Players chasing some cool history

Charlie Morton: Of all the history we usually chronicle in this space, hit by pitch history isn't normally one of those we-interrupt-this-program categories guaranteed to give you chills. But we're making an exception for Pirates pitcher Morton. He is up to 18 HBPs already this year, with somewhere in the vicinity of 10 starts remaining. Here's why you should care: No pitcher has drilled more than 21 hitters in any season since 1922 -- when Howard Ehmke hit 23. And nobody has plunked more than 23 since 1909, when Jack (Is Your Health Insurance Paid Up?) Warhop nailed 26. Are either of those numbers within Morton's, um, aim? Why not? He's hit at least one hitter in 14 of his 22 starts this year, so nothing's out of the question.

Troy Tulowitzki: Finally, we should make clear this isn't just a Tulo Watch. It's a Rockies Tag Team Watch. If Tulowitzki gets back on the field and finishes off his pursuit of the NL batting title, he will be the fourth Rockies hitter to win the batting title in the last eight seasons. (The others: Michael Cuddyer in 2013, Carlos Gonzalez in 2010 and Matt Holliday in 2007.) We know what you're thinking: Has any team ever had four different batting champs in an eight-year span? Correct answer: Of course not. In fact, the only teams in the last 50 years that even had three different batting champs that close together were the 2000-03 Red Sox ( Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Bill Mueller), the 1979-83 Red Sox (Fred Lynn, Carney Lansford and Wade Boggs) and 1960-66 Pirates (Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente and Matty Alou). Of course, none of those other teams got to play 81 games a year at Coors Field. But the August History Watch isn't responsible for that. We just chronicle history. It's up to you to add your own asterisks at home.

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