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Carlos Quentin an HBP magnet

It's not them, Carlos, it's you.

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I listen to The Ancient World podcast regularly. This week, I learned about Thales of Miletus, who is considered the father of science in that he was among the first to use the scientific method. Thales, along with other leading thinkers of his day, was asked to inscribe a maxim to live by into the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. He wrote, "Know thyself."

Carlos Quentin should take heed. It's understandable that a player would get angry at getting hit by a pitch. After all, that hurts like hell. But you'd think Quentin should be used to it by now. After all, he gets hit a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Since Carlos Quentin debuted in 2006, major leaguers have gotten hit by a pitch in roughly 0.9 percent of their plate appearances. That number has been steadily decreasing:

Year

HBP

PA

HBP%

2006

1817

188071

0.97%

2007

1755

188623

0.93%

2008

1672

187631

0.89%

2009

1590

187079

0.85%

2010

1549

185553

0.83%

2011

1554

185245

0.84%

2012

1494

184179

0.81%

Total

11431

1306381

0.88%

Carlos Quentin, on the other hand has been hit 115 times in 2m793 plate appearances, which is 4.1 percent. Again, Carlos Quentin gets hit more than four times more often than the major league average.

You might be thinking, "Wow, that sounds like a lot." Congratulations -- you're correct. Here are the active MLB leaders in HBP percentage (more than 1000 career PAs):

Player

HBP

PA

HBP/PA

Carlos Quentin

115

2793

4.12%

Reed Johnson

120

3641

3.30%

Kelly Shoppach

54

1739

3.11%

Chase Utley

151

5178

2.92%

Rickie Weeks

109

4053

2.69%

Sean Rodriguez

33

1384

2.38%

Josh Willingham

91

3821

2.38%

Kevin Youkilis

101

4352

2.32%

Nick Green

26

1155

2.25%

Jonny Gomes

68

3076

2.21%

Yes, Carlos Quentin gets hit almost 25 percent more often than his closest competitor. And if you think that seems ridiculous, just hold on a second while I blow your mind here:

Player

HBP

PA

HBP/PA

Carlos Quentin

115

2793

4.12%

Ron Hunt

243

6158

3.95%

Jason LaRue

107

3103

3.45%

Fernando Vina

157

4742

3.31%

Reed Johnson

120

3641

3.30%

Dan McGann

125

4141

3.02%

Jason Kendall

254

8702

2.92%

Chase Utley

151

5178

2.92%

Kid Elberfeld

147

5054

2.91%

Steve Evans

111

3893

2.85%

That's a list of the most-often hit players since 1901 with more than 2500 plate appearances. Quentin gets hit more often than Ron Hunt (#2 on the list above), who once got hit 50 times in one season. He gets hit more often than modern leader in HBP Craig Biggio (#25). He gets hit more often than Don Baylor (#11). These are guys who are incredibly famous in part (or in Hunt's case, in all) for getting hit by pitches and

Quentin beats them handily: Quentin gets hit by pitches at a higher rate than anyone in modern baseball history. The only man to get hit more regularly is Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings, who was hit 287 times between 1891 and 1903 in 5851 plate appearances.

So, look, I get getting hit by pitches hurts, and I understand being angry. But maybe when you're the guy who gets hit more often than anyone else in the last 110 years, it's more about you than it is about the guys who are hitting you. Maybe cut them some slack and don't charge the mound like an idiot. You're apparently really hard to miss.

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