Q & A with Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

If you know me, you know a love words/phrases.  I love their spellings, their etymologies, their pronunciations.  Well baseball is certainly full of great terms and phrases.  If you are a fan of “The Dickson Baseball Dictionary,” then you should also have in your library a copy of “The Baseball Thesaurus” by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler. You … Read more

The VORG’s “Chanukah” Team

Tuesday evening is the first night of Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. According to tradition: “…  at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Deck the Hall

In 2011, the VORG started rewriting holiday songs by replacing most/all of the lyrics with baseball player names. We began with “12 Days of Christmas“. We then moved onto  “Auld Land Syne“. In 2012, we rewrote the lyrics to “The Dreidel Song“. In 2013, it was a reimagining of “Winter Wonderland” This year, we are … Read more

The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message

Its Thanksgiving Eve, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order): Baseball Prospectus: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but you have to hand it to Joe Hamrahi for his ability to … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2014 season awards will be handed out Thursday afternoon, as the AL and NL MVPs are announced.  Here at the VORG, MVP stands for “Most Voweluable Player”, that being the player in each league with the highest percentage of vowels in their first and last names combined. In the National League, … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Pi Young Award”

Wednesday evening brings us the announcement of the  “Cy Young Award” winner in each league.  So, its now time for the VORG to announce the winners of the 2014 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award). … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Manager of the Year” Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2014 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Rookie of the Year” Awards

If you’re new to the VORG, please note that we give out our awards not necessarily to the BEST player for each honor, but for the most NOTABLE player. For example, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom are the likely and deserving favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish … Read more