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What is ‘My Favorite Baseball Game’ Ever Attended?: A New Method To Historically Score As A Ballpark Fan

 

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By Josh Robbins (Special Guest Writer And Co – Creator for The Factor12 Rating Pitching Metric.)

The Factor 12 (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers on 60ft6in.com.

 “Bill James has a pitcher stat called game score. So, I renamed my stat, “My Favorite Game.”

What is My Favorite Game?

Baseball fans often rekindle memories of their favorite games using anecdotal stories.  The accounts are often muddled by faint and inaccurate details lost over time.

My Favorite Game is intended to provide an unbiased statistical analysis using a points-based system to properly assign a value to every MLB game attended.

Here’s the breakdown of each event:

Lots of baseball fans keep score at games while attending.  As such, have a lot of information about the teams, dates, ballparks and special occurrences they may have witnessed live.  Giving a unique way to look at the totals gives you some historical significance of how unique certain games have been

Lots of baseball fans keep score at games while attending. As such, have a lot of information about the teams, dates, ballparks and special occurrences they may have witnessed live. Giving a unique way to look at the totals gives you some historical significance of how unique certain games have been

Start with 9 points (GAME OF 9): 9 innings/9 players

Add .10 for each HR
Add .30 for each Grand Slam
Add .10 for each extra IP
Add .15 for each walk-off win
Add .60 for each walk-off HR
Add .20 for each CG/.50 SHO
Add .30 for each SP 10+K game
Subtract .20 pts for each SP(s) failing to pitch 5 IP
Add 1pts Cycle
Add 2pts No-Hitter
Add 3pts Perfect Game
Add 4pts 4-HR game
Add 5pts Unassisted Triple Play
Add 3pts 300W/4000K/500HR/3000H/MLB First
Add 3pts MLB Historical First
Add 1 pt 2000H/300HR/400HR/MLB Record Tied
Add 1pt 3-HR game/10+RBI game
Add 4 pts WS Clincher/2 WSG
Add 2 pts LCS Clincher/1 LCSG
Add 1 pt LDS Clincher/.5 LDSG
Add .25 pt ASG/WBC
Add 1 pt for each team scoring 20 runs
Add .1 pt for each lead change (LC)
Subtract .1 pt for each game deciding run (ex .1*2 if 2 run game)

Example

Utilizing My Favorite Game, let’s test out the method using my highest scoring regular season game.  The New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics on August 25, 2011.  In general, a 22 – 9 game should not provide any drama but this game had everything.

7 HR (multiply by .1)

3 Grand Slams (multiply by .3)

Both SP failed to throw 5 IP (multiply by .2)

Historic Milestone (3pts=3 GS first time ever by one team)

Add 1 pt (20+ runs scored)

3 lead changes (multiply by .1)

Subtract 13-run deficit (multiply by .1)

13.20 represent the highest total of the 265 MLB games attended in my life.  With all the home runs, historic grand slams, and lead changes provided this 22-9 game with more drama than most blowouts of this magnitude.

The next time you attend an MLB game, review the box score and figure out exactly what you witnessed.

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BallPark Viewing History For Josh Robbins

