Statistics 101: Kings of Cork 2012 HR Derby

Between throwing hammers at frustrating home improvement projects and trying to help Google solve JavaScript issues (I thought it was difficult to get a job at Google, but it appears their help and support staff aren’t the best at resolving issues), this 2012 Home Run Derby statistics post is well past due.

First thing’s first… Thank you to all of you. If it weren’t for the Kings of Cork participants, I wouldn’t have this site or the ability to organize such an event as the Home Run Derby. So again, Thanks!

Second… Another round of Thanks. You guys did it again. We have a record number of participants this year at 76 teams (20 more than last season) which will lead to more prizes in 2012. I rarely inform anyone of the competition other than making sure the regulars remember to fill out the yearly registration form. So the expansion of the friendly competition is all due to you guys (and gals) and your big mouths. Next year we might top 100!

Next, I need to apologize for the standings. They still auto-update but, no thanks to the wonderful support team at Google, players statistics may be a bit behind at times. It could be 15-20 minutes behind or an entire day. Hopefully I have this issue fixed soon, so bare with me.

Lastly, on to the much desired statistics of the 2012 Kings of Cork Home Run Derby:

  • 364 – The number of home runs all of the Kings of Cork teams have hit in the first week of baseball. That’s an average of 4.7 HR per team. The Commish’s team falls below this average…
  • 173 – The number of home runs hit in the MLB in the first week of baseball. That’s 1 less than last season’s first week of baseball
  • 83 – The number of different MLB players selected from the list provided on the registration form.
  • 76 – The number of registered teams. Up 20 from last year but we actually gained over 25 new members.
  • 46 – The number of teams who picked Albert Pujols(24) or Jose Bautista(22) in group A. Fielder was close at 14 picks. Ryan Howard and Mark Reynolds were the only players not selected in Group A.
  • 24 – The number of teams who believed Justin Upton was in the wrong group. Upton is tied with Pujols as the most selected player (impressive since there were more selections in Group C).
  • 23 – The current position of the 2011 Home Run Derby Champ: What’s $5 Bucks?
  • 22 – The age of Eric Hosmer, the most selected player in Group E at 12. No other player in Group E had double digit selections.
  • 17 – The number of teams who picked the most popular player in Group B, Matt Kemp. Second belongs to Curtis Granderson at 13. Surprising statistics from Group B: Only 1 team selected Lonogoria (PUJOLS GOES LONGoria) and 2 selected Tulo (Rick ‘Vlade Divac’ Smits and Smack That Pitch Up!).
  • 11 – The number of teams who thinks Jacoby Ellsbury’s 32 home run power is legit. No other player in Group D had double digit selections.
  • 10 – The number of states we are spread across (that I know of): California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin. This thing isn’t local anymore!
  • 8 – The number of players that were write-in selections in Group E. Twelve teams selected the 8 players who were: Goldschmidt(3), Lawrie(3), Yadier Molina(1), Ike Davis(1), Freese(1), Moustakas(1), Rayburn(1), and Chris Davis(1).
  • 7 – The number of days it took the last team to record a home run: Mr. Cub. Thank you Alex Gordon.
  • 3 – The number of days it took the first team to record a home run from every single player on their team: Sneaky Pete.
  • 0 – The number of duplicate teams out of the 76 entries and the number of home runs Pujols has hit so far.

Remember to check back frequently for new, entertaining, baseball related stories. And the standings are officially posted here.

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