Attack of the stats

This is crazy — in an awesome way. Several days ago, I received a random email from a guy named Joe whom I’ve met at a couple of games. The subject was:

Your career snagging stats…in a different way

His email went as follows:

Zack,

I’ve attached a word document that highlights your career snagging stats, broken down by every single calendar day during the regular season.

For example, on September 1st, you have snagged 24 baseballs on 4 separate days, for an average of 6.00 baseballs on September 1st.

On September 2nd, you have snagged 22 baseballs on 2 separate days, for an average of 11.00 baseballs on September 2nd.

Etc…

I hope you enjoy.

Joe

The email contained an attachment called “Letter to Zack Hample.” Here’s what it said:

Zack,

I was looking over your yearly stats, as I do mine, and decided to break your stats down by the calendar day.  The breakdown is from 1993 through 2011, a total of 19 seasons.  I only used dates of April 1 through September 30, thereby excluding the less frequent March and October regular season games.  In addition, I did not include All-Star Games or Home Run Derbies .

This breakdown is for regular season games only, from April 1 through September 30.

APRIL…you have snagged 840 baseballs during April games.  You have averaged 28.000 baseballs per calendar day in April.  On April 15th, you have snagged a total of 59 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in April.  You have snagged baseballs on 8 separate April 15ths, for an average of 7.38 baseballs on April 15th.  On April 1st, you have snagged a total of 3 baseball, your lowest single calendar day total in April.  You have snagged baseballs on 1 single April 1st, for an average of 3.00 baseballs on April 1st.  On April 26th, you have snagged a total of 54 baseballs.  You have snagged baseballs on 5 separate April 26ths, for an average of 10.80 baseballs on April 26, your highest average per calendar day in April.  April 1st is your lowest calendar day average for snagging baseballs.  You have averaged 3.00 baseballs snagged on April 1st.

MAY…you have snagged 1135 baseballs during May games.  You have averaged 36.613 baseballs per calendar day in May.  On May 30th , you have snagged a total of 58 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in May.  You have snagged baseballs on 8 separate May 30ths, for an average of 7.25 baseballs on May 30th.  On May 4th, you have snagged a total of 9 baseball, your lowest single calendar day total in May.  You have snagged baseballs on 2 separate May 4ths, for an average of 4.50 baseballs on May 4th.  On May 18th, you have snagged a total of 37 baseballs.  You have snagged baseballs on 4 separate May 18ths, for an average of 9.25 baseballs on May 18, your highest average per calendar day in May.  May 8th and May 15th are your lowest calendar days averages for snagging baseballs.  You have averaged 4.00 baseballs snagged on May 8th and May 15th ( On May 8th… 28 total baseballs snagged on 7 separate years = 4.00 baseballs snagged per May 8th .  On May 15th … 20 total baseballs snagged on 5 separate years = 4.00 baseballs snagged per May 15th ).

JUNE…you have snagged 897 baseballs during June games.  You have averaged 29.900 baseballs per calendar day in June.  On June 18th , you have snagged a total of 79 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in June.  You have snagged baseballs on 8 separate June 18ths, for an average of 9.88 baseballs on June 18th.  On June 12th, you have snagged a total of 7 baseball, your lowest single calendar day total in June.  You have snagged baseballs on 2 separate June 12ths, for an average of 3.50 baseballs on June 12th.  June 18th is also your highest average per calendar day in June.  June 6th and June 12th are your lowest calendar days averages for snagging baseballs.  You have averaged 3.50 baseballs snagged on June 6th and June 12th

JULY…you have snagged 730 baseballs during July games.  You have averaged 23.548 baseballs per calendar day in July.  On July 5th , you have snagged a total of 43 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in July.  You have snagged baseballs on 6 separate July 5ths, for an average of 7.17 baseballs on July 5th.  On July 10th, July 28th and July 31st you have snagged a total of 3 baseballs each day, your lowest single calendar days total in July.  You have snagged baseballs on one July 10th , one July 28th and one July 31st , for an average of 3.00 baseballs on those days, your lowest calendar days averages for snagging baseballs.  On July 21st , you have snagged a total of 33 baseballs.  You have snagged baseballs on 3 separate July 21sts, for an average of 11.00 baseballs on July 21, your highest average per calendar day in July.

