2013 Disabled List Team Data

The 2013 season was a banner season for players going on the disabled list. The DL was utilized 2,538 times, which was 17 more than the previous 2008 high. In all, players spent 29,504 days on the DL which is 363 days more than in 2007. Today, I take a quick look at the 2013 DL data and how it compares to previous seasons.

To get the DL data, I used MLB’s Transaction data. After wasting too many hours going through the data by hand, I have the completed dataset available for public consumption.  Enjoy it, along with the DL data from previous seasons. Finally, please let me know of any discrepancies so I can make any corrections.

With the data, it is time to create some graphs. As stated previously, the 2013 season set all-time marks in days lost and stints. Graphically, here is how the data has trended since 2002:

After a downward trend from 2008 to 2010, the amount of time the DL is again on the rise.

Now, here is how each team did in DL stints and total days lost during the 2013 season.

Thoughts

  • It is always amazing to see teams with 1/3 of the days lost compared to other teams.
  • The Royals take the crown for losing the least amount of days to the DL. Not a single major league pitcher went on the DL once the season started. The team should not expect the same level of health in 2014.
  • I was a little surprised to see the Marlins leading the number of days lost. I more expected to see the Yankees and Blue Jays at the top. The pair was though 1-2 in total DL stints.
  • The White Sox are starting to slack off. It is crazy not seeing them in the last couple of spots. Not to worry, I ran numbers from the past four seasons and they still average the least number of days lost.

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Jeff writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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RMD
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RMD

Surprised to see the Yankees not number one on this. I guess their pitching stayed quietly healthy. Also, this is good news for the Braves and bad news for the Royals going into next year. Both teams are young, but will regress towards the mean in terms of DL time.

Snowman
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Snowman

I’m not really certain this means anything going forward for the Braves. I mean, Jonny Venters missed the whole season and is a large part of that, but does anyone except the Braves front office expect him to come back at this point? O’Flaherty and Hudson were a large part, they’re gone as free agents. Heyward missed a bit of time, and will be back if you don’t believe the trade rumours (which I don’t), so that can be a little help if he stays heatlhy.

It could be that their days lost drops in 2014 without a single drop added of good performance from any player returning that missed significant chunks of 2013.

Snowman
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Snowman

Oh, yeah, Ramiro Pena missing the entire year is counted as part of that, too. Which was probably a plus, despite what the Braves think of him because of his small sample size goodness.

violatedchimp
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violatedchimp

Um, the Braves started Eliot Johnson in the NLDS. I don’t care how bad Ramiro Pena was, he would have been a significant upgrade.