Stat-urday, 5/26/2018

Harry Wright in 1863 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

In keeping with this week’s theme of baseball in Europe (or the lack thereof), just how many players have come from England, France, and Spain?

A total of 48 MLB players were born in the United Kingdom, starting with Hall of Famer Harry Wright in 1871. Twenty-two of these players played during the 18th Century, 23 during the 20th Century, and 3 in the 21st Century. These 48 players played a total of 11,903 games with a combined batting average of .252 with 457 home runs. The only All-Star among them is Bobby Thomson, who hit 264 of those 457 home runs.

Since 1875, there have been seven Major Leaguers from France: Larry Ressler (1875), Claude Gouzzie (1903), Paul Krichell (1911-12), Duke Markell (1951), Bruce Bochy (1978-87), Charlie Lea (1980-88), and Steve Jeltz (1983-90). In total, they played 1,333 games, amassed 664 hits, hit 31 homeruns, appeared in one All-Star Game, and have a cumulative batting average of .210. In addition, two of these players were pitchers (Lea and Markell) and have a combined ERA of 3.60 with a win-loss percentage of .563.

Just four players MLB players have been born in Spain. The first was Al Cabrera who played one game in 1913. Next was Bryan Oelkers who pitched in 45 games over two years (1983 and 1986). Next came Al Pardo a catcher who played in 53 games in fours years (1985-86 and 1988-89). The most recent Spanish-born Major Leaguer was Danny Rios who pitched in two games in 1997 and five games in 1998.

~ baseballrebecca


Stat-urday, 5/12/2018

Mitchellville Tigers, ca. 1948 (photo courtesy of Prince George’s County, MD)

On April 14, 2009, then-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law declaring the second Saturday in May to be Negro League Baseball Day. So, in honor of the day, here are some stats on the Negro Leagues in Maryland:

  • Four Negro League teams played in Maryland: (1) Baltimore Lord Baltimores, National Colored Baseball League, 1887; (2) Baltimore Black Sox, 1922-1934 (independent league, 1916-22 and 1930-31; Eastern Colored League, 1923-28; American Negro League, 1929; East-West League, 1932; Negro National League, 1933-34); (3) Baltimore Stars (independent league, 1933); and (4) Baltimore Elite Giants (Negro National League, 1938-48; Negro American League, 1949-50). In addition, several semi-pro and sandlot teams played throughout the state, such as the Mitchellville Tigers  and the Galesville Hot Sox.
  • At least 10 members of the Baltimore Black Sox were born in Maryland: Blainey Hall, Buddy Burbage, George Grayer, John Stanley, Malcolm Brown, Peter Johnson, Scrappy Brown, Stuart Jones, Tony Mahoney, and Wyman Smith.
  • The Black Sox and the Elite Giants each won two championships: 1929 and 1932 for the Black Sox and 1939 and 1949 for the Elite Giants.

Satchel_Paige_1949_BowmanTwo of the most famous Negro League players in Baltimore were Satchel Paige and Leon Day. Paige, a right-handed pitcher, had an win-loss record of 100-50 in the Negro Leagues, and 28-31 in the Major Leagues. Day, also a RHP, had a 64-29 win-loss record of 64-29 in the Negro Leagues, with an ERA of 2.98.

Happy Negro League Baseball Day!

~ baseballrebecca



Stat-urday, 5/5/2018

Jeong Choi in 2013 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

As of May 1, who had hit the most home runs? Not Didi Gregorius, Mitch Haniger, or Mike Trout, all of whom had 10 home runs each. It was in fact Jeong Choi with 14 home runs. Jeong Choi is a third baseman with the SK Wyverns Baseball Club of the Korean League. In both 2016 and 2017, Choi lead the league in home runs, hitting 40 and 46, respectively. I can’t wait to see how many he hits this year.

Want more Korean baseball statistics? Check out the KBO’s stats page.

~ baseballrebecca


Stat-urday, 4/21/2018

Yesterday I wondered how much the weather has really impacted attendance this season. Aside from postponing games, Mother Nature may be only partly be the cause of declines in attendance, which is about 10 percent less than last year. So, what has attendance been this year? reports the following attendance numbers:

2017 Rank  Team  2017 Attendance (full season)  2018 Attendance (as of 4/19/18)
1 LA Dodgers 46,492 46,793
2 St. Louis 42,567 39,052
3 San Francisco 40,785 39,724
4 NY Yankees 39,835 36,589
5 Toronto 39,554 27,490
6 Chicago Cubs 39,500 34,559
7 LA Angels 37,278 38,943
8 Colorado 36,464 32,392
9 Boston 36,020 33,301
10 Milwaukee 31,589 33,287
11 Washington 31,172 26,707
12 Texas 30,960 27,695
13 Atlanta 30,929 28,070
14 NY Mets 30,757 28,735
15 Houston 29,674 37,289
16 Detroit 28,661 19,805
17 Kansas City 27,754 17,646
18 San Diego 26,401 27,631
19 Seattle 26,363 25,636
20 Arizona 26,350 27,211
21 Minnesota 25,640 19,827
22 Cleveland 25,285 16,951
23 Baltimore 25,042 17,899
24 Philadelphia 24,118 28,432
25 Pittsburgh 23,696 13,733
26 Cincinnati 22,677 20,749
27 Chicago White Sox 20,626 15,325
28 Miami 20,395 13,171
29 Oakland 18,446 17,138
30 Tampa Bay 15,670 16,347

Stat-urday, 4/14/2018

Jackie Robinson Statue at Dodger Stadium

The Jackie Robinson Foundation “perpetuates the memory of American hero Jackie Robinson by addressing the achievement gap in higher education” and provides “college and graduate school scholarships as well as leadership development opportunities for highly motivated students of color with limited financial resources.”

What are their stats?

  • Founded in 1973, the Foundation is now 45 years old.
  • Over the years, there have been 1,500 JRF Scholars, 98% of whom have graduated from college.
  • The Foundation has awarded $75 million in grants.
  • The scholars have attend 260 different colleges and universities.
  • 39% attend public colleges and universities, 37% attend private schools, 15% attend Ivy League Schools, and 9% attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Below is more information from the Foundation.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 4/7/2018

Florida State University baseball teams celebrates in 1991, photo courtesy of the State Library and Archives of Florida via Flickr

A few weeks ago looked at the high schools and colleges attended by professional baseball players. But what are the odds of moving from high school to college to MLB? Fortunately, the NCAA provides those stats for us. Of the approximately 490,000 high school baseball players in the United States, about 7.1% end up playing in college, 2.1% go to Division I schools.

Of the 34,544 college baseball players in 2016, 7,679 were draft eligible, 1,206 were draft picks, and 695 were drafted by MLB. Thus, 9.1% of college baseball players ultimately ended up in professional baseball.

Stated another way, the odds of a high school baseball player making it to the Major Leagues is about 764 to 1.

~ baseballrebecca


Stat-urday, 3/31/2018

Yesterday, MLB Communications tweeted stats on players born outside the United States. Foreign-born players made up 29% of the players on MLB Opening Day Rosters, including one player from Lithuania, one from South Africa, and 219 from Latin America.

~ baseballrebecca