You are probably already aware that John Lannan, introduced as the newest Phillies pitcher Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, made his 2007 major-league debut one to remember for Phils fans as he plunked Chase Utley with a pitch, broke his hand and sent the second baseman to the bench for a month.
What you might not remember is that Lannan went and hit Ryan Howard with the very next pitch!!! And he managed to hit two Phillies in the same inning yet again, two years later.
Now through six major league seasons, Lannan has hit 30 batters with pitches and an astonishing 11 of them have been Phillies.
All told, he hits a Phillie with a pitch about once every 40 plate appearances. By comparison, throughout major-league baseball in 2012, a batter was hit about once every 123 plate appearances.