STADIUM GAMES VISITOR GAMES YEAR GAMES PCT
1 Yankee Stadium 48 Yankees 19 2008 43 16.23%
2 Dodgers Stadium 40 Red Sox 14 2003 22 8.30%
3 Angels Stadium 23 Mets 14 2006 19 7.17%
4 Chase Field 21 Cubs 12 2005 19 7.17%
5 Shea Stadium 13 Dbacks 11 1996 18 6.79%
6 Petco Park 12 Cardinals 11 2011 15 5.66%
7 Camden Yards 11 Pirates 10 2013 14 5.28%
8 Nationals Park 9 Braves 10 2009 13 4.91%
9 Miller Park 7 A’s 10 2007 13 4.91%
10 Qualcomm Stadium 7 Phillies 10 2010 12 4.53%
11 Wrigley Field 7 Tigers 10 2001 12 4.53%
12 Coors Field 5 Nationals/Expos 10 1998 12 4.53%
13 US Cellular Field 5 Twins 9 2000 9 3.40%
14 Kauffman Stadium 4 Rockies 9 2012 8 3.02%
15 Oakland Coliseum 4 Rangers 9 1995 7 2.64%
16 PNC Park 4 Giants 8 2002 6 2.26%
17 Progressive Field 4 Reds 7 2004 5 1.89%
18 Fenway Park 4 Brewers 7 1999 4 1.51%
19 Yankee Stadium II 4 Astros 7 1994 4 1.51%
20 Citizens Bank Park 3 WBC 7 1997 3 1.13%
21 Olympic Stadium 3 Royals 6 2014 2 0.75%
22 Veterans Stadium 3 Mariners 6 1993 1 0.38%
23 County Stadium 2 Angels 6 1989 1 0.38%
24 Metrodome 2 White Sox 6 1987 1 0.38%
25 Minutemaid Park 2 Dodgers 6 1986 1 0.38%
26 Safeco Field 2 Rays 5 1983 1 0.38%
27 Citi Field 1 Padres 5 1992 0
28 AT&T Park 1 Marlins 5 1991 0
29 Busch Stadium II 1 Indians 5 1990 0
30 Busch Stadium III 1 Orioles 5 1988 0
31 Cinergy Field 1 Blue Jays 4 1985 0
32 Comerica Park 1 ASG 2 1984 0
33 Great American Ball Park 1 265
34 LA Coliseum 1
35 Rangers Ballpark 1
36 RFK Stadium 1
37 Rogers Centre 1
38 Sun Life Stadium 1
39 Three Rivers Stadium 1
40 Tiger Stadium 1
41 Tropicana Field 1
42 Turner Field 1
STADIUM YEAR HOME VISITOR EX INN W-OFF W-OFFPLY
Chase Field 2014 Dbacks Nationals
Chase Field 2014 Dbacks Mets
Yankee Stadium II 2013 Yankees White Sox
Petco Park 2013 Padres Yankees
Nationals Park 2013 Nationals Dbacks YES
Nationals Park 2013 Nationals Dbacks
Fenway Park 2013 Red Sox Tigers
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks Orioles YES YES 1B
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks Nationals
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks Dodgers
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks Dodgers YES
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks Phillies
Chase Field 2013 Dbacks WBC
Camden Yards 2013 Orioles Yankees
Camden Yards 2013 Orioles Yankees
Camden Yards 2013 Orioles Indians
Nationals Park 2012 Nationals Yankees
Nationals Park 2012 Nationals Yankees YES
Nationals Park 2012 Nationals Yankees
Nationals Park 2012 Nationals Rays
Dodgers Stadium 2012 Dodgers Nationals YES YES HR
Chase Field 2012 Dbacks Nationals
Chase Field 2012 Dbacks Dodgers
Camden Yards 2012 Orioles Pirates
Yankee Stadium II 2011 Yankees A’s
Yankee Stadium II 2011 Yankees A’s YES
Progressive Field 2011 Indians Mariners YES HR
Progressive Field 2011 Indians Mariners
PNC Park 2011 Pirates Brewers
PNC Park 2011 Pirates Brewers
Nationals Park 2011 Nationals Phillies YES YES HBP
Nationals Park 2011 Nationals Phillies
Dodgers Stadium 2011 Dodgers Astros
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks Nationals
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks Mets
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks Giants
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks Giants
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks Cardinals
Chase Field 2011 Dbacks ASG
Yankee Stadium II 2010 Yankees Red Sox
Petco Park 2010 Padres Cardinals YES YES HR
Petco Park 2010 Padres Rockies
Dodgers Stadium 2010 Dodgers Yankees
Dodgers Stadium 2010 Dodgers Giants
Dodgers Stadium 2010 Dodgers Angels
Citizens Bank Park 2010 Phillies Mets
Citi Field 2010 Mets Rockies
Camden Yards 2010 Orioles Angels YES 1B
Camden Yards 2010 Orioles White Sox
Angels Stadium 2010 Angels A’s YES YES 1B
Angels Stadium 2010 Angels Twins
LA Coliseum 2009 Dodgers EXH
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers Pirates YES YES HR
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers Cardinals YES 1B
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers WBC YES
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers WBC
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers WBC
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers Padres
