The longest spring training in the history of baseball is over. Teams now erase all the good, bad, and the ugly from the Cactus and Grapefruit League games and begin racking up stats and playing games that actually matter. However, let's not forget the studs of spring...
Average (minimum 60 at bats)- 1. Pablo Sandoval/Giants 37-81 .457, 2. Mark Teahen/Royals and Mark Teixeira 26-60 .433, 3. Jeremy Reed/Mets 27-64 .422.
Hits- 1. Pablo Sandoval/Giants 37, 2. Kendry Morales/Angels 34, 3. Daniel Murphy/Mets 31.
Doubles- 1. Kendry Morales/Angels 11, 2. Raul Ibanez/Phillies 10, 3. Jesus Guzman/Giants, Corey Hart/Brewers, Aaron Hill/Blue Jays, and Albert Pujols/Cardinals 9 a piece.
Triples- Rajai Davis/Athletics, Fred Lewis/Giants, and Xavier Paul/Dodgers 4 a piece.
Homeruns- 1. Ryan Howard/Phillies 10, 2. Craig Monroe/Pirates and Mike Wilson/Mariners 8 a piece.
Runs- 1. Andres Torres/Giants 23, 2. Chris Davis/Rangers and Skip Schumaker/Cardinals 21 a piece.
RBI- 1. Josh Hamilton/Rangers 27, 2. Micah Hoffpauir/Cubs 26, 3. Ryan Howard/Phillies 24.
Walks- 1. Luis Castillo/Mets 17, 2. Ben Zobrist/Rays 16, 3. Eric Bruntlett/Phillies, Coco Crisp/Royals, and Albert Pujols/Cardinals 15 a piece.
Strikeouts- 1. Chris Davis/Rangers 26, 2. Mike Jacobs/Royals and Colby Rasmus/Cardinals 25 a piece.
Stolen Bases- 1. Michael Bourn/Astros 13, 2. Juan Pierre/Dodgers 11, 3. Chone Figgins/Angels, Joey Gathright/Cubs, and Everth Cabrera/Padres 9 a piece.
OPS (minimum 60 at bats)- 1. Mark Teahen 1.360, 2. Mark Teixeira/Yankees 1.285, 3. JJ Hardy/Brewers 1.249.
Wins- Fausto Carmona/Indians, Joba Chamberlain/Yankees, Brandon McCarthy/Rangers, Glen Perkins/Twins, and Randy Wolf/Dodges 4 a piece.
Games- Jeremy Affeldt/Giants, Sean Burnett/Pirates, and Mitch Stetter/Brewers 15 a piece.
Innings- 1. Dave Bush/Brewers 33.2, 2. Roy Halladay/Blue Jays 33, 3. Anibal Sanchez/Marlins 32.2.
Saves- 1. Jason Motte/Cardinals 5 and 2. Jesus Colome/Nationals 4.
Walks- 1. Robinson Tejeda/Royals 17, 2. Justin Verlander/Tigers 16, 3. Kenshin Kawakami/Braves and Donald Veal/Pirates 15 a piece.
Strikeouts- 1. Matt Cain/Giants and Dan Haren/Diamondbacks 34 a piece, 2. Josh Johnson/Marlins 29.
ERA (minimum 15 innings pitched)- 1. Eddie Bonine/Tigers 0.55, 2. Andy Pettitte/Yankees and Brett Tomko/Yankees 1.17, 3. Edinson Volquez/Reds 1.19.
WHIP (minimum 15 innings pitched)- 1. Ricky Nolasco/Marlins 0.67, 2. Paul Maholm/Pirates 0.76, 3. Johan Santana/Mets 0.79.
*The Los Angeles Angels were 26-8 in the Cactus League and the New York Yankees 24-10 in Grapefruit action. On the flip side there's the Houston Astros who finished spring 12-20 (Grapefruit) and San Diego Padres with the MLB worst 10-21 (Cactus).
*Scott Baker/Twins and Kyle Lohse/Cardinals each surrendered 9 homeruns this spring.
*Jarrod Washburn/Mariners allowed 51 hits in 30 innings pitched.
*Carlos Marmol beaned 5 batters in only 10.1 innings pitched.
*Chris Young/Padres had the spring's worst era of any pitcher with 10+ innings pitched, coming in at ghastly 12.96.
*Todd Helton/Rockies didn't make the minimum at bats for the batters' leader board, but he was an impressive 21-40 (.525) with a 1.506 OPS.
*Lou Marson/Phillies had the spring's worst batting average of any batter with with 20+ at bats, coming in at a horrendous .050 going 1-20.
*Matt Kemp/Dodgers was caught stealing 6 times in 9 attempts.
For Your Pleasure:
*The World of Isaac showcases a fantasmic picture of beauty Carmen Electra. Why the f*ck did she ever marry that twat-waffle Dave Navarro?
*Major League Jerk has a list of batters that hit homeruns in their 1st MLB at bat ranked by career homerun totals. This was inspired by Braves rookie Jordan Schafer taking Brett Myers deep on Opening Night.
*Bootlegger Sports has an article about how being unemployed can actually work to a minor league baseball fan's advantage.
*Busted Coverage has coverage (get the play on words there) of Buffalo Bills cheerleader tryouts.
*Sharapova's Thigh features the Pittsburgh Pirates in their latest "Where They Stand" MLB season preview.
*Speaking of the Buccos, if you're interested in reading about what's happening in the world of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, I recommend checking out Bucs Trade Winds and Raise the Jolly Roger.
*No Guts, No Glory takes a journey back in time to look at some of the worst ceremonial pitches of MLB history.
*The Love of Sports gives you 10 reasons to love the ballpark, and by love they mean emotionally not physically you pervert.
*Diamond Hoggers gives a stirring Opening Eve post, too bad my Phils sucked worse than a leech on a Haemophiliac.
*Linked On Sports comes at you with a quality set of reading enjoyment daily.
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