The VORG’s 2015 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2015 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. In the National League, … Read more

The VORG’s 2015 “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 2015 “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

The VORG’s 2015 “Manager of the Year” Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2015 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

The VORG’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year” Awards

If you’re new to the VORG, please note that we give out our awards not necessarily to the BEST player for each honor, but for the most NOTABLE player. For example, Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant are the favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish themselves in the … Read more

The VORG’s 2015 “Nate Silver Slugger Award”

In 2013, the VORG gave out the first annual “Nate Silver Slugger Award,” bestowed to those batters at each position who came closest to slugging .538 (after Mr. Silver’s data-driven analytics site). Here are this year’s players who slugged closest to .538 (on either side of it). Ties for the award are given to whichever … Read more

Norm Sherry and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better on worse on the Sabbath.  Normally we focus on position players. This time, we turn our attention the short managerial career of Norm Sherry. … Read more

More Pitching Matchup Weirdness

Friend of the VORG Tim Moore on the “Effectively Wild” Facebook page earlier this week: Curious about pitchers with the same surname as the opposing pitcher’s birthplace. Bonus points if it’s a Capitol. resulting in the following discussion … Diane Firstman Tim ….. are you serious about that? Tim Moore Always. OK, so pulling the … Read more

You Can’t Spell “FIP” Without “Pi”

Long-time readers of the VORG know of our affinity for “pi.” We offer up the “Pi Young Award” annually to the pitcher in each league whose ERA comes closest to 3.1415. Now, in honor of the ultimate “Pi Day,” we extend our fondness of pi to FIP. For those of you not up on the … Read more

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