Recycled Batteries

At the seventh annual Saberseminar this past weekend at Boston University, attendees were entertained and informed by the event’s emcee, Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti. Periodcally, Benetti would make note of a “Recycled Battery” receptacle in the lecture hall. He asked if anyone had extra batteries to dispose of, and then started asking … Read more

Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

As so often is the case with a VORG topic, it started with a single tweet: Hey @jaysonst wi Austin Pruitt starting opposite Dallas Keuchel in TX – can you recall 2 SP named after cities meeting in that state — Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 3, 2017 To which my hero Jayson Stark replied: How … Read more

Astros are Road Runners

Sitting at 60-29 at the All-Star Break, the Astros boast a gaudy 33-11 record on the road. and that .750 road winning percentage is 2nd-best since 1901 (1906 Chicago Cubs went 60-15 away from home, for an .800 winning percentage). The Astros have put up a remarkable 314 runs in their 44 road games, an … Read more

Dial M (7 times) for a Record

Friend of the VORG Zack Raab set out a request to Jayson Stark and I: .@dianagram/@jaysonst, since you love these wacky finds and I love seeing what you can do with them, ever seen this in a MLB lineup? 👇🤔 https://t.co/PowiFZ8hS0 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) June 20, 2017 … which referred to this tweet: @ESPNStatsInfo … Read more

Pitching Appearances with More Ks than Outs

Last night, Craig Kimbrel got a four out save, and thanks to a wild pitch on a strikeout, managed to K five batters during his appearance. Followers of the VORG asked me if this was some sort of record for most Ks where the strikeouts exceeded the outs recorded.  It turns out it wasn’t a … Read more

Longest Last Names by Position

Over at the Effectively Wild podcast group on Facebook, a hard-working soul manually put together a list of the longest last names in MLB history by position. Using the Lahman Baseball Database, this is the list I came up with: POS GAMES NAME LENGTH 1B 959 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 2B 510 Gene DeMontreville 13 SS … Read more

Matching Starting Pitching Lines in Twins/Angels Game

As noted by Jayson Stark and others, yesterday’s Twins/Angels game saw a nearly identical set of starting pitcher lines:   Min-Angels starters Thurs: Mejia 6+ IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 1 HR 84 pitches 51 strikes Meyer 6+ IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 1 HR 84 pitches … Read more

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