Will a Mets Pitcher get a Hit in 2014?

Your browser does not support iframes. The Mets have gotten off to a surprisingly good start, despite a power-challenged offense.  While no one expects the pitchers to contribute much to this offense, the hurlers have managed to compile the following stat line at the plate in 2014: PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO … Read moreWill a Mets Pitcher get a Hit in 2014?

All those Errors but no Unearned Runs

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell alerted me to the fact that the Astros managed to commit five errors Thursday night in a 10-1 loss, but those errors did not lead to even a single unearned run.  Dan wondered if that was a record for most errors without yielding an unearned run. With my Retrosheet … Read moreAll those Errors but no Unearned Runs

How I Fell in Love with “Out of the Park”

I’m a veteran of tabletop baseball games like Strat-O-Matic as well as fantasy baseball and Scoresheet. I’ve played PC-based baseball games that were more about managing than about motion capture graphics and “swing timing”, from Micro League Baseball to Baseball Mogul.  Then, inspired by a positive review from Baseball Prospectus, I downloaded a demo version … Read moreHow I Fell in Love with “Out of the Park”

The First 5-4-5 Linescore in MLB History

History was made Thursday night, as the Red Sox were losing 14-5 to the Yankees.  The Sox finished with five runs on four hits, and committed five errors.  The resulting 5-4-5 linescore is the FIRST such tally in baseball history (nearly 200,000 games worth).  We’ve had 5-4-4s, 5-5-5s, 4-5-5s, but never before had a team … Read moreThe First 5-4-5 Linescore in MLB History

Longest Player Name for each Franchise

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern alerted me to the following:

OFFICIAL: #Rays call up left-handed reliever @CJRief, whose 12-letter last name ties Jason Isringhausen for longest in club history.

That @CJRief is C.J. Riefenhauser, and he (and Doug) inspired this list.  Here is each franchise/team in baseball history, with the player(s) holding the record for longest last name.  For simplicity sake, the player will be listed next to most if not all versions of the franchise, even if they didn’t play for a particular version.  For example, Al Hollingsworth didn’t play for the Minnesota Twins, but he DID play for their progenitor, the Washington Senators.  Also, the last name length excludes periods, apostrophes, hyphens and spaces.  With that in mind, here is the list:

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Giving new Meaning to “Win Streak”

Loyal VORG reader David Branson tweeted at me yesterday: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Joe Niekro had single season win totals of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17. Any idea if this is the longest string? I thought that was a really cool find, and decided to investigate further.  … Read moreGiving new Meaning to “Win Streak”

A Pitcher’s Best Friend, times 1.5

Last night, the Yankees pulled off a triple play, the third one completed in back of CC Sabathia in the last four years. Your browser does not support iframes. This got me wondering what the record is, from the pitcher’s perspective, for most triple plays “induced”.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index (a fantastic resource … Read moreA Pitcher’s Best Friend, times 1.5

More Errors than Strikeouts in a Season

As with many prior posts, it began with an innocent tweet: David Schoenfield @dschoenfield Andrelton Simmons still with no strikeouts and no errors on the season. Which will come first? #Braves . . . which elicited this response from me: dianagram @dianagram @dschoenfield oh you’re going to inspire me to find players with more Es … Read moreMore Errors than Strikeouts in a Season

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