They have an SP1 through 5, but no A,E,I,O,Us.

It started out, as it so often does, as a simple, innocent tweet.  Carrie Muskat, MLB.COM Cubs beat writer, tweeted the following Thursday afternoon: Carrie Muskat ‏ @CarrieMuskat Rotation order will be Demp, Garza, Samardzija, Volstad and Maholm. #Cubs I instantly noticed something cool/odd about that list and retweeted with this note: dianagram ‏ @dianagram … Read more

March Moniker Madness – FINAL FOUR

After developing an initial field of 512 names and going through weeks of preliminary rounds to get down to a more standard bracket of 64, and four more rounds after THAT, we’re finally finalizing our Final Four (with infinite finality!). *PDF of 64-name bracket to date* Let’s introduce the four participants: Rusty Kuntz Region: Sound … Read more

Its time for the Elite Eight in March Moniker Madness

A couple of 1-seeds finally fell in the regional semis in the Madness, with Johnny Dickshot finally petering out in the Sounds Dirty bracket, and Kila Ka’aihue’s Spelling Bee charge to the title getting lost in translation.  Only two regions had their top two seeds make the regional finals, and the “Spelling Bee” regional final … Read more

Symmetrical Slash Lines

As Andrew McCutchen’s new six-year deal was being finalized a few weeks ago, ESPN’s Mark Simon tweeted the following: “Here’s statistical symmetry for you– entering last September, Andrew McCutchen’s 2011 slashline was  .272/.372/.472” (Note: Its true …) Symmetry is a beautiful thing, and we here at the VORG like to embrace and publicize it whenever … Read more

Sweet Sixteen set in March Moniker Madness

There were some mild upsets in the round of 32 of the Madness, as sentimental favorites like Doug Gwodsz and Buttercup Dickerson fell.  As announcers might say in these circumstances . . . “its a shame one of these names has to lose.”  So the Sweet Sixteen still has all the 1-seeds, but its lost … Read more

March Moniker Madness – Down to Field of 32

The “chalk” mostly held up during the round of 64 matchups.  Only five double-digit seeds won out of the 32 pairings. The updated bracket is shown in this PDF.  We’ll now list all 16 “round of 32” match-ups here, and would love for you to vote on all of them by early Sunday morning.  Once … Read more

Spring is Here, and Spring was in the Majors

At 1:14 AM Eastern time this morning, the Vernal Equinox occurred, bringing with it the first day of Spring.  (As an aside, ever notice how most of “Spring Training” actually takes place in the Winter?). Here at the VORG, we celebrate this day with a hat tip to the only “Spring” to ever make it … Read more

March Moniker Madness – Field Narrowed Down to Final 64

From the original group of 512 names, we’ve reached the final 64.  Each region has been seeded 1-16, as shown in this PDF.  We’ll list all 32 “round of 64” match-ups here, and would love for you to vote on all of them by late Thursday night.  You don’t have to do them all at … Read more

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