AUGUST…you have snagged 813 baseballs during August games.  You have averaged 26.226 baseballs per calendar day in August.  On August 17th , you have snagged a total of 51 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in August.  You have snagged baseballs on 4 separate August 17ths, for an average of 12.75 baseballs on August 17th.  On August 28th, you have snagged a total of 5 baseballs, your lowest single calendar day total in August.  You have snagged baseballs on one August 28th, for an average of 5.00 baseballs on August 17th.  August 17th is also your highest average per calendar day in August.  August 14th is your lowest calendar day average for snagging baseballs.  You have averaged 2.33 baseballs snagged on August 14th , snagging 7 baseballs on 3 separate August 14ths.

SEPTEMBER…you have snagged 1058 baseballs during September games.  You have averaged 35.267 baseballs per calendar day in September.  On September 14th , you have snagged a total of 114 baseballs, your highest single calendar day total in September.  You have snagged baseballs on 8 separate September 14ths, for an average of 14.25 baseballs on September 14th.  In addition, September 14th is also your highest average per calendar day average for snagging baseballs.  On September 3rd , you have snagged a total of 12 baseballs, your lowest single calendar day total in September.   September 25th is your lowest calendar day average for snagging baseballs.  You have averaged 5.20 baseballs snagged on September 25th , snagging 26 baseballs on 5 separate September 28ths.

Whew.

Anyway, I just wanted your head to explode with more meaningless (except to people like us) stats, just in time for that “feeling in the air” sense we all get as the calendar gets closer to Opening Day.

Feel free to question, critique or write.

Joe Maloney …. Howell, NJ

This was my reply:

Wow, this is pretty insane/awesome. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I love it.

I’m not sure if I want to share this on my blog, but I’m thinking about it. Would it be okay with you? And if so, would you want me to mention your name and link to anything?
 
Again . . . not sure if I want to post it for sure, but just want to consider my options.
 
Wow again.
And thanks again.
 
Hot damn.
 
-Zack

Joe wrote back and said:

Zack,
 
First, thank you for the kind words.  You have always been very giving of your time to myself (at various games) and to others.  These are your stats, so I hope you can use them any way you wish.  That is why I keep “bothering” you with emails…I didn’t want to post anything under Comments.
 
Second, these stats are very accurate, except on days when you attended 2 separate games…not sure if I lumped it into one game (I probably did, because it was in the same year) or two.  This would only affect your daily average.
 
Most notable to me and why I do the same thing for my stats, is to see trends in my/our ballhawking.  I would have expected larger numbers from you in April and lesser numbers in May.  Moreover, June, July and August are summer vacation months and are fairly consistent.  September is my favorite month…fan attendance drops for non-playoff teams, and your numbers are great. 
 
Just at a glance…
 
15 days of 50+ balls….3 in April, 4 in May, 2 in June, 0 in July, 1 in August and 5 in September
14 days of 9 or less balls…3 in April, 1 in May, 1 in June, 6 in July (4 of which would not have been affected by the All-Star break), 3in August and 0 in September.
 
I’m sure I will see you in Baltimore this season, and thank you again for your advice for getting my wife’s book published…you recommended hiring a literary agent.
 
Joe Maloney

The email above had another attachment, which contained even more stats. Check it out below, and since the columns got a bit screwy when I copied and pasted, let me explain how it works. The first entry indicates that on April 1st, I’ve snagged a lifetime total of three balls in only one game for an average of 3.00 balls per game. If you skip down a few lines to April 6th, you can see (according to Joe) that I’ve snagged 41 total baseballs in five games for an average of 8.20 balls per game — and I’ve snagged two “game balls.” Like I said, this is crazy and awesome . . .

