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60 numbers to know about the 2020 MLB season

The Rays have a whopping six off days this season. Six. And that's just one of many quirky or notable numbers related to this abbreviated season.
By the time this season kicks off, it will have been 266 days since the end of the World Series, the longest stretch in MLB history without a game.
By the time this season kicks off, it will have been 266 days since the end of the World Series, the longest stretch in MLB history without a game. [ ERIC GAY | Associated Press (2019) ]
Published Jul. 17, 2020

In a 60-game season unlike any other, here are 60 numbers that touch on schedules, rosters, stats and history.

2.7: Value of each game as compared to a single game in a normal season (162 divided by 60).

$22.68 million: Approximate loss of salary by Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole this season. Cole was due to make $36 million but will end up around $13.32 million.

502: Plate appearances to qualify for the batting title in a 162-game season. Under the same standards, it will take 186 plate appearances in 2020.

The Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones connects for a double in a 2008 game against the Colorado Rockies.
The Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones connects for a double in a 2008 game against the Colorado Rockies. [ JOHN BAZEMORE | Associated Press ]

6: Players in the past 50 years to have hit above .400 during the first 60 games of a season, based on research by Ryan Spaeder. The last was Chipper Jones who hit .408 in 2008.

60.8: Percentage of times at least one run scores when an inning begins with a man on second and no outs. Extra-inning games will automatically start with a runner on second in 2020.

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266: Days since the end of the World Series and the 2020 season opener. It’s the longest stretch in MLB history without a game.

30: Percent of Rays games against teams that won 90 or more in 2019. Pretty rough.

48: Percent of Orioles games against teams that won 90 or more in 2019. Ridiculously rough.

In this July 5 photo, the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey carries his bats during a baseball practice. Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
In this July 5 photo, the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey carries his bats during a baseball practice. Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. [ JEFF CHIU | Associated Press ]

73: Games the Giant’s Buster Posey will average the past three seasons, after missing more than 100 games with injuries in 2018-19 and skipping 2020 due to the pandemic.

.375: Fred McGriff’s batting average from mid-April to mid-June in 2001, the best 60-game stretch at any point in a season in Tampa Bay history.

10,939: Air miles scheduled to travel by the Rays this season. That’s the sixth-most in baseball based on research by MLB’s Daren Willman.

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7: Baseball America prospect ranking for Nate Pearson of Bishop McLaughlin High in Pasco County. Pearson should soon be a fixture in Toronto’s rotation.

104: Games the Rays had played by July 24 last season.

.063: Batting average for Rays pitchers in interleague play in 2019. They will be replaced by the designated hitter in all 60 games this season.

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is seen before the start of Game 3 in the National League Division Series last October.
Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is seen before the start of Game 3 in the National League Division Series last October. [ JEFF ROBERSON | Associated Press (2019) ]
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29: Victories needed by Angels manager Joe Maddon to catch Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog on the all-time manager’s list at 1,281.

28: Days for the Rays to play the entire 10-game season series against the Yankees beginning Aug. 6.

33.1: Percentage of Tampa Bay’s home runs from 2019 that are no longer around, with the departures of Tommy Pham, Avisail Garcia and Travis d’Arnaud, among others.

Related: How the Rays built their present bright future

63: Length, in days, of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941. This season will span 66 days.

39: Victories in the first 60 games of the 2010 season for the Rays. It’s the best 60-game start in team history and was the best record in MLB at that point in 2010.

6: Off days for the Rays this season.

The Texas Rangers play an intrasquad game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on July 10.
The Texas Rangers play an intrasquad game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on July 10. [ TONY GUTIERREZ | Associated Press ]

0: Presumably, the paid attendance for the first regular-season game at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington when the Rangers play the Rockies on July 24.

39: Years since the last Yankees-Dodgers World Series. The franchises have met 11 times in the Fall Classic, the most of any matchup in MLB history.

$1.26 million: Dollars saved by the Rays this year for Evan Longoria’s salary. The Rays agreed to pay $14.5 million of the $88 million owed to Longoria when he was traded to San Francisco.

.450: Winning percentage of the Nationals through the first 60 games of last season before going on to win the World Series.

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75: Years since the last time MLB cancelled the All-Star Game. The 1945 game was not played due to World War II.

37: Games the Twins have against teams with losing records from 2019. If you’re math challenged, that means the Twins only have 23 games against winning teams.

1: Week away, on opening day, from the one-year anniversary of the trade that brought Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards from the Marlins.

