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2,007: Fans who showed up to see Brian Wilson and his signature beard make his first rehab appearance this week for Rancho Cucamonga, the Class A affiliate for the Dodgers. The turnout was double what the Quakes usually expect for a home game. Wilson needed only eight pitches, striking out one.
630: Career home runs by Ken Griffey Jr., who was inducted this weekend into the Mariners Hall of...Read more »
303 - Times a player has hit for the cycle since Curry Foley of the National League's Buffalo Bisons did it for the first time in 1882. The Astros' Brandon Barnes became the latest Friday to join a club that is nearly as exclusive as throwing a no-hitter, a feat that has been done 281 times since 1876.
40 - Years of the designated hitter in the American League, and Bud Selig repeated this...Read more »
$125,000 - Expected top bid for Warren Spahn's 1957 Cy Young award, which will be among 800 items of memorabilia put up for auction by the late Spahn's 65-year-old son, Greg. Spahn won 20 or more games 13 times, a National League record that is unlikely to fall in the foreseeable future.
1,690 - Career hits as a DH for David Ortiz, who passed Harold Baines this week for the top spot. Ortiz...Read more »
.905 - OPS at Rangers Ballpark for Manny Ramirez, who signed this past week after leaving Taiwan. Of the 18 stadiums where Ramirez has at least 20 at-bats, that’s his third-lowest OPS. Comerica Park is at the bottom (.784). Ramirez has a career .996 OPS in 19 seasons.
42 - Days between starts for Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in last month's draft, who made his pro debut Friday for Tri-City,...Read more »
1,623 - RBIs for Chipper Jones, the career leader among third basemen who had his number retired Friday by the Braves at Turner Field. Former President Jimmy Carter was even in attendance. As perfect a night it was for Jones, hard to believe the Braves were nice enough to not schedule the Mets for that particular homestand.
$500M - Anticipated cost of Wrigley Field renovation, part of which...Read more »
4,170: Mike Mussina's salary as the new head coach of the varsity basketball team at his alma mater, Montoursville Area High. Mussina wrapped his H.S. hoops career with 1,382 points and then went on to earn $140 million in the majors.
1,297: Number of home runs Japan’s NPB teams are on pace to hit this season, well above last year's total of 881. The shocking frequency has commissioner Ryozo...Read more »