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Magic Numbers from last week in MLB


Fun figures from last week in Major League Baseball:


23,517 – average attendance at Nationals Park, home of the NL East leaders, which has a capacity of 41,000. Tough sell with Declaration of Independence and Fonzie’s jacket also in neighborhood.

28 – miles traveled by Bobby Abreu, who switched homes from Angel Stadium to Chavez Ravine this week when the Dodgers signed him. Gained almost as much distance in standings.

10 – no-hitters by the Angels, who picked up their latest Wednesday by Jered Weaver. (I will not bring up the Mets … I will not bring up the Mets … I will not …).

8 – number of playoff appearances (4 different teams) for Johnny Damon, now with the Indians, the surprise leader of the AL Central. Already negotiating for Charlie Sheen role in Major League 4.   

4 – blown saves by Heath Bell, the Marlins’ $27-million closer, in seven chances. Turns out Bell is a worse investment than Miami real estate.   

.316 – batting average of Pablo Sandoval, out six weeks with a broken hamate bone that must be removed from left hand. Did same thing to right hand last season. Good news for 2013: Kung Fu Panda is all out of hamate bones.

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