Dodgers Stadium 2009 Dodgers Cubs
Angels Stadium 2009 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2009 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2009 Angels Tigers
Angels Stadium 2009 Angels Rays
Angels Stadium 2009 Angels Mariners YES
Yankee Stadium 2008 Yankees Rays YES YES 1B
Wrigley Field 2008 Cubs Giants
US Cellular Field 2008 White Sox Cubs
Turner Field 2008 Braves Phillies
Tropicana Field 2008 Rays Red Sox
Sun Life Stadium 2008 Marlins Nationals
Safeco Field 2008 Mariners Marlins
Rogers Centre 2008 Blue Jays Reds YES
Rangers Ballpark 2008 Rangers Phillies
Progressive Field 2008 Indians Giants
PNC Park 2008 Pirates Astros
Petco Park 2008 Padres Tigers
Petco Park 2008 Padres Brewers
Oakland Coliseum 2008 A’s Marlins YES YES 1B
Nationals Park 2008 Nationals Dbacks YES
Minutemaid Park 2008 Astros Dodgers
Miller Park 2008 Brewers Reds
Miller Park 2008 Brewers Reds
Metrodome 2008 Twins Brewers
Kauffman Stadium 2008 Royals Rockies
Great American Ball Park 2008 Reds Nationals YES SF
Fenway Park 2008 Red Sox Twins
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Phillies YES 1B
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Rockies
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Rockies
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Reds
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Padres
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Mets
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Indians YES
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Dbacks
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Cubs
Coors Field 2008 Rockies Mets
Comerica Park 2008 Tigers Cardinals
Citizens Bank Park 2008 Phillies Cardinals
Citi Field 2008 Mets Giants
Chase Field 2008 Dbacks A’s
Camden Yards 2008 Orioles Rangers
Busch Stadium III 2008 Cardinals Cubs
AT&T Park 2008 Giants Tigers
Angels Stadium 2008 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2008 Angels Twins YES
Dodgers Stadium 2008 Dodgers Phillies
Angels Stadium 2008 Angels Mets YES
Yankee Stadium 2007 Yankees A’s
Petco Park 2007 Padres Dodgers YES
Fenway Park 2007 Red Sox Rangers
Dodgers Stadium 2007 Dodgers Mets
Dodgers Stadium 2007 Dodgers Giants
Dodgers Stadium 2007 Dodgers Astros
Dodgers Stadium 2007 Dodgers Angels
Citizens Bank Park 2007 Phillies Mets
Chase Field 2007 Dbacks Mets
Camden Yards 2007 Orioles Yankees
Angels Stadium 2007 Angels Astros YES 3B
Angels Stadium 2007 Angels Rangers YES YES 1B
Angels Stadium 2007 Angels Red Sox
Petco Park 2006 Padres WBC
Petco Park 2006 Padres WBC
Petco Park 2006 Padres Pirates
Petco Park 2006 Padres Mets
Petco Park 2006 Padres Cubs
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Rockies
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Reds
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Pirates
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Marlins
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Cubs
Dodgers Stadium 2006 Dodgers Angels
Chase Field 2006 Dbacks Mets
Chase Field 2006 Dbacks Mets
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels White Sox
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels WBC
Angels Stadium 2006 Angels A’s
Yankee Stadium 2005 Yankees Tigers
Wrigley Field 2005 Cubs Reds
Wrigley Field 2005 Cubs Cardinals
RFK Stadium 2005 Nationals Braves
Petco Park 2005 Padres Astros
Oakland Coliseum 2005 A’s Yankees
Oakland Coliseum 2005 A’s Yankees
Kauffman Stadium 2005 Royals Indians
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Pirates
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Padres
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Nationals
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Marlins
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Dbacks
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Brewers
Dodgers Stadium 2005 Dodgers Astros
Camden Yards 2005 Orioles Tigers
Angels Stadium 2005 Angels Yankees
Angels Stadium 2005 Angels Twins
Angels Stadium 2005 Angels Rangers
Yankee Stadium 2004 Yankees Rays
US Cellular Field 2004 White Sox Twins YES
Miller Park 2004 Brewers Cubs
Dodgers Stadium 2004 Dodgers Cardinals
Coors Field 2004 Rockies Dbacks
