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Angels Approach 2000th HBP in Team History

As you're probably all aware, the Angels have had a total of 1,997 batters hit by a pitch in the regular season since the franchise was founded, as of this morning - June 24, 2011.  The historic milestone of the 2000th plunk in team history is tantalizingly close, yet the Angels seem to be approaching it extremely cautiously - like it might hurt or something.  They've only been hit 5 times this month, and not at all since last Sunday.  Meanwhile, I've been putting together a short list of historic dates in Angels HBP history to celebrate the milestone, and if they don't get those last three plunks soon I'm going to get to 2000 historic plunks on my list before they actually have 2000 plunks.  Anyway, in hopes that it might inspire them to stand in there and take those next 3 for the team to get to the One Ton of Plunks mark, the list is below.

  • 4/11/1961 Ken Hunt takes the first HBP in angels history.
  • 4/20/1961 Eddie Yost becomes the first Angel plunked twice in a game.  But he remains last among Angels who have been hit by a pitch, alphabetically.
  • 4/28/1961 Ken Hunt takes the first home plunk in Angels history, which also happened to be the first RBI plunk in Angels history AND the first Walkoff plunk in Angels history.  A game winning bases loaded plunk in the bottom of the 12th inning, against the Twins.
  • 8/29/1961 Leon Wagner gets hit by a pitch, snapping a streak of 36 consecutive games without an HBP.  That remains the longest plunkless streak in Angels history.
  • 9/6/1963 Albie Pearson gets hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th inning for the 2nd walkoff plunk in Angels history.  This was also the 100th plunk in Angels history.
  • 9/15/1963 Ed Kirkpatrick establishes the record as the youngest Angels batter ever hit by a pitch, one month before his 19th birthday.  He's still the youngest in Angels history to take a plunk.
  • 5/3/1966 Rick Reichardt becomes the first Angel to get hit by a pitch at Anaheim Stadium (aka Angel Stadium).  But the Angels hit 6 visiting batters before that, so that was the 7th plunk in park history.
  • 6/24/1966 Rick Reichardt becomes first Angels batter to get hit by 10 pitches in as season.  
  • 7/21/1966 Rick Reichardt gets his 13 HBP of 1966, which would hold up to make him the the first Angel to lead the American League in HBPs, even though he didn't play in August or September.
  • 8/21/1968 - Angels get hit 4 times in a game for the first time.  They've had four other four plunk games since then, but they've never been hit 5 times in a game.  Among the four plunks in that game was the first career HBP by Winston Llenas, who became the only player in baseball history with a last name that starts with two of the same consonant to get hit by a pitch.  He's also the only Winston ever to be plunked in the majors.
  • 9/21/1968 Jim Spencer gets hit by a pitch, giving the Angels 50 for the season - their first season with 50 HBPs.  They would finish the season with 52.
  • 9/27/1968 Rick Reichardt is plunked for the 18th time in the season, setting a new Angels record for single season plunks.
  • 5/1/1969 Tom Satriano gets a 10th inning walkoff HBP - 3rd in Angels history.
  • 9/4/1969 Angels pitcher Ken Tatum gets hit by a pitch.  Since then, no Angels pitcher has been hit by a pitch.
  • 9/22/1971 Ken Berry gets hit by a pitch, marking the Angels final plunk of the 1971 season.  Sandy Alomar was standing right there in the on-deck circle watching him, but apparently felt no shame in the fact that he hadn't been plunked all year.  Alomar would finish the season with no HBPs in 739 plate appearances.  That is the all time major league single season record for HBP avoidance.
  • 4/13/1974 Frank Robinson becomes the first batter in Angels history to be plunked as a Designated Hitter.
  • 9/10/1974 Frank Robinson records his 198th career HBP, though it was only his 20th as an Angel.  It would turn out to be his last.  No other player has achieved a higher career plunk total while wearing an Angels uniform.
  • 9/25/1974 On this day, John Balaz recorded the first HBP by a Canadian batter in Angels history - and there hasn't been another one since.
