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The 2014 Extraordinary Compilation of Ballhawking Statistics

The 2014 baseball season was one that I won’t forget. To kick off the year I was able to attend a few Spring Training games in Florida. Amoung four games at Hammond Stadium and jetBlue Park, I caught 42 Baseballs and collected 10 autographs.

When the regular season rolled around I got off to a slow start. By the All-Star Break I had only collected 14 balls in five games (avg. of 2.8 per game). Speaking of the All-Star Break… What an experience!  If you missed out on my recaps then be sure to check out my entries from the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and of course, the All-Star Game. I snagged three commemorative Home Run Derby baseballs and collected a few other really cool souvenirs.

At the All-Star Game I literally witnessed history in the making. Mike Trout became only the third player to get multiple extra-base hits in an All-Star Game before turning 23. With his third inning single, Derek Jeter became only the sixth player in baseball history with 10 career singles in the All-Star Game. Jeter also became the oldest player with multiple hits in an All-Star Game. Yasiel Puig became only the second Dodgers player to strike out three times in an All-Star Game. Mike Trout also became the second player in ASG history to collect a triple, a double, and 2+ RBI in a single ASG. His booming performance helped earn him the ASG MVP.

After the All-Star Break I traveled to Wrigley Field for one game with Shawn Bosman and to Kauffman Stadium for two games with Mateo Fischer. Although this was my first time visiting Wrigley, I had visited Kauffman a few years back.

Heading into September I was averaging just 1.7 baseballs throughout 10 games, but thanks to a 39 ball month I was able to finish the year with an average of 3.29 balls in 17 games. The seven games that I attended during September are some of the most memorable games I’ve been to.

I saw the Twins win a lot this year. Not only did the Twins win nine of the 12 games I attended, but three of them were walk-off victories!

Game Log

This is a screen shot of my game log. I log each game with its date, start time, ballpark, teams, scores, attendance, temperature, wind, and balls collected. It’s not very visible now, but the photo will expand if you click on it.

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You might have noticed there are a few games that are in bold. If something is in bold then it means I didn’t count that game towards ballhawking. I have reasons for doing so, and I’d be more than happy to explain them if you’d like to know. All of my ballhawking stats reflect the games that aren’t in bold.

The Numbers

Number of Baseballs in 2014:

  • Total: 88
  • Spring Training: 32
  • Regular Season: 56
  • Post Season: N/A

Stats in this entry will reflect the Regular Season total of 56 baseballs.

Season Summary

Overall Season Summary:

  • Total Baseballs: 56
  • Games Attended: 17
  • Average Balls/Game: 3.29
  • Game Balls: 5
  • Most Ball in one Game: 9

Statistical Breakdown

Number of Baseballs by Month and Day:

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Number of Baseballs by Time Frame:

  • BP/Pre-game: 39
  • During Game: 10
  • Post-Game: 7

Number of Baseballs by Location:

Snag Tracker is courtesy of Mygameballs.com . Go check out the website if you have not already!

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Number of Baseballs by Method:

  • Hit Balls: 12
  • Thrown Balls: 43
  • Easter Eggs: 1

Number of baseballs by League:

  • American League Balls: 48
  • National League Balls: 4
  • Umpire Balls: 4

Number of Baseballs by Team:

  • AL All-Stars: 2
  • Diamondbacks: 3
  • Indians: 3
  • NL All-Stars: 1
  • Rangers: 4
  • Royals: 1
  • Tigers: 1
  • Twins: 35
  • Umpires: 4
  • White Sox: 2

Number of Baseballs by Player:

