Periodic Table of Ballplayers

With Monday’s announcement of a new “Platinum Gold Glove” award to be given to the best overall fielder out of the 18 Gold Glove winners, the VORG hereby expresses its concern over the mixing of two different metals in one presentation (Can the “Tungsten Silver Slugger” be far behind?).  Also, the 115 other elements in … Read more

Congrats on Just Missing the 30-100-.300 Club!

In the midst of researching material for the VORG World Series Preview, I came upon the fact that Albert Pujols finished the year at .299, with 37 homers and 99 RBI.  I noted that he was the first player in history to finish one point short of .300 AND one RBI short of 100 in … Read more

The VORG World Series Preview

Other sites can give you all the match-ups and tactical forecasts for the showdown between the Rangers and Cardinals.  At the VORG, we’re going to give you the fact(oids): Cardinals: Yadier Molasses Molina stole four bases in 2011, and is now up to 25 for his career.  This ties him for 83rd all-time amongst catchers.  … Read more

Games People Don’t Play

Jose Reyes had a great year for the Mets.  He led the National League in batting, tied for the overall lead in triples and played his usual average (but flashy!) defense.  He also tied for the team lead in games played, with Lenny Harris of all people . . . with 126! Read that again … Read more

Representing the 3-2-3

There are approximately 4,000 double plays completed each season.  One of the rarest varieties is the 3-2-3, which happens mostly in bases loaded situations, with the first baseman throwing to the catcher and then receiving the return throw to first. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila pulled off a nifty 3-2-3, bases loaded double play during … Read more

Sandy Koufax and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sundown Friday will mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  This year, Yom Kippur happens to fall on the Sabbath, which itself is a period for rest and reflection.  For Jewish … Read more

Factoids about the 2011 Season

Now that the regular season is over, let’s mine some of its data for fun nuggets (dipping sauce optional):

  • NL batting champ Jose Reyes appeared in only 126 games, but tied for the league lead with 16 triples.  The entire Orioles squad had 13 three-baggers.
  • Can you name the only player to appear in all 162 games this season?  Would you believe it was Prince Fielder?  He’s missed a total of 13 games over the last six years.
  • Curtis Granderson led the majors with 136 runs scored, 15 more than runner-up Ian Kinsler.  That margin is the largest for a runs leader since 1991, when Paul Molitor’s 133 were 18 more than anyone else.
  • Melky Cabrera, a career .267 hitter coming into 2011, hit .305 with 201 hits.  This is only the 27th time in baseball history that a 200+ hit player batted .305 or lower.
  • Jeff Francoeur had 47 doubles and 20 homers in a solid season for the Royals.  However, he scored a mere 77 runs despite his extra-base prowess.  That’s the fewest runs ever scored while having those minimum number of doubles and homers.
  • Victor Martinez (12 homers) and Michael Young (11 homers) each managed to drive in over 100 runs.  The last time we had at least two players with 100+ RBIs and 12 or fewer homers was 1975.
  • 78 players struck out 100 or more times in 2011, the fifth-highest total ever (each of the last five seasons are in there). A record nine players had 162 or more strikeouts.
  • There has been only 54 player-seasons of 10 or more homers but an OPS of .625 or less.  The 2011 White Sox had two of them (Alex Rios and Adam Dunn).
  • Speaking of Dunn, he had 66 total hits all year.  Prior to 2011, he had seven seasons (out of his first ten) of 63 or more extra-base hits.  Only 12 players in history had more 63+ XBH years in their first 10 seasons.
  • The Cubs’ Starlin Castro joined the 20-20 club . . . 20 stolen bases and 20 GIDPs.  He was the only one in the club in 2011.  Alex Rios had made it in each of the prior three seasons.
  • Reed Johnson had his second straight season of five or fewer walks in over 200 plate appearances.  Only one player in history has had three such seasons.  Johnson is the first player to end a season with ten or more HBPs and five or fewer walks.

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