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Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

While the St. Louis Cardinals absorbed a painful 14-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, it was doubly painful for second baseman Matt Carpenter.

While a leadoff man’s job is to get on base, Carpenter surely did not envision how it would come about Tuesday. In seven plate appearances, the left-handed batter had two hits, including a leadoff triple. He was retired two other times, but in between, three different Diamondbacks’ pitchers hit Carpenter with pitches.

In the process, Carpenter set the Cardinals team record and tied the Major League record for most times hit by a pitch in one game.

The prior Cardinals record of two occurred 52 times since 1918, most recently against Jon Jay by the Brewers on May 5. Other current Cards to have been plunked twice in one contest are Matt Holliday (last season), David Freese (two different games in 2012) and Yadier Molina (in 2006).

Of the 52 earlier occurrences of multi-hit-by-pitch Cardinals in a game, the prior career “leaders” with four such outings each were Curt Flood (two games each in 1962 and 1965) and Solly Hemus (all four during the 1952 season).

Back to the here and now, prior to Tuesday, Carpenter had only been hit by pitches four times in his less-than-two-year career and the new leadoff man had been plunked only once this season. In other words, he would have a long and painful road ahead to join team leaders in the category.

With the always-able assistance of researcher Tom Orf, we provide the Cardinals single-season and career hit-by-pitch leaders.

For one season, the Cards record of 31 HBP was set way back in 1910 by a long-forgotten outfielder named Steve Evans. Second baseman Fernando Vina is next with 28 in 2000.

St. Louis Cardinals, hit by pitch, single-season leaders

Player HBP Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
Steve Evans 31 1910 25 151 627 506 73 122 21 8 2 73 78 .241 .376 .326 .702 *93
Fernando Vina 28 2000 31 123 554 487 81 146 24 6 4 31 36 .300 .380 .398 .779 *4
Dan McGann 23 1901 29 103 469 423 73 115 15 9 6 56 16 .272 .333 .392 .726 *3
Fernando Vina 22 2001 32 154 690 631 95 191 30 8 9 56 32 .303 .357 .418 .775 *4
Solly Hemus 20 1952 29 151 690 570 105 153 28 8 15 52 96 .268 .392 .425 .817 *6/5
Steve Evans 19 1911 26 154 625 547 74 161 24 13 5 71 46 .294 .369 .413 .782 *9
Fernando Vina 18 2002 33 150 692 622 75 168 29 5 1 54 44 .270 .333 .338 .670 *4
Steve Evans 17 1912 27 135 559 491 59 139 23 9 6 72 36 .283 .353 .403 .756 *9
Fernando Tatis 16 1999 24 149 639 537 104 160 31 2 34 107 82 .298 .404 .553 .957 *5
Jon Jay 15 2012 27 117 502 443 70 135 22 4 4 40 34 .305 .373 .400 .773 *8
David Eckstein 15 2006 31 123 552 500 68 146 18 1 2 23 31 .292 .350 .344 .694 *6
Steve Evans 14 1909 24 143 590 498 67 129 17 6 2 56 66 .259 .362 .329 .691 *9/3
David Eckstein 13 2005 30 158 713 630 90 185 26 7 8 61 58 .294 .363 .395 .758 *6
Scott Rolen 13 2004 29 142 593 500 109 157 32 4 34 124 72 .314 .409 .598 1.007 *5
Bake McBride 13 1974 25 150 625 559 81 173 19 5 6 56 43 .309 .369 .394 .763 *8
Orlando Cepeda 13 1966 28 123 509 452 65 137 24 0 17 58 34 .303 .362 .469 .831 *3
Otto Krueger 13 1901 24 142 596 520 77 143 16 12 2 79 50 .275 .353 .363 .717 *5
David Eckstein 12 2007 32 117 484 434 58 134 23 0 3 31 24 .309 .356 .382 .739 *6
Orlando Cepeda 12 1967 29 151 644 563 91 183 37 0 25 111 62 .325 .399 .524 .923 *3
Solly Hemus 12 1953 30 154 691 585 110 163 32 11 14 61 86 .279 .382 .443 .825 *6/4
George Watkins 12 1933 33 138 586 525 66 146 24 5 5 62 39 .278 .342 .371 .713 *9/8
Jack Fournier 12 1920 30 141 608 530 77 162 33 14 3 61 42 .306 .370 .438 .808 *3

Though Evans only played for the Cardinals for five seasons, from 1909 through 1913, he set the team record for HBP with 87. Vina was right behind with 79, and in a bit of a surprise perhaps, Albert Pujols is in third with 77.

