Choo Down with HBP? Who’s Down with HBP?

Coming into the 2013 season, Reds outfield Shin-Soo Choo had 2,960 plate appearances, and had been hit by a pitch in 55 of them (one HBP every 54 PAs).  This season, through Monday night’s action, for whatever reason, Choo has already been hit ten times in 95 plate appearances (you can figure out that ratio yourself).  Combined with 13 walks and an NL-leading 26 hits, its helped vault him to a Majors-leading .521 OBP.

So what’s with the HBPs?  How much of a statistical oddity are we looking at here?

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