  • 6 Balls: Dominique (BB)
  • 5 Balls: Twins Reps
  • 4 Balls: N/A
  • 3 Balls: Armando Camacaro (Coach), Oswaldo Arcia, Unknown Diamondbacks Players
  • 2 Balls: Ben Richardson (Bullpen Catcher), Chris Parmelee, Stadium Employees, Unknown Rangers Players, Unknown Twins Players
  • 1 Ball: Aaron Thompson, Anthony Swarzak, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Chris Herrmann, David Price, Eduardo Nunez, Josh Willingham, Kaz Uehara (Koji Uehara’s son), Kurt Suzuki, Kyle Gibson, Lester Oliveros, Lorenzo Cain, Phil Hughes, Ron Gardenhire, Trevor Plouffe, Tyson Ross, Umpire Brian Knight, Umpire Cory Blaser, Umpire Phil Cuzzi, Unknown Rangers Coach, Unknown Tigers Player, Unknown White Sox Bullpen Coach, Unknown White Sox Player

 Wins vs. Losses

(“Wins vs. Losses” accounts for 16/17 games that I attended in 2014. The Home Run Derby was excluded from “Wins vs. Losses” because the winner of the Derby is an individual player, not a team.)

Home Team Record: (10-6)

Total Score: Visitors – 53 to Home – 75

Average Score: Visitors – 3.5 to Home – 4.68

Average Score when home team…

  • Wins: 2.7 – 6.2
  • Loses: 4.33 – 2.16

Total number of baseballs collected when home team…

  • Wins: 36
  • Loses: 19

Average baseballs/game when the home team…

  • Wins: 3.6
  • Loses: 3.16

Minnesota Twins Record: (9-3)

Total Score: Visitors – 38 to Twins – 62

Average Score: Visitors – 3.17 to Twins – 5.17

Average score when the Twins…

  • Win: 2.67 – 6.33
  • Lose: 4.67 – 1.67

Total number of baseballs collected when the Twins…

  • Win: 34
  • Lose: 19

Average baseballs/game when the Twins…

  • Win: 3.78
  • Lose: 6.3

Attendance Figures

Total Attendance:

  • Target Field (14 Games): 400,553
  • Kauffman Stadium (2 Games): 74,098
  • Wrigley Field (1 Game): 30,541
  • Overall (17 Games): 505,192

Average Attendance:

  • Target Field (14 Games): 28,611
  • Kauffman Stadium (2 Games): 37,049
  • Wrigley Field (1 Game): 30,541
  • Overall (17 Games): 29,717

Total Baseballs by Attendance:

  • 20,000-29,999: 51
  • 30,000-39,999: 2
  • 40,000 – 49,999: 3

Average Baseballs/Game by Attendance:

  • 20,000-29,999: 5
  • 30,000-39,999: 0.4
  • 40,000 – 49,000: 1.5

Temperature

Average attendance by Temperature:

  • 30-39 degrees: N/A
  • 40-49 degrees: N/A
  • 50-59 degrees: N/A
  • 60-69 degrees: 25
  • 70-79 degrees: 30
  • 80-89 degrees: 1
  • 90-99 degrees: 0

Average baseballs/game by Temperature:

  • 30-39 degrees: N/A
  • 40-49 degrees: N/A
  • 50-59 degrees: N/A
  • 60-69 degrees: 3.57
  • 70-79 degrees: 4.29
  • 80-89 degrees: 0.5
  • 90-99 degrees: 0

Autographs

Number of Autographs/Player:

  • At Twins Caravan: 4
  • At TwinsFest: 1
  • At the Ballpark: 40

Aaron Thompson, Alex Meyer, Alex Presley (x2), Anthony Swarzak, Brian Duensing, Caleb Thielbar, Casey Fien, Christopher Acosta, Danny Santana, DiDi Gregorius, Ender Inciarte, Henry Ramos, Javier Guerra, Joe Paterson, Jordan Schafer, Jose Vinicio, Josmil Pinto, Kennys Vargas (x2), Kevin Correia, Kyle Gibson, Lester Oliveros (x2), Logan Darnell, Mark the Beer Guy (x2), Matthew Price, Miguel Sano, Mookie Betts, Paul Molitor (x2), Pedro Florimon, Reed Gragnini, Ryan Pressly, Tony Oliva, Trevor May, Trevor Plouffe, Trey Ball, Unknown Red Sox Player (x2), Vance Worley, Zack Walters (x2), and Zeke Spruill.