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls
April 1 3 1 3.00

April 2 6 1 6.00

April 3 22 3 7.33

April 4 17 4 4.25

April 5 15 2 7.50

April 6 41 5 8.20 2

April 7 36 4 9.00 1

April 8 14 2 7.00

April 9 28 6 4.67 1

April 10 31 2 15.50

April 11 20 4 5.00 1

April 12 13 3 4.33 1

April 13 5 1 5.00 1

April 14 36 4 9.00 1

April 15 59 8 7.38

April 16 33 6 5.50 4

April 17 18 3 6.00

April 18 40 7 5.71 1

April 19 28 3 9.33 1

April 20 10 3 3.33

April 21 28 4 7.00 1

April 22 38 6 6.33 4

April 23 51 6 8.50 3

April 24 32 4 8.00

April 25 24 5 4.80

April 26 54 5 10.80 3

April 27 40 4 10.00 1

April 28 37 4 9.25 1

April 29 34 5 6.80

April 30 27 6 4.50 1

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

May 1 40 6 6.67 1

May 2 39 6 6.50

May 3 49 6 8.17 1

May 4 9 2 4.50

May 5 21 4 5.25

May 6 43 7 6.14 2

May 7 53 9 5.89 1

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

May 8 28 7 4.00

May 9 47 9 5.22 1

May 10 47 7 6.71 4

May 11 37 6 6.17

May 12 45 6 7.50 4

May 13 46 7 6.57 2

May 14 42 7 6.00

May 15 20 5 4.00

May 16 37 7 5.29 1

May 17 32 4 8.00

May 18 37 4 9.25 2

May 19 30 5 6.00 2

May 20 33 6 5.50

May 21 38 8 4.75 1

May 22 23 5 4.60 1

May 23 40 7 5.71 2

May 24 30 6 5.00

May 25 30 5 6.00

May 26 16 3 5.33

May 27 24 4 6.00 1

May 28 56 7 8.00

May 29 34 7 4.86 2

May 30 58 8 7.25 2

May 31 51 7 7.29 2

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

June 1 16 3 5.33

June 2 20 3 6.67 1

June 3 40 7 5.71 3

June 4 14 3 4.67

June 5 26 5 5.20 1

June 6 14 4 3.50 1

June 7 29 7 4.14 1

June 8 37 6 6.17 1

June 9 30 6 5.00 2

June 10 40 7 5.71 1

June 11 40 7 5.71 3

June 12 7 2 3.50 1

June 13 30 5 6.00

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

June 14 37 4 9.25 1

June 15 34 4 8.50

June 16 39 5 7.80

June 17 22 2 11.00

June 18 79 8 9.88

June 19 63 11 5.73 3

June 20 33 6 5.50

June 21 44 6 7.33

June 22 27 5 5.40 1

June 23 26 5 5.20

June 24 23 4 5.75 3

June 25 18 3 6.00

June 26 25 3 8.33

June 27 19 4 4.75

June 28 29 5 5.80 1

June 29 12 3 4.00

June 30 24 5 4.80

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

July 1 42 7 6.00

July 2 33 6 5.50 1

July 3 12 3 4.00

July 4 8 2 4.00

July 5 43 6 7.17 1

July 6 13 2 6.50

July 7 17 3 5.67

July 8 19 4 4.75 1

July 9 9 2 4.50

July 10 3 1 3.00

July 11 27 3 9.00

July 12 11 2 5.50

July 13 11 2 5.50 1

July 14 23 4 5.75

July 15 35 5 7.00 1

July 16 37 5 7.40

July 17 40 6 6.67 1

July 18 35 6 5.83 1

July 19 17 3 5.67 1

July 20 40 7 5.71

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

July 21 33 3 11.00

July 22 33 4 8.25 1

July 23 32 5 6.40 1

July 24 25 5 5.00 1

July 25 30 5 6.00

July 26 20 3 6.67

July 27 40 4 10.00

July 28 3 1 3.00 1

July 29 28 5 5.60 2

July 30 8 1 8.00

July 31 3 1 3.00

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

August 1 27 5 5.40

August 2 27 4 6.75 1

August 3 30 4 7.50 1

August 4 25 3 8.33

August 5 39 5 7.80 1

August 6 47 6 7.83 1

August 7 28 3 9.33 1

August 8 37 6 7.40 3

August 9 10 2 5.00

August 10 26 4 6.50

August 11 46 5 9.20 3

August 12 18 4 4.50 1

August 13 22 4 5.50

August 14 7 3 2.33

August 15 15 4 3.75

August 16 33 5 6.60 1

August 17 51 4 12.75

August 18 24 3 8.00

August 19 14 2 7.00

August 20 18 3 6.00

August 21 6 1 6.00

August 22 25 4 6.25

August 23 29 5 5.80 2

August 24 17 5 3.40

August 25 32 6 5.33 1

August 26 14 4 3.50

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

August 27 19 3 6.33

August 28 5 1 5.00 1

August 29 46 5 9.20 3

August 30 30 4 7.50 1

August 31 46 5 9.20 3

Date Total Baseballs Games Average Game Balls

September 1 24 4 6.00 2

September 2 22 2 11.00 2

September 3 12 1 12.00 1

September 4 18 2 9.00 2

September 5 21 4 5.25

September 6 29 3 9.67

September 7 18 2 9.00 1

September 8 46 5 9.20 2

September 9 15 2 7.50

September 10 51 6 8.50 2

September 11 27 3 9.00 2

