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By the Numbers: Eastern League

Baseball is a game of numbers. These figures can be added, subtracted, divided, multiplied, bent, twisted and turned in any number of ways to tell a story about a player, a team or, in this case, a league. In preparation for the 2008 season, takes a numerical look at the Eastern League.

0 Members of the Trenton Thunder who'd hit for the cycle before Shawn Garrett accomplished the feat on April 28, 2007.
0 Hits allowed by Trenton's Brett Smith in a rain-shortened, five-inning victory over Altoona on July 4, 2007.
2 Innings played at the 2007 Eastern League All-Star Game in Norwich, Conn., before fog forced officials to cancel the festivities.
2 Minor League championships won by new Akron Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh, who guided Mahoning Valley to the 2004 New York-Penn League title and Kinston to the 2006 Carolina League crown.
2 Members of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame who are currently playing in the Major Leagues (Kevin Millar, Edgar Renteria).
2 Baseball Hall of Famers (Robin Yount, Dave Winfield) selected after new Harrisburg Senators manager John Stearns in the 1973 First-Year Player Draft.
3 Consecutive Southern Division titles captured by the Akron Aeros.
3 Cy Young Award winners coached by new New Britain Rock Cats manager Bobby Cuellar (Randy Johnson, 1995; Pedro Martinez 1997; Johan Santana, 2004).
3 Former Portland Sea Dogs who have pitched no-hitters in the Major Leagues (A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez, Clay Buchholz).
3 Players selected before new Bowie Baysox manager Brad Komminsk in the 1979 First-Year Player Draft.
4 Hits allowed by new Erie SeaWolves pitching coach Ray Burris in his first of 10 Major League shutouts.
4 Players before Akron's Jordan Brown (2007), who have been named Eastern League Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season. The others were Vladimir Guerrero (1996), Calvin Pickering (1998), Marlon Byrd (2001) and Ryan Howard (2004).
4 Members of the New Britain Rock Cats' 25th Anniversary team who also won MVP awards in the Major Leagues (Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Justin Morneau, Mo Vaughn).
4 Paws on "Bob the Baseball Dog," a yellow labrador retriever and the Altoona Curve's newest mascot.
4 Consecutive Eastern League championships won by the Harrisburg Senators from 1996-99.
5 Hits allowed by Reading Phillies pitching coach Tom Filer in his only Major League shutout on May 24, 1988 for the Milwaukee Brewers.
5 Reading Phillies mascots: Screwball, Change Up, Bucky, Blooper and Quack.
6 Consecutive seasons the Reading Phillies have led the Eastern League in attendance.
6 Times Binghamton's Brett Harper homered in back-to-back games during the 2007 season.
6 Playoff wins in 2007 by the Trenton Thunder, who captured the first Eastern League championship in franchise history.
6 Consecutive winning seasons by the Altoona Curve, the longest current streak in the Eastern League.
7 Spot in the Top 10 of Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks by New Hampshire's Stadium, as ranked by PETA
7 Consecutive standing-room only crowds drawn by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats between June 15-25, 2007.
7 Seasons the Portland Sea Dogs have drawn more than 400,000 fans.
8 Consecutive strikeouts recorded by Clay Buchholz of the Portland Sea Dogs on May 11, 2007 to break Josh Beckett's team record.
9 Games the Binghamton Mets had postponed in April 2007.
10 Wins by Binghamton Mets pitching coach Ricky Bones during his Major League All-Star season in 1994.
10 Runs scored by the Bowie Baysox in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Binghamton Mets, 11-7, on July 29, 2007.
10 Total bases amassed by Harrisburg's Steve Mortimer, who on Aug. 10, 2007 became the second player in team history to hit for the cycle.
13 Runs scored by the Reading Phillies in the fifth inning of a 21-4 pounding of the New Britain Rock Cats on July 2, 2007.
13 Consecutive seasons the Trenton Thunder have topped 400,000 in attendance, making it the only Double-A team to accomplish the feat.
15 Runs scored by the Connecticut Defenders in the fifth inning of a 21-1 victory at Bowie on Sept. 1.
17 Consecutive batters retired by Bowie's Radhames Liz to complete a no-hitter against Harrisburg on June 1, 2007.
19 Relief appearances by new Altoona Curve pitching coach Brad Holman in his only season in the Major Leagues (1993).
19 Connecticut residents who took their oath of allegiance at home plate on July 4 at New Britain Stadium and became American citizens.
21 Total bases amassed by Portland Sea Dogs teammates Cory Keylor and Chad Spann in an 18-7 romp over the Harrisburg Senators on Aug. 4, 2007. Keylor hit for the cycle, while Spann homered twice and drove in seven runs.
22 Sellout crowds by the New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium in 2007, establishing a franchise record.
29 Years Edson Hadlock Jr. coached baseball at Portland High School. The Sea Dogs' stadium is named after him.
29 Number worn in 2008 by Altoona Curve manager Dave Leiper to commemorate leap year.
29 Saves recorded in 2007 by Matt Peterson of the Altoona Curve and Brian Anderson of the Connecticut Defenders, both of whom set team records.
30 Consecutive seasons Dave "Frenchy" Baum has worked as Reading's public address announcer without missing a game.
37 Height of the "Maine Monster," the left-field fence at Portland's Hadlock Field. The "Green Monster" at Fenway Park also rises to a height of 37 feet.
38 Major League pitching appearances by new Akron Aeros pitching coach Tony Arnold.
42 Years Reading has been affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, matching the third-longest affiliation in the Minor Leagues.
56 Runs driven in by 2007 National League MVP Jimmy Rollins in his only season with Reading in 1999.
60 Extra-base hits amassed in 2007 by David Smith to establish a New Hampshire Fisher Cats single-season record.
71 Home runs hit by new Erie SeaWolves manager Tom Brookens during a 12-year Major League career.
78 Wins in 2007 by the Lansing Lugnuts to set a franchise record under new New Hampshire Fisher Cats manager Gary Cathcart.
97 Runs scored by Clete Thomas in 2007 to set the Erie SeaWolves single-season record.
113 RBIs in 1974 by Bowie Baysox coach Moe Hill when he became the first player in Midwest League history to win the Triple Crown.
132 Major League saves by Connecticut Defenders pitching coach Bob Stanley.
336 At-bats without a home run by Brandon Chaves in 2007, breaking his own Altoona Curve team record.
599 Managerial victories for Trenton's Tony Franklin before the Thunder blanked Connecticut, 2-0, on April 14, 2007.
9,134 Attendance at Trenton's Waterfront Park to see Roger Clemens pitch on May 23, 2007. It was the largest crowd in team history.
13,662 Career National Football League rushing yards for Jerome Bettis, part-owner of the Altoona Curve, who will be throwing out the first pitch at the team's home opener on April 3.
69,000 Bricks used in the construction of Altoona's Blair County Ballpark.
371,710 Fans drawn to Stadium by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2007 to set a franchise attendance record.
999,999 Fans who attended New Hampshire Fisher Cats games before Drew Farris of Andover, Mass., walked through the gates on July 7, 2007.
3,200,000 Cost, in dollars, of renovations to Erie's Jerry Uht Park in 2007 that included the addition of a 40-foot video display and picnic garden.
4,999,999 Fans who attended games at Akron's Canal Park before Terry Reagan of West Akron walked through the turnstiles on July 10, 2007.
Compiled by Daren Smith,