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MLB teams gave away 2.27 million bobbleheads this year

Nov 14, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

Halladay bobblehead

David Broughton of Sports Business Journal has an interesting article about the increase in bobblehead doll giveaways across baseball, including this fact: MLB teams gave away 2.27 million bobbleheads in 2012.

That’s more than any other type of giveaway, including the usual favorites like t-shirts and hats.

There were a total of 94 bobblehead giveaway days, which is 25 percent more than last year, and the Dodgers had the most with 11.

In all bobbleheads represented 12.3 percent of the 767 total giveaways at MLB ballparks and Broughton’s article has a bunch of interesting data about the other 87.7 percent too.

  1. phalatek6 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I wonder what percentage of them were then flipped on eBay and Craigslist?

    • mattyflex - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      During Eric Hosmer bobblehead day at Kauffman, there were several listings on eBay that had pictures taken from inside the stadium while the game was going on.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    You just had to pick the bizarro Roy Hallady one for the picture, didn’t you?

    • cur68 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      I love that one. I want one. He can join Jose Bautista in my baseball bobble head basement shrine.

  3. willclarkgameface - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Can we get a Jeffrey Loria bobblehead please? I think he’s just about the only man left in Miami organization at this point.

    • papalurchdxb - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      they should make a Tommy bobblehead, with nodding dolphin on the top..

    • Jeremy T - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      With his ego, the thing might actually be to scale

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      It would be the most decapitated bobble head of all time.

  4. dianagram - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Just wait till they all gain sentience and take over the world. #skynet

  5. denny65 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    And let’s not forget the Mariner’s Dustin Ackley bobblehead day, when manager Eric Wedge in his infinite wisdom decided that was a good day to bench Ackley.

    Certainly a hallmark of astute marketing on the Mariner’s part.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Placido Polanco’s required no exaggerated dimensions.

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      They never came up with a Polanco bobblehead. They couldn’t design a strong enough mechanism to bobble a head that size without breaking off.

  7. mottershead1972 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Not my team… This should read, the cool teams…

  8. saltmanz - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    2.27 million bobbleheads, and none of them looked like the players they were supposed to represent.

  9. dwlwp - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Pure Chinese crap, each and every one of them.

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