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A Mets batter was hit by a pitch for the 106th time this season Wednesday afternoon, breaking the trendy record for many occasions plunked in a season.
Last 12 months’s Cincinnati Reds set the record with 105, narrowly beating out the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had been hit by 104 pitches in 2021. Both groups surpassed Cleveland from 2008, whose gamers had been beaned 103 occasions.
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The Mets entered the day tied with that Cleveland staff, however Mark Canha apparently actually wished to make historical past. He was hit by two pitches Wednesday to tie the record. In the ninth inning, Luis Guillorme was hit by a slider within the foot, breaking the record.
It was the eighth time the Mets have been hit by not less than three pitches in a sport this season, and Mets supervisor Buck Showalter requested a ball boy to maintain the now infamous ball that set the brand new record.
Canha now leads all MLB gamers by getting hit by 24 pitches this 12 months. That additionally broke the franchise record by teammate Brandon Nimmo, who was hit 22 occasions in 2018.
The Mets have had their justifiable share of hit-by-pitch incidents. On April 8, the Mets’ second sport of the season, they cleared the benches with the Washington Nationals when Francisco Lindor was hit within the face with a pitch.
Later that month, approach earlier than the Mets had any thought they’d seemingly make notorious historical past, Showalter met with MLB officers concerning the situation.
Showalter sounded off on the shortage of grips on baseballs across the time he met with the league.
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“Let’s be frank about it,” Showalter mentioned on the time. “Gripping a baseball, the pitchers took it too far with the Spider Tack and made it a pitching benefit with spin price and all the things, and now I’m not so positive we have not gone too far the opposite approach. Trying to grip a baseball that is been rubbed with mud in April and early May and October is actual slick. The rosin simply does not do as a lot as you assume. Somehow I believe we have gone too far.
“I’ve at all times pushed for a common pitching rag behind the mound the place guys can faucet their fingers, and you will not have guys getting hit almost as a lot. I believe a variety of hit by pitches are guys cannot grip the baseball .”
The Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates had a bench-clearing incident final week after Pete Alonso was hit by a pitch, however maybe their greatest ruckus was in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals, additionally in April, when the Mets retaliated by going barely up-and-in on Nolan Arenado.
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The Mets’ earlier franchise record for batters being hit by pitches was 95 in 2019. They had been hit by 94 of them final 12 months and 73 the 12 months prior. Their high 4 hit-by-pitch numbers in franchise historical past have all come within the final 4 full MLB seasons (2020 was a 60-game season).
The Mets misplaced Wednesday’s sport to the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-0.
The Mets have 11 extra video games to play, so they may seemingly shatter the record. They are on tempo to get hit by 113 pitches.