Time spent at the Ballpark

Length of a Game:

(This stat only accounts for the official game time. This does not include the time spent at batting practice or after the game. Also, does not include Home Run Derby because I was unable to determine the length of the Derby.)

  • Total Game Time: 51 hours & 16 minutes
  • Average Time/Game: 3 hours & 12 minutes

Means of Transportation:

Vehicles Used:

  • 10 Games: 2006 Chevy Aveo
  • 1 Game:
    • 2014 Chevy Malibu
    • Chevy Cavalier

Parking:

  • 12 Games: Parked somewhere else and rode the light rail to the stadium.
  • 5 Games: Parked in parking garage or parking lot next to Stadium.

So, not bad! I know some of these stats are random and useless, but most of them are relevant. I didn’t add any new types of statistics to this entry since last year but I did filter out some of the pointless stats that were in last years version. This year it was a bit more difficult to put this entry together because I caught less baseballs than last year. Hopefully I’ll catch a few more balls next year so I can add a bit more variety in next year’s stats entry!

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2013 In Review

2013

Because it’s the new year and all, I would like to quickly revisit my 2013 goals and let you know how I did on them.

2013 Goals:

1. Attend 15 MLB games. In 2012 I attended 10 games. I wanted to slightly increase this number, so I chose 15.

  • Yes, I attended 19 MLB games.

2. Attend 1 MLB game outside of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

  • No. Although I attended games in Minnesota and Wisconsin I did not make it to any other states

3. Have an avg. of at least 4.5 baseballs per game. At this rate, I would snag 67.5 baseballs in 15 games in 2013.

  • No. I had an average of 3.84 baseballs per game. I would have, but I chose a few games that were bad for ballhawking. I did not regret going to the games though.

4. Snag 60 baseballs.

  • Yes, I caught 73 baseballs.

5. Snag each type of 2013 commemorative baseball (if there are commemorates in 2013. Please, Astros and Rockies, Please!)

  • No, although I didn’t get the Astros or Rockies commemorative balls (and all the rest that I missed), I did get two opening day baseballs.

6. Have a hit : thrown ball ratio of at least 2:10 . In 2012 my hit : thrown ball ratio was 1:12.7 – I feel there is PLENTY of room for improvement in that area.

  • Yes, in 2013 my hit – thrown ball ratio was 1 – 5.63 .

7. Get 10 autographs at games. I got a few in 2012 without trying very much, so this shouldn’t be too difficult. Hopefully…

  • Yes, I got 16 autographs.

8. Meet many more people from ballhawking and blogging. I have already met some really awesome people, so I hope I will get to meet even more at the ballpark!

  • Yes, I continued to meet many new people through ballhawking and blogging.

9. Finish in the top 3 for the MyGameBalls.com Junior Ballhawk of the Year Award. In the 2012 voting, I took 5th place, and was placed behind Mateo Fischer, “Irish”, Cooks and Sons, and Tom Mikita, respectively.

  • Yes, I took 3rd place behind Grant Edrington and Nick Badders, respectively.

10. Finish in the top 50 in the MLBlogs Latest Leaders. I hope you keep reading my blog!

  • The 2013 yearly leaders entry hasn’t been posted yet. I’ll keep you informed.

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Here is the 2013 Annual Report that WordPress generated for me:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,100 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you all very much for reading this past year. I don’t know where I’ll be at this point next year, but it means a lot to have gotten this far with all your support! I wouldn’t have gotten here without your help.

Also, thank you to everyone who has commented on any of the entries. It’s nice to hear your feedback whether its good or bad.

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2014 Goals:

1. Attend 1 MLB game outside of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri. I’m going to do my best to get to Chicago for Wrigley’s 100 year anniversary.

