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A Mets batter was hit by a pitch for the 106th time this season on Wednesday afternoon, breaking the modern record for most times pitched in a season.
Last year’s Cincinnati Reds set the record with 105, narrowly beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were hit by 104 pitches in 2021. Both teams surpassed Cleveland in 2008, whose players were hit 103 times.
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The Mets started the day tied with that Cleveland team, but apparently Mark Canha really wanted to make history. He was hit by two pitches on Wednesday to tie the record. In the ninth inning, Luis Guillorme was hit by a slider to the foot, breaking the record.
It was the eighth time the Mets have been hit by at least three pitches in a game this season, and Mets manager Buck Showalter asked a ball boy to keep the now-notorious new record-setting ball.
Canha now leads all MLB players in being hit by 24 pitches this year. That also broke the franchise record for teammate Brandon Nimmo, who was hit 22 times in 2018.
The Mets have had their fair share of hit-by-pitch incidents. On April 8, the Mets’ second game of the season, they cleared the benches with the Washington Nationals when Francisco Lindor was hit in the face with a pitch.
Later that month, long before the Mets had any idea they were likely to make infamous history, Showalter met with MLB officials about the matter.
Showalter spoke about his lack of grip on baseballs at the time he met with the league.
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“Let’s be frank about it,” Showalter said at the time. “When catching a baseball, pitchers took it too far with the Spider Tack and turned it into a pitching advantage with spin speed and everything, and now I’m not so sure we haven’t gone too far the other way Trying to grab a baseball that has been rubbed with mud in April and early May and October is very slippery Rosin just doesn’t do as much as you think Somehow I think we’ve gone too far
“I’ve always pushed for a universal throwing rag behind the mound where guys can hit with their fingers, and you won’t have guys taking as many hits. I think a lot of the hits from pitches are guys who can’t catch the ball.” . .”
The Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates had an incident on the bench last week after Pete Alonso was hit by a pitch, but perhaps their biggest brawl was against the St. Louis Cardinals, also in April, when the Mets responded with a slight advantage. in Nolan Arenado.
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The previous Mets franchise record for batters hit by pitches was 95 in 2019. They were hit by 94 of them last year and 73 the year before. His top four hit-by-pitch numbers in franchise history have come in the last four full MLB seasons (2020 was a 60-game season).
The Mets lost Wednesday’s game to the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-0.
The Mets have 11 more games to play, so they are likely to break the record. They’re on track to be hit by 113 pitches.