Yankee Stadium 2003 Yankees Red Sox
Wrigley Field 2003 Cubs Pirates
Wrigley Field 2003 Cubs Mets
Wrigley Field 2003 Cubs Mets
US Cellular Field 2003 White Sox Royals
Shea Stadium 2003 Mets Cubs
Shea Stadium 2003 Mets Cubs
Qualcomm Stadium 2003 Padres Rockies
Qualcomm Stadium 2003 Padres Rockies
Olympic Stadium 2003 Expos Padres YES YES HR
Oakland Coliseum 2003 A’s Red Sox
Miller Park 2003 Brewers Dbacks
Miller Park 2003 Brewers Braves
Miller Park 2003 Brewers Braves
Kauffman Stadium 2003 Royals Tigers
Coors Field 2003 Rockies Dbacks
Coors Field 2003 Rockies Dbacks
Coors Field 2003 Rockies Dbacks
Chase Field 2003 Dbacks Cardinals
Busch Stadium II 2003 Cardinals Astros
Angels Stadium 2003 Angels Rangers
Yankee Stadium 2003 Yankees Cardinals
Yankee Stadium 2002 Yankees Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 2002 Yankees Angels
US Cellular Field 2002 White Sox Mariners
Olympic Stadium 2002 Expos Marlins
Minutemaid Park 2002 Astros Brewers
Camden Yards 2002 Orioles Blue Jays
Yankee Stadium 2001 Yankees A’s
Wrigley Field 2001 Cubs Expos
Veterans Stadium 2001 Phillies Braves
US Cellular Field 2001 White Sox Tigers YES
Safeco Field 2001 Mariners ASG
Progressive Field 2001 Indians White Sox
PNC Park 2001 Pirates Cardinals
Olympic Stadium 2001 Expos Phillies
Miller Park 2001 Brewers Reds
Kauffman Stadium 2001 Royals Red Sox
Cinergy Field 2001 Reds Dbacks
Camden Yards 2001 Orioles Rays
Yankee Stadium 2000 Yankees Orioles YES HR
Yankee Stadium 2000 Yankees White Sox
Yankee Stadium 2000 Yankees Royals
Yankee Stadium 2000 Yankees Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 2000 Yankees Red Sox
Veterans Stadium 2000 Phillies Pirates
Three Rivers Stadium 2000 Pirates Cubs
Shea Stadium 2000 Mets Giants YES YES HR
Fenway Park 2000 Red Sox Braves
Yankee Stadium 1999 Yankees Blue Jays YES YES 1B
Yankee Stadium 1999 Yankees Tigers
Yankee Stadium 1999 Yankees Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 1999 Yankees Rangers
Yankee Stadium 1998 Yankees Phillies YES YES 1B
Yankee Stadium 1998 Yankees Braves
Tigers Stadium 1998 Tigers Twins
Shea Stadium 1998 Mets Pirates YES YES 1B
Qualcomm Stadium 1998 Padres Yankees
Qualcomm Stadium 1998 Padres Yankees
Qualcomm Stadium 1998 Padres Braves
Qualcomm Stadium 1998 Padres Braves
Qualcomm Stadium 1998 Padres Braves
Metrodome 1998 Twins Indians
County Stadium 1998 Brewers Cubs YES E7
County Stadium 1998 Brewers Cubs
Yankee Stadium 1997 Yankees A’s YES
Veterans Stadium 1997 Yankees Phillies
Shea Stadium 1997 Mets Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Rangers YES YES E5
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees White Sox YES
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Twins
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Royals
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Royals
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Orioles
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Mariners
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Blue Jays
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees A’s
Yankee Stadium 1996 Yankees Rangers
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Pirates YES YES HR
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Rockies
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Pirates
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Padres
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Expos
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Cardinals
Shea Stadium 1996 Mets Braves
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Red Sox
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Rangers
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Orioles
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Mariners
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Indians
Yankee Stadium 1995 Yankees Blue Jays
Shea Stadium 1995 Mets Dodgers
Yankee Stadium 1994 Yankees Twins
Yankee Stadium 1994 Yankees Royals
Yankee Stadium 1994 Yankees Orioles YES
Yankee Stadium 1994 Yankees Brewers
Yankee Stadium 1993 Yankees Tigers YES 1B
Yankee Stadium 1989 Yankees Twins
Yankee Stadium 1987 Yankees Angels
Yankee Stadium 1986 Yankees A’s
Yankee Stadium 1983 Yankees Royals

