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By the Numbers: Southern 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 Southern League.

0 Hits allowed by Tennessee's Mark Holliman in the first game of a doubleheader against Huntsville on June 21, 2007.
0 Hits allowed by Huntsville's Corey Thurman, David Johnson and Luis Pena in Game 2 of the 2007 North Division Championship Series against Tennessee.
0 Members of the Mobile BayBears before Javier Brito in 2007 to win the Southern League batting title.
1 Minor League no-hitters pitched by new Jacksonville Suns pitching coach Glenn Dishman.
1 2007 "Base Race" wins -- in 74 tries -- by Homer the Polecat, the Huntsville Stars mascot.
1 Minor League shutouts thrown by Carolina Mudcats pitching coach Scott Mitchell.
1 Innings pitched on June 23, 2007 by Mobile's Matt Elliott, who got locked in a bathroom in Montgomery and could not come out for the bottom of the ninth.
2 Southern League championships won by the Montgomery Biscuits in the last two years.
2 Triple plays in which Jacksonville Suns manager John Shoemaker was involved for the Lodi Dodgers on July 25, 1978 against the Fresno Giants.
3 Times Carolina Mudcats general manager Joe Kremer has been named Southern League Executive of the Year.
4 Batters faced by Chattanooga Lookouts first baseman Caonabo Cosme on June 23, 2007, who pitched the 14th inning and got the win against Birmingham.
4 Hits allowed by new Mobile BayBears pitching coach Jeff Pico in his Major League debut, a shutout on May 31, 1988.
7 Scoreless innings pitched by Mississippi Braves pitching coach Derek Botelho to win his Major League debut on July 18, 1982.
7 Players selected before Tennessee Smokies pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn in the 1972 First-Year Player Draft.
9 Bases stolen by the Mississippi Braves in a 9-8 victory over the Mobile BayBears on May 1, 2007. Van Pope had three of the thefts.
9 Major League pinch-hit home runs by new Mobile BayBears hitting coach Turner Ward.
12 Consecutive wins by the Huntsville Stars from July 6-21, 2007, tying the franchise record.
12 Minor League shutouts recorded by West Tenn Diamond Jaxx pitching coach Scott Budner.
13 Runs scored by the Huntsville Stars in the eighth inning of a 16-7 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on May 12, 2007. Hernan Iribarren had two hits and three RBIs during the biggest inning in team history.
19 Starts made by 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy for the Mobile BayBears in 2001-02.
19 Single-season offensive categories in which Carolina Mudcats manager Matt Raleigh ranks in the top 10 at Western Carolina University.
25 Wins by the Montgomery Biscuits in 2007 with Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher Chris Mason on the mound.
25 Players the Mississippi Braves have sent to the Major Leagues since entering the Southern League in 2005.
26 Southern Leaguers who hit for the cycle before Jacksonville Suns catcher Alberto Concepcion accomplished the feat on July 7, 2007.
28 Batters faced by Chattanooga Lookouts pitching coach Chris Bosio on April 22, 1993, when he became the second player in Seattle Mariners history to pitch a no-hitter.
29 Victories needed by Don Money to become the winningest manager in Huntsville Stars history.
29 Home runs hit by Mississippi Braves hitting coach Franklin Stubbs for Virginia Tech in 1981 to lead the nation.
30 Years since a Southern League team had won back-to-back championships before the Montgomery Biscuits accomplished the feat in 2006-07.
34 Home runs hit by new West Tenn Diamond Jaxx hitting coach Phil Plantier in 1993 for the San Diego Padres.
36 Consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Mark DiFelice from May 23-July 4, 2007 to set a Huntsville Stars franchise record.
40 Stolen bases by Mississippi's Carl Loadenthal in 2007 to set a team record.
61 Former Jacksonville Suns who saw time in the Major Leagues in 2007.
67 Victories by the Mississippi Braves in 2007 to set a team record.
70 Games played with the Mobile BayBears in 2007 by Justin Upton before he was called up to the Majors.
100 Runs scored by Jimmy Piersall for the Birmingham Barons in 1950. Piersall will return to Birmingham for this year's Rickwood Classic.
179 Career pass receptions by Tennessee Smokies right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who holds the Notre Dame record.
235 Major League home runs hit by new Montgomery Biscuits hitting coach Ben Oglivie.
381 Minor League victories for new Birmingham Barons manager Carlos Subero.
612 Size, in square feet, of the new video board at Tennessee's Smokies Park.
1,188 Strikeouts recorded by the Jacksonville Suns in 2007, breaking their own Southern League record.
1,236 Career Minor League victories by new Tennessee Smokies manager Buddy Bailey.
4,000 Seating capacity of the left-center field picnic area at Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
Compiled by Daren Smith,