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Lean in: Shin-Soo Choo is on pace for 48 hit by pitches

Jun 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Reds center fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch yesterday for the 17th time this season, which leads baseball by a wide margin over Starling Marte with 12. And no one else has been hit by more than seven pitches.

Some other crazy stats to consider …

Coming into this season Choo averaged 12 hit by pitches per 150 games for his career and was never hit more than 17 times in a season.

Choo has a .441 on-base percentage, which ranks third in baseball behind Joey Votto and Miguel Cabrera. If you remove his 17 hit by pitches (and those 17 plate appearances) his on-base percentage would fall to .399.

Choo has been hit 17 times in 264 plate appearances and the rest of the Reds’ roster has been hit a combined 14 times in 1,993 plate appearances.

Choo has been hit more times than the combined totals of 13 teams and the same number of times as three other teams.

Choo is on pace to be hit 48 times, which would shatter the Reds’ record of 24 and be the third-most in the history of baseball behind only Hughie Jennings with 51 in 1896 and Ron Hunt with 50 in 1971.

  1. bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Yeah, but how many dropped shoulder blocks on the opposing pitcher does he have?

    • romospersonalsnuggie - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM


      • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Anyone who claims “Romo’s Personal Nuggie” as their handle should probably not be telling others to STFU.


    • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      And really, I now have a feel for the percentage of humorless souls that frequent these here comment sections.

      Because my line was satire. It wasn’t serious. I didn’t say it in support of shoulder blocking pitchers (although if they are coming at you, I highly recommend it).

  2. sknut - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    If he faced Sam Dudeno of the Twins he might get hit 4 times in one game. Pretty incredible how the ball seems to find certain guys.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      It would be interesting to see what would happen if he faced Dog Fister. Might set a game HBP record there.

      • frank433 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Good old Dog Fister

  3. yahmule - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    1896 for Hughie’s record. He really seemed like a happy guy despite his painful claim to fame.

  4. mississippimusicman - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    It’s obvious he’s crowding the plate, and a few of the clips of him getting hit looked like the pitch was over the plate. I almost always think beaning a batter is stupid, but I think this situation calls for a fastball inside, somewhere that will be tender for at least a week. He’s going up there looking to get hit, so he won’t have anything to complain about – get up off the ground and take your base.

    • cggarb - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      This is nonsense. None of the HBP were strikes. Choo doesn’t crowd the plate. He just doesn’t get out of the way.

      Nor do I think your “hit him someplace that hurts” theory will do much to advance your team’s competitive situation.

    • bengalsucker - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Have you actually seen him get hit by a pitch? If you have, you’d know it’s pretty clear that exactly none of the pitches he has been hit by was a strike. Yeah he stands a bit closer to the plate than most but he doesn’t lean over the plate to take a hit. That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve heard all day. Just means there hasn’t been an article about Johnny Cueto so Grandpa Gecko (Old Gator) can spew his ridiculousness.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    He should do a little less leaning in and channel Fat Joe – lean back – lean back – lean back do the Roc-away.

    • frank433 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      No. Just no.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Keep reading. And for the record, I will never understand all the Terror Squad hate. Boooo

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    When I saw the headline, I immediately thought of Ron Hunt. He was a ball magnet. I was surprised that Hunt did not have the all time record.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM


    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      So nice – you had to say it twice. Anyhow, I was thinking of Shin-Soo … ahhh .. ahh .. phew, choked that one off.

      He strikes me as the type who will not yield when his horse-drawn carriage approaches another in the woods. Nay. And now he has to prove that to a third professional league.



  8. jacobknicks - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    The Indians should play the song “lean back” by terror squad for choo

    • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM


    • bengalsucker - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Why would the Indians play that? He plays for the Reds. Wake up

  9. kelshannon19 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Somewhere Craig Biggio is laughing.

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