Kevin Youkilis and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday 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.  This time, we focus our attention on Kevin Youkilis. Many fans first found out about Youkilis in the pages … Read more

Players with the First and Middle Names of Other Players

Rogers Hornsby McKee, a pitcher for the Phillies in 1943-4, passed away last week.  That got the VORG wondering what other players have a first and middle name that is the same as the first and last name of another player.  Using the Master table of the Lahman Baseball Database, I separated out the birth … Read more

The VORG’s Football Terminology Roster

Sunday gives us the first weekend of the new NFL season.  To help celebrate this “other” sport, the VORG presents the following list of MLB and MILB names that have associations with pigskins: C: Frank Sacka, Wesley Holder, Kick Kelly, Robert Counterman, Bruno Block P: Claude Passeau, Pete Center, Brandon Backe, Harold Tackleson, Eddie Guardado, … Read more

The VORG’s Ice Cream Roster

Seattle Mariners prospect Jesus Montero apparently got into an altercation with one of the team’s scouts Thursday, over an ice cream sandwich: Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified crosschecker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed … Read more

The VORG’s Salute to FXX’s “The Simpsons” Marathon

So cable network FXX has begun its marathon showing of all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons”. To celebrate, the VORG presents the list of Major and Minor league players whose names closely resemble characters from the beloved show: Character Character’s role Player Homer Simpson Husband of Marge; father of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Harry Simpson, … Read more

VORG’S International Left-handers Day Salute

Did you know that August 13 is Lefthanders Day? As per Wikipedia: As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. Thousands of left-handed people in today’s … Read more

“P”ing on the Shoulders of Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been occasionally starting five different players whose last names begin with the letter P.  One such instance occurred Thursday night at Milwaukee, when their starting nine went as follows: Batting Angel Pagan CF Hunter Pence RF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Morse LF Joe Panik 2B Brandon Crawford … Read more

Drop a Letter and You Still Have a Name

Andy, owner of the terrific High Heat Stats and friend of the VORG, asked the following question this afternoon: High Heat Stats MLB @HighHeatStats Oswaldo Arcia makes me wonder how many MLB players have a surname the same as another, minus the first letter (i.e. Garcia)… @dianagram? So with the Lahman Baseball Database fired up, … Read more