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Shin-Soo Choo has been hit by more pitches than every team in baseball

Apr 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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I wrote yesterday about how Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had been hit by more pitches than any player in baseball history through this point in the season and then last night he got plunked again.

Choo has now been hit 10 times in 19 games. You can read yesterday’s post to see how far ahead of everyone else that is this early in a season, but here are some more stats for a little context:

• None of the other 29 teams have been hit by 10 pitches collectively and 13 of the 29 teams have been hit by five or fewer pitches.

• If you remove Choo from their total the other Reds have been hit a combined three times.

• Choo’s career-high is 17 plunkings in 156 games back in 2009.

• Choo has already been hit 10 times, but no other player in baseball has been hit more than four times.

• Last season Prince Fielder, Carlos Quentin, and Kevin Youkilis tied for the MLB lead in hit by pitches … with 17.

Oh, and one more tidbit: He’s yet to charge the mound.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM


  2. chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I heard he’s made a lot of threats about charging the mound and even suggested that a “state of war” exists between him and major league pitching. On second thought, I feel like I may have gotten my wires crossed on this. I’ve really got to stop drinking so much at Blue Jays’ games.

    • jm91rs - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      If he were North Korean he would be posting poor quality videos to YouTube showing the demise of certain MLB pitchers. He would have declared the last CBA invalid and he’d be dining with Dennis Rodman.

      Of course if he were actually North Korean he wouldn’t be playing baseball in America, he’d be in army among the millions of other oppressed North Koreans.

      • chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Dude, you’re totally killing my buzz.

      • Old Gator - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        But he’s South Korean, so he’d be swinging by his tail from girder to girder under one of the Seoul river bridges, swallowing people and spitting them up in a sewer main for later consumption, and knocking over noodle bar trailers. I think he’s much more productive this way.

      • chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        You are truly the Bodhisattva of South Beach.

  3. mckludge - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    He’s just a gritty player, trying to increase his OBP.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      No grit. Hasn’t charged the mound once.

  4. vallewho - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The NYY private security need to get on your @ss like chilli peppers on Kung Pao

  5. dowhatifeellike - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Maybe he shouldn’t be putting his shin soo far out over the plate.

    I’ll see myself out.

    • darthicarus - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I see what choo did there.

  6. Jonny 5 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    His crazy Obp may have something to do with this.

  7. onepartloss - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    What an astounding stat. Last night the Reds broadcasters even commented, as Julio Borbon dodged a pitch, on how many times he’s been plunked; noting “Choo would’ve been hit by that”.

    – Travis
    Musings of a Displaced Tigers Fan

  8. hitem396 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    grit? Biggio would be the gritest player. fact, he charged the mound only once when J Sanchez hit him 2nd time 2yrs ago after spoiling away previous season with finger injury by Sanchez. it effects his OBP? he’s been one of the top OBP players in yrs. it doesnt effect a lot thru the season.

  9. timb12 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    How long before we can call him the bean bag?

  10. Stiller43 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Any word on if the sox have a drinking game for every time he gets hit?

  11. albertmn - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Made me think of when Jake Taylor told Dorn to grab a bat in Major League 2. (I know some of you don’t like to acknowledge that the movie exists, but it still had its funny moments).

  12. scoocha - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    It appears Choo loves playing in AAAA. Never would have pulled this off in AL.

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