Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar

This past Monday, prior to the start of the Yankees series with the Twins, William Juliano, proprietor of the excellent “The Captain’s Blog”, tweeted the following: The Captain’s Blog ‏@williamnyy23 It’s been 139 games since Yanks played Twins. Can’t confirm without programming, but that has to rank among longest spans between meetings. This intrigued me, … Read more

Al Rosen and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks 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.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll look at the differences in Sabbath versus non-Sabbath performance … Read more

The VORG’s “All-Font” Team

Mark Simon of ESPN asked me the following this afternoon: Mark Simon ‏@msimonespn @dianagram Challenge: Is there an All-Font team to be done in honor of Texas Rangers rookie Wilmer Font? Now, most devoted readers of the VORG know that I like words.  I like word games.  I like documentaries about typefaces.  I like word … Read more

Mariners were RISP-averse last night

The Seattle Mariners toiled for 18 innings last night/early this morning before succumbing to the Orioles 4-2.  As is the case with many extra-inning affairs, the M’s had a bit of trouble getting that one big hit with runners in scoring position.  In fact, they went 0-12 in RISP situations during innings 10-18, and an … Read more

We have Walk-offs in all shapes and sizes

Over at the excellent and entertaining “The Captain’s Blog“, William Juliano wonders if the “walk-off” plate appearance (and inevitable celebration) has become cliched. Maybe it has … maybe it hasn’t.  But the phrase itself has only been around for about 25 years (Dennis Eckersley has been given credit for first uttering the term after walking … Read more

Shawn Green and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.   So, as we’ve done with Yom Kippur and Passover, its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics”. Today, we’ll look at whether 1991 first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star and “member of the tribe” Shawn Green performed better or worse on the Sabbath during … Read more

Pirates create a new linescore for the record books

In baseball history, there have been approximately 2,650 different game linescores (R-H-E) achieved, with about 900 of them only occurring once.  Last year, the Indians gave us the first ever 1-0-5 linescore, scoring a single run and throwing the ball around while getting no-hit by Ervin Santana in a 3-1 loss.  Now the Pirates have … Read more