spring training is for fun!As we all know, spring training numbers mean nothing. But here are some interesting ones — just ’cause.

26: Number of times Brewers RF Corey Hart struck out in 67 spring training at-bats.

5: Number of hits Cubs reliever Mike Wuertz gave up this spring — all singles. He didn’t allow a run, walked none and struck out 13 in nine innings.

$6,500,000: How much the Astros will pay SP Woody Williams not to pitch this year. The Astros cut Williams after he posted a 11.32 ERA this spring.

15: Number of walks given up by Tigers lefthander Dontrelle Willis in 16 2/3 innings this spring. He has a 8.64 earned run average.

9: Number of home runs given up by Mariners SP Erik Bedard in 24 innings. He’s posted an 8.63 ERA in six starts, allowing 35 hits.

.431: Melvin Mora’s batting average this spring. He’s led Orioles regulars in batting average, homers (two), RBIs (13) and walks (nine).

1.572: Rangers CF Josh Hamilton’s OPS this spring. He entered the weekend hitting .556 and reached base in 13 consecutive plate appearances (10 hits, three walks) at one point.

0: Number of home runs reigning NL MVP Jimmy Rollins hit this spring. He batted .188.

5,404: Average number of fans who attended Pittsburgh Pirates home spring training games this year — a new record. Those people are loyal.

11 Responses to “Spring training numbers”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    I think I’m in love.

  2. What happened to the rest of the Hot Offseason Action?

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Doug, I think the answer is, “our day jobs.” I plan on having Tigers and Rangers up sometime later this week. Thanks for the question—they are coming!

  4. They’re coming, Doug, don’t worry!

    But as you can see we got a little bit…er…distracted by Ms. Kotsay…

  5. Outstanding work, Mr. Nick. This is why I surf the internets. And outstanding work, too, Meester Kotsay. Yup yup.

  6. You have totally redeemed yourselves for the Manatee pics.

    The interwebs thank you.

  7. How would one say…. oh yeah. Hubba Hubba!!!

  8. Give Corey Hart a full season and he’ll easily break the single season whiff record of 199 set by Ryan Howard last year. 550 ABs would give him 213 K’s. The fact that Jimmy Rollins’ numbers are so bad most likely indicates that he’ll start off the season on a tear..usually works that way.

  9. Andrew, you’re projecting Hart’s spring training stats over a full year, right? But Hart played 140 games last season and only struck out 99 times, so I don’t think he’s going to challenge Howard’s record any time soon.

  10. Agree…just emphasizing the absurdity of spring training numbers :)

  11. Found another pic on the March cover of ChopTalk. Not quite as racy, but still very easy on the eyes.


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