Stat-urday, 9/14/2019


Minor League Baseball has released their attendance figures for the 2019 season, which ended September 2. Overall, MiLB experienced a 2.6% increase in attendance compared to 2018, with 41,504,077 fans attending games.

Since the Eastern League Championship series just ended (sadly, my Baysox did not win), below is a look at their numbers. The Richmond Flying Squirrels led the league with an average attendance of 6,255 per game. Both the Trenton Thunder and Reading Fightin Phils experienced a 4% increase in attendance compared to last year, and the Harrisburg Senators, Bowie Baysox, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies all saw declines in attendace. The Rumble Ponies were last in the league in attendance with only 3,000 fans per game, a decline of 16% from 2018.

Team 2019 Attendance 2019 Avg. Attendance 2018 Avg. Attendance Percent Change from 2018
Richmond Flying Squirrels 400,321 6,255 6,198 1%
Hartford Yard Goats 414,946 6,193 6,014 3%
Reading Fightin Phils 398,314 5,945 5,713 4%
Portland Sea Dogs 357,647 5,677 5,676 0%
Trenton Thunder 340,705 5,242 5,019 4%
Akron RubberDucks 340,187 5,077 4,996 2%
NH Fisher Cats 306,511 4,716 5,065 -7%
Altoona Curve 308,464 4,604 4,571 1%
Harrisburg Senators 258,909 3,864 3,988 -3%
Erie SeaWolves 215,444 3,315 3,204 3%
Bowie Baysox 224,686 3,256 3,438 -5%
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 182,990 3,000 3,553 -16%

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

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Stat-urday, 8/31/2019


Marlins Park, June 2012

When I was there a few years ago, the Marlins’ had a few more fans.

Last Monday, the Marlins recorded the lowest attendance at an MLB game this season, with just 5,2917 fans in attendance at Marlins Park. They’d set the previous low on April 2 with 5,934. In contrast, their double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, saw their highest attendance yet of their three-year existence, with 327,388 fans attending games there this season.

So how do these two teams compare with others? With the minor league season almost over, the Jumbo Shrimp rank second in the Southern League with average attendance of 4,960. The Marlins rank last in the National League (as well as last for all of MLB):

Southern League Team Average Attendance
Birmingham Barons 5,450
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4,960
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4,354
Tennessee Smokies 4,313
Chattanooga Lookouts 3,518
Montgomery Biscuits 3,212
Mississippi Braves 2,471
Biloxi Shuckers 2,331
Jackson Generals 1,736
Mobile BayBears 1,587
National League Team Average Attendance
Dodgers 48,881
Cardinals 42,934
Cubs 38,188
Rockies 37,495
Brewers 35,735
Phillies 34,237
Giants 33,415
Braves 32,471
Mets 31,038
Padres 30,060
Nationals 27,956
Diamondbacks 25,625
Reds 22,733
Pirates 19,310
Marlins 9,841

Just yesterday, Minor League Baseball tweeted that for the 15th consecutive year, they’ve had attendance of 40 million or more. You can find more Minor Leagues attendance stats at milb.com and Major League stats at Baseball Reference.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 8/24/2019


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Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1993 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Baseball’s Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., turns 59 today! Despite retiring from baseball nearly 20 years ago, Cal remains an import part of baseball, baseball history, and the State of Maryland. Here are a few of his important stats:

  • At bats: 11,551
  • Hits: 3,184
  • Runs: 1,647
  • RBIs: 1,695
  • Home runs: 431
  • Career batting average: .276
  • Consecutive games played: 2,532
  • Total games played: 3,001
  • Seasons played: 21
  • All-Star games: 19
  • MVP Awards: 2
  • Gold Gloves: 2
  • Silver Slugger Awards: 8
  • MLB teams played for: 1

Happy birthday, Cal!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 8/17/2019


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To research the multi-day post I wrote on Anthony Santander, I pieced together information from several difference statistical sources. Here’s where you can find that and other information on your favorite players:

Transactions: If you want to know when a player signed with a certain team, when they were on the DL, demoted, or promoted, you can find a nice, easy to read at the bottom of their player page on MLB.com. The Baseball Cube also has clear, easy-to-read information on transactions. For example, check out Santander’s transactions (and stats) from those two sites:

Days with the Team: This transactions lists rarely explain everything that happened. Sometimes, they can be recalled to the MLB team and sent back down all in one day. It’s helpful to know not only how many games they played while on a certain, but also the exact dates they were there. For example, with Anthony, he was with the O’s for the required 44-45 days in 2017, but he only got to play in 13 days. (Too bad Rule 5 doesn’t address days spent sitting on the bench.) The “Teams Played For” table near the bottom of a player’s page shows the exact dates a player was with a team, like this page for Santander:

