The New York Mets were hit a record 112 times in 2022. It was a B-story throughout the season. Buck Showalter’s glare from the dugout after just about all 112 of them became a constant.
It was Mark Canha who with 28 hit by pitches led the league and set a new single-season Mets record. It surpassed the 22 times Brandon Nimmo took a pitch in 2018.
Canha was hardly alone. In fact, three of his teammates also slotted within the top 10 all time of most hit by pitches in Mets history during a single season.
Mets have 4 new players in the top 10 of hit by pitches in a season
It now takes 12 or more hit by pitches to get into the top 10 in a season for Mets HBPs. Canha rests at number one with 28 and at number five we now have Nimmo. This past season, the old record-holder was hit 16 times.
Canha and Nimmo are also joined on this list by Starling Marte. His 13 hit by pitches ranks him seventh in a tie with Ron Hunt (1963) and John Olerud (1997).
Finally, there’s Pete Alonso. For the second straight season, Alonso was hit 12 times. His personal-high, however, came in 2019 when he added 21 HBPs to the ledger. His tie in tenth place is shared with Michael Conforto (2021), Cliff Floyd (2006), Todd Frazier (2019), Felix Millan (1975), and Fernando Vina (1994).
These four accounted for 69 of the hit by pitches. Jeff McNeil with 11 and Francisco Lindor with 10 added a combined 21 more to push them up to 80.
Patrick Mazeika was the player with the most plate appearances to never get hit by a pitch. During his 72 trips to the plate, he never once took one on the ribs, hands, or feet. It was Nick Plummer who had the fewest plate appearances and still managed to get hit. It only happened once in his 31 chances.
Maybe the most surprising statistic from the team’s HBP prowess this past season came from Eduardo Escobar. In 542 plate appearances, he was only hit once.