds the all-time record (at 287, with Tommy Tucker in second place on that list with 272). All Biggio needs is to be hit 21 more times in his career to be the all time plunking champ.
If I were him I'd consider crowding the plate and jumping in front of the ball every chance I got to get that one, myself. But then again, Biggio is a career All-Star and has a good shot at enshrinement at Cooperstown. No doubt he'll be satisfied with the modern record, which he's almost sure to hold all by himself any day now.
Len on 06.29.05 @ 12:16 PM CST