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

The VORG’s 2016 “Manager of the Year” Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2016 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 2016 “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, Michael Fulmer and Corey Seager 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 2016 “Nate Silver Slugger Awards”

Since 1980, Louisville Slugger has given out the “Silver Slugger Award“, described as follows: The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball ®. Coaches and managers of Major League teams vote for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in the field in … Read more

Art Shamsky and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today we examine the Sabbath/non-Sabbath performance differences of Art Shamsky. In … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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Highest Scrabble-Scoring Pitching Matchups

Friend of the VORG @BravesOptions alerted me to a fun factoid coming up in tomorrow’s Braves/Giants contest: .@dianagram I know you’ve looked at Scrabble batteries but what about pitching match ups? Folty vs Shark https://t.co/CStowFAsVL — The Notorious B.O.G. (@BravesOptions) May 29, 2016 Here are the top Scrabble scores of all time if you ignore … Read more

And all the Runs were Scored 2 by 2

It was late Saturday night. The Padres had just scored two runs in the top of the twelfth to take an 8-6 lead on the Brewers. I was skimming the boxscore when I noticed that all the runs have been scored in two-run half-inning increments. I tweeted to fellow stat geek Doug Kern about this … Read more

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