“OUT OF THE PARK 18” Now Available

        The best, most realistic baseball sim is back! I originally reviewed “OOTP” back in 2014, and in the three years since, the game’s AI, graphics and realism have only gotten better. You can manage or general manage practically ANY team in professional baseball from rookie ball to the big leagues, or … Read more

It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Don’t Win in Spring

Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps. Spring training is underway. Soon the first exhibition games in Florida and Arizona will commence.

I’m here to tell you that you should not worry if your team does not come out of spring training with a winning record.  Using won-loss totals for both spring training and the regular season from 2006 through 2016, I calculated that there is a .216 correlation between the two (a correlation of 1.0 is a perfect positive relationship, while 0.0 means there is no relationship).

Why just last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks went 24-8 in February and March, and then proceeded to barely win three times as many games in the regular season (69-93). On the flip side, the Cubs “struggled” to an 11-19 spring mark, and then routed their division on their way to 103 regular season wins and an eventual World Series.

So here are the spring and regular season won-loss records for each team during each of the last 11 seasons, ranked by difference in winning percentage. Note the 2016 D’backs at the very top and the 2016 Cubs at the other end.

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Slash Stats by Birthday

We’ve done homers by birthday, and hits by birthday.  Might as well go whole hog and do slash stats.

Here are the composite homer, RBI and slash stats for each birthday. The homers and RBI are prorated to 502 plate appearances per player, and all stats are from 1954-2016.

In case you are wondering, 7/24’s numbers are quite gaudy due to one Barry Bonds.

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Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

 Here are the birthdays with number of players and total homers, followed by the leader for each day (thanks to Baseball Reference and the Lahman Baseball Database):

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Ten Years, No HOF Votes . . . Where is the love? – 2017 Update

After the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot results were announced, I thought it would be cool to take a historical look at those players who were on the standard BBWAA ballot at least once, and didn’t receive even one vote.  I presented the respective “career category leaders” within that group. I did this again with the … Read more

Highest WAR based on Number of Teams Played For

Friend of the VORG Ben Berk posed this question on Twitter: Random curiosity – who were the best players to play for 5+ teams? 6? 7? etc etc @HighHeatStats @dianagram @msimonespn — Ben (@Nebkreb) January 4, 2017 For simplicity sake, I used Baseball Reference’s WAR for determining the “best” players. Here are the batters: Teams … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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”. In 2014, we added … Read more

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