National League pitchers have a new parlor game they play between themselves called Shoo A Choo. It’s kind of like Whack-a-Mole, but instead of hammering moles that come out of holes, you plunk the Reds lead-off hitter off the plate.
Choo has been beaned a Major League leading 11 times* with barely a month into the season. Last year he was hit by a pitch 14 times through 155 games. He already owns the all-time record for most HBPs through 19 games, a stupid record that could mean something by the time the season’s over.
*He’s shown above getting beaned by Atlanta’s Paul Maholm in the fifth inning of their Monday game. Choo is 0-2 with one strikeout through six innings.
No batter has been beaned more than 30 times since 2004. Hughie Jennings set an all-time record, quite literally, when he got beaned 51 times in the 1896 season. At this pace, Choo’s on pace to break something more indestructible than Cal’s Iron Man record, or Joe Di Maggio’s hitting streak.