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

Politically-tinged Fantasy Team Names

Its Hot Stove time … and we just got through with a Presidential election, so its the perfect moment to present you with some politically-relevant fantasy team name suggestions: Electoral Hershiser College Government Subsidygordon Presidential Pardonsutton Watergates Brown Majority WHIP Rennie Senate The Georgia Impeach Unearned Runoff Matt West Wing Vida Blue Room SenatoriiHunter Oval … Read more

The VORG’s 2016 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2016 season awards will be handed out Thursday afternoon, as the AL and NL MVPs are announced.  Here at the VORG, MVP stands for “Most Voweluable Player”, that being the player in each league with the highest percentage of vowels in their first and last names combined. Over in the American … Read more

The VORG’s 2016 “Pi Young Award”

Wednesday evening brings us the announcement of the  “Cy Young Award” winner in each league.  So, its now time for the VORG to announce the winners of the 2016 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award). … Read more

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