By Looking Back We Also Look Ahead…

In preparation for the 2017 MLB season, I decided to revisit some “stats,” which led to one thing…

2016’s Deep Stats!

This is not a new format for a year-end recap post, but it definitely is fun to put together – even more so when baseball isn’t quite here yet.

So I ask the same question I proposed a few years back…

…How Far Would You Drive for Baseball?

Mileage

That’s my answer. If you look close enough and know anything about me, you’ll recognize a new column and large total in a new (to this data) way of transportation.  Not only was 2016 a weird, crazy, and trying year for me outside of baseball, it was also an odd year when looking at how I got to baseball games.  The number of games was the lowest since I first began ballhawking full-time (mid-year 2011) and the miles driven was off-the-charts low.  Outside of two trips to Chicago, my path was a bland “home to Target Field and back home.”

I can tell you one thing, though.  These numbers are in for a much different shift in 2017…

Interesting side stats:

Miles/Ball:

  • Record Low: Miles Driven/Ball in 2016 (27.75)
  • Highest Total Miles/Ball Since 2012:32 miles driven per ball
  • Total Trips Around Earth (since 2009): 3362
    • Google estimates the Earth’s circumference at 24,901 miles

Now onto…

The Stuff:

  • 104 MLB Baseballs
    • 92 Regular Season
    • 12 Spring Training
  • 2 Signatures
    • Tony Oliva
    • Tom Lehman
  • 0 Line-up Cards
  • 4 Batting Gloves
    • Jorge Polanco (2)
    • Kennys Vargas (2)
  • 3 Hats
    • Juan Centeno
    • Kennys Vargas
    • Trevor Plouffe
  • 3 Bats
    • Robbie Grossman
    • Miguel Sano (2)
    • Oswaldo Arcia (knob only)
  • 1 Big Ten Baseball (Spring Training)
  • 6 MiLB Baseball (St. Paul Saints)
    • ASG HR Derby Catches (2)

The Commemoratives:

  • AZ Spring Training– 3
  • FL Spring Training– 3
  • Opening Day 2016– 3
  • Blue Jays 40th– 2
  • Turner Field Final Season– 2
  • Cubs’ 100th Anniversary at Wrigley– 2

The MVPS:

  1. Dominique Frost
  2. Miguel Sano
  3. Kennys Vargas
  4. Eduardo Escobar
  5. Trevor Plouffe (and Family)

Deep Stats (Non-“Ball Specific”):

Twins Record:

  • Home: 1-10
  • Away: 3-0
  • Overall Regular Season: 4-10
    • 1 non-Twins game – Pirates/Cubs

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

  • Twins Win: 4
    • Average Score: 6.50 to 3.00
  • Twins Loss: 10
    • Average Score: 2.30 to 5.60
  • Overall Regular Season: 14 games
    • Average Score: Twins – 3.50 to Opposition – 4.86

Additional Non-Ball Stats:

  • Number of Teams Viewed In 2013: 11
    • A’s, Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Pirates, Tigers, Twins, White Sox
  • Number of Stadiums Attended In 2013: 6
    • Surprise Stadium (Rangers & Royals Spring Training), Camelback Ranch (White Sox & Dodgers Spring Training), Turner Field, Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Target Field
  • Games Attended By Month:
    • February: 1
    • April: 1
    • May: 1
    • June: 1
    • July: 3
    • August: 4
    • September: 4
    • October: 1

Deep Stats (“Ball Specific”):

Number of Balls by Time of Year:

  • Spring Training: 12
  • Regular Season: 92
  • Postseason: 0 (the drought continues… since 2010)
  • Total: 104

Number of Balls by Month:

  • February: 11
  • March: 1
  • April: 5
  • May: 6
  • June: 6
  • July: 19
  • August: 26
  • September: 26
  • October: 4

Number of Balls By Time of Game:

  • Batting Practice: 48
  • Pre-Game: 25
  • During Game: 20
  • Post-Game: 11

Target Field-equivalent Section:

  • 7: 45 balls
  • Outside of Park: 13
  • 136: 9
  • On Field: 7
  • 137: 4
  • 10: 3
  • 12: 3
  • 128: 2
  • 129: 2
  • 133: 2
  • 138: 2
  • 1: 1
  • 5: 1
  • 6: 1
  • 11: 1
  • 13: 1
  • 15: 1
  • 16: 1
  • 102: 1
  • 119: 1
  • 123: 1
  • 125: 1
  • 134: 1

Number of Balls by Method of Retrieval:

  • Toss-up: 89
  • Caught: 9
  • Retriever: 4
  • Easter Egg: 2

Number of Balls by Team:

  • Twins: 66
  • Braves: 10
  • Rangers: 7
  • Tigers: 4
  • White Sox: 4
  • Pirates: 3
  • Athletics: 2
  • Blue Jays: 2
  • Mariners: 2
  • Royals: 2
  • Cubs: 1
  • Indians: 1

Average Attendance:

  • Spring Training: N/A (Practice/Work-out)
  • Regular Season: 23,429
    • Target Field (11 games): 25,190
    • Turner Field (2 game): 18,458
    • Wrigley Field: 38,951
    • US Cellular Field: 21,904
  • Overall: 23,429

Number of Balls in One Day By Number of Occurrences:

  • 12 balls: 1 game
  • 8 balls: 2 games
  • 7 balls: 3 games
  • 6 balls: 7 games
  • 5 balls: 1 games
  • 4 balls: 2 games

Number of Balls by Player:

  • 21 Balls: Dominique – Twins Bat Boy
  • 4 Balls: Kennys Vargas, Eduardo Escobar, Miguel Sano, Unknown Ranger, Unknown Twin
  • 3 Balls: Bobby – Twins Bat Boy, Tom Brunansky, Joe Mauer
  • 2 Balls: Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler, Kurt Suzuki, Rangers Catching Coach, Unknown Brave, Unknown Mariner
  • 1 Ball: Unknown A’s, Ron Washington, Rangers Pitching Coach, Jameson Taillon, Tommy Milone, Jason Hursh, Oswaldo Arcia, Daryl Boston, Rob Whalen, Bat Boy, Todd Frazier, Diane Plouffe, Trevor May, Kyle Gibson, Unknown Brave HR, Lorenzo Cain, Daniel Norris, Marty Reed, Rick Sofield, Matt Martin, Erick Aybar, Eddie Guardado, Tim Leiper, Miguel Cabrera, Ervin Santana, Unknown Cub, Tony Oliva, Bo Porter, Tyrell Jenkins, Buddy Boshers, Ezequiel Carrera, Unknown White Sox, Gene Glynn, Omar Vizquel, White Sox Grounds Crew, Unknown Royal, Anthony Recker, Unknown Twin (Relief Pitcher), Nate Dammann, Butch Davis, Nick Leyva, Mike Clevinger
    • Total Number of People Who Tossed Me a Ball: 57
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2 thoughts on “By Looking Back We Also Look Ahead…

    • Thanks! It’d be interesting to see others do the mileage per ball thing. Seeing how we are isolated in MN, our numbers would probably be higher than those on the East Coast (presuming we try to visit a new stadium or two during the year).

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