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Going for the hbp record

Rather than tie myself in knots trying to decide whether to trade CC and to whom, I decided to amuse myself by doing some calculations regarding the Indians' propensity to get hit by a pitch.  Right now, we have been hit 54 times, far and away the most in the majors.  At the rate we are going, we will shatter the American league record for a team, currently held by Toronto (1996), who were hit 96 times.  We are on pace for 115.  The all-time record is held by Boston (NL - Braves?), back in 1898 -- 148.  I say go for it!  Perhaps we can trade CC for batters who get hit a lot -- among active players, leaders include Jason Kendall, Carlos Delgado, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, David Eckstein and Jeff Kent (surely some of those guys are available)?  Coax Craig Biggio out of retirement (who needs Bonds?).  Hire Ron Hunt to teach the Indians how to get hit on purpose and get away with it?  Fire Wedge and hire Don Baylor?  Let's put our heads together and figure out how to get this team into the record books!

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