One of my favorite Minor League Baseball bobbles: Trey Mancini with the Frederick Keys (and now with the O’s)
Since I’m on a bobblehead kick right now (my Annual List is coming!!!), I thought I’d see what kind of bobblehead statistics are out there. And I wasn’t disappointed. There were several great stats-related bobble articles, so I’ve posted their links here:
- In 2013, a writer for SB Nation did an analysis of how players performed on their bobblehead night. She has some great info on which players hit homeruns on their bobble nights and which ones weren’t even present for their bobble night.
- Last year for National Bobblehead Day, the website Decades posted some fun facts about bobbleheads, including the fact that the San Francisco Giants have given away more than 75 bobbleheads. I’m not sure if that’s ever or what they’re measuring here, but still a fun fact.
- Not baseball-related, but a website dedicated to hockey bobbleheads has some great stats on bobbleheds, including “Bobblettendance.” We need something similar for baseball!
- Two years ago, Crain’s Cleveland Business reported several stats regarding Cleveland Indians’ bobblehead nights. They found a whopping 25% increase in attendance on bobble nights.
- Towards Data Science published a detailed statistical analysis titled, “Applied multi-level model on panel data in MLB promotion marketing,” looking at several factors, including date of giveaway, day of the week, and other variables.
- Amazon has a list of “Best Sellers in Bobble Head Figures,” but (a) bobblehead is one generally one word, and (b) they are almost all Funko figures, so that doesn’t count. Nonetheless, Babe Ruth comes in at #61 and Aaron Judge is #93. (Interestingly, Fred Sanford from “Sanford & Son” is #50 – and it’s pretty cool.) (I will not get sucked into collecting new things. I will not get sucked into collecting new things.) By the way, the Los Angeles Times had a great article about Funko back in 2010.
Ever wonder how they make bobbleheads? To continue our celebration of all things Bobble, check out this story from CNN:
Happy Friday! And don’t forget the Annual Bobble List is coming next week!
Are you ready for the Annual Bobble List? Which player do you need a bobblehead of this year? Last year, I really wanted this one of Estevan Florial:
After seeing him in the Arizona Fall League, I had to get one. Finally, I had a coupon for eBay and am now the proud owner of an Estevan Florial bobblehead!
Don’t forget – the Annual Bobble List will be here soon!
The Annual Bobble List is coming next week – along with more info on this year’s Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads.
In the meantime, I’ve been spending time with my current bobbleheads. I really miss these guys:
And, no, Manny, this is not acceptable – not without Jonathan:
No matter how you explain it:
Stay tuned for the Annual Bobble List and more info on the Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads … coming next week!
Last week we celebrated National Bobblehead Day, and I finally picked up my Cedric Mullins bobblehead from the Bowie Baysox, along with my 2019 Baysox ticket pack.
Cedric Mullins is one of my all-time favorite Baysox players. He was promoted to Bowie in 2017 and proceeded to hit 13 home runs in 76 games. (In fact, I wrote about the importance of having Cedric in 2017.)
In 2018, he played in 49 games in Bowie, 60 games in triple A Norfolk, and 45 games in Baltimore. Cedric made his MLB debut on August 18, 2018. Adam Jones marked the event by ensuring Cedric was the first on the field at the beginning of the game.
I am proud to have Cedric join my bobblehead collection.
Last week, baseball teams across the nation celebrated National Bobblehead Day. Below are a few ways they marked the occasion:
Lots of teams offered giveaways… I wish I’d seen this one from the Pulaski Yankees – for some reason, I love Estevan Florial:
Have a great week!