With 34, Molina leads currently-active Cardinals. Holliday (32) and Jay (30) also rank among the team’s all-time top 30 HBP batters.

St. Louis Cardinals, hit by pitch, career leaders

Player HBP From To Age G PA AB R H BB BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
Steve Evans 87 1909 1913 24-28 680 2673 2287 291 612 246 0.268 0.361 0.369 0.730 *9/378
Fernando Vina 79 2000 2003 31-34 488 2221 1999 286 570 123 0.285 0.349 0.384 0.733 *4
Albert Pujols 77 2001 2011 21-31 1705 7433 6312 1291 2073 975 0.328 0.420 0.617 1.037 *375/9D64
Stan Musial 53 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 10972 1949 3630 1599 0.331 0.417 0.559 0.976 3798/1
Curt Flood 52 1958 1969 20-31 1738 6913 6318 845 1853 439 0.293 0.343 0.390 0.733 *8/7549
Ray Blades 47 1922 1932 25-35 767 2845 2415 467 726 331 0.301 0.395 0.460 0.855 *79/5468
Solly Hemus 45 1949 1959 26-36 708 2495 2065 374 567 357 0.275 0.392 0.414 0.806 *6/54
Ed Konetchy 45 1907 1913 21-27 982 4152 3585 501 1013 403 0.283 0.362 0.409 0.771 *3/17
Joe Torre 42 1969 1974 28-33 918 3909 3452 455 1062 387 0.308 0.382 0.458 0.840 532
Scott Rolen 41 2002 2007 27-32 661 2737 2373 421 678 292 0.286 0.370 0.510 0.879 *5
David Eckstein 40 2005 2007 30-32 398 1749 1564 216 465 113 0.297 0.357 0.375 0.732 *6
Lou Brock 40 1964 1979 25-40 2289 9932 9125 1427 2713 681 0.297 0.347 0.414 0.761 *7/98
Brian Jordan 39 1992 1998 25-31 643 2506 2306 346 671 139 0.291 0.339 0.474 0.813 *98/7D35
Rogers Hornsby 38 1915 1933 19-37 1580 6716 5881 1089 2110 660 0.359 0.427 0.568 0.995 *465/3798
Whitey Kurowski 36 1941 1949 23-31 916 3692 3229 518 925 369 0.286 0.366 0.455 0.821 *5/647
Yadier Molina 34 2004 2013 21-30 1136 4276 3860 367 1092 311 0.283 0.339 0.398 0.737 *2/3D
Orlando Cepeda 34 1966 1968 28-30 431 1809 1615 227 469 139 0.290 0.355 0.454 0.810 *3
Del Rice 34 1945 1960 22-37 1038 3537 3137 281 756 309 0.241 0.316 0.358 0.674 *2
Enos Slaughter 34 1938 1953 22-37 1820 7713 6775 1071 2064 838 0.305 0.384 0.463 0.847 *97/8
Matt Holliday 32 2009 2013 29-33 554 2373 2072 352 626 254 0.302 0.384 0.517 0.902 *7/D
Ray Lankford 32 1990 2004 23-37 1580 6290 5417 928 1479 780 0.273 0.365 0.481 0.846 *87/D
Joe Cunningham 32 1954 1961 22-29 738 2623 2183 345 664 382 0.304 0.413 0.443 0.856 *93/7
Jim Edmonds 31 2000 2007 30-37 1105 4356 3628 690 1033 645 0.285 0.393 0.555 0.947 *8/3D7
Jim Bottomley 31 1922 1932 22-32 1392 6007 5314 921 1727 509 0.325 0.387 0.537 0.924 *3/4
Miller Huggins 31 1910 1916 32-38 803 3426 2740 507 740 572 0.270 0.402 0.319 0.721 *4
Jon Jay 30 2010 2013 25-28 436 1556 1384 204 404 104 0.292 0.352 0.405 0.757 *89/7
Lonnie Smith 30 1982 1985 26-29 459 1924 1684 295 491 190 0.292 0.371 0.406 0.777 *7/8
Ken Reitz 30 1972 1980 21-29 1100 4168 3930 316 1033 145 0.263 0.292 0.369 0.661 *5/64

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14 Responses to “Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Who thinks Carp won’t be in the lineup tonight?

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Cleto is around to eat innings if needed.

  3. Nutlaw says:

    So was anyone not already assuming that Chris Perez was a pot head? :)

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