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2013 Ballhawking Season-End Review

Every year I do a statistical recap of my season from a Ballhawking perspective. Here is my version for the 2013 season. As always with these entries, feel free to leave any statistics you think I should include in the comments of the entry. But without further ado, here are the 2013 numbers:

Baseballs (B): 317 (5th on MGB(MyGameBalls.com))

Games (G): 64 (T-7th on MGB)

Balls Per Game (BPG): 4.95 (13th on MGB.)

Double-Digit Games (G10+): 6 (T-5th on MGB)

Game Balls (GB): 2 (T-28th on MGB)

Hit Balls (HB): 77

Hit Balls Per Game (HPG): 1.20

Balls Caught On The Fly (COF): 44

Balls Caught On Fly Per Game (CPG): 0.69

Thrown Balls (TB): 222

Thrown Balls Per Game (TPG): 3.47

Easter Eggs (EE): 8

Easter Eggs Per Game (EPG): 0.13

Cup Trick Balls (CT): 10

Cup Trick Balls Per Game (CtPG): 0.16

Balls During The Game: 12

Balls After The Game: 34

Average Competition Factor (ACF): 141,518 (14th on MGB)

High: 11 (T-11th on MGB)

And here are my 2012 numbers along with my 2013 number and percentage increase or decrease in that statistical category in 2013 in the parentheses:

Baseballs (B): 223 (317; +42.2%)

Games (G): 53 (64; +20.8%)

Balls Per Game (BPG): 4.21 (4.95; +17.6%)

Double-Digit Games (G10+): 1 (6; +500%)

Game Balls (GB): 3 (2; -33%)

Hit Balls (HB): 94 (77; -18.1%)

Hit Balls Per Game (HPG): 1.77 (1.20; -32.2%)

Balls Caught On The Fly (COF): 41 (44; +7.3%)

Balls Caught On Fly Per Game (CPG): 0.77 (0.69; -10.4%)

Thrown Balls (TB): 119 (222; +86.6%)

Thrown Balls Per Game (TPG): 2.25 (3.47; +54.2%)

Easter Eggs (EE): 7 (8; +14.3%)

Easter Eggs Per Game (EPG): 0.13 (0.13; 0%)

Glove Trick Balls (GT): 3 (10; +233.3%)

Glove Trick Balls Per Game (GPG): 0.06 (0.16; +166.7%)

Balls During The Game: 5 (12; +140%)

Balls After The Game: 16 (34; +112.5%)

Average Competition Factor (ACF): 143,718 (141,518; -1.5%)

High: 11 (11; 0%)

Overall Snag Tracker:

2013 Snag Tracker

Stats Broken Down By Month:

April-

B: 44

G: 9

HB: 5

COF: 1

TB: 38

EE: 1

BPG: 4.89

HPG: 0.56

CPG: 0.11

TPG: 4.22

High: 9

ACF: 126,202

May-

B: 45

G: 13

HB: 5

COF: 4

TB: 40

BPG: 3.46

HPG: 0.38

CPG: 0.31

TPG: 3.08

High: 10

ACF: 98,174

June-

B: 42

G: 10

HB: 13

COF: 4

TB: 26

EE: 3

BPG: 4.20

HPG: 1.30

CPG: 0.4

TPG: 2.60

EPG: 0.30

High: 8

ACF: 135,806

July-

B: 19

G: 6

HB: 6

TB: 10

EE: 1

CT: 2

BPG: 3.17

HPG: 1.00

TPG: 1.67

EPG: 0.17

CtPG: 0.33

High:  5

ACF: 97,482

August-

B: 83

G: 14

HB: 23

COF: 7

TB: 51

EE: 1

CT: 8

BPG: 5.93

HPG: 1.64

CPG: 0.50

TPG: 3.64

EPG: 0.07

CtPG: 0.57

High: 11

ACF: 177,782

September-

B: 84

G: 12

HB: 20

COF: 5

TB: 56

EE: 1

BPG: 7.00

HPG: 1.67

CPG: 0.42

TPG: 4.67

EPG: 0.08

High: 11

ACF: 184,181

GB: 2

Balls broken down by Stadium:

Target Field-

B: 146 (1)

G: 24 (1)

HB: 32 (1)

COF: 3 (T-1)

TB: 112 (1)

EE: 2 (T-1)

BPG: 6.08 (2)

HPG: 1.33

CPG: 0.13

TPG: 4.67

High: 11

ACF: 160,774

GB: 2

Snag Trackers:

2013 TF1 2013 TF2

Snag Trackers for just hit baseballs:

2013 TFHB1 2013 TFHB2

Snag Trackers for just thrown baseballs:

2013 TFTB1 2013TFTB2

Nationals Park-

B: 68 (2)

G: 14

HB: 19

COF: 8

TB: 43

EE: 2

CT: 4

BPG: 4.86

HPG: 1.36

CPG: 0.57

TPG: 3.07

High: 11

ACF: 161,217

Snag Trackers for Nationals Park:

2013 NP1 2013 NP2

Snag Trackers for hit baseballs:

2013 NPHB1 2013 NPHB2

Snag Trackers for thrown baseballs:

2013 NPTB1 2013 NPTB2

Oriole Park at Camden Yards-

B: 65 (5)

G: 15

HB: 15

COF: 5

TB: 42

EE: 3

CT: 5

BPG: 4.33

HPG: 1.00

CPG: 0.33

TPG: 2.80

High: 10

ACF: 115,365

Snag Trackers:

2013 OPACY1 2013 OPACY2

Snag Tracker for hit baseballs:

2013 OPACY HB1 2013 OPACY HB2

Thrown baseballs snag tracker:

2013 OPACY TB1 2013 OPACY TB2

New Yankee Stadium-

B: 15 (5)

G: 3

HB: 9

COF: 1

TB: 5

EE: 1

BPG: 5.00

HPG: 3.00

CPG: 0.33

TPG: 1.67

High: 7

ACF: 185,052

Snag Trackers:

2013 NYS1 2013 NYS2

Hit baseball snag trackers:

2013 NYS HB 1 2013 NYS HB2

Throw baseball snag trackers:

2013 NYS TB1 2013 NYS TB2

Citi Field-

B: 14 (T-11)

G: 5

HB: 2

COF: 2

TB: 12

BPG: 2.80

HPG: 0.20

CPG: 0.20

TPG: 2.40

High: 6

ACF: 71,015

Snag Trackers:

2013 CF1 2013 CF2

Hit baseball snag tracker:

2013 HB1 2013 HB2

Thrown baseball snag tracker:

2013 CF TB1 2013 CF TB2

Citizens Bank Park-

B: 5 (T-14)

G: 1

TB: 4

CT: 1

BPG: 5.00

TPG: 4.00

CtPG: 1.00

High: 5

ACF: 205,805

Snag Trackers:

2013 CBP1 2013 CBP2

U.S. Cellular Field-

B: 4 (T-13)

G: 2

TB: 4

BPG: 2.00

TPG: 2.00

High: 3

ACF: 47,519

Snag Trackers:

2013 USC1 2013 USC2

Additionally, let’s take a look at how I did with every ballhawk in 2013 that I attended three or more games with:

Versus Alex Kopp:

2013 Vs Alex Kopp

Versus Chris Hernandez:

2013 Vs Chris Hernandez

Versus Grant Edrington:

2013 Vs Grant Edrington

Versus Garrett Meyer:

2013 Vs Garrett Meyer

Versus Greg Barasch:

2013 Vs Greg Barasch

Versus Tim Anderson:

2013 Vs Tim Anderson

Versus John Lisankie:

2013 Vs John Lisankie

Versus Rick Gold:

2013 Vs Rick Gold

Versus Paul Kom:

2013 Vs Paul Kom

Versus Ben Weil:

2013 Vs Ben Weil

Versus Tony Voda:

2013 Vs Tony Voda

Versus Zack Hample:

2013 Vs Zack Hample

And now, let’s see how I stacked up in terms of my 2013 ballhawking goals:

1. Have multiple double-digit games- Yes. I had six this year.
2. Snag 4 or more game balls- Nope. I only got two, both in the last month of the year.
3. Snag multiple game home run balls- No; I don’t want to talk about it.
4. Snag 100 thrown baseballs, 100 hit balls, 50 on the fly, 10 Easter Eggs, and 5 Glove Trick balls- Nope. I didn’t do that well at all this year in the hit ball department with going to Target Field too much and snagged two too few easter eggs.
5. Give away a third of my baseballs or more- Since I tell everyone that I give away about a third of my baseballs, I figure I should make it a point to actually live up to that figure. I did last year, so I’m hoping to repeat.
6a. Average 4.5 Balls Per Game- Yes
6b. Average 5 Balls Per Game- Just barely not.
7. Go to a new stadium- Nope. Dang it.
8. Go to 50 Games again- Yep. I actually almost got to the 65-game mark.
9. Make it to 100 straight Games with at least 1 Ball- Yes; I’m actually at 126 right now.
10. Do all of this with a new glove- Kind of? I switched gloves often, but this was more out of a desire for variance rather than failure to learn how to use my new glove. I actually really liked making catches with my giant lefty glove.