2. Have an avg. of at least 4.5 baseballs per game. Its possible.

3. Snag each type of 2014 commemorative baseball. I’m hoping to at least get Chicago and Baltimore’s commemoratives.

4. Catch at least 1 Game Home Run. I came very close to catching Carlos Santana’s homerun on 9/28/13.

2014

2013 Blogging Plans

2012 In Review / Thank You Everyone:

I’m going to start off this entry by saying, “HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!” There were many great things in 2012. Whether I was meeting new people, building current friendships, or even just collecting baseballs, it seemed like I was always bringing home ‘a piece of the game’.

There are a lot of links in this entry, so if you are interested in what you’re reading, click the nearest link!

First off, I met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends from blogging and ballhawking.

In January of 2012, I came across a video on YouTube of Zack Hample playing catch with a player at Kauffman Stadium (I remember because I should have been studying for finals). After the video ended, I found some more videos about Zack on the sidebar and eventually found his website. From there, I found a link to his blog, The Baseball Collector . Lo and behold, this was the first I learned about Ballhawking. Zack was the one who got me familiar with ballhawking.

In May of 2012, I came across Mateo Fischer’s blog,Observing Baseball, from reading the comments on one of Zack’s entries. I found one of Mateo’s blog posts from when he first visited Target Field. This was great, because in a few days I would be going to a game at Target Field (5-9-12 @ Target Field – Angels vs. Twins). I commented on Mateo’s blog and we got to talking to each other. Even though Zack got me familiar with ballhawking, Mateo was the person who really “set the trap”. After talking with Mateo, I knew I wanted to ballhawk. In June, when I was thinking about starting a blog, Mateo was the one who really encouraged me to do it. So, Thank you very much Mateo!

I met Shawn B, a.k.a. Ballhawk Shawn, on June 18th at Miller Park. At the time I had no idea who he was, but thought it was cool how he also Ball hawked. It wasn’t for about a month or two after the game that I learned how successful he is at ballhawking. Shawn has over 1000 baseballs and over 20 game home run balls in his MLB collection. In September we followed each other on Twitter, and now we chat sort of frequently. He runs the blog, The Inherent Dangers of Watching Professional Baseball.

In July, I started talking to Chris Hernandez on his blog, The Ballhawker , and pretty soon we knew each other fairly well. About a month ago he sent me a Brewers’ shirt (which I reimbursed him for). It looks pretty cool! Chris lives near New York City, and does most of his ballhawking at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Tony Voda, whom I met in late August, is getting to be a good friend of mine. I met him on Plouffe’s New Hairdo, his blog, on August 27th. I met him in person the next day at a Twins game with Mateo. Tony and I have been to 2 games together in 2012 and hopefully will go to more in 2013.

I haven’t known Nick Badders very long, but I can already say that he is a very cool guy who writes a really great blog called 7000 Coliseum Way . He lives in California and loves to watch and blog about the Oakland A’s. Nick runs his own radio show on blog talk radio. I’ve enjoy listening to it, and have called in to speak with him a few times on the air. It’s a great show, so go check it out on Sunday nights at 8:30 Pacific Time. To find the next broadcast, go to blogtalkradio.com/nickbadders .

After a Twins game on September 28th, I briefly chatted with a kid next to the Tigers dugout, and mentioned him at the end of my blog post for that game. Two days ago, by complete chance, I found him and Twitter. His name is Ben Lacher, and he is a baseball super fan! He and his father are season ticket holders at Target Field. Over the years Ben has gotten to know many baseball players. He also collects baseball cards and autographs. You will be hearing a little more about him in another post in a month or two.

These are just a few of the many people I’ve met in 2012 because of ballhawking and blogging. Honestly, there are too many people to mention in this entry. Thank you to everyone that I’ve met this year for making ballhawking and blogging so enjoyable!!

I would like to thank each and every person who has viewed my blog in the last 6 months! As a blogger, it is nice to see that people are actually reading your blog. Otherwise, there wouldn’t really be a point to blogging if there isn’t an audience. Thankfully, this wasn’t a problem! Thank you for reading!

