The Super-Mega-Awesome-Ginormous-Happy-Fun Sized Year End Stats Show… (2014 Version)

Before getting too deep into the baseball-snagging stats…

…How Far Would You Drive for Baseball?

Mileage 2014

That’s my answer.  If you were to reference my totals from last year, I traveled approx. 6% less, but walked about 25% more.  (And yes, the walking is purely from car to gate, and not inside the stadium numbers… that would be too hard to judge and know.)  If you add the past two seasons together, I have cracked 10,000 miles in a car just to watch baseball games and catch baseballs.

Interesting side stat:

Miles/Ball:

  • 2014:  31.31 miles driven per ball
  • 2013:  54.96 miles driven per ball
    • An increase in efficiency of 43.03%

 

Now onto…

The Stuff:

  • 180 MLB Baseballs
    • 123 Regular Season
    • 57 Spring Training
  • 11 Signatures
    • Byron Buxton, Chris Colabello, Nick Swardson, Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Alex Meyer, Kennys Vargas (x3), Bud Black, Tony Oliva
    • Plus two at my place of employment: Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki (on a HR Derby ball)
  • 8 Line-up Cards
    • 3/2/2014
    • 3/3/2014 (2)
    • 3/4/2014
    • 4/17/2014 (2)
    • 8/5/2014 (2)
  • 7 Batting Gloves
    • Chris Colabello (3)
    • Trevor Plouffe (2)
    • Danny Santana (2)
  • 1 Pair of Cleats
    • Trevor Plouffe
  • 1 Bat
    • Kennys Vargas
  • 2 Softballs (ASG Celebrity Game)
  • 1 MiLB Babseball (Spring Training)

 

The Commemoratives:

  • Marlins Park – 1 (3/4/2014)
  • Fenway Park 100th – 1 (3/5/2014)
  • Wrigley Field 100th – 3 (4/5/2014)
  • Opening Day 2014 – 4 (4/7/2014)
  • Astros’ Inaugural AL Season – 1 (6/6/2014)
  • Futures Game 2014 (ASG) – 4 (7/13/2014)
  • Home Run Derby 2014 (ASG) – 5 (7/14/2014)
  • Home Run Derby FlexBall 2014 (ASG) – 1 (7/14/2014)
  • Home Run Derby 2014 (ASG) – 4 (7/15/2014)
  • All-Star Game 2014 – 1 (7/15/2014)

 

Top Ten Eleven Moments:

  1. Catching Kennys Vargas’ 1st career HR
  2. The 2014 All-Star Game
  3. The 2014 HR Derby
  4. My first ballhawking experience at Wrigley Field (Operation: Snag a Wrigley 100th ball)
  5. Plouffe cleats, Colabello batting gloves, AND 8 balls… in one game!
  6. 19 balls in ONE GAME!
  7. Snagging my 100th regular season ball in 2014
  8. The 2014 Futures Game
  9. Grabbing the first HR hit by Mr. Saltalamacchia in a Marlins uniform
  10. Javier Bracamonte bringing an Astros’ Inaugural AL ball to MN for me (thanks, Twitter!)
  11. The final game of 2014 (personal season high balls, most balls without BP by anyone on MGB for 2014)

 

The MVPS:

1.  Dominique Frost

2.  Trevor Plouffe

3.  Oswaldo Arcia

4.  Kennys Vargas

T5.  Javier Bracamonte

T5.  Chris Colabello

T5.  Eduardo Escobar

 

Deep Stats (Non-“Ball Specific”):

Twins Record:

  • Regular Season: 9-8
    • 1 non-Twins game – Phillies/Cubs
  • Including Spring Training: 10-11

Twins analysis of Runs Scored (Based on Situational Breakdown):

  • Twins Win: 9
    • Average Score: 5.89 to 2.67
  • Twins Loss: 8
    • Average Score: 2.75 to 6.5
  • Spring Training: 4 Games
    • Average Score: Twins – 4.5 to Opposition – 5.5
  • Regular Season: 17 games
    • Average Score: Twins – 4.41 to Opposition – 4.47
  • Overall: 21 games
    • Average Score: Twins – 4.42 to Opposition – 4.67

