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 … Read more