The Kerry Ligtenberg Division Series stats seen below include his Division Series year-by-year hitting stats, Division Series fielding stats, and Division Series pitching stats (where applicable).
"Twelve dozen baseballs and two dozen bats (signing bonus). Orioles reliever Kerry Ligtenberg thought about it for a second, smiled and shook his head, with his shaggy mop of hair bouncing from side to side. He has a surgical scar on his right elbow and faint memories from his time as a major-league replacement player in 1995. He has a father who wanted him to forget baseball and follow in the family footsteps as an engineer. He has an entry in the baseball register ( Baseball Almanac ) that lists time in the independent leagues and nearly six years in the major leagues. He has a new role as a right-handed setup man for the Orioles. He has a story he could probably sell to Disney. Twelve dozen baseballs and two dozen bats. 'I still feel lucky,' Ligtenberg said. 'It's hard for me to imagine ... I didn't want to look back someday and say, I really wish I would have gotten to see how far I could go. I was going to keep playing until they said I couldn't.'" - Staff Writer Joe Christensen in The Baltimore Sun (03/13/2003, Once acquired for bats and balls, Ligtenberg looks to fit like a glove , Page 14)
Kerry Ligtenberg Autograph on a 2003 Topps Baseball Card (#71)
Kerry Ligtenberg Division Series Pitching Stats
Kerry Ligtenberg Division Series Fielding Stats
The Division Series was permanently created after the 1993 season when Major League Baseball restructured each league into three divisions, but their first regular playing was in 1995 due to the cancellation of the 1994 playoffs. During the 1981 season a mid-season strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association forced a divisional playoff series which is included in the playoff history also.
Did you know that 65,464 fans watched the Division Series game played on October 4, 2003 - the most of any single game in Major League history? Did you know the smallest crowd at a Division Series was 31,953 and that game was played on October 2, 2002 ?
Since 1998 the wild-card team has been assigned to play the division winner with the best winning percentage in one series, and the other two division winners meet in the other series. However, if the wild-card team and the division winner with the best record are from the same division, the wild-card team plays the division winner with the second-best record, and the remaining two division leaders play. Do you like the playoff format? Do you dislike it? Share your opinion with us on Baseball Fever .