Ballhawking wise, I think I had a pretty good year! In my first year ballhawking I collected 39 balls in 10 games. If you want to see a statistical break down of my 2012 stats, click here to view my 2012 Ballhawking Review. Yet, I still have a lot of room for improvement… I have many goals for 2013.

Thank you everyone for a great year!

2013 Blogging Plans:

As some of you know, I started this blog for the purpose of writing about my ballhawking experiences at MLB games. I have really enjoyed all my experiences in 2012, and hope to do a lot more ballhawking in 2013. However, I also hope to incorporate something new into A Piece of The Game. I would like to shift the main focus of my blog from ballhawking to interviewing baseball players. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ditching ballhawking by any means. In fact, I hope to get to 15 games during the 2013 season. So you will actually be seeing more posts about ballhawking than last season.

Like I was saying, I would like to shift the main focus to interviewing players. I interviewed 7 players this December alone, and I have a few more interviews lined up. Vote on which interview you want me to post next… hurry up because voting ends on January 3rd.

Facebook:

For the last few months it has been a plan of mine to start a Facebook page for this blog, and yesterday I did! You can find it by clicking here, or by simply searching ” A Piece of The Game” on Facebook.

A Piece of The Game’s One-Year Anniversary:

Mark the date, The one-year anniversary of  ‘A Piece of The Game’ is on June 21st, and I plan to post something specific to that on that special day. I have a few initial ideas for what I want to do with it, but I’m going to wait at least until May to start writing it. Let me know if you have any ideas for that entry!

Blog Icon:

To mark the one year anniversary, I would like to create a blog icon. I would appreciate any help I could get, whether its passing a long an idea that you have, or making it for me! HAHA, anything will help 🙂 If there are numerous choices, I will have you vote on them, like Mateo Fischer did here.

First Ball – Three-Year Anniversary:

July 19th, 2010 was the day on which I got my first MLB baseball. July 19th, 2013 will mark 3 years since my first ball! I also plan to post something specific to that on that special day.

2013 Ballhawking Goals:

1. Attend 15 MLB games. In 2012 I attended 10 games. I wanted to slightly increase this number, so I chose 15.

2. Attend 1 MLB game outside of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

3. Have an avg. of at least 4.5 baseballs per game. At this rate, I would snag 67.5 baseballs in 15 games in 2013.

4. Snag 60 baseballs.

5. Snag each type of 2013 commemorative baseball (if there are commemorates in 2013. Please, Astros and Rockies, Please!)

6. Have a hit : thrown ball ratio of at least 2:10 . In 2012 my hit : thrown ball ratio was 1:12.7 – I feel there is PLENTY of room for improvement in that area.

7. Get 10 autographs at games. I got a few in 2012 without trying very much, so this shouldn’t be too difficult. Hopefully…

8. Meet many more people from ballhawking and blogging. I have already met some really awesome people, so I hope I will get to meet even more at the ballpark!

9. Finish in the top 3 for the MyGameBalls.com Junior Ballhawk of the Year Award. In the 2012 voting, I took 5th place, and was placed behind Mateo Fischer, “Irish”, Cooks and Sons, and Tom Mikita, respectively.

10. Finish in the top 50 in the MLBlogs Latest Leaders. I hope you keep reading my blog!

Closing Words:

Nick badders, Mateo Fischer and I all planned to post a “New Years Day / 2013 goals” entries on New Years Day, and link each other in them. SO, here is the link to Nick’s blog post: http://wp.me/p1AVZv-Xb . Go check that out, I have already read it and it is very good! I recommend reading it.

You can check out Mateo’s New Year’s Day blog post here: http://wp.me/p1wIr6-9dYk . I have also read his, and it too was very good! Both Nick and Mateo have some great goals for 2013!

Thank you, Nick and Mateo, for all your help and for being good friends!

If you see something that is wrong with this entry, or if you see that something is missing, Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! Have a happy New Year!!