Anthony Rizzo joins the ultra-exclusive 30 HBP/30 HR club
Anthony Rizzo has been hit more than any other Major Leaguer this season. Entering Tuesday's game against the Reds, he had been beaned 29 times. And in the first inning on Tuesday night, guess what happened?
His 30 HBPs are now nine ahead of second place Brandon Guyer's 21. Those 30 are also double his previous career high (15 in 2014) and he's already been hit 10 more times than 2014's leader (Jon Jay with 20). We've been aggresively tracking his HPB tendency this year, as you can see below:
But Rizzo's 30-HBP season is especially notable (you may have noticed the dugout calling for the baseball), thanks to his 30 homers. He hit his 30th homer a couple of weekends ago. Only one other player in MLB since 1914 has hit at least 30 homers while enduring 30 HBPs: Don Baylor in 1986, who finished with 31 HRs and 35 HBPs.
Rizzo was hit seven times in April, six in May, two in June, six in July, four in August and five in September.
The first came on April 8:
Here, just watch all of them:
Should we recommend Rizzo don a turtle shell for his next trip to the plate and maybe all of next season? If the baseballs keep finding their way to his back, a Donatello impression might not be the worst idea.
MLB.com's Carrie Muskat caught up with Rizzo after the game: