Author Archives: Diane

Longest Player Name for each Franchise

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern alerted me to the following: Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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Heavyweight Pitching Matchups

In Atlanta this evening, 285-pound Bartolo Colon is facing off against 260-pound Aaron Harang.  That got Stuart Johnson thinking, and good friend of the VORG Mark Simon putting out the “bat signal” . . . Stuart Johnson @stujo11 Bartolo Colon … Continue reading

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An Appreciation of Strat-O-Matic

Over at the ESPN Sweet Spot, I have an appreciation for the tabletop version of Strat-O-Matic baseball. I’ll have a review of the new season’s card set and game soon right here.

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Scrabble-acceptability of 2014 Opening Day Rosters

With the first full weekend of games upon us, its time for the VORG to once again present the list of Scrabble-acceptable player names on each team’s Opening Day/week roster. The player’s first or last name is deemed “acceptable” if … Continue reading

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