Weird Observing Baseball Facts and Records

Ah weird numbers: my specialty. So, it was completely natural for me to write this entry. What better to do than find arbitrary statistics about my blog and place meaning in them. Just call me the Tim Kurkjian of the MLBlogs world. (Kurkjian still does the “Kurk-gems” segment, right? I’ve pretty much stopped watching Baseball Tonight in favor of MLB Tonight on MLB Network.) Here goes some of the random numbers.

Words:

First, let’s start off with the big one: number of words total. Over the course of this blog, I have written 225, 518 words. That’s a lot of words. I am astounded by this number personally. With the number of entries I currently have up, that works out to an average of 823 words per entry. However, you’ve got to keep in mind there are certain kinds of entries that are way under and over this average. For example, none of my “Re-view of the Preview” entries even reached this number. I don’t think any of them even surpassed the 600 word plateau. With the average for the thirty of those being 200-300 words, it brings the average way down. If I had to guess, my average ballhawking entry is probably in the 1,400 word range. My longest entry ever is 3,631 words. You can check that out here. It was when I met up with the Cook family in Washington D.C., so I decided to take up Todd Cook’s style of writing for a day and over-document. It wasn’t my longest entry by a mile, though. The next closest entry in terms of words was my informal tour of Citi Field where I covered a lot of ground in general with a guest by the name of Alex also joining in with me. (And for the record: no, he didn’t accompany me on my mini-tour of Citi Field. He entertained himself in the club level while I ran around the stadium for five minutes.) You can check out that entry if you’d like by clicking these words I have typed in this sentence. That entry was 3,344 words long. The least amount of words I have ever written in an entry is 19 words. The reason for it was because the entry itself was pretty much a video entry, so the 19 words were the introduction the video. Click here for the link to that entry. I believe it was my first video filmed with a high-quality camera. And by high-quality, I mean not a webcam. As for the quality of the video…Eh, I made an unsuccessful attempt at a homemade teleprompter that is very obvious when you watch the video.  It’s pretty bad looking bad at it. But hey, cut me some slack; it was my third video ever.

Baseballs given away:

Next fact: The past two years I have snagged 384 baseballs. Of those, I have given 110 of them away. For those who don’t have a calculator, that is 29% of the baseballs I have snagged I have given away. Whenever I talk to people and they ask me the question everyone asks ballhawks: “What do you with all of the baseballs?” I tell them that I give about a third of them away. So that’s pretty accurate, right? In 2011, I gave away 34 of 161 snagged (21%). The most I gave away that year was 4 baseballs in a game. I can’t remember when that was, but to me now, that’s a low “high” number. I think my lack of giving stems from the fact that I was snagging baseballs at a ton of different stadiums for my successful period of ballhawking in July, so I didn’t have to worry about pleasing any ushers for later games. I was planning to give the majority of my baseballs towards the end of the year when I wasn’t as mobile. When this happened, however, I hit an absolute cold streak where I wasn’t snagging more than three baseballs at a game that often at all. As such, I didn’t have that many baseballs to give away. As a result, the middle of the summer remained my peak for giving away baseballs. In 2012, I gave away 76 of 223 baseballs (34%). This was lead by games where I gave away a ton of baseballs. The most I gave out in a game was 7 baseballs ( I snagged 9, I believe that day). However, it was one of three games where I gave away 6 or more baseballs this year.

Pictures:

In my entries I have used a total of 4,545 pictures. That averages out to 16.5 pictures per entry. That’s a lot higher than I would have guessed. Although, I guess the list is top heavy with ballhawking entries bearing the brunt of the load. The most pictures I’ve used in a single entry was the same as the entry where I wrote the most words ever with 80 pictures.

Commemorative Baseballs:

I have snagged 30 commemorative baseballs since I started this blog. I snagged a Citi Field commemorative baseball in 2010, but besides that, all of my commemorative snags have come this past year. My record for snagging commemorative baseballs in one game is 7. This came–I believe–when the Nationals were using nothing but Shea Stadium and Nationals Park commemorative baseballs.

Time Spent On Game:

I have roughly spent 40,882 Minutes on the 85 games I kept track of either the “Time at Game” or “Time Spent On Game” stat for. That’s over 681 Hours I have spent on baseball games. If you don’t know how the stat works, it is the time I spend at the ballpark itself plus the time I spend traveling to and from the ballpark. For the games where I only had the “Time at Game” stat, I added a round amount of hours (usually 2 hours for local games) to the total I had in place to account for transportation time. For those without calculators, the average amount of time I spent on a game was 481 Minutes or just over 8 Hours.

