—Baseball came back in whirlwind fashion this year, no seriously.
The wind and cold played a huge part in opening week.
Cleveland and New York were forced to postpone their opening games due to inclement weather. However, on the bright side John Oliver and his $0.25 Legend Seats in Yankee Stadium have been entertaining; bringing the likes of the Ninja Turtles to the front and center.
Let’s also not forget Bryce Harper’s “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat, stealing headlines as quick as Jose Altuve was stealing bases.
So let’s do 12 cold hard facts to honor the elements.
Here’s 12 things you might have missed to open the 2016 Season
- The Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves are the only teams that still haven’t put a notch in the win column.
- The National League Central is the only division in MLB with ZERO teams below .500.
- Two yes TWO games in the first week were decided because of the new Utley Rule (This rule basically limits how you can slide into second base, similar to the Buster Posey rule about how you can slide into home plate).
- Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story leads the league with 7 home runs.
- Two sluggers are still batting over .500 (Tyler White and Dexter Fowler) and 18 are still holding strong above .400.
- 7 starting pitchers escaped the first week with a 0.00 ERA.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their wallets (more than normal) and signed OF Gregory Polanco to a $35 million extension. This creates a very solid and terrifying outfield for several years to come.
- The average length of games so far this season is over 3 hours.
- Atlanta Braves Pitcher Dan Winkler actually broke his arm while throwing a pitch.
- The San Francisco Giants have scored 43 runs so far this season, in comparison to the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels who have only tallied 12.
- Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies third baseman, hit a homerun that traveled 462.2 feet.
- Arquimedes Caminero of the Pittsburgh Pirates has the fastest recorded pitch of the season, clocked at 101.1.