Buck Showalter asks for ball after Mets set MLB record for HBP in a season


Just after the Mets set a painful MLB record with their 106th HBP of the season, a slider that banged off the back foot of Luis Guillorme, Buck Showalter was seen asking for the record-breaking ball.

“I’d say it would be obscene to tell you what I was going to do with it," Showalter said afterward. “No, I haven’t thought about it to be honest with you. I gave it to the hitting coaches. They can do to it what they want.”

Showalter has seen his batters get hit in the face this season, and seemingly everywhere else on the body. Starling Marte still hasn’t returned from a finger fracture after being hit by a pitch, so the march to history hasn’t been a pleasant one.

"Not one of them are intentional, it’s just obviously there’s an issue there somewhere,” Showalter said. “Our guys just don’t give. It’s not something they’re doing, it’s just wild pitches. I mean you see them, they’re not close to the plate, they’re all the way across the batter’s boxes.

“It’s frustrating and I’ve got some personal feelings about why it happens so much, but I’m sure MLB doesn’t want to hear about it in this format.”

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