  • 5/14/1976 Bill Melton recorded the 500th HBP in Angels history on a plunk from Dave Goltz.
  • 5/27/1977 Joe Rudi becomes first Angels batter hit by a pitch after the debut of Star Wars.
  • 7/24/1978 Don Baylor gets plunked in the 16th inning - the latest plunk in Angels history.
  • 8/10/1978 Ken Landreaux becomes the 8th Ken in Angels history to get hit by a pitch.  In MLB history, only the Rangers have had as many players named Ken who took one for their team.
  • 9/2/1978 Don Baylor records his 18th plunk of the 1978 season, tying the Angels single season record, but went unplunked in his final 118 plate appearances of the year, rather than breaking the record.  Baylor finished the season as the 2nd Angel to lead the AL in HBPs and the first to lead the majors.
  • 8/17/1979 Don Baylor takes the 666th plunk in Angels franchise history.  Possibly causing the rapture.
  • 9/6/1979 Bert Campaneris becomes the first Angels batter to get hit by a pitch on the date of a total lunar eclipse.
  • 9/29/1979 Don Baylor becomes the first batter in Angels history to get hit by a pitch after the team had clinched the division title.
  • 8/20/1980 Don Baylor becomes the first player to get hit 50 times in his Angels career.
  • 10/4/1980 Bobby Grich becomes first Angels batter to get hit by a pitch in a regular season game in October.
  • 8/23/1981 Dan Ford becomes the first Angels batter to get hit by a pitch in a game where a player name Angel played for the Angels (Angel Moreno).  No Angel ever got hit by a pitch for the Angels, but Angel Moreno did hit one batter in his brief pitching career.
  • 7/16/1982 The Angels became the first team to have 50 plunks by designated hitters in franchise history, on an HBP by Don Baylor.
  • 10/2/1982 The Angels clinched the AL West title in a win over the Rangers, and Don Baylor became the first Angel to get hit by a pitch in a division clinching game.
  • 6/7/1986 Reggie Jackson becomes the first 40 year old batter to get plunked for the Angels.
  • 6/18/1987 Brain Downing gets the 67th plunk in his Angels career, passing Don Baylor for the most hbps in Angels history.
  • 7/8/1988 Indians pitcher Buddy Black plunks Johnny Ray making the Indians the first team to throw 100 plunks at the Angels.
  • 8/5/1988 Brian Downing becomes the first player to take 100 HBPs in the American League West division.
  • 4/7/1989 Lance Parrish becomes the first player to get plunked for the Angels after the release of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • 5/5/1989 Brian Downing records 1000th plunk in Angels history.  This was also Downing's 103rd plunk in the AL West, breaking the division record for career plunks, Don Baylor had taken from Downing the previous September.
  • 7/6/89 Brian Downing's HBP on this date was the 100th plunk of a designated hitter in franchise history.
  • 7/23/1989 Wally Joyner wins the game on an RBI plunk in the bottom of the 9th - the 4th walkoff HBP in Angels history - and the most recent.
  • 9/28/1990 Brian Downing gets his 105th and last HBP as an Angel, setting the career franchise record which still stands.
  • 6/6/1991 Gary Gaetti gets hit by a pitch, marking the 100th HBP ever recorded by an Angels batter on a Thursday.
  • 5/13/1995 Shawn Boskie becomes the first player born in Nevada to be hit by a pitch for the Angels.  That makes 45 different US states where batters who have taken a plunk for the Angels have been born, but they've still never had a batter born in Alaska, Montana, New Hamprhire, Vermont, or Wyoming get hit by a pitch.
  • 6/12/1997 Tim Salmon takes the first interleague plunk in Angels history, in a game against the Padres.
  • 7/3/1997 Hideo Nomo plunked Luis Alicea extending the Angles streak of games with at least one HBP to 6.  They did not get plunked in the next game, but 6 straight games with an HBP remains the team record.
  • 4/29/1999 Angels batter Matt Walbeck becomes the first batter ever plunked by Roy Halladay.
