It’s Time To ‘Play Ball’!!!!

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: March 31, 2008
MLBNEW YORK — Here are some numbers that you should be aware of as the 2008 baseball season begins in earnest this week.

7:Home runs needed by Ken Griffey Jr. to become the sixth player to reach 600.

10:Home runs needed by Manny Ramirez to become the 24th player to 500.

13:Major-league ballparks offering all-you-can-eat sections.

15:Wins needed by the Cubs to join the Giants as the only franchises to win 10,000 games.

15:Consecutive losing seasons for the Pirates.

16:Record consecutive losing seasons by the Philadelphia Phillies from 1933-48.

16:Wins needed by Randy Johnson for 300.

22:Appearances needed by Mike Stanton to join Jesse Orosco as the only players to pitch in 1,200 games. Note: Stanton was released by Cincinnati during Spring Training.

24:Years since a season opened without Roger Clemens and/or Barry Bonds.

25:Strikeouts needed by John Smoltz to become the 16th pitcher to whiff 3,000.

25.40:Average price of a major-league ticket.

9-2:Odds given the Red Sox to defend their World Series title.

50:Years in Los Angeles for the Dodgers. Is there some sort of karma at work that they open their golden season with a boy from Brooklyn, Joe Torre, making his debut as manager?

56:Strikeouts needed by Randy Johnson, left, to pass Roger Clemens (4,672) for No. 2 on the all-time list.

90:Years since the Red Sox previously won two World Series titles in four years. They won three in four from 1915-1918.

150-1:Odds given the Pirates to win the World Series

.630:Winning percentage of the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium, which will close at the end of the season.

388:Consecutive sellouts for the World Series champion Red Sox at Fenway Park.

762:Number home run ball of Barry Bonds — likely his last — that went up for auction Monday

1923:The year Yankee Stadium opened, with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer in a 4-1 win vs. Boston.

3,000,000:Expected average salary in the majors for the first time.