America’s Past-time is ripe for analysis. It is arguably the most statistically driven sport there is, and the way the game has evolved over the decades and even the century is pretty fascinating.
BestTickets.com just released their Unofficial 2014 MLB Players Census and its chalk full of interesting numbers.
Not surprisingly, there are more pitchers (369) than any other position. There are just 15 designated hitters (Thanks to the American League), a gap of 354. Furthermore, there are 219 relief pitchers in the game today, a staggering rise from the days of yester-year, when pitchers regularly pitched without any kind of pitch-count and often took the hill every 2-3 days, no questions asked.
Today, the work-horse starting pitcher is a relic of a time gone by, and baseball has been fragmented into a series of specialists. Would love to have seen a MLB census from 1924. (more…)