2009 Season Final Stats

The 2009 season was my breakout year as a ballhawk.  I started to be more aggressive in asking for balls from players, and chasing down batting practice home runs.  In 2008, I was more or less a stationary ballhawk.

My 2008 stats can be found HERE.

On to the 2009 statistical breakdown:

2009 TOTALS:

  • 81 games attended (including ten without batting practice)
  • 6 stadiums 412 balls
  • 5.09 balls per game
  • Most balls at one game: 14
  • Fewest balls at one game: 1
  • 9 games with at least 10 balls
  • 1 game ball (Laynce Nix foul ball)

BALLS BY MONTH:
April — 50
May — 88
June — 86
July — 14 (what?)
August — 99
September — 68
October — 7

APRIL:
Balls: 50
Games: 11
Average: 4.55
Hit/Found: 16
Thrown: 28
Device: 6

MAY:
Balls: 88
Games: 17
Average: 5.18
Hit/Found: 45
Thrown: 31
Device: 12

JUNE:
Balls: 86
Games: 17
Average: 5.06
Hit/Found: 56
Thrown: 16
Device: 14

JULY:
Balls: 14
Games: 4
Average: 3.50
Hit/Found: 8
Thrown: 3
Device: 3

AUGUST:
Balls: 99
Games: 20
Average: 4.95
Hit/Found: 54
Thrown: 21
Device: 24

SEPTEMBER:
Balls: 68
Games: 11
Average: 6.18
Hit/Found: 32
Thrown: 26
Device: 10

OCTOBER:
Balls: 7
Games: 1
Average: 7.00
Hit/Found: 6
Thrown: 1
Device: 0

BALLS BY SOURCE:

Thrown — 126
Hit — 168
Glove trick/Device — 69
Found (aka “Easter eggs”) — 49

BALLS BY PORTION OF THE DAY:
Batting practice/pregame– 390
During games (including thrown balls) — 18
After games — 4

BALLS BY STADIUM:
PNC Park — 286
Progressive Field — 85
Great American Ballpark — 15
Camden Yards — 13
Nationals Park — 11
Citizens Bank Park — 2

PNC PARK:

  • 59 Games Attended
  • 286 Balls
  • 4.85 Balls per Game
  • 20 Hit (2.03 per game)102 Thrown (1.73 per game)
  • 42 Device (0.72 per game)
  • 22 Found (0.37 per game)
  • Game High = 14 balls (shares record with Nick Pelescak)

PROGRESSIVE FIELD:

  • 13 Games Attended
  • 85 Balls
  • 6.54 Balls per Game
  • 26 Hit (2.00 per game)
  • 15 Thrown (1.15 per game)
  • 21 Device (1.62 per game)
  • 23 Found (1.77 per game)
  • Game High = 12 Balls

GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK:

  • 3 games attended
  • 15 balls
  • 5.0 balls per game
  • 9 Hit (3.00 per game)
  • 4 Thrown (1.33 per game)
  • 0 Device (0.00 per game)
  • 2 Found (0.67 per game)
  • Game High = 7 Balls


CAMDEN YARDS:

  • 4 games attended
  • 13 balls
  • 3.25 balls per game
  • 8 Hit (2.00 per game)
  • 3 Thrown (0.75 per game)
  • 1 Device (0.25 per game)
  • 1 Found (0.25 per game)
  • Game High = 6 Balls

NATIONALS PARK:

  • 1 Games Attended
  • 11 Balls
  • 11.0 Balls per Game
  • 4 Hit
  • 2 Thrown
  • 5 Device
  • 0 Found
  • Game High = 11 Balls


CITIZENS BANK PARK:

  • 1 Game Attended
  • 2 Balls
  • 2.0 balls per game
  • 1 Hit
  • 0 Thrown
  • 0 Device
  • 1 Found
  • Game High = 2 Balls

STADIUMS OUTSIDE OF PITTSBURGH:

  • 22 games attended
  • 126 balls
  • 5.73 balls per game

RECORDS:

  • Most balls in one season season: 412
  • Most balls in one season outside of Pittsburgh: 126
  • Most balls at one game: 14
  • Most balls at home stadium in one season (PNC Park): 286
  • Most games in one season with 10 or more balls: 9
  • Most batted balls caught in one game: 12 (6/13/09)
  • Most thrown/toss up balls caught in one game: 9 (4/21/09)
  • Most device balls from one game: 7  (8/11/09)

MILESTONES:
500th Ball of career (Shane Victorino HR)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Snagging first career foul ball off the bat of Laynce Nix
  • Playing catch with the Dodgers’ Ramon Troncoso for several minutes

LIFETIME TOTALS:

  • 578 balls
  • 2 game balls
  • 131 balls outside of Pittsburgh
  • 6 major league stadiums with at least one ball
  • 96 consecutive game streak (active) with at least one ball
  • 156 games attended
  • 3.71 balls per game lifetime average

Anyone care for a graph?

Here’s a chart tracking my struggle to maintain a 5.00 balls per game ratio.  I ended at 5.09 with a strong September, despite floundering in the 4.70-4.80 range for most of the summer.
average.jpgTossing out the two stadiums (Citizens and Nationals) where I only attended one game,
my best stadium was Progressive Field, where I averaged 6.54 balls per game.  Its a safe bet that I’ll be attending more than 13 games there in 2010.

My worst stadium was Camden Yards, where I averaged a meager 3.25 balls per game in 4 games, despite having early entrance tickets.  I’ll try and focus more on Nationals Park in 2010 if planning a trip to the Baltimore/DC area.

At PNC Park, my home stadium, I put up a 4.85 average, which is respectable considering there were 8 non BP days included in the 59 games I attended there.  I began to stay away though when batting practice was threatened, so as not to jeopardize my streak.

That streak now stands at 96 consecutive games with at least one ball.

The streak almost ended on NINE different occasions.  Check out the entries from (click the date below):
May 13th,
May 16th
,
May 17th,
June 29th,
July 19th,
August 19th,
August 23rd,
September 6th, and
September 19th

On each occasion I snagged only one ball. 

On the other side of the coin, there were NINE different games where I snagged at least TEN baseballs.  Comi
ng into 2009, my one game record stood at 7.

I’ll use these stats to come up with my 2010 goals.  I’ll post an entry on that topic as we get a little closer to Spring Training.

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