The Chris Wi-THROW All-Stars

This morning’s “Effectively Wild” Baseball Prospectus podcast had Sam Miller recalling that Chris Withrow‘s write-up in the BP Annual mentioned that he’s the only Major Leaguer with the word “throw” in his name.

This caused us to wonder what other players had baseball terms secreted within their names.   With the Lahman Baseball Database supplying the names, here are the players with at least one of the following terms in their name: hit, run, throw, single, triple, homer, bunt, walk, bat, swing, out, ball, strike, inning.  Note: the term can be split across first and last names.

There is ONE player with two terms (OUT, HIT) in his name:

Taylor Douthit

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The VORG’s “Beige Whale”: Longest Name Chain

“The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung”  – Moby Dick, chapter 41 I don’t think that any particular data research project has left me missing … Read more

Consecutive Games Scoring Unique Number of Runs

The Red Sox lost 6-4 Wednesday evening, but thanks to friend of the VORG Joey Mallick, we were more disappointed that Boston failed to score either seven runs, or more than nine runs in the game. You see, a couple of days ago, Mallick pointed out to me that his beloved Sox had scored a … Read more

The VORG Honors “Victoria Day”

This Monday is Victoria Day.   Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honors Queen Victoria’s birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called “National Patriotes Day” (Journée nationale des patriotes). To honor our Canadian friends, the VORG gives you the most prolific players born … Read more

There’s No Place Like Wherever We’re Not Playing

Since 1901, home teams have won 54% of all regular season games.   But sometimes, the home/road split is quite extreme, in either direction.  Its still pretty early in the 2014 season, but the Marlins and Diamondbacks are on record-setting paces for biggest home/road differentials, on differing sides of the coin. The Marlins have been one … Read more

Singles – 16’s and Over, Put the Squeeze on Mariners

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell passed along a note about Friday night’s Royals/Mariners game: “… check out Brandon Maurer’s line last night: 7.1 IP, 14 hits (all singles!), 0 BB, 0 K. #zerotrueoutcomes” Lo and behold, a check of the boxscore showed the following: Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Brandon … Read more

Players with Same First/Last Letter in First/Last Name

Another day, another question via the wonderful world of Twitter: Neal Kendrick @neal_kendrick Tough name question relating to Oswaldo Arcia. Other players with both first and last name starting and ending with same letter. Jon Roegele @MLBPlayerAnalys @neal_kendrick David Aardsma Neal Kendrick @neal_kendrick @MLBPlayerAnalys yep, somebody got that one. You guys are much better at … Read more

Best Hitting Pitchers (Team) vs. Worst Hitting DHs (Team)

Last time, we noted that the Mets pitchers had gone hitless in their first 41 at-bats (51 plate appearances) of the season.  As of Monday night, those numbers are now up to 54 and 66 respectively.   Friend of the VORG Daren Willman of baseballsavant.com and I got into a little Twitter convo about this subject: … Read more

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