Video:

As of late I have been incorporating videos a little more than before, but I have been using videos in my entries for over a year now. As a result, I have uploaded 6074 seconds of video to YouTube for this blog. Why seconds? Because have you ever tried to add up times when they’re in this format: 6:51+ 4:26? No, because it’s annoying as heck. Also, I do have other YouTube videos out there (I’ll get to some of those in the next entry), but these are the videos made for the purpose of incorporating them into a blog entry. If you’re wondering what that seconds mark translates into in the 0:00 format, though–First of all, get a calculator; I’m sick of doing all of the math for you–it is 101 Minutes 14 Seconds. If you divide that by the number of videos, it is an average of 6:20 per video. However, I should include the caveat that the shortest video I have put on YouTube is 6 six seconds, which kind of throws off the average (and can be found in the entry I’m linking to here). Meanwhile, the longest video is 16 Minutes 2 Seconds. That was the entry where I took apart a baseball a couple weeks ago.

That’s all I have for you for now. Surprisingly–even though it doesn’t appear that way–this entry is over 1,000 words. However, if you have any obscure stats you think of and would like for me to include, leave your suggestions down below in the comments, and if it doesn’t take an eternity to calculate like these almost did, I will calculate it and add a section below that last one right above this paragraph.

I realize I have been off schedule lately, but the holiday/finals time threw a wrinkle in my plans. So, to make it up to you, I plan to have published three new entries (in addition to this one) by/on January, 1, 2013. While it is pretty set in stone what those three will be, you can keep voting on which entries I will write after those in this poll down here. I will include all of the already-used ideas below it as well as the rankings of the remaining categories:

1. Ballhawk Interviews- 33 votes

2. Stadium Profiles- 26 votes

3. Ballhawk Profiles- 33 votes

4. Dissect (a) Baseball(s)- 26 votes

5. Tour Target Field when there’s snow on the ground- 26 votes

6. Weird Observing Baseball Facts and Records- 28 votes

And here are the standings for the remaining poll items as they stand while I type these words:

T1. Observing Baseball Trivia/MLBlogs I Recommend- 28 votes

3. Ballhawking Gear- 27 votes

T4. My Favorite MLB Players/Characters of Observing Baseball- 25 votes

6. Ask a Statistician- 24 votes

T7. Salute to Up-and-coming Blogs/10 Minutes with 2 GMs- 23 votes

9. Instructional Videos- 22 votes

10. My Favorite MLB Teams- 21 votes

T11. Gate Opening Times of MLB Stadiums/Complementary Tickets!- 20 votes

T13. Blast From The Baseball Past/ Battle of the Retreival Devices- 19 votes

15. Reference Guide to Ballhawk Terms- 18 votes

16. Evaluate and Critique Ballhawk Statistics- 16 votes

T17. New Observing Baseball Icon/Look at MLBlogs Themes- 15 votes

19. Format of the Entries- 12 votes

If you’re confused as to what all of these names mean, here is the link to the entry where I explain nearly all of them. And here is the entry where I explain the other two.

Also, you can vote which of the remaining days you’d like to read an entry on. I don’t know, for example if people are more or less likely to read something on Christmas, so here you can tell me that. Unlike the other poll, though, you can only vote for three days and not as many times as you’d like:

227,100 Words Written so far

2011 in review (stats-wise)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2011 Ballhawking Season End Review

Last year, I wrote an entry recapping how my ballhawking stats broke down by different categories. To be fair, I only snagged 56 baseballs so I don’t know why I broke them down so much but here is the second installment of that entry.

The overall numbers are:

Baseballs(B): 161

Games(G): 46

Balls Per Game(BPG): 3.50

Gameballs (GB): 2 (both foul)

Autographs: approximately 7 (mygameballs’s autograph database is being difficult)

Hit Balls(HB): 49 (The thing to work on next year)

Hit Balls Per Game (HPG): 1.07

Thrown Balls(TB): 96

Thrown Balls Per Game (TPG): 2.09

Easter Eggs(EE): 12 (The fact that I live in New York should explain this)

Easter Eggs Per Game (EPG): .26

Glove Trick Balls(GT): 4 (In three games)

Glove Trick Balls Per Game (GPG): 0.09 (I need to be less paranoid about security)

BP balls: 152

Balls During Game: 5 (I don’t sit by the dugouts much)

Balls After Game: 4 (The majority of these are bullpen balls)

Average Competition Factor (ACF): 98,609

High: 10

Balls Broken down by month:

