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Ballpark Figures

April 05, 1989
April 05, 1989

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April 5, 1989

Baseball 1989
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Basebal 1989
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Ballpark Figures

What really happens over the course of a season? These panoramas—from the defense's viewpoint below and the offense's on the succeeding two pages—tell the story by using statistics derived from analyzing every major league pitch thrown in 1988

This is an article from the April 5, 1989 issue Original Layout

Research by Albert Kim

FAN TEASER?

Total Attendance in '88 Added Up to the Population of Which Country?

A. COLOMBIA 30,600,000
B. TURKEY 52,900,000
C. UGANDA 16,400,000
D. VIETNAM 65,200,000
E. MEXICO 83,500,000

ANSWER

B. TURKEY
ATTENDANCE WAS 52,998,904

SEPTEMBER 25

BALL 0
STRIKE 0
OUT 0

BEST DAY OF THE SEASON FOR STRIKEOUTS
207 K's

PITCHER'S BEST DAY OF THE WEEK
WEDNESDAY 3.44 ERA

WHO'S THE HEAVY
Average weights in American League

MANAGERS 189lb.
UMPIRES 205lb.

WHO MUFFS MOST?
Errors per 100 chances

CATCHER 1.19
PITCHER 4.23
FIRST BASE 0.83
SECOND BASE 1.91
SHORTSTOP 3.07
THIRD BASE 4.90
RIGHTFIELD 2.38
CENTERFIELD 1.51
LEFTFIELD 2.19

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PITCHER PITCHES

SWINGING 9%
CALLED STRIKE 16%
FOUL 17%
PUT IN PLAY 20%
BALL 38%

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TWO ILLUSTRATIONSJOHN GRIMWADE

HOW THE COUNT AFFECTS PITCHES

COUNT

0-0

3-0

0-2

3-2

BALL

43%

41

49

22

PUT IN PLAY

14%

5

19

35

FOUL

12%

3

17

28

CALLED STRIKE

25%

49

5

4

SWINGING STRIKE

6%

2

10

11

WHAT HAPPENS TO BALLS IN PLAY

OUTCOME

OUT

HIT

OTHER**

GROUND BALL

43%

75%

22%

FLY BALL

25%

80%

20%

LINE DRIVE

20%

71%

29%

POP-UP

9%

93%

7%

BUNT

3%

77%

19%

4%

** Safe on error or fielder's choice. With fly balls, line drives and pop-ups, these ways of reaching base were less than 1%

WHICH TEAMS SCORED MOST PER INNING

AMERICAN

Yankees
135

Tigers
103

Red Sox
121

Mariners
96

Athletics
103

Twins
103

Blue Jays
95

Angeles
101

Blue Jays
87

Athletics
22

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10+

NATIONAL

Pirates
100

Padres
79

Giants/Pirates
81

Dodgers
104

Mets
83

Mets
93

Giants
96

Astros
85

Mets
79

Expos
39

THE TAB

Average salaries on Aug. 31, 1988

AL

NL

P

$441,134

$477,168

C

375,172

999,161

1B

1,082,572

318,929

2B

645,763

521,823

SS

575,870

522,316

3B

742,500

665,830

OF

697,889

749,422

Source: MLB Players Association