Milestones galore through the first nine games today

If you weren’t sure, baseball is definitely back, and the players are crushing it! We already have some notable home runs through today’s first nine games:

  • HEEEEEE’S BAAAAACK:¬†Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore made his major league return, starting in center field in his first regular season game since September 22, 2011. Sizemore went 2-4 in the loss to Baltimore, including his first regular season home run since July 15, 2011 also against the Orioles.
  • GRAND OLD TIME:¬†Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit his 200th career home run in a 14-10 slugfest win over the Rangers. With two out in the second inning, Rollins crushed a grand slam home run off Texas starter Tanner Scheppers to give Philadelphia the 6-0 lead. According to ESPN:

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Opening Night and a preview of today’s games

Last night’s Padres-Dodgers game marked the first day of uninterrupted baseball for the next 106 days until the All Star Break, and Padres outfielder Seth Smith kicked it off with a long, game-tying home run to right field in the eighth inning.

For the fifth time in the last six years, Smith homered within the first 10 games of the season. This was his first Opening Day home run since 2009 with the Colorado Rockies, when he hit a game tying home run against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning. Continue reading

What to look forward to this year at Long Ball Stats

We have entered year two at Long Ball Stats, and I am making some new changes.

  1. New Data: I’m adding several new categories to this year’s spreadsheet. I’ll be tracking pitch speeds, home runs by inning, as well as career milestones.
  2. All Star and Postseason Home Runs: Beginning this year, I’ll be inputting data on home runs hit during the postseason and the All Star Game. Be sure to look for special coverage just before the ASG and the postseason begins.
  3. Weekly and Monthly updates: On top of any posts that are made throughout the week, I will be posting weekly recap/update posts on home runs hit, and I will post an update once a month that includes my full spreadsheet of data.

Hopefully this year will be even better than last year! If you ever want to know a specific fact (Who has hit the most home runs on 2-2 count this year?, Who has hit the most walk off home runs?), send me a tweet at @longballstats

Two games, two home runs: Opening Series 2014

Credit: Major League Baseball

Welcome back baseball! With the Dodgers-Diamondbacks Opening Series doubleheader in Australia, we have our first two home runs of the 2014 regular season.

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