Pi Day, baseball style

Happy Pi Day, everyone! What the hell is pi day? Well, it's a slightly nerdy celebration about the value of the mathematical constant pi, which has a value of 3.14 (along with a neverending series of numbers after the 4). Anyway, I thought it would be cute to look at the number 3.14 (and it's variants with the decimal shifted around) in a baseball context.

-Not one MLB player with at least 100 plate appearances in 2012 hit .314.
-Not one MLB starting pitcher with at least 100 innings pitched in 2012 had a 3.14 ERA.
-The only MLB reliever that threw at least 20 innings with a 3.14 ERA was Sam LeCure of the Reds.
-No starter or reliever had a strikeout or walk rate of exactly 3.14 in 2012.

-Among the MLB starters with a career ERA of 3.14: Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, Adam Wainwright, and John Tudor.
-Among the MLB starters with a career strikeout rate of 3.14: Bill Lee, Lee Richmond, Sarge Connally, and Rube Foster.
-Among the MLB starters with a career walk rate of 3.14: Hipolito Pichardo, Armando Reynoso, Mike Harkey, and Ramon Ortiz.
-Gaylord Perry is the only player with 314 career wins
-Four MLB starters have a career 31.4 fWAR: Mike Scott, Dick Ellsworth, Tim Belcher, and Mike Krukow.

-Five MLB relievers with a career ERA of 3.14: Kazuhiro Sasaki, Steve Farr, Manny Sarmiento, Wally Ritchie, and Wayne Granger.
-No reliever has a career 3.14 strikeout rate
-Three relievers have a career 3.14 walk rate: Hideki Okajima, Rich Bordi, and Tom Buskey.
-Robb Nen has 314 career saves
-No MLB reliever has 31.4 fWAR. In fact, only Mariano Rivera has crossed the 30 fWAR threshold has a reliever.

-Three players have a .314 career batting average: Bibb Falk, Cecil Travis, and Buster Posey.
-Reggie Smith is the only player with 314 career home runs
-Andre Dawson and Rafael Furcal both have 314 career stolen bases.
-Billy Werber is the only hitter with 31.4 career fWAR.

I hope you all enjoyed this incredibly nerdy look at Pi Day from a baseball perspective. And of course, Josh Johnson and his 3.14 career ERA is starting for the Blue Jays today against the Yankees.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Managing editor of Awful Announcing. News editor of The Comeback. Managing editor of The Outside Corner. You guessed it - not actually Frank Stallone.