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By the Numbers: California 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 California League.

0 Players in Major League history, other than new Inland Empire 66ers manager John Valentin, who have hit for the cycle and turned an unassisted triple play.
1 Cy Young award winners -- Mike Marshall -- who led California League shortstops in errors in 1962.
2 California League championships won by the San Jose Giants in the last three years.
2 Home runs hit by Visalia Oaks manager Mike Bell in 2000, his only season in the Major Leagues.
2 Academy Awards won by Robert "Buzz" Knudson, who went 2-5 for the 1946 Fresno Cardinals.
2 Outs recorded by Stockton Ports pitching coach Garvin Alston in his only Major League victory on June 11, 1996.
2 Northwest League championships won by new San Jose Giants manager Steve Decker from 2006-07.
3 Home runs hit by Bakersfield Blaze hitting coach Brant Brown on June 18, 1998 at Wrigley Field.
3 California League no-hitters that have been pitched on July 4.
4 Home runs hit by Aaron Bates of the Lancaster JetHawks on May 19, 2007 to set a California League record.
4 Home runs hit by Brad Correll of the Lancaster JetHawks on June 23, 2007 to tie teammate Aaron Bates' California League record.
4 Players selected before Visalia Oaks hitting coach Rick Burleson in the 1970 secondary draft.
5 Members of the Lancaster JetHawks in the top five in batting in the California League in 2007.
5 Hits allowed by new High Desert Mavericks pitching coach Lance Painter in his only Major League complete game on Aug. 29, 1993 for the Colorado Rockies.
5 2/3 Scoreless innings pitched by new San Jose Giants pitching coach Pat Rice in his only Major League victory on May 18, 1991.
6 Hits -- all singles -- recorded by High Desert's Carlos Triunfel in a 20-7 romp over Inland Empire on July 30, 2007.
7 Stolen bases by Modesto's Rickey Henderson on May 26, 1977 to set a California League record.
7 Major Leaguers who had rehab assignments with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2007 (Bartolo Colon, Jered Weaver, Juan Rivera, Howie Kendrick, Maicer Izturis, Garret Anderson and Justin Speier).
8 Years the Inland Empire 66ers had gone without a no-hitter before Marlon Arias pitched one against the Bakersfield Blaze on May 9, 2007.
8 Years 2008 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Hall of Fame inductee Leo Petsuch spent as the team's honorary ambassador.
10 Total bases logged by Visalia's Derek Bruce, who hit for the cycle in a 9-3 victory over San Jose on July 26, 2007.
10 California League championships won by the Stockton Ports, most by any active team.
13 Strikeouts recorded by Visalia's Max Scherzer while pitching seven perfect innings against San Jose in his second Minor League start on June 13, 2007.
13 Consecutive victories reeled off by the Lake Elsinore Storm from July 9-22, 2007 to set a franchise record.
14 No-hitters pitched by the Stockton Ports, tops in the California League.
15 Runs driven in by Lake Elsinore's Yordany Ramirez during a weekend series against Lancaster from May 18-20, 2007. He hit for the cycle and knocked in eight runs in the series finale.
15 Consecutive years Rancho Cucamonga has led the California League in attendance.
20 Strikeouts recorded by four Inland Empire 66ers in a 6-2 loss to the San Jose Giants on June 24, 2007. Starter James McDonald fanned 13 in 5 1/3 innings.
21 Years with which San Jose has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, the longest current working agreement in the California League.
26 Consecutive wins by the 1947 Stockton Ports, a California League record.
27 Years Joe Gagliardi has served as California League president.
28 Hits by the Lake Elsinore Storm in a 30-0 demolition of the Lancaster JetHawks on May 18, 2007. Matt Antonelli and Kyle Blanks each had six hits.
35 Consecutive games with a hit by Bakersfield's Chris Davis from June 8-July 17, 2007 to tie the California League record.
37 Saves recorded by San Jose's Brian Anderson in 2006, setting a California League record.
39 1/3 Innings pitched to start the 2007 season without allowing an earned run by Modesto's Brandon Hynick. The streak tied the California League record.
47 Major League home runs hit by new Bakersfield Blaze manager Damon Berryhill.
50 Number of Adirondack rocking chairs on the Back Porch at Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark.
70 Ranking of the 1978 Visalia Oaks in's 100 Greatest Minor League teams.
75 Relief appearances made by new Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pitching coach Dan Ricabal for Vero Beach in 1996, still a Florida State League record.
106 Errors committed by Visalia's Thomas Perez in 1948, the most ever by a California League shortstop.
144 Stolen bases by Bakersfield's Donell Nixon in 1983, still a California League record.
209 Career victories by Don Drysdale, the first California League player inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
217 Home runs hit by the Lancaster JetHawks in 2007 to shatter the California League record.
354 Distance from home plate to dead center field at Bakersfield's Sam Lynn Ballpark.
563 Victories by Lenn Sakata, who last season became the winningest manager in California League history.
1,500 Seating capacity at Visalia's Recreation Park, the smallest Minor League ballpark in the United States.
2,362 Strikeouts recorded by Inland Empire 66ers pitching coach Charlie Hough during a 25-year Major League career.
158,934 Fans drawn to John Thurman Field by the Modesto Nuts in 2007 to set a franchise attendance record.
Compiled by Daren Smith,