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Lackey broke franchise Hit Batter record on Wednesday

This doesn't appear to have been mentioned anywhere in the media, but I thought some Angels fans might be interested to hear that when John Lackey hit Victor Martinez in the first inning of Wednesday's game, he broke the Angels franchise record in hitting batters.  Lackey has hit 72 batters in his career, eclipsing the previous record of 71 by Chuck Finley.


Here are the top ten pitchers in Angels history in Hit Batters:

John Lackey, (2002- ) - 72
Chuck Finley, (1986-1999) - 71
Nolan Ryan, (1972-1979) - 56
Frank Tanana, (1973-1980) - 55
Mike Witt, (1981-1990) - 48
Ken McBride, (1961-1965) - 48
Tom Murphy, (1968-1972) - 42
Ervin Santana, (2005- ) - 40
Jarrod Washburn, (1998-2005) - 38
Ramon Ortiz, (1999-2004) - 37 

Only 20 of the 72 batters Lackey has hit have gone on to score a run after reaching base, and he's only hit one batter with the bases loaded.  The Angels are 33-27 when Lackey hits at least one batter, but they're 7-3 when he hits two batters.

Lackey and Tim Wakefield are the only active pitchers who own their current team's franchise plunk record outright, although Dave Bush is tied for the Brewers record, and Jake Peavy is one plunk behind the Padres franchise record.

Also notable, though not particularly relevant, is that John Lackey is the all time leader in hitting Derek Jeter with pitches, at 4.

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