Games That Honor the Decimal System

As the first game of Friday’s White Sox/Indians double-header was winding down (a 19-10 free-for-all), ESPN.COM’s Doug Kern tweeted at me: Doug Kern @dakern74 @dianagram I don’t have a handy lookup for this (yet), but there are innings of 0,1,2,3,4,5,6 in that game. That can’t happen often. Fortunately for Doug (and you!), I happen to … Read more

Zoilo Almonte is our First Z.A.!

Zoilo Almonte has gotten off to an unexpectedly hot start for the Yankees.  After being summoned to spell a slumping Vernon Wells in left field, the 24-year-old outfielder has compiled a line of .583/.643/1.000 in the first five games of his Major League career.

As you might know, Almonte is not the first Zoilo to appear in the Majors.  That distinction goes to Zoilo Versalles,  a shortstop for the AL pennant-winning Twins in 1965.  Versalles won the AL MVP that season, along with a Gold Glove, and led the league in runs (126), doubles (45, tied with Carl Yastrzemski) and triples (12, tied with Bert Campaneris).

So even though Almonte is only the second Zoilo (a name of Spanish and Greek origin, meaning “life”), he IS the first player with the initials Z.A. to ever play in the Majors.  Here are the counts, from 1871-2012, of players by their first and last initials:

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Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

Friend of the VORG (and good personal friend) Jeremy Frank recently asked me: “Cubs tonight have lineup with Castro, Navarro, Soriano and Rizzo. How many lineups have had more ending with O, or what’s the most number of players ending with the same letter?” So we went to our chronological list of lineups from 1871-2012, … Read more

Who Needs all 26 Letters Anyway?

When the Royals selected Sean Manaea in the recent MLB First-Year Player draft, the VORG noticed the paucity of unique letters in his name.  You could spell his entire ten-letter name with only five distinct letters (a,e,m,n,s). Previously, we had looked at the flip-side of the “unique letters” names.  Folks like Dustin Ackley, Michael Bourn, … Read more

Fun with the names in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft

Just as we did with the 2012 version of this post, I’ll leave the sophisticated analysis of the recently-concluded 2013 Draft to the real experts. There were 1,216 players drafted. Most popular last names: Miller, Smith and Williams (each 11). Most popular first names: Tyler (34), Ryan (31), Nick (21). Longest last name: (Kyren) Gilmore-Parrott … Read more

2013 Pi Young Award – May Update

May is in the books, so let us see which hurlers are leading their respective leagues in the race for the annual “Pi Young Award“. First up . . . the American League/no innings requirement.  Detroit’s Al Alburquerque and the ChiSox’ Hector Santiago are in a statistical tie with the magic 3.14 ERA ration of … Read more

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