Additional Non-Ball Stats:

  • Number of Teams Viewed In 2013: 18 (plus All-Star “teams”)
    • Astros, A’s, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox
  • Number of Stadiums Attended In 2013: 5
    • Wrigley Field, Charlotte Sports Park (Rays Spring Training), Roger Dean (Marlins Spring Training), Hammond Stadium (Twins Spring Training), Target Field
  • Games Attended By Month:
    • March: 4
    • April: 4
    • May: 4
    • June: 3
    • July: 5
    • August: 2
    • September: 3

 

Deep Stats (“Ball Specific”):

Number of Balls By Time of Year:

  • Spring Training: 57
  • Regular Season: 123
  • Postseason: 0 (it’s been a while since that was anything other than a doughnut)
  • Total: 180

Number of Balls By Month:

  • March: 57
  • April: 19
  • May: 23
  • June: 17
  • July: 30
  • August: 11
  • September: 23

Number of Balls By Time of Game:

  • Batting Practice: 107
  • Pre-Game: 28
  • During Game: 33
  • Post-Game: 12

Target Field-equivalent Section:

  • 7: 40 balls
  • 10: 19 balls
  • 129: 16 balls
  • 6: 14 balls
  • 130: 13 balls
  • Outside of Park: 13 balls
  • 12: 9 balls
  • 102: 9 balls
  • 5: 6 balls
  • 13: 6 balls
  • 3: 5 balls
  • 128: 5 balls
  • 101: 4 balls
  • 15: 2 balls
  • 138: 2 balls
  • 1: 1 ball
  • 4: 1 ball
  • 11: 1 ball
  • 17: 1 ball
  • 104: 1 ball
  • 126: 1 ball
  • 127: 1 ball
  • 131: 1 ball
  • 132: 1 ball
  • 133: 1 ball
  • 134: 1 ball
  • 136: 1 ball
  • 137: 1 ball
  • 140: 1 ball
  • 238: 1 ball
  • 239: 1 ball
  • 240: 1 ball

Number of Balls By Method of Retrieval:

  • Toss-up: 144
  • Caught: 22
  • Easter Egg: 13
  • Retriever: 1

Number of Balls By Team:

  • Twins: 111
  • Orioles: 8
  • AL All-Stars: 7
  • Royals: 6
  • Marlins: 5
  • USA Futures: 5
  • Blue Jays: 4
  • Padres: 4
  • White Sox: 4
  • Astros: 3
  • Mariners: 3
  • NL All-Stars: 3
  • Phillies: 3
  • Rays: 3
  • Red Sox: 3
  • A’s: 2
  • Cubs: 2
  • Tigers: 2
  • Indians: 1
  • MLB: 1

Average Attendance:

  • Spring Training: 7,265
  • Regular Season: 29,572
    • Target Field (16 games): 29,519
    • Coors Field (1 game): 30,651
  • Overall: 25,662

Number of Balls In One Day By Number of Occurrences:

  • 19 balls: 1 game
  • 18 balls: 1 game
  • 11 balls: 1 game
  • 10 balls: 1 game
  • 9 balls: 1 game
  • 8 balls: 2 games
  • 7 balls: 3 games
  • 6 balls: 6 games
  • 5 balls: 5 games
  • 4 balls: 3 games
  • 3 balls: 1 game

Number of Balls By Player:

