Giancarlo Stanton is back to defend his 2016 Home Run Derby title Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Major League Baseball revealed the bracket for the 2017 Home Run Derby on Wednesday, with defending champion Giancarlo Stanton set to defend last year’s championship, this time on his home turf in Miami.
A pair of rookies are seeded second and third, with New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge the major league home run leader with 28 (he hit his 29th on Wednesday) and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger pacing the National League with 24.
For most of the baseball fans who weren’t paying close attention, though, Baylor will be known as the player who set the all-time record for getting hit by a pitch, later broken by Craig Biggio. If you think that was poor luck or that he liked to break unwritten rules, please disabuse yourself of that notion. Getting hit by a pitch is a skill, and Baylor was better at it than any baseball player who ever played.
Also, Biggio wore an elbow guard, which is performance-enhancing armor. I have no problems slapping an asterisk on that one.
While I don’t want to reduce Baylor’s long, varied career down to one unusual record, I can’t stop looking at these stats. Consider that Mark Lemke played in 1,069 games and was never hit by a pitch, for example. Baylor played in one game in 1971, and he was hit by a pitch.
That one happened to be the first HBP of his career, and he would be hit 266 more times in Manchester United Cheap Jerseys his record-setting career. I would like to share factlets about this record MLB Jerseys Wholesale as I come across them, for it is a fascinating record.