Major Leaguers Who Love Their Mothers: Are Pink Bats a Performance Enhancer?


There’s something wonderful about seeing a group of men finally stop the macho act and swing pink bats in honor of their mothers and to help the fight against breast cancer. (Plus, baseball players can finally realize how well pink complements their skin tones.) In lieu of a full game recap for the Mother’s Day games, I thought I would collect a master list of the players who did or did not use pink bats and finally see if ones love for their mother is a performance enhancer.

A few ground rules:

  • This does not take into account players wearing pink accessories, only their bats.
  • I counted the starting nine on each team, so any pink-bat-swinging pinch-hitters or late-game substitutions have been left out.
  • I used MLB.tv footage as my guide, so if I couldn’t tell the color of a players bat, I considered it a non-pink bat. Some players like Brian Roberts appeared to have a a little bit of pink of around the handle of the bat, but because it was so pale and hard to identify, they were left out.
  • Due to a lack of a variety of things, time being among them, I have only used hits, at-bats, home runs, RBI, and runs scored as my guide. Sorry, my sabermetric brethren, maybe next year. 
  • I’m only one man, so any updates or corrections can be sent here or left in the comments.

Without further adieu:

Pink Bats: 685 AB, 193H, .285 BA, 15 HR, 85 RBI, 84 R

Non-Pink: 287 AB, 42 H,  .216 BA, 6 HR,  27 RBI, 31 R

Is this just a small sample size, do better hitters choose pink bats more often, or is there a Mother’s Day boost? That will have to wait for next year to see if the numbers are straightened out, but here are some notes:

  • Pink batters clearly did better, hitting nearly 70 points higher than their non-pink counterparts.
  • Pink batters also homered once ever 45.67 AB compared to 47.83 for people who don’t love their mothers. 
  • 187 of the 270 starters used pink bats, good for 69% of the Major League population.
  • Neither Hairston brother swung a pink bat.
  • Derek Jeter and A-Rod didn’t use pink bats. Alex Rodriguez clearly hates mothers while Derek Jeter didn’t want to detract attention from breast cancer survivors. 
  • Yorvit Torrealba used a bat with a black handle and pink barrel, the only player I noticed with such a combination.
  • Rockies starters who didn’t swing pink sticks? They went 0-17. Love your mothers, fellas.

Click through for individual team and player info.

Final note, only players who used pink bats are listed. Consider this to be the master list of 2011 pink bat users as it will be updated if new information becomes available.

Anaheim Angels:

Vernon Wells: 0-4, 1 R

Howie Kendrick: 2-4, 1 R

Hank Conger: 2-4 1 RBI

Mark Trumbo: 2-4, 1 R

Peter Bourjos: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Pink Bat Totals: 5 players, 8-19, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 4-16, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Arizona Diamondbacks:

Chris Young: 0-4

Ryan Roberts: 0-4

Justin Upton: 1-4, 1 R

Miguel Montero: 3-4

Xavier Nady: 0-4, 1 RBI

Melvin Mora: 2-4, 1 R

Gerardo Parra: 1-4

Josh Wilson: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Pink Bat Totals: 8 players, 8-31, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 2-2, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R

Atlanta Braves:

Martin Prado: 1-4

Brian McCann: 1-4

Alex Gonzalez: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Nate Mclouth: 1-2, 1 R

Jair Jurrjens: 0-2

Pink Bat Totals: 5 players, 4-15, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 3-15, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Baltimore Orioles:

Nick Markakis: 0-4

Derrek Lee: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Vladimir Guerrero: 1-4

Luke Scott: 1-3, 1 R

Adam Jones: 0-3, 1 R

Matt Wieters: 2-4, 2 RBI

Mark Reynolds: 0-2

Cesar Izturis: 0-2

Pink Bat Total: 8 players, 5-27, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 0-3, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Boston Red Sox:

Adrian Gonzalez: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Kevin Youkilis: 2-4, 1 RBI, 4 R

David Ortiz: 2-4

Jed Lowrie: 1-4, 2 RBI

Carl Crawford: 1-4, 1 RBI

Pink Bat Total: 5 players, 9-21, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 5-17, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Chicago Cubs:

Starlin Castro: 0-4

Marlin Byrd: 1-4

Jeff Baker: 0-4

Carlos Pena: 1-4

Geovany Soto: 0-4

Pink Bat Totals: 5 players, 2-20, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 4-12, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Chicago White Sox:

Juan Pierre: 0-3

Alexei Ramirez: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Adam Dunn: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Alex Rios: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Brent Lillibridge: 0-3

Ramon Castro: 1-5, 1 RBI

Gordon Beckham: 0-4

Brent Morel: 2-4, 1 R

Pink Bat Totals: 8 players, 7-32, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 5-5, 0 HR, 0 RBI 1 R

Cincinnati Reds: 

Drew Stubbs: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Edgar Renteria: 0-3

Brandon Phillips: 0-4

Jay Bruce: 2-3, 1 R

Jonny Gomes: 0-3

Ramon Hernandez: 1-4, 1 RBI

Johnny Cueto: 0 -2

Pink Bat Totals: 7 players, 5-23, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 0-7, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Cleveland Indians:

Grady Sizemore: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Carlos Santana: 1-4, 2 R

Travis Hafner: 1-4, 1 RBI

Austin Kearns: 1-4, 1 RBI

Adam Everett: 1-4

Pink Bat Totals: 6 players, 9-26, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 2-12, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R

Colorado Rockies:

Carlos Gonzalez: 1-3

Troy Tulowitzki: 0-4

Chris Iannetta: 2-3

Jorge De La Rosa: 0-1

Pink Bat Totals: 4 players, 3-11, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Rest of Starters: 5 players, 0-17, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Detroit Tigers:

Austin Jackson: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Magglio Ordonez: 1-4

Miguel Cabrera: 1-4, 1 RBI

Jhonny Peralta: 2-4, 1 RBI

Ryan Raburn: 0-4

Casper Wells: 1-4

Brandon Inge: 2-4, 1 R

Pink Bat Total: 7 Players, 10-29, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Rest of Starters: 2 Players, 1-8, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R
 

Florida Marlins:

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-5

Chris Coghlan: 1-3, 2 R

Gaby Sanchez: 4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Mike Stanton: 1-5, 1 RBI

Greg Dobbs: 3-3, 2 RBI

John Buck: 0-3

Anibal Sanchez: 0-1

Pink Bat Total: 7 players, 10-20, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 3-9, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Houston Astros:

Michael Bourn: 0-5

Clint Barmes: 0-3

Carlos Lee: 2-4, 1 R

Brett Wallace: 0-3, 1 RBI

Chris Johnson: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Bill Hall: 2-4, 1 R

Humberto Quintero: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Pink Bat Total: 7 players, 6-27, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 1-5, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Kansas City Royals:

Alex Gordon: 0-3

Jeff Francoeur: 1-3

Eric Hosmer: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Mitch Maier: 1-2, 1 RBI

Brayan Pena: 0-3

Alcides Escobar: 1-2

Pink Bat Total: 6 players, 5-17, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 1-10, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Jamey Carroll: 3-5, 1 R

Aaron Miles: 2-4, 1 RBI

Matt Kemp: 0-3

Juan Uribe: 0-4

James Loney: 1-4, 1 R

Jerry Sands: 2-3

Rod Barajas: 0-4, 1 RBI

Pink Bat Total: 7 players, 8-27, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 2-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Milwaukee Brewers:

Rickie Weeks: 0-5

Ryan Braun: 1-4

Casey McGehee: 0-2

Yuniesky Betancourt: 0-4

Jonathan Lucroy: 1-4

Carlos Gomez: 1-2

Pink Bat Totals: 6 players, 3-21, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 1-9, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

Minnesota Twins:

Denard Span: 1-3, 1 R

Justin Morneau: 0-4

Jason Kubel: 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Michael Cuddyer: 0-4

Danny Valencia: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Drew Butera: 0-3

Alexi Casilla: 1-4

Pink Bat Total: 7 players, 7-26, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 1-7, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

New York Mets:

Jose Reyes: 2-5, 1 RBI

Justin Turner: 1-3, 1 R

David Wright: 0-3

Jason Bay: 0-4

Ronny Paulino: 2-4, 1 RBI

Ike Davis: 0-4

Pink Bat Total: 6 players, 6-23, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 2-7, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

New York Yankees:

Curtis Granderson: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Mark Teixeira:2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Nick Swisher: 1-5, 1 R

Jorge Posada:1-3, 1 R

Brett Gardner:3-5, 2 R

Pink Bat Total: 5 players, 10-22, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 6-19, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R

Oakland Athletics:

Coco Crisp: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Daric Barton: 2-5, 1 RBI

Conor Jackson:3-5, 1 RBI

Kurt Suzuki: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

David DeJesus: 0-5

Mark Ellis: 2-4, 1 R

Kevin Kouzmanoff: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Cliff Pennington: 0-3

Pink Bat Total: 8 players, 11-35, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 1-5, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Philadelphia Phillies:

Placido Polanco: 2-5, 2 RBI

Shane Victorino: 2-5, 1 R

Ryan Howard: 1-3

Ben Francisco: 0-3

Wilson Valdez: 1-3

Cole Hamels: 0-2

Pink Bat Totals: 6 players, 6-21, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 4-10, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

Pittsburgh Pirates:

Jose Tabata: 0-2

Matt Diaz: 2-3

Neil Walker: 2-3, 2 R

Steve Pearce: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 R

Ronny Cedeno: 1-4, 1 RBI

Pink Bat Total: 5 Players, 6-14, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 4 Players, 2-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

San Diego Padres:

Chris Denorfia: 2-4, 1 R

Jason Bartlett: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Ryan Ludwick: 0-3

Jorge Cantu: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Cameron Maybin: 1-4

Rob Johnson: 0-3

Logan Forsythe: 0-3

Aaron Harang: 0-2

Pink Bat Totals: 8 players, 6-27, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 0-2, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

San Francisco Giants:

Freddy Sanchez: 1-3

Mike Fontenot: 0-3

Cody Ross: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Miguel Tejada: 0-3

Eli Whiteside: 0-3

Pink Bat Totals: 5 players, 3-15, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 2-9, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

Seattle Mariners:

Luis Rodriguez: 0-5

Milton Bradley: 2-4

Miguel Olivo: 2-4

Justin Smoak: 0-4

Jack Wilson: 1-4, 1 R

Michael Saunders: 0-4

Brendan Ryan: 2-4, 1 RBI

Pink Bats Total: 7 players, 7-29, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 2 players, 2-7, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

St. Louis Cardinals:

Ryan Theriot: 0-4

Colby Rasmus: 1-4, 2 RBI

Albert Pujols: 1-3

Matt Holliday: 2-4

Lance Berkman: 0-4, 1 R

Nick Punto: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tyler Greene: 3-3, 1 R

Kyle McClellan: 0-2

Pink Bat Totals: 8 players, 8-27, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 0-3, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Tampa Bay Rays:

Sam Fuld: 1-5

Ben Zobrist: 2-5, 1 R

Johnny Damon: 1-5, 1 R

Evan Longoria: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Matt Joyce: 2-4, 2 R

BJ Upton: 2-4, 4 RBI

Reid Brignac: 1-4

John Jaso:1-3

Pink Bat Total: 8 players, 11-33, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R

Rest of Starters: 1 player, 0-3, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Texas Rangers:

Elvis Andrus: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Michael Young: 0-3, 1 R

Adrian Beltre: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Mike Napoli: 1-5, 2 RBI

David Murphy:1-3, 1 RBI

Yorvit Torrealba: 0-4

Pink Bat Total: 6 players, 6-24, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Rest of Starters: 3 players, 1-11, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

Toronto Blue Jays:

Jose Bautista: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Aaron Hill: 1-4

Pink Bat Total: 2 Players, 2-8, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Rest of Starters: 7 Players, 5-24, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

Washington Nationals:

Ian Desmond: 0-3

Adam LaRoche: 0-4

Michael Morse: 2-4

Ivan Rodriguez: 0-4

Livan Hernandez: 0-0

Pink Bat Total: 5 players, 2-15, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

Rest of Starters: 4 players, 2-14, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

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