Bob Melvin and “Sabbathmetrics”

Monday night marks the beginning of Passover, the celebration of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in Egypt.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better or worse on the Sabbath. Our focus today is on catcher Bob Melvin. He currently serves as the manager … Read more

Opposing Starting Pitchers with “Embedded” Last Names

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern pointed this out to me today: @dianagram Dodgers radio points out tmw’s game is Hill vs Ca-Hill. If you feel like doing anything with that. “Embeds”, as it were. — Doug Kern (@dakern74) April 5, 2017 So here are the pitching matchups where one pitcher’s name is “embedded” in … Read more

Youngest, Oldest, Most Frequent Opening Day Starters

With Opening Day just a couple of days away, the VORG gives you the oldest and youngest players to ever start an Opening Day game, as well as the record holders for most Opening Day starts. YOUNGEST OPENING DAY STARTERS – BY POSITION 1913-2016 POS Player Age Date Tm Opp 1B Ed Kranepool 20.155 4/12/1965 … Read more

Slash Stats by Birthday

We’ve done homers by birthday, and hits by birthday.  Might as well go whole hog and do slash stats.

Here are the composite homer, RBI and slash stats for each birthday. The homers and RBI are prorated to 502 plate appearances per player, and all stats are from 1954-2016.

In case you are wondering, 7/24’s numbers are quite gaudy due to one Barry Bonds.

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Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

 Here are the birthdays with number of players and total homers, followed by the leader for each day (thanks to Baseball Reference and the Lahman Baseball Database):

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Highest WAR based on Number of Teams Played For

Friend of the VORG Ben Berk posed this question on Twitter: Random curiosity – who were the best players to play for 5+ teams? 6? 7? etc etc @HighHeatStats @dianagram @msimonespn — Ben (@Nebkreb) January 4, 2017 For simplicity sake, I used Baseball Reference’s WAR for determining the “best” players. Here are the batters: Teams … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In 2011, the VORG started rewriting holiday songs by replacing most/all of the lyrics with baseball player names. We began with “12 Days of Christmas“. We then moved onto  “Auld Land Syne“. In 2012, we rewrote the lyrics to “The Dreidel Song“. In 2013, it was a reimagining of “Winter Wonderland”. In 2014, we added … Read more

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