Following up on my post from yesterday regarding average height of baseball players, I wanted to look at the average weight. I posed the question through my Twitter account, and heard back with pitcher, catcher, first base, designated hitter, and third base. Again, I looked at all MLB players since 1960 who played at least five games at a position. If a player, such as Maicer Izturis of the Angels played more than 5 games at 2B and 3B, then he would be counted at both positions. Which position has players that weigh the most? First base. Which position has the lightest players in terms of weight in pounds? Shortstop.
The average MLB historically has weighed 192 pounds. The difference between the heaviest players (1B) and lightest players (SS) was a little under 26 pounds which is quite a bit! While average height and weight by position might not show much, there is interesting data to further examine. For example, how has average height and weight changed over the years? How does height or weight effect performance? These are questions I will answer in follow up posts.