  • 29 Balls: Dominique – Twins Bat Boy
  • 19 Balls: Unknown Twin
  • 7 Balls: Oswaldo Arcia
  • 5 Balls: Trevor Plouffe
  • 4 Balls: Eduardo Escobar, Security Guard
  • 3 Balls: Josh Willingham, Kurt Suzuki, Unknown Oriole
  • 2 Balls: Alex Gordon, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Chris Colabello, Dan Rohlfing, Francisley Bueno, Kennys Vargas, Logan Darnell, Padres Staffer/Trainer, Ron Gardenhire, Scott Ullger, Twins Employee, Unknown Red Sox, Unknown Tiger
  • 1 Ball: Alex Presley, Anthony Swarzak, Arquimedes Caminero, Bat Boy – Hammond Stadium, Bat Boy – Mario, Bobby Dickerson, Brian Dozier, Brian Raabe, Brian Snitker, Bruce Chen, Chip Hale, Chris Herrmann, Chris Maloney, Chris Parmelee, Chris Woodward, Christian Yelich, Clay Buchholz, Cubs’ Grounds Crew, Danny Santana, Delmon Young, Derrick Chung, Dustin Morse, Einar Diaz, Eric Fryer, Eric Hosmer, Greg Colbrunn, Indians Trainer, James Beresford, Jared Burton, Jason Kubel, Javier Bracamonte, Jeff Francoeur, Joe Mauer, Joe McEwing, John Mallee, Jonathan Papelbon, Jorge Polanco, Jose Abreu, Justin Morneau, Justin O’Conner, Kevin Correia, Manny Machado, Marlins’ Grounds Crew, Max Kepler, Michael Taylor, Nate Dammann, Norichika Aoki, Pedro Florimon, Ralph Dickenson, Rays’ Grounds Crew, Rene Rivera, Rich Donnelly, Rob Rasmussen, Robinson Cano, Ronald Belisario, Ryan Howard, Scott Diamond, Sean Casey, Sean Coyle, Sean Nolin, Starlin Castro, Stuart Turner, Target Field Grounds Crew, Terry Steinbach, Tom Brunansky, Tony Oliva, Unknown, Unknown AL Coach, Unknown Blue Jay, Unknown Phillie, Unknown Rays player, Unknown Trainer, Unknown Worker/Photographer, Vendor, Zach Britton
  • Total Number of People Who Tossed Me a Ball: 98

 

FIRSTS:

  • Too Many – additioanl blog post to come.

 

NAMI Donation:

  • Too Important to bury here.  A dedicated “end of 2014”-type of post seems like a better idea.

 

2014 vs. 2013 – Continued Improvement:

2014 vs 2013 Comparison

MyGameBalls.com Rank (by category):

  • Regular Season Balls (123) = 20th
    • Spring Training Balls (57) = 1st
    • Total Balls (180) = 15th
  • Regular Season Games (21) = T32nd
  • Average Balls/Game (5.86) = 13th
    • Average Balls/Game inc. Spring Training (7.20) = 5th
  • Games with 10+ Balls (1) = T12th
    • Games with 10+ Balls inc. Spring Training (4) = T3rd
  • Game Balls (39) = 2nd
    • I was able to snag at least one game ball at every game (including Spring Training) this year.
    • This category (along with all others) could be adjusted upwards by one, since the debacle of #HakeyWatch was never resolved.  Did he or DIDN’T he?
  • Game Home Runs (1) = T7th
    • Game Home Runs inc. Spring Training (2) = T6th
    • The Game Homer in the regular season was my first ever caught on the fly… and Kennys Vargas’ first career (in case you forgot).
  • High – Most Balls in One Game (10) = T19th
    • High inc. Spring Training (19) = T4th
  • Average Competition Factor (171,903) = 13th

Not bad stats, right?  Overall, it would appear that this year was a solid “Top 15” showing.  If I could just get to more games, I might be a greater force.  But a new puppy, increased age, and other life aspirations will probably keep things in check (if not lessen my game intake).

Thanks to all of the friends of new and old that I got to share the stadium(s) with.  It was a great year, and many important memories that I will carry with me until I either completely lose it or die.

 

If you are the person who could make my dream job come true, please contact me about being a full-time baseball watcher/catcher – this would be the one way that I could definitely try to do some real damage and go for the top couple spots on the leaderboard.  Otherwise, it will be a slightly slower 2015, but hopefully a new stadium or two that I can cross off the list and some new commemoratives to chase (along with the first non-Selig balls in my collection).

PS:  Be on the lookout for 2014 versions of my YouTube slideshows that I made last year.  I had plenty of photos and an even larger collection to share.  As always, it will be embedded on this site once up.

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4 thoughts on “The Super-Mega-Awesome-Ginormous-Happy-Fun Sized Year End Stats Show… (2014 Version)

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