Biggest Difference Between Runs Scored and RBI in a Season

This tweet by Friend of the VORG @JamesSmyth621 caught my attention this weekend: Albert Pujols on pace for 126 RBIs and only 66 runs. Fewest runs scored in a 120+ RBI season is 74 by Alex Rodriguez in 2010 (125 RBIs). — James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 21, 2016 It got me wondering what the record … Read more

No Weekend Baseball in New York!

This weekend is a rare one in New York City. Neither the Mets nor the Yankees are at home. The Mets are in San Francisco and the Yankees are visiting Anaheim.  Citi Field is instead hosting a concert by the Zac Brown Band, while Yankee Stadium is the site of the annual Damon Runyon 5K. … Read more

Zee Matchup was Zee Wonderful

Another day, another question for the VORG from the Twitterverse: Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben Is Ziegler vs Zunino the highest alphabetical matchup in baseball history? Opposite of Aardsma vs Aaron if they ever faced each other? Doug Kern @dakern74 @BaseballRuben @dianagram   Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben @dakern74 @dianagram Is Diane going to look this up for me? … Read more

How Many Men Does it Take to Play the Position?

While noticing that the Cubs had already used 13 different players in left field this season, I began to wonder what the record was for each position on the diamond.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, here are the position-by-position leaders, with the year, count and associated players listed. (The Cubs are still two short … Read more

The Reds Pitchers have Gopheritis

The current Reds pitching staff is on a record pace for homers allowed. They’ve yielded 154 in their first 89 games (1.73 per game average). That would put them on pace for 280 longballs given up for the year, which would obliterate the record of 241 set by the 1996 Tigers. Year HR W L … Read more

Q & A with “Mets by the Numbers” Author Jon Springer

Jon Springer, long-time owner of the “Mets by the Numbers” site, loves uniform numbers . . . a lot. Since 1999, his site has been dedicated to tracking the history, assignment and re-assignment of uni numbers for Mets players, and has culled much of his work into a book of the same name, now in … Read more

Full Houses of all Types

Now that Kris Bryant has become the first player to complete a three homer/two double “full house” in a game, I thought it would be fun to look at other full house combinations. Three singles / two doubles: Achieved 245 times through 6/28/2016, most recently done by Aledmys Diaz on 4/23/16. Three singles / two … Read more

Stopped Before Making His Start

Friend of the VORG Andrew H asked: Has there ever been a 0 pitch start in MLB history? Paging @dianagram for this one. — Andrew H (@AndrewtheNerd85) June 21, 2016 Now, there HAVE been plenty of starts where a pitcher was listed as not facing a single batter, with no pitches listed: Player Date Tm … Read more

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