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By the Numbers: Midwest 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, MiLB.com takes a numerical look at the Midwest League.

0 Games not played while volunteers rebuilt Burlington's Community Field in 1973.
0 Class A teams that drew more fans in 2007 than the Dayton Dragons (585,348).
0 No-hitters thrown by the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field before James Russell, Chris Siegfried, Matt Maradeo and Jose Ceda combined on one against Beloit on Aug. 25, 2007.
0 Grounds crews ranked higher by the Midwest League than Matt McQuaid and the Great Lakes Loons.
1 Blown saves -- in 29 chances -- in 2007 by Rob Delaney on his way to breaking the Beloit Snappers' single-season saves record.
1 Remaining charter members of the Midwest League (Clinton LumberKings).
1 Hits allowed by South Bend's Cesar Valdez in a 1-0 blanking of Beloit on July 28, 2007.
2 World Series rings won by Dayton Dragons pitching coach Doug Bair.
2 Three-run homers hit by Logan Parker in Dayton's 11-run fourth inning against Cedar Rapids on July 17, 2007.
2 Hits in his first two Major League at-bats by new Quad Cities River Bandits manager Steve Dillard.
3 One-hitters pitched in the Major Leagues by new Great Lakes Loons pitching coach Danny Darwin.
4 Playoff appearances by the Clinton LumberKings in five years as an affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
4 Major League complete games pitched by Kane County Cougars pitching coach Don Schulze.
4 Months served as governor of Indiana by South Bend Silver Hawks president Joe Kernan.
5 Midwest League championships won by the West Michigan Whitecaps in their 14-year history.
5 Consecutive postseason appearances by the South Bend Silver Hawks.
5 Members of the Peoria Chiefs' 25th Anniversary Team who have won a World Series (Joe Girardi, Mark Grace, Greg Maddux, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols).
6.33 Average number of former Kane County Cougars who have reached the Major Leagues each year since 1993.
8 Major League home runs hit by new Cedar Rapids Kernels hitting coach Damon Mashore.
8 Runs driven in by Jeramy Laster of the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 15-4 rout of the Clinton LumberKings on Aug. 8, 2007.
9 Bases stolen by the Cedar Rapids Kernels in an 11-4 loss to Dayton on July 17, 2007. Wilberto Ortiz had four of the thefts.
10 Title of the Pearl Jam CD that's the favorite of Fort Wayne general manager Mike Nutter, according to the Wizards' web site.
10 Consecutive wins by the Lansing Lugnuts from April 12-21, 2007 to set a franchise record.
11 Total bases amassed on July 7, 2007 by Lansing's Travis Snider, who became the fourth player in team history to hit for the cycle.
12.4 Strikeouts per nine innings for Great Lakes' Clayton Kershaw, who was named 2007 Midwest League Prospect of the Year.
19 Seasons Dayton Dragons manager Donnie Scott has been with the Cincinnati Reds organization as a player, coach or manager.
21 Percentage of Clinton LumberKings hitting coach Brian Dayett's 14 Major League homers that came against Bob Knepper.
22 Former Dayton Dragons who have made their Major League debuts with the Cincinnati Reds.
24 Luxury suites at West Michigan's Fifth Third Ballpark.
25 Improvement in wins by the Clinton LumberKings from 2006 to 2007.
27 Strikeouts recorded in back-to-back starts by Duane Below and Christopher Cody of the West Michigan Whitecaps on May 11-12, 2007.
31 Saves recorded by Kenneth Maiques in 2007 to lead the Midwest League and set a Quad Cities team record.
33 Fireworks shows scheduled during the 2008 season by the Kane County Cougars.
35 Consecutive games in which Joe Dickerson reached safely from June 23-July 31, 2007, setting a Burlington Bees record.
36 Points scored in the WNBA by new South Bend Silver Hawks account executive Jackie Batteast.
50 Major League relief appearances by South Bend Silver Hawks pitching coach Erik Sabel.
53 Stolen bases by newly inducted Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Davis when he played for Cedar Rapids in 1982.
57 Times the tarp was pulled onto the field at Wisconsin's Time Warner Cable Field during the 2007 season.
63 Major League saves by Beloit Snappers pitching coach Gary Lucas.
78 Games won by the Lansing Lugnuts in 2007 to set a franchise record.
118 Years since the Canaries were the first professional baseball team in Cedar Rapids.
123 Consecutive errorless games played by current Peoria Chiefs manager Ryne Sandberg from 1989-90, setting a record for Major League second basemen.
218 Community organizations that received donations from the Beloit Snappers in 2007.
235 Episodes of "Leave it to Beaver" featuring Jerry Mathers, who will appear at Great Lakes' Dow Diamond on '50s Night on July 24.
331 Minutes played by the Lansing Lugnuts and Swing of the Quad Cities during their 17-inning game on July 23, 2007.
352 Hours of community service logged by Wisconsin Timber Rattlers players and coaches during the 2007 season.
565 Consecutive sellout crowds at Dayton's Fifth Third Field.
780 Hours Wisconsin's Time Warner Cable Field was covered by the tarp during the 2007 season.
3,300 Parking spaces at Peoria's O'Brien Field.
5,400 Average number of baseballs used each season by the Kane County Cougars.
42,107 Money raised by the West Michigan Whitecaps at their 14th annual Winter Baseball Banquet.
70,000 Bricks used in the construction of Lansing's Oldsmobile Park.
150,000 Hot dogs served last season at West Michigan's Fifth Third Ballpark.
259,784 Attendance record set by the Peoria Chiefs in 2007.
3,000,000 Cost of the 2005 renovation of Burlington's Community Field.
6,000,000 Fans who'd attended games at West Michigan's Fifth Third Ballpark after Dorothy Metzler of Grand Rapids passed through the turnstiles on July 17, 2007.
10,700,000 Cost of renovations to Kane County's Elfstrom Stadium that will be completed for the 2009 season.
30,000,000 Cost of the Fort Wayne Wizards' city-owned stadium being built for the 2009 season.
Compiled by Daren Smith, MLB.com