April-

B: 19

G:8

HB: 5

HF: 2

TB: 14

BPG: 2.38

HPG: .63

FPG: .222222222222222

TPG: 1.75

High: 5

ACF: 80,292

May-

B: 3

G: 2 (This is where my dad’s condition was getting worse so I didn’t attend many games at all)

TB: 3

BPG: 1.5

TPG: 1.5

High: 2

ACF: 48,211

June:

B:16

G: 4

HB: 9

HF: 5

TB: 7

BPG: 4.0

HPG: 2.25

FPG: 1.25

TPG: 1.75

High: 6

ACF: 107,343

July-

B: 83

G: 14

HB: 25

HF: 12

TB: 47

EE: 9

GT: 2

BPG: 5.93

HPG: 1.79

FPG: .86

TPG: 3.36

EPG: .64

GPG: .14

High: 10

ACF: 152, 552

GB: 1

August- (I’d rather forget it but I’ll include it in the interest of fairness)

B: 24

G: 14

HB: 6

HF: 1

TB: 16

GT: 2

BPG: 1.71

HPG: .43

TPG: 1.14

GPG: .14

High: 5

ACF: 45,374

GB: 1

September-

B: 15

G: 4

HB: 4

HF: 1

TB: 8

EE: 3

BPG: 3.75

HPG: 1

FPG: .25

TPG: 2

EPG: .75

High: 6

ACF: 121,314

October-

B: 1

G: 1

TB: 1

TPG: 1

ACF: 50,940

Balls Broken down by Stadium

Yankee Stadium-

B: 10

G: 5

HB: 3

HF: 1

TB: 7

GT: HA!!

BPG: 2

HPG: .6

TPG: 1.4

High: 5

ACF: 83,416

Citi Field-

B: 31

G: 13

HB: 7

HF: 2

TB: 24

EE: Who am I kidding?

BPG: 2.38

HPG: .54

FPG: .15

TPG: 1.85

High: 6

ACF: 68,578

GB: 1

Nationals Park- I’m actually going to not count the one freak game where the gates didn’t open until 6:40 because of the earthquake.

B: 58

G: 11

HB: 17

HF: 8

TB: 37

EE: 4

BPG: 5.27272727

HPG: 1.54545454

FPG: .727272727

TPG: 3.36363636

High: 10

ACF: 148,698.3636

AT&T Park-

B: 2

G: 1

HB: 1

HF: 1

TB: 1

BPG: 2

HPG: 1

FPG: 1

TPG: 1

High: 2

ACF: 83,380

Tropicana Field-

B: 5

G:1

HB: 2

HF: 2

TB: 3

BPG: 5

HPG: 2

FPG: 2

TPG: 3

High: 5

ACF: 119,485

Turner Field-

B: 15

G: 3

HB: 5

HF: 4

TB: 8

GT: 2

BPG: 5

HPG: 1.66666

FPG: 1.33333

TPG: 2.66666

GPG: .666666

High: 7

ACF: 137,269.6666

GB: 1

Sun Life Stadium (Name as of October, 22, 2011)-

B: 15

G: 3

HB: 2

TB: 8

EE: 5

BPG: 5

HPG: .66666

TPG: 2.66666

EPG: 1.66666

High: 5

ACF: 92,086.6666

Oriole Park at Camden Yards-

B: 17

G: 3

HB: 10

HF: 2

TB: 4

EE: 3

BPG: 5.66666

HPG: 3.33333

FPG: .666666

EPG: 1

High: 8

ACF: 124,037.666

Target Field-

B: 2

G: 2

TB: 2

TPG: 2

ACF: 39,974

Miller Park (Like Nationals Park, I won’t count the freak game where I wasn’t present for batting practice because the game was moved up)-

B: 4

G: 1

TB: 2

GT: 2

BPG: 4

TPG: 2

GPG: 2

High: 4

ACF: 167,280

U.S. Cellular-

B: 2

G: 1

HB: 1

TB: 1

BPG: 2

HPG: 1

TPG: 1

High: 2

ACF: 59,400

I think this is all, but if anyone writes a comment suggesting more stats, I will almost certainly include them. Also, there are some stats that didn’t include, a link to my “mygameballs.com account” can be found to the right of this paragraph as the third link in the “Sites related to ballhawking” widget.  Once there, you can browse through my baseballs in a variety of different ways. For example, you can see where I catch most of my baseballs in the seats at a specific ballpark. So at Citi Field, most of my baseballs would probably be in LF because I spend most of my time there in B.P. This is just one of the things you can see there. It is actually scary how much time you can consume just looking a the different stats in the site.

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