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By the Numbers: International 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 International League.

0 Players selected before Columbus Clippers manager Tim Foli in the 1968 First-Year Player Draft.
1 Passes attempted by Richmond Braves manager Dave Brundage as a quarterback at Oregon State in 1984.
2 Batters faced and retired by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees infield coach Alvaro Espinoza during his only Major League pitching appearance on Aug. 6, 1991.
2 Consecutive Minor League championships won by new Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Huppert.
2 Scoreless innings pitched in the 1984 Major League All-Star Game by new Charlotte Knights pitching coach Rich Dotson.
2 Members of the Louisville Bats who hit for the cycle in 2007. Anderson Machado did it on May 18 at Toledo and Chris Dickerson repeated the feat on July 26 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
2 Hits in the same inning in his Major League debut by Pawtucket Red Sox hitting coach Russ Morman on Aug. 3, 1986.
2 International League teams (Richmond Braves, Lehigh Valley IronPigs) offering Spanish-language content on their websites.
3 Consecutive division titles won by the Toledo Mud Hens.
3 Grand slams hit by Brandon Larson in 2002, setting a Louisville Bats team record.
3 Cy Young Award winners off whom Buffalo Bisons manager Torey Lovullo homered during his Major League career.
4 Consecutive seasons the Pawtucket Red Sox have topped the 600,000 mark in attendance.
4 IL Executive of the Year Awards won by Norfolk Tides general manager -- and IL Hall of Famer -- Dave Rosenfield.
4 Gold Glove Awards won by Durham Bulls hitting coach Gary Gaetti.
4 Innings pitched by Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitching coach Rod Nichols to earn his only Major League save on June 19, 1991.
5 Times Columbus Clippers pitching coach Steve McCatty struck out seven-time batting champion Rod Carew during his big-league career.
5 Languages in which Indianapolis Indians hitting coach Hensley Meulens is fluent.
6 Players who have won the Triple Crown in the 125-year history of the International League.
6 Gold Glove Awards by Vic Power, one of the newest members of the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame.
7 Hits collected by new Charlotte hitting coach Joe McEwing against the Knights in 2007 as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
8 Positions played in the Major Leagues by new Charlotte Knights hitting coach Joe McEwing.
9 Runs scored by the Buffalo Bisons in the bottom of the ninth inning on May 5, 2007 to defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 15-14. The Bisons tied a modern-era team record by overcoming an eight-run deficit.
9 Hank Sauer's number, the only one retired in the history of the Syracuse Chiefs.
10 Years served as mayor of Pawtucket, R.I., by Thomas P. McCoy, for whom the Red Sox's stadium is named.
10 Total bases amassed by Toledo's Ryan Raburn on May 27, 2007, when he became the first Mud Hen to hit for the cycle in two years.
11 Consecutive strikeouts in one game recorded by Richmond Braves pitching coach Guy Hansen while playing for UCLA in 1969.
15 Former Toledo players, managers and executives who are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
15 Consecutive seasons the Norfolk Tides have topped the 460,000 mark in attendance.
18 Uniform number worn by Joe Morgan, the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to play for the Durham Bulls.
22 Members of the 2007 Richmond Braves who received Major League promotions during the season.
23 Sellout crowds by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2007.
24 Saves logged in 2007 by Travis Hughes to break Cory Bailey's 1993 team record.
25 Home runs hit by Shelley Duncan in 2007 before a promotion to the Major Leagues to set a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team record.
27 Members of the International League Hall of Fame Class of 2008, including Jim Rice, Tommy Lasorda and Lefty Grove.
28 Complete games pitched for the Oakland A's in 1980 by Syracuse Chiefs pitching coach Rick Langford.
29 Saves recorded by Cory Doyne in 2007 to establish a new Norfolk Tides record.
33 Home runs hit in 1997 by new Pawtucket Red Sox hitting coach Russ Morman to lead the International League.
35 Saves recorded by Rochester's Bobby Korecky in 2007 to lead the IL and set a team record.
36 States in which Pawtucket Red Sox pitching coach Rich Sauveur pitched during a 16-year professional career.
43 Consecutive games with a hit by Columbus' Brandon Watson from May 1-June 17, 2007, breaking a 95-year-old International League record.
44 Consecutive innings without allowing an earned run by Rochester's Nick Blackburn from May 29-July 3, 2007.
51 Years that president and chairman of the board Max Schumacher has worked for the Indianapolis Indians.
51 Stolen bases for Norfolk Tides hitting coach Dallas Williams in 1981, the year he led the IL.
69 Years since the Syracuse Chiefs have played a game at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. The drought will end on May 18.
70 Major League saves by Louisville Bats pitching coach Ted Power.
78 Runs driven in by Norfolk Tides manager Gary Allenson in 1978, when he was named IL Most Valuable Player.
83 Home runs hit by Toledo's Mike Hessman, a Mud Hens' career record.
118 Minutes it took for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to sell out their March 30 exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
125 Anniversary the International League is celebrating in 2008.
175 Sellout crowds in the six-year history of Toledo's Fifth Third Field.
181 Hits by Buffalo's Jhonny Peralta during his MVP season of 2004.
1,510 Tickets donated in January by the Indianapolis Indians to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
1,618 Minor League victories by Charlotte Knights manager Mark Bombard, who leads all active skippers.
11,070 Crowd on Sept. 1, 2007 that helped the Durham Bulls establish single-game and single-season attendance records.
14,620 Fans on hand at Charlotte's Knights Stadium on July 4, 2004, establishing a team attendance record.
30,550 Money raised by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2007 for the United Ways of Lackawanna County and Wyoming Valley through the HR Team Program.
204,624 Increase in attendance at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's PNC Field in 2007.
450,000 Cost to build Columbus' Cooper Stadium in 1931.
590,159 Single-season attendance record set by the Toledo Mud Hens in 2007.
724,855 Visitors to the Indianapolis' Indians web site, in 2007.
768,749 Buffalo Bisons' International League-record attendance during the 1998 season.
Compiled by Daren Smith,