There’s something about baseball that brings a smile to my face, and I know I’m not alone. Maybe it’s that the start of baseball season means that summer is here. Or maybe it’s that smell of freshly cut grass.
Maybe it’s the length of the season and the ability to overcome one absolutely awful game with an impressive win the very next day. It might be the mental game within the physical game, or the differences in managerial styling between the AL and NL. Come to think of it, it’s probably all that and much more.
One thing that has always fascinated me about baseball is the immense amount of statistics that are kept and how useful they are. I know you don’t know who I am, so I should explain that I’m not a whiz-kid mathematician, but I do like the simplicity of finding a number to predict what will happen. To me, that just makes sense.
I was that kid sitting in the 100 level of the SkyDome—it was the SkyDome then—scoring the game for no reason other than I thought it was fun. So, it’s no wonder that when I grew up and started writing, I wanted to write about things like this.
For better or for worse, here are five statistics that may change your mind about some Toronto Blue Jays.