In 2008, I completed the journey to every MLB stadium in 26 days utilizing only land travel.  Thanks to the help from eight different friends and family members who shared the 14,212 miles of driving.

Here’s the schedule breakdown of Thirty26:

#

Date

Stadium

Win

Lose

1

16-Jun

Safeco Field

Marlins 6

Mariners 1

2

17-Jun

AT&T Park

Tigers 5

Giants 1

3

18-Jun

Angels Stadium

Mets 5

Angels 4

4

19-Jun

Chase Field

Dbacks 2

A’s 1

5

20-Jun

McAfee Coliseum

A’s 7

Marlins 6

6

21-Jun

Dodger Stadium

Indians 7

Dodgers 2

7

21-Jun

Petco Park

Tigers 7

Padres 5

8

22-Jun

Coors Field

Mets 3

Rockies 1

9

23-Jun

Kauffman Stadium

Royals 8

Rockies 4

10

24-Jun

Comerica Park

Cardinals 8

Tigers 4

11

25-Jun

Rogers Centre

Reds 6

Blue Jays 5

12

26-Jun

Progressive Field

Indians 4

Giants 1

13

27-Jun

U.S. Cellular Field

Sox 10

Cubs 3

14

28-Jun

Metrodome

Brewers 5

Twins 1

15

29-Jun

Ballpark in Arlington

Rangers 5

Phillies 1

16

30-Jun

Minute Maid Park

Astros 4

Dodgers 1

17

1-Jul

Tropicana Field

Rays 3

Red Sox 1

18

2-Jul

Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 4

Nationals 2

19

3-Jul

Turner Field

Phillies 4

Braves 1

20

4-Jul

Busch Stadium

Cubs 2

Cardinals 1

21

5-Jul

Great American BP

Reds 3

Nationals 2

22

6-Jul

Camden Yards

Rangers 11

Orioles 10

23

7-Jul

PNC Park

Pirates 10

Astros 7

24

8-Jul

Fenway Park

Red Sox 6

Twins 5

25

9-Jul

Yankee Stadium

Yankees 2

Rays 1

26

9-Jul

Shea Stadium

Mets 5

Giants 0

27

10-Jul

Citizens Bank Park

Phillies 4

Cardinals 1

28

10-Jul

Nationals Park

Dbacks 7

Nationals 5

29

11-Jul

Wrigley Field

Cubs 3

Giants 1

30

11-Jul

Miller Park

Reds 6

Brewers 5

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

My journey included 4 doubleheader attempts (LAA - SD), (NYY - NYM). (PHI - WSH) and (CHC - MIL) to conclude my 30 park journey in 26 days.  Ironically again, Chuck Booth was in attendance for his 1st 30 park tour for that very doubleheader attempt at Wrigley Field and Miller Park.

A huge thanks goes out to our Guest Writer/Land Record Holder Of Fastest 30 MLB Parks Ever (2008) – Josh Robbins.

Josh is a Video-Journalist and Baseball Historian living in Gilbert, Arizona.  In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach. 

From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all 30 MLB stadiums in a world record 26 days by car.  Please email Josh at robbinsjosh@hotmail.com or visit 60ft6in.com for more information about the Factor12 Rating.***

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