One of the most inevitable subplots of the 2022 Mets season reached its climax on Wednesday, when the club set a modern AL/NL record with its 106th hit batsman of the season.
It’s a mark that no one on the Mets wished to achieve.
“It’s like a broken record at this point,” said Mark Canha, who was hit twice in the game to set the individual franchise record with 24. “We just kind of roll our eyes when it happens now and move on. There’s nothing you can do except capitalize on it, make it hurt.”
The record-setting 106th hit batter occurred in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 6-0 loss to the Brewers at American Family Field, when Jake Cousins spiked a slider into Luis Guillorme’s left foot. That moved the Mets past the 2021 Reds, who were hit by 105 pitches to set the modern record (since 1900). The 1889 Orioles hold the overall record with 160 hit batsmen.