To Paraphrase Bill James, what is so compelling about certain stats and numbers is that they have acquired the power of language among baseball fans.
300, 500, 755.
300 seems all the more remarkable these days. It’s a dying number. How many more pitchers will reach 300?
500 shows how quantity affects quality. Remember when 500 meant more? But now so many sluggers are getting to that magic number, making 500 more like 400. Still, the man who will possibly reach the number tonight is only 32, a number remarkably low for such a feat.
755 suggests integrity and dignity, and their opposites.
By the end of the night, there’s a possibility all three numbers will have been reached.