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Here's Your Worthless Stat O' The Day
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/27/2007 8:45:00 AM
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Wednesday was the first time a team batted first in its own ballpark since 1913. Seattle was the "visiting team" at Safeco Field, and batted first, because the Indians and Mariners were making up a snowed-out game in Cleveland from April. So, in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Indians were the home team, and in the second game, the Mariners were the home team.

This creates a sort-of messy situation with home/road stats. As far as I can tell, the stats were tallied as road stats for Cleveland and home stats for Seattle. Years from now, when some kid is looking at Ichiro Suzuki's stats on the back of his baseball card, he's going to think he's looking at a typo when he sees that for 2007 Ichiro played in 82 home games (assuming, of course, he doesn't take a day off this weekend).


Comments....

What, Giants Stadium wasn't available?

The stat people should let common sense override here and count this as a stat-home game for the Ms, and a stat-road game for the Indians, for the individual players anyway.
Posted by spianow at 9/27/2007 10:06:00 AM
 
Heard someone say that for attendance purposes, the crowd at the first game yesterday was counted as Indians' home attendance. Not sure whether that's true or not...
Posted by iceguy at 9/27/2007 10:38:00 AM
 
Yeah, that is true. And they also got the gate. If I was the Indians, I wouldn't want to miss out on a game's worth of revenue either. Too bad there were only about 10,000 in attendance for Game 1.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/27/2007 12:43:00 PM
 

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