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

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

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 more

A “Freddie Freeman” List

Maybe it was Freddie Freeman’s big contract extension, or his recent wedding engagement, but something possessed friend of the VORG HighHeatStats to ask me this: High Heat Stats @HighHeatStats  Hey @dianagram how about a Freddie Freeman list–players with identical 1st 3 letters in both names? Using the Lahman Baseball Database as my reference, I found … Read more

Rarest Scores in MLB History

One cool aspect of an otherwise lackluster Super Bowl was the final score (43-8).  Apparently it was the first game in NFL history to end with that specific score.   That got the VORG wondering which results have never occurred in MLB history.  Culling the game scores from 1900-2013, here are the final scores we’ve … Read more

The VORG’s All-Time PTBNL Team

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary describes a “Player to be Named Later” (PTBNL) as: An unnamed player to be delivered at some future date to a team in order to complete a trade.  The assignment must be completed within six months from the date of the agreement . . . The player must not have been … Read more

It Could be a Good RotAAAAAtion

With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka today, the Yankees added a much-needed arm to their questionable staff.  If Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova join Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Tanaka in the rotation, the Bombers could break Spring Training with every one of their starting pitchers having a last name ending in “A”.  How often … Read more

If “Baseball Player” is ever a “Wheel of Fortune” Category

Loyal VORG reader Jeff Gelman emailed me recently:

A short time after his call-up to the majors I read that Andy Pettitte had become just the second major leaguer with 4 t’s in his last name, joining Mickey Tettleton. I don’t know if anyone else has since joined this club . . .

Anyhow, I thought that perhaps you’d research which player last names contain the most of each letter. In the event of a mega-tie, perhaps an indication of the number of players and which one made the most recent major league debut?

In the interest of being thorough, I compiled the record-holders for first, last and combined names, using the Lahman Baseball Database as a name/spelling source (we’re going by how they were referred to in their careers, not necessarily their given name).  Each table below lists the letter tallied, the “record” for most of that letter in the name, the number of players sharing that record, and the most recent debut of any such player.

In the first name group, we’ve previously written about Atahualpa Severino.  Severino is one of only three players to have a “letter record” all to himself.  Meanwhile, no  “2 V” player has suited up since Gavvy Cravath in 1908:

First

Most

Players

Most recent debut

A

4

1

Atahualpa Severino

9/6/2011

B

3

120

Bobby LaFromboise

4/10/2013

C

2

171

C.C. Lee

7/14/2013

D

2

304

David Hale

9/13/2013

E

4

2

Pee Wee Reese

4/23/1940

F

2

209

Tuffy Gosewisch

8/1/2013

G

3

3

Gregg Zaun

6/24/1995

H

3

1

Hung-Chih Kuo

9/2/2005

I

3

1

Keiichi Yabu

4/9/2005

J

2

12

J.J. Hoover

4/25/2012

K

2

19

Kensuke Tanaka

7/9/2013

L

3

7

Glenallen Hill

7/31/1989

M

2

199

Tommy Medica

9/11/2013

N

3

7

Brennan Boesch

4/23/2010

O

4

2

Choo-Choo Coleman

4/16/1961

P

3

3

Phillippe Aumont

8/23/2012

Q

1

26

Arquimedes Caminero

8/16/2013

R

2

734

Roger Kieschnick

7/31/2013

S

2

142

Jesus Sucre

5/24/2013

T

2

330

Matt Shoemaker

9/20/2013

U

2

8

Julius Matos

5/31/2002

V

2

2

Gavvy Cravath

4/18/1908

W

1

651

Wilfredo Tovar

9/22/2013

X

1

184

Xander Bogaerts

8/20/2013

  Max Stassi

8/20/2013

Y

2

8

Yunesky Maya

9/7/2010

Z

2

29

Gonzalez Germen

7/12/2013

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