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Ken Macha complains to MLB about Brewers being plunked

Jul 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

Brewers batters have been hit by an MLB-high 47 pitches this season and after the latest plunking of Prince Fielder over the weekend manager Ken Macha revealed that he’s complained to officials about the situation.
Macha said he’s spoken to former umpire and current umpiring department special assistant Bruce Froemming, and Guy Curtright of MLB.com reports that “he called for Bob Watson, MLB vice president for rules and operations, to review things personally.”
I’m all for managers sticking up for their players, but two factors make Macha’s stance seem kind of silly. First, while the Brewers lead baseball by being hit 47 times they aren’t that far ahead of the pack. In fact, the White Sox have been hit 46 times in two fewer games, so their hit-by-pitch rate is actually higher. Ozzie Guillen should probably co-sign Macha’s complaint to MLB.
Beyond that, Fielder and Rickie Weeks are the only Brewers to be hit by more than three pitches and together account for two-thirds of the team’s total. Fielder is definitely being plunked more now than in past years, but Weeks just gets hit a lot, period. He’s been plunked 17 times in 441 plate appearances, which is only slightly higher than his career rate of 14 per 441 plate appearances.

  1. DiamondDuq - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to hit Prince Fielder? He’s an asshole! Bowling pin fiasco, chasing players into their own clubhouse, fighting teammates in the dugout…

  2. Utley's hair - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    How CAN’T you hit Prince Fielder? He’s huge!! He’s bigger than any 10 vegetarians I’ve ever seen.

  3. MuskyHunter2542 - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    DiamondDuq – Jul. 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM ET
    Who wouldn’t want to hit Prince Fielder? He’s an asshole! Bowling pin fiasco, chasing players into their own clubhouse, fighting teammates in the dugout…
    You are clueless!!!
    The Bowling pin fiasco was AMAZING!!!
    chasing players into their own clubhouse, That was a former team mate who hit Prince deliberately.

  4. nps6724 - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    If Prince didn’t hang halfway over the plate he wouldn’t be hit so much. If you’re going to stand on the plate, step toward the plate, and then dive across the plate, you can’t be mad when pitchers pitch you in and sometimes hit you.
    And I won’t discount the possibility of him being thrown at. Probably because he makes a big show of every HR he hits. Most people don’t like that.

  5. Mason - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Word up!

  6. Mason - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    If, by “AMAZING!!!” you mean “DISGUSTING!!!” then yes, the bowling pin celebration was amazing.

  7. geoknows - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Personally, I termed it “classless.”

  8. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    i guess if your favorite player did the same thing you would be like “oh my god, its the second coming of christ, that was awesome.”
    Just shove it. You didn’t like it, big whoop, there is a lot worse in the world.

  9. MuskyHunter2542 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    I bet you dont cry whenever someone watches the ball before trotting aroung the bases after a home run. Thats even more classless, your showing someone up. The bolling pin thing was great!!!

  10. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Everyone here thinks they are such classy individuals… You would watch your hit go to the stands just as much as the next guy, you would be cocky in those very situations Fielder is. Espiecally if you knew you were good at the game.
    Dont be sitting here acting like you would just round the bases after you hit a homer, or the game winning shot like the bowling pin, no you would celebrate flaunt and be cocky just as much. Get over yourselves. ITS A GAME… WERE OVER PAID PLAYERS ARE COCKY…OOOOOOO

  11. nps6724 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    The majority of other professional baseball players CAN hit the ball into the stands and ARE good at the game and DON’T do what Fielder does. Sooooo…

  12. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Big Al in St. Louis… watches his ball fly, A-Rod… Watches his ball fly, Barry Bonds… Watched his balls Fly, Hank Aaron… Watched his ball fly… Ken Griffey Jr… Watched his ball fly… Ryan Howard did the same
    Do I need to keep listing just about all the good homerun hitters in baseball that watched their ball fly to the stands. Its a natural thing. You hit it, you watch it, you celebrate it. You dont want that to happen, dont let it happen. Its simple.

  13. nps6724 - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    That’s kinda where the word MAJORITY comes into play.

    Really, I don’t care if he celebrates like he won the World Series after every HR or not, but don’t get pissy when pitchers take offense to the showboating. I can guarantee you Prince would get mad if every time he was struck out the pitcher was running around the mound pumping his fist.

    I’m also betting that many get mad at Prince where they don’t get mad at others is because of certain incidents (the bowling pin, the clubhouse). Those other players haven’t done this.

  14. bbeer - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    You can’t compare the MAJORITY of baseball players to Prince. He compared Prince to the big home run hitters, because that’s where he belongs.
    Prince doesn’t even showboat that often. Sure, the bowling thing was a bit overboard but it happens. The incident that spurred Macha to say this was because of the series versus the braves. In back to back pitches, they threw at Prince’s head then tossed it square into his back. Myself and the announcers of that game tried to figure out what he did to deserve getting tossed at, but he didn’t do anything to justify getting tossed at.

  15. nps6724 - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    That’s because it was UNINTENTIONAL. The first pitch was an 84-mph slider. If the intent is a plunking, you don’t throw an 84-mph slider. And down 3 runs late in the game, no way would you send a message at that point. Venters is also known to have control issues.

    It also doesn’t matter whether you compare Prince to other HR hitters or not; it doesn’t take prolific HR power to be a douche and show up the opposing pitcher/team. The only way that makes any sense is if you’re saying it’s okay to act that way if you are elite. If so, then you’ve completely missed the point.

    As the old saying goes, “act like you’ve been there before”. They certainly have the right to act like douches, but I also have the right to call them on it. It’s a two-way street.

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