Ron Hunt, Coco Crisp, and the Normalization of Hit-by-Pitch Statistics

By Gary Belleville

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

Certain batters, such as the indomitable Ron Hunt, intentionally used the hit-by-pitch on a regular basis to boost their on-base percentage. Many other batters throughout baseball history have routinely used the hit-by-pitch as an offensive weapon. This brings up a question: Who was the best of all time at reaching base on an HBP? It’s a basic rule that’s familiar to all baseball fans: A batter, when struck by a pitched ball, shall be awarded first base. While some people . . .

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