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

Opposing Pitchers with Same First Name (and Opposing Catchers Too!)

SportsnetLA’s Alanna Rizzo (and more than a few others) noted a quirk in the batteries in Saturday night’s Dodgers/Padres game. What are the chances? The batteries tonight are Clayton & Austin and Clayton & Austin. — Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 7, 2017 Indeed, Clayton Kershaw was facing off against Clayton Richard. Kershaw was being caught … Read more

Highest Scrabble Score of Starting Batteries

A couple of nights ago, a fellow named “thedeejus” had this Reedit post on highest Scrabble score batteries. It came with this caveat Edit: this is last names only, forgot to mention that in the title. Also, I kind of cheated and only checked to see whether they were teammates, not whether they actually played … Read more

Longest-Named Batteries (Update)

A few years ago, we delved into the shortest-named batteries of all-time, and included a brief mention of the longest-named pair. “. . . the battery with the longest combined last name?  It appears to be 23.  On September 27, 1940, the Chicago Cubs had Ken Raffensberger pitching to Clyde McCullough“ Last night, the Twitterverse … Read more

The Shortest (Named) Batteries of All-Time

Tuesday night saw another instance of a Dillon GEE – Cliff LEE pitching matchup, the brevity of their last names having been written about before.  In the midst of (re)publicizing that post to the Twitterverse, one of my followers noted: William Tasker ‏@FlagrantFan  Now, of course, you need to go through all those games and … Read more

Pitchers “Pitching Around” & Catchers “Catching Around”

Last time we listed the pitcher/catcher combos with the most game starts in history.  Now let’s see if some of those same pitchers and catchers were tossing the old ball around with lots of other batterymates. Here are the pitchers who have started games with at least 30 different catchers in their career: PITCHER # … Read more

Glove Will Keep Us Together

Its Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, and what better way for the VORG to celebrate it than to examine the “couples” that have lasted the longest on the diamond. I’m speaking of the batterymates . . . pitchers and catchers.  They have to be able to communicate well, in many different, subtle forms.  The twittering of … Read more

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