When it comes to coming up with the opening and final series of each season, the MLB schedule makers generally try for natural intradivision rivalries . . . Red Sox and Yankees, Cubs and Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants. In the era of daily interleague play, that becomes a bit harder. For example, the Phillies are … Read more
At ESPN.COM and around the web, you’ll see season previews full of projections, tables, diagrams and paragraphs explaining why your team will or will not be playing in October. I offer you this condensed analysis, via traditional Japanese poetic verse. Orioles O’s sign up for Cruz But its their pitching that will Stall their ship … Read more
Happy Opening Night! Baseball is finally back, and to celebrate the VORG offers a crossword puzzle over at ESPN’s SweetSpot.
With Opening Day (stateside) coming up, the last of the fantasy baseball drafts are taking place. There are many types of drafts to take part in, but perhaps the most challenging is the auction draft. Well, the VORG wondered if you could make the auction draft even MORE challenging (and/or nerdy) by requiring participants to … Read more
Last month we introduced the concept of “spoonerized” names. A “spoonerism” is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase. Fans of the VORG apparently love them: Craig Goldstein @cdgoldstein Wandy Rolf Jesse Spector @jessespector @cdgoldstein Randy … Read more
With NCAA March Madness underway, let’s put together a team of MLBers who have played Division 1 college basketball: C: Dave Ricketts 1B: Tony Clark, Chuck Connors, Cotton Nash 2B: Danny Ainge, Jackie Robinson SS: Dick Groat OF: Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Kenny Lofton, Frank Baumholtz, Curtis Pride SP: Chris Young, Mark Hendrickson, Gene Conley, … Read more
In the days leading up to, and the weeks after the Robinson Cano deal with the Mariners, the Yankees have seemingly turned over every stone looking for a live body to man second base. One small move, made primarily for infield depth, occurred in November, when they traded for minor leaguer Dean Anna. If Anna … Read more
Tonight brings us the Academy Awards, and one of the top nominees for Best Picture is 12 Years A Slave. The VORG celebrates this year’s ceremony by presenting OUR Best Picturetcher Oscar to “12 Years, a Save“, for the pitchers who hurled exactly 12 seasons and compiled exactly one save. Dennis Leonard Armando Reynoso John … Read more