Mets Decade Rankings: Hit-By-Pitch

Num Player HBP From Year To Year PA
1 Cliff Floyd 37 2003 2006 1884
2 Carlos Delgado 33 2006 2009 2023
3 David Wright 28 2004 2009 3665
4 Vance Wilson 20 2000 2004 713
5 Jason Phillips 19 2001 2004 894
6 Joe McEwing 17 2000 2004 1169
7 Edgardo Alfonzo 17 2000 2002 1731
8 Mike Piazza 14 2000 2005 2902
9 Jeromy Burnitz 14 2002 2003 809
10 Fernando Tatis 12 2008 2009 685

Hits-by-pitch have long intrigued me because they're often overlooked when considering the skill sets of particular hitters. While a lot of HBPs are just happenstance, some players get hit often enough to register as some kind of offensive trait. While getting beaned by a baseball may not be a true skill per se, some players, likely due to batting stance or movement in the batter's box, are just more susceptible to the hit-batsman. An HBP is basically the same as a walk value-wise, with some adjustment made for pain incurred.

Cliff Floyd was hit once every 51 plate appearances with the Mets, more than four times as often as Mike Piazza. Vance Wilson was hit once every 35 times to the plate, which is more often than Craig Biggio (once every 44). Amazingly, Wilson was hit even more often after he left the Mets, and has a career HBP% of 2.8% in 1,054 plate appearances (versus Biggio's 2.3% in a much larger sample of 12.503 plate appearances).

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