Baseball has had all sort of body types take the field in its history. There have been very tall players, rather short players, hefty hefty hefty players and wimpy wimpy wimpy ones too. Over at Beyond the Boxscore, Bill Petti does a very nice job, including a well-thought out bar chart, summarizing the “growth” of … Read moreBaseball and the BMI
During Friday night’s Blue Jays/Rays tilt, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista scored each of the first four Blue Jay runs. Sadly for the VORG, with Chris Woodward on first base in the bottom of the 11th, John McDonald homered, ruining Bautista’s run-hogging. Nonetheless, scoring all of your team’s runs is pretty easy if its only … Read moreAll 4 Runs and Runs for All, Almost . . .
Starlin Castro is one the brightest shining lights for a Cubs team in a state of flux. Castro was Baseball America’s top Cubs prospect at the beginning of 2010. The 21-year-old Castro made the jump from Double-A to the majors in 2010 and though his defense was a little shaky (27 errors in 123 games), … Read moreThe Anagrammatical Beauty of Starlin Castro
In honor of Tax Day, let’s see the players who have memorable 1040s: First up, the batters . . . Games: Not one single player has played in exactly 1040 games in their career. Bill Sweeney, an infielder for the Boston Doves in the 1900s, comes closest at 1039. At Bats: In a quirk that … Read more1040 Reasons to Be Happy on Tax Day
So we’ve been through the guys whose names are acceptable in Scrabble. But what about the guys whose names are worth the most points in Scrabble? We’re not going to concern ourselves with those names that can’t be formed with the standard English distribution of tiles. So, nobody with two Zs in their name are … Read moreBest Players with Tiles in Scoring Position
After managing more than seven hits in only two of their first eight games, the Cardinals pounded out 11 hits in their game on April 10th. Then they kicked it into another gear, with a streak of five straight games with at least 14 hits, including last night’s 11-2, 19-hit thumping of the Dodgers in … Read moreCards’ Magic Number (of late) is 14
The Tigers called up reliever Alberto (Al) Alburquerque this week. Now, I’m not the only blogger with a fondness for great names, but what struck me about this fellow beyond the name’s alliteration was the matched sequence of the first three letters in the first and last names. Lets hear it for tautograms! You know … Read moreI’m “All In” for Alliteration, Alberto Alburquerque!
If you aren’t a member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), then you are truly missing out on a lot of fun and information. The Society has chapter meetings all over the country, with members offering presentations on baseball research projects. There is an annual convention which includes research presentations, panel discussions, trips to … Read moreThe Scrabble All-Star Team