We were just looking through the opening day roster and here are a few things we noticed…

  • The average age of the players on the roster is 29.2. The oldest player on the roster is Jose Molina (36 years, 10 months). The youngest is Matt Moore (22 years, 10 months).
  • The average player still has four years until free agency
  • James Shields is the highest played player this year ($8 million)
  • 12 of the 29 players (4 are on the DL) will make at or near the MLB minimum of $480,000
  • 8 players make more than the average MLB salary in 2011 ($3.1 million)
  • 12 of the 29 players have a first or last name that begins with J. That goes to 13 if we include Joe Maddon
  • Five players remain from the 2008 opening day roster (Carlos Pena, BJ Upton, Elliot Johnson, James Shields, JP Howell). 17 players remain from last year’s opening day roster
  • The Rays’ last 165 games have been started by a pitcher drafted by the Rays. That is the longest streak in history.
  • This will be the 11th opening day with the Rays for third base coach Tom Foley. A club record (not counting bullpen catcher Scott Cursi)
  • Evan Longoria (2010) and Ben Zobrist (2011) are the only current Rays with an opening day home run
  • Jeff Keppinger will be the 13th opening day DH for the Rays in 15 years. Jose Molina will be just the 5th different opening day catcher.


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