Get the Leb Out

Recently, the VORG came across a ballplayer in the Blue Jays system named Jason Leblebijian. He’s currently an infielder (mainly second base) at Triple-A. and there was some chatter about a possible call-up to the majors. If he DOES get there, he’ll join this wondrous list of players whose last name takes the form of … 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

Long Last Name vs. Short Last Name At-Bats

Jayson Stark issued an alert …. Another project for @dianagram !!! https://t.co/WMYlX2TaoQ — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 5, 2017 which referenced THIS tweet ….   .@EliasSports @Kurkjian_ESPN @jaysonst @MLBRandomStats @baseball_ref What’s the biggest letter difference between a pitcher and hitter ever? pic.twitter.com/fHVV8ajEZ3 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) May 5, 2017 and some folks chimed in with … Read more

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

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

Cost of “12 Days of Christmas” – Baseball Edition

Perhaps you’ve seen the article each year where they cost out what you’d have to spend to give your beloved each of the items mentioned in “The 12 Days of Christmas“. I thought it would be cool to see if we could come up with the baseball equivalent of this, using ballplayer names.  I had … Read more

Santa’s Reindeer Baseball Namesakes

Here are the closest major or minor league equivalents by name to Santa’s reindeer DASHER: Dasher Troy DANCER: Rolff Dancer PRANCER: Shane Prance VIXEN: Gene Shrewsbury (No “Vixens” in the game; vixen -> shrew) COMET: Mickey Mantle (No “Comets” in the game; Mantle was “The Commerce Comet”) CUPID: Cupid Childs DONNER: Leonard Donner BLITZEN: Terry … Read more

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