September 12 28 4 7.00

September 13 38 4 9.50 1

September 14 114 8 14.25 1

September 15 60 5 12.00 2

September 16 38 4 9.50 1

September 17 52 5 10.40 1

September 18 39 6 6.50

September 19 37 4 9.25 1

September 20 37 5 7.40 1

September 21 24 4 6.00

September 22 28 4 7.00

September 23 29 3 9.50

September 24 38 6 6.33 1

September 25 26 5 5.20 1

September 26 30 4 7.50

September 27 28 3 9.33 1

September 28 39 5 7.80 2

September 29 52 6 8.67 2

September 30 38 4 9.50 1

12 Comments

Wow. That’s a lot of words…

This is mind-boggling to me in most senses of the word. First the kindness of Joe to put this all together. I’m not sure if I would even do this for myself if I had to go through so many numbers, much less for another person. Secondly, the fact that you have been to games for so long that this is even worth it. I was prompted by this to look at my own stats and there is ONE day of the year where I have snagged a ball thrice and that is August 24th. Yes I am really just starting out, but it is amazing that a person is able to maintain passion for anything for such an extended period of time. Thirdly, it made me think TGFMGB. Who could have ever imagined this being possible to do anything of this nature before Mygameballs. I know there were ballhawks like yourself and Greg that kept your stats nice and tidy, but I could literally go out and do such analysis on dozens of people and more. Maybe I stand alone in this field, but to me at least, it’s just that: mind-boggling.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

Heres something quick that just popped into my mind… you have 181 balls to snag untill you get to 6,000… and 27 games untill you reach 1000 total games attended. If you snag 6-7 balls at those games, you will snag your 6000th ball at your 1000th game… just a thought

That post gave me a headache.

I hope you’re all taking notes. There’s a test tomorrow.

That was confusing to me…… but it was cool and awesome!
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

NICK BADDERS-
Interesting observation, but I’m not terribly excited about it because I don’t know the exact number of games that I’ve attended. The ball total is 100% precise, but the game total is an estimation.

MATEO-
Thanks so much. I always appreciate your opinions/comments. Don’t forget that there are other ballhawks who are *not* on MyGameBalls.com — guys who’ve put up some incredible numbers. Keep at it. In a few years, you’ll have some crazy stats of your own to slice-n-dice.

LEIGH B.-
I’m terribly sorry to hear that.

GEORGE-
Haha. Nice.

QUINN-
Yeah, it’s a bit tough to follow, but if you give it a few minutes, it’ll probably start to make better sense.

Like Leigh, I too got a headache from that post!
It’s a good thing that neither Zack or Joe are OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE!!
Things that make you go ……. hhhmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Pretty cool that your highest single day baseball total (as far as I could tell) is on your birthday. Tim and I have a combined zero baseballs on our (off-season) birthdays. Kellan leads the family with 2 baseballs on his (first) birthday.
-Todd

Okay, I guess I will then.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

Wow Joe you need a girlfriend! Haha. Or a hobby other than creating useless stats for Zack!

MLBALLHAWK-
When people accuse me of being OCD, I tell them, “I’m O and C, but there’s no D involved.”

COOK & SON BATS-
You guys need to check out some winter ball in the D.R. Start snagging on your birthdays!

QUINN-
Cool.

RICKY-
Maybe Ricky *has* a girlfriend who’s a gorgeous statistician. Or maybe Ricky doesn’t want a girlfriend (for whatever reason). You seriously have no idea about people’s personal lives, and it’s not cool to make assumptions.

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