Statitudes Statitudes

  Posted: Thursday August 29, 2002 3:00 AM

0 -- Teams with payrolls of more than $100 million that have finished in last place. The Mets and Rangers might become the first this season.
Fans are losing patience with baseball's labor problems. AP
0.5 -- Games Boston finished behind Detroit in the AL East in 1972. Games missed during a 14-day strike were not made up, leaving the Red Sox at 85-70 and the Tigers at 86-70.
5 -- Playoff games won, out of the past 225, by teams in the bottom half of payroll.
16.9 -- Percentage of base salary that would have been lost by players during a strike. Alex Rodriguez would have lost more than $118,000 per game.
43 -- Home runs hit by Sammy Sosa this season. With the strike averted, he has a chance to become the first player to hit 50 home runs in five consecutive seasons.
74-40 -- Montreal's major league-leading record when the players went on strike on Aug. 12, 1994. The Expos had a six-game lead on the Braves and had won 20 of 22 games.
150 -- Hours of programming ESPN would have lost to replace in the event of a season-ending strike.
189 -- The single-season record for strikeouts, held by Bobby Bonds. With 164 whiffs, Milwaukee's Jose Hernandez is on pace to shatter the mark.
1,736 -- Games lost during the eight previous work stoppages in major league history. The 1994-95 labor war wiped out 938 games.
$1.1 million -- Average annual salary for major league players in 1994.
$2.38 million -- Average annual salary for major league players this season.
$10,643,897 -- Penalty paid by Baltimore under the luxury taxes imposed from 1997-99. The Orioles led the major leagues, followed by the Yankees ($9,919,651), Dodgers ($2,712,672), Red Sox ($2,205,960) and Indians ($2,065,496). A total of $30.6 million in taxes was levied in those three seasons.
13 million -- Estimated number of spectators baseball would lose if a work stoppage had occurred on Aug. 31 and wiped out the rest of the season. Wall Street firm Bear Stearns estimates that 157,000 barrels of beer would have been consumed at the games.
$26.5 million -- Amount the Yankees were forced to pay under last year's revenue sharing plan, the most in the majors. Under MLB's proposals, that figure most likely will be doubled at the very least. The Mariners paid the second most at $18.8 million, followed by the Red Sox ($16.4 million) and Mets ($15.7 million).
$60.7 million -- Estimated revenue that would have been lost by the city of Baltimore in the event of a season-ending strike, according to The Daily Record.
70.2 million -- Total attendance during the 1993 season. That number dipped to 50.5 million in 1995 before rising to 60.1 million in '96 and 62.6 million in '97. It took the addition of two teams -- Arizona and Tampa Bay -- to push it back above the 70 million mark the past four seasons.
$600 million -- Amount MLB would have had to pay back to its television broadcast partners if a strike wipes out the postseason.
$730 million -- Estimated worth of the Yankees, according to Forbes magazine. The Mets were the next-highest valued team at $482 million, followed by the Dodgers ($435 million) and Red Sox ($426 million). The Expos were ranked 30th at $108 million.