Leading baseball statistics website, baseball-reference.com, says the average number of pitches thrown per Major League Baseball game by one team is 146 (2010 statistic). I want to know how many pitches are made each season… total. So a little math is in order.
I know this formula has a flaw, but humor me. I just want to know a ballpark number. 32 (teams) x 162 (games) = 5184 x 146 = 756,864. Yea, 146 is the average and the number has been rounded off. 146.4 would be 758,937.6. 145.5 would be 754,272. That’s about a 4,500 swing. So about 756,000 is a pretty good number. And not every single team plays 162 games (due to rain delayed games that cannot be scheduled). So that can affect the pitch total by a few hundred.
It’s very safe to say that just over 0.75 million pitches were throw in the 2010 Major League Baseball season.