Ji-Man Choi  celebrates his game-winning solo walk-off home run as the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in the 12th inning at Tropicana Field on Sept. 24.
Ji-Man Choi celebrates his game-winning solo walk-off home run as the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in the 12th inning at Tropicana Field on Sept. 24. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

10: Home runs needed by Ji-Man Choi to catch Jung Ho Kang for second-most (46) by a Korean-born player in MLB. Shin Soo Choo holds the record with 213.

33: Percentage of interleague games for every team this season. In a 162-game season, the percentage of interleague games is only 12.

11: RBIs needed by Albert Pujols to tie Alex Rodriguez for second (2,086) on the all-time list behind Henry Aaron (2,297).

.457: Ichiro Suzuki’s batting average for the Mariners during a 60-game span in 2004.

43: Games started by an opener for the Rays last season. That was down from 56 in 2018. The Rays also used an opener only three times in their past 31 games, including the postseason.

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16: Consecutive postseason games lost by the Twins, dating to 2004. The Yankees, who swept Minnesota last season in the ALDS, have been responsible for 13 of the losses.

8: Rays players among Baseball America’s top 100 prospects, including No. 1 Wander Franco. It’s the second year in a row that Tampa Bay has led the BA prospects list.

58: Players who tested positive for coronavirus upon reporting to summer camp.

13: Players who tested positive for coronavirus in the first week during camp.

$59.99: Cost, in dollars, for MLB.TV season ticket package for every game in the shortened season.

Umpire Joe West is seen during a spring training baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 10 in Lakeland.
Umpire Joe West is seen during a spring training baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 10 in Lakeland. [ CARLOS OSORIO | Associated Press ]

65: Games away from setting the all-time umpiring record for Joe West. The coronavirus means West will not pass Bill Klem’s record of 5,375 until 2021.

5: Of the six division winners in 2019 who were also leading at the 60-game mark. Milwaukee was leading the NL Central but was eventually passed by St. Louis. Atlanta and Philadelphia were tied atop the NL East, and the Braves went on to win the division.

0.95: Pedro Martinez’s ERA in the first 60 games of 2000 while going 9-2. One of his losses was 1-0 against Steve Trachsel and the Devil Rays.

Related: Rays fans prepare, with caution, for shortened season

102: Less regrets for Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard and Luis Severino? All three pitchers had Tommy John surgery earlier this year, which meant missing the entire 2020 season. But with 102 games cancelled by the pandemic, the surgery’s timing doesn’t hurt quite so bad.

27: Home runs it would take in 60 games to match the same pace Barry Bonds set while hitting 73 in 2001.

1918: World War I wiped out 18 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

1919: World War I wiped out 9 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

1972: Labor strife wiped out 4 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

With the words draped over a fence behind him to provide for any sing-alongs, Patrick Michael Simpson of Baltimore sings his baseball version of "Heartbreak Hotel" while attending an anti-strike rally at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore on June 17, 1981.
With the words draped over a fence behind him to provide for any sing-alongs, Patrick Michael Simpson of Baltimore sings his baseball version of "Heartbreak Hotel" while attending an anti-strike rally at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore on June 17, 1981. [ JOE GIZA | Associated Press ]

1981: Labor strife wiped out 34 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

1994: Labor strife wiped out 30 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule and the World Series.

1995: Labor strife wiped out 11 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

2020: The coronavirus wiped out 63 percent of the Major League Baseball schedule.

.349: Austin Meadows’ batting average thru the first 60 games of 2019, a Tampa Bay record.

22: Home runs by Jose Canseco thru the first 60 games of 1999, a Tampa Bay record.

55: RBIs by Evan Longoria thru the first 60 games of 2009, a Tampa Bay record.

9: Victories by David Price thru the first 60 games of 2010, a Tampa Bay record.

1.84: ERA by Chris Archer thru the first 60 games of 2015, a Tampa Bay record.

Austin Meadows celebrates his solo home run in the ninth inning as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch a playoff spot on Sept. 27, 2019 in Toronto.
Austin Meadows celebrates his solo home run in the ninth inning as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch a playoff spot on Sept. 27, 2019 in Toronto. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

12.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on home runs Austin Meadows will hit this season.

12.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on home runs Hunter Renfroe will hit this season.

7.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on home runs Ji-Man Choi will hit this season.

2.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on wins for Tyler Glasnow this season.

4.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on wins for Blake Snell this season.

4.5: Over/under from betonline.ag on wins for Charlie Morton this season.

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