Through eleven innings this year, Jason Giambi has been hit by a pitch three times. If he were to play in every inning of every game and continued to be hit at that rate, he would be hit by between 397 and 398 pitches this year. The single season record for being hit by the most pitches is 51, which was set in 1897 by Hughie Jennings. Is this retaliation for the steroids controversy, or some other evil plan to ruin Jason's career?

The single season hit by pitch records (for batters) are rather interesting in themselves. Other than the number two all time of 50 in 1971, the majority of the top 20 are in the late 1880's/1890's, and all of the rest are in the 1990's. So it's a strange divide.