Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

As the Mets and Phils finished up their second consecutive five-hour contest Saturday evening, the Mets Twitterverse was abuzz with folks trying to figure out if New York had ever experienced back-to-back 300+ minute games.   Turns out, not only had the Mets not done that previously . . . NO TEAM had ever done that.  … Read more

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

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

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

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