  • 8/31/1999 Bengie Molina becomes the first Molina to get hit by a major league pitch.  Also, the first Bengie.
  • 7/21/2001 Shawn Wooten becomes the first Angels batter to be plunked by a pitcher named Josh. (Josh Towers)
  • 9/8/2001 David Eckstein is plunked by Rick Reed for his 19th HBP of the season, breaking the franchise record for single season plunks.
  • 9/28/2001 Aaron Myette hits David Eckstein giving him 21 plunks for the season, tying the American League record for plunks by a rookie.  Bucky Harris had that record to himself since 1920.  That was also the 9th time a pitcher named Aaron hit an Angels batter.
  • 10/2/2001 On this date Troy Glaus got hit by a pitch giving the Angels a season total of 77 - their best season ever, for HBPs.
  • 4/17/2002 David Eckstein takes the 500th plunk in Angels history to occur on a prime numbered day of the month.
  • 8/5/2002 Brad Fullmer records the first in Angels history where John Lackey hit an opposing batter later in the game.  There have been 8 such plunks.
  • 8/9/2002 David Eckstein gets hit for the 22nd time in the 2002 season, breaking the franchise record for single season plunks, which he had established the year before.
  • 8/29/2002 David Eckstein becomes just the third player in American League history to get hit by 25 pitches in a single season.  Former Angel Don Baylor did that twice, but not as an Angel.
  • 9/1/2002 Troy Glaus becomes the first Angel to be plunked in a game in which John Lackey had already hit an opposing batter.  That happened 9 times in Angels history.
  • 9/18/2002 Eckstein gets 27th HBP of the season, establishing the unbroken Angels single season record, as well as the American League West division record for single season plunks.
  • 5/16/2003 Tim Salmon becomes the first Angel ever to be hit by a pitch in a road game on the date of a total lunar eclipse.  The other three plunks in Angels history that corresponded with date of total lunar ecplises were all home games.
  • 6/19/2004 Jose Guillen takes the 300th plunk ever recorded by an Angels batter on a Saturday.  It was also the first time an Angel was plunked by the Houston Astros.
  • 7/30/2004 Adam Kennedy gets the 1700th plunk in Angels history.
  • 10/3/2004 Andres Galaragga becomes the oldest batter ever plunked in an Angels uniform, at 43 years old.
  • 6/4/2005  Dallas McPherson takes the team's 1000th HBP to occur in an Angels win.
  • 4/27/2007 Vlad Guerrero takes the 1800th plunk in Angels history.
  • 6/14/2007 Reggie Willits gets hit by Homer Bailey, making him the only Angel ever to be plunked by a pitcher named Homer.
  • 6/29/2007 Vladimir Guerrero takes the honor of being the last Angels batter plunked on the a day when Craig Biggio got hit by a pitch.  The Angels took 78 plunks on days when Craig Biggio got hit by a pitch.  Biggio got 285 on those days.
  • 8/23/2007 Reggie Willits records the 1000th plunk in Angels Stadium history.
  • 5/20/2008 Mike Napoli becomes the first Angel to be hit by a pitch thrown by a pitcher named Dustin.
  • 7/6/2008 Casey Kotchman got hit by a pitch in this game, helping to make it the 900th win in Angels franchise history, in which they had at least one HBP.
  • 6/30/2009 Vlad Guerrero gets the 1900th plunk in Angels history.
  • 5/15/2010 Hideki Matsui becomes the first batter born in Japan to get plunked for the Angels.  Neither Matsui nor any other Japanese batter has been plunked since.  Also, this was the last time an Angels designated hitter was hit by a pitch.
  • 6/30/2010 Mike Napoli becomes the 1100th batter ever plunked at Angel Stadium.
  • 4/15/2011 Hang Conger becomes the first Angels batter born in 1988 to get hit by a pitch.

EDIT7/1/2011 Torii Hunter records the 2000th HBP in Angels team history on a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning of an interleague game with the Dodgers.  It was also the 50th plunk ever recorded in a game between the Angels and Dodgers.

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