Minor League Stats: A good place to find a players’ minor league stats is at milb.com – at least for current players and players recently called up. Baseball Reference also includes minor league and foreign league stats, if you toggle the tables to include them. Sometimes you can just google the players’ name and “foreign stats” or “minor league status” to more easily find them. These are the best sites I found for Anthony Santander’s non-MLB experience:

And here are Santader’s stats as reported by Baseball Reference (which they conveniently let you download into an Excel spreadsheet or .CSV file!):

Level G R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA
MLB (3 seasons) 96 38 86 19 2 9 39 0.263
Minors (8 seasons) 483 290 498 138 5 61 295 0.27
Foreign (2 seasons) 62 26 48 13 2 5 25 0.236
All Levels (8 Seasons) 659 362 647 174 10 76 374 0.265
 
AAA (2 seasons) 59 33 58 18 0 7 35 0.245
AA (2 seasons) 69 39 73 14 3 10 36 0.282
A+ (2 seasons) 129 90 147 42 0 20 95 0.291
A (3 seasons) 168 89 152 38 1 16 83 0.241
A- (2 seasons) 15 12 21 11 0 4 14 0.356

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 8/10/2019


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Adam Jones with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (via Wikipedia).

Yep, I’m still annoyed with the O’s, so I’m continuing to keep track of several of the players they’ve traded or failed to re-sign. Apparently, I’m not the only who does this.

The list includes my favorites, Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, and Nick Markakis (even though he’s on the IL right now with a fractured wrist), and a few other guys. For this month, I’ve added Mike Yastrzemski, another guy the O’s never should have traded, since he was called up to the Giants on May 25. I’ve also added Aderlin Rodriguez, who was one of my favorite Bowie Baysox, who is currently a member of the San Diego Padres triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas (unfortunately he’s on the IL right now, too).

Here are the latest stats:

Former Oriole Games AB Avg OBP RBI HR
Adam Jones 102 385 .268 .317 51 13
Christian Walker 105 366 .257 .348 53 20
Nick Markakis 104 366 .284 .358 55 9
Manny Machado 108 418 .278 .347 69 26
Jonathan Schoop 89 331 .254 .301 44 16
Nelson Cruz 84 312 .292 .383 72 30
Mike Yastrzemski 61 209 .268 .322 34 10
Aderlin Rodriguez 52 170 .300 .318 37 10
2019 Orioles 112 3,858 .244 .306 466 141

[Note that I’ve removed Caleb Joseph from the list because he has not had much playing time – he was optioned to the Reno Aces on 5/2/2019, recalled to the Diamondbacks on 6/14, re-optioned on 6/28, and is currently on the IL. Tim Beckham has been removed from the list because on Tuesday, MLB announced that he had been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.]

While the position players are mostly doing well elsewhere, that really can’t be said for the pitchers. Kevin Gausman, for example, was recently claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds after struggling in Atlanta. Brad Brach was DFA’d on August 3rd and released two days later. However, I added Eduardo Rodriguez to the list, because, even though he’s with the Red Sox now, I did like him when he was with the Baysox.

 Former Oriole Games IP W-L % ERA
Zack Britton 50 47.0 .750 2.30
Eduardo Rodriguez 23 135.1 .722 4.14
Kevin Gausman 16 80.0 .300 6.19
Brad Brach 42 39.2 .571 6.13
2019 Orioles 112 994.1 .339 5.59

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 8/3/2019: World Baseball Rankings


File:2020 Summer Olympics logo new.svgLast week I noted the world rankings for the teams participating in this year’s Pan Am Games. Below are the top 30 men’s baseball teams and the top 14 women’s teams. (Follow the links in the top row of the table for information on all teams – and if you need information on what the Olympic codes are for each country, Wikipedia has that covered!) The top 12 men’s teams will compete this November in the WBSC Premier12® 2020 Olympic Qualifier.

How does your country rank?

Rank Men’s Baseball Women’s Baseball
1 Japan Japan
2 USA Canada
3 Korea Chinese Taipei
4 Chinese Taipei USA
5 Cuba Venezuela
6 Mexico Australia
7 Australia Cuba
8 Netherlands Korea
9 Venezuela Dominican Republic
10 Canada Hong Kong
11 Puerto Rico Netherlands
12 Dominican Republic Puerto Rico
13 Panama India
14 Colombia Pakistan
15 Nicaragua Tied for 15th: Basically everyone else
16 Italy  
17 Brazil  
18 Czech Republic  
19 Israel  
20 China  
21 Argentina  
22 Germany  
23 Republic of South Africa  
24 Pakistan  
25 France  
26 Spain  
27 Austria  
28 Hong Kong  
29 Russia  
30 Belgium  

 

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca