The VORG’s 2014 “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, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom are the likely and deserving favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish … Read more

Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

As the Mets and Phils finished up their second consecutive five-hour contest Saturday evening, the Mets Twitterverse was abuzz with folks trying to figure out if New York had ever experienced back-to-back 300+ minute games.   Turns out, not only had the Mets not done that previously . . . NO TEAM had ever done that.  … Read more

All those Errors but no Unearned Runs

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell alerted me to the fact that the Astros managed to commit five errors Thursday night in a 10-1 loss, but those errors did not lead to even a single unearned run.  Dan wondered if that was a record for most errors without yielding an unearned run. With my Retrosheet … Read more

The First 5-4-5 Linescore in MLB History

History was made Thursday night, as the Red Sox were losing 14-5 to the Yankees.  The Sox finished with five runs on four hits, and committed five errors.  The resulting 5-4-5 linescore is the FIRST such tally in baseball history (nearly 200,000 games worth).  We’ve had 5-4-4s, 5-5-5s, 4-5-5s, but never before had a team … Read more

A Pitcher’s Best Friend, times 1.5

Last night, the Yankees pulled off a triple play, the third one completed in back of CC Sabathia in the last four years. Your browser does not support iframes. This got me wondering what the record is, from the pitcher’s perspective, for most triple plays “induced”.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index (a fantastic resource … Read more

Intentionally Walking the Pitcher?

Last Monday night, HighHeatStats tweeted the following:

High Heat Stats@HighHeatStats 

Boxscore Trivia (difficulty 4 out of 5): what happened most recently in this 1995 game? http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU199507250.shtml …

In attempting to answer the question, I misread the boxscore and this conversation ensued:

intentionally walking the pitcher?

Hmm @dianagram wow did that happen? Not what I was looking for.

But it got me wondering if there had ever been an intentional walk of a pitcher.  With the Baseball Reference Play Index Event Finder fired up, I found these nine occurrences since 1945 (as far back as the Event Finder goes, with the caveat that IBBs were not an officially-tracked statistic until 1955):

Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out
1946-04-21 (1) Schoolboy Rowe PHI BSN Johnny Sain tied 2-2 b9 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b2 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b4 -2- 2
1947-09-20 (1) Fred Hutchinson DET CLE Bob Feller tied 2-2 b10 -2- 1
1957-05-12 (1) Mickey McDermott KCA @CLE Early Wynn ahead 0-2 t4 -23 1
1957-07-14 (2) Lou Sleater DET BAL George Zuverink tied 6-6 b9 -2- 1
1958-07-25 (2) Juan Pizarro MLN CHC Don Elston ahead 1-3 b6 -2- 2
1970-09-01 (2) Jim Kaat MIN @MIL Bobby Bolin ahead 1-2 t11 -23 1
2004-05-05 Brooks Kieschnick MIL @CIN Danny Graves tied 4-4 t9 -2- 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2013.

 

Schoolboy Rowe could really handle himself at the plate.  As a 22-year-old in A-ball in 1932, he hit .295 and smacked ten homers in 112 at-bats, while also going 19-7 on the mound with a 1.094 WHIP.  In 1943, at the age of 33, he hit .294/.390/.510 in 59 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, to go along with a .304/.385/.420 rate in games he actually started at pitcher.

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The Last Baseball Game Ever Played by Your Team?

So tomorrow is apparently the last day on Earth for all of us, at least to some of us.  If that is indeed the case, here is how every team finished up their 2012 (and final) season. Here are the teams who played their final game on October 3rd, with the final batter and result … Read more

Mariners were RISP-averse last night

The Seattle Mariners toiled for 18 innings last night/early this morning before succumbing to the Orioles 4-2.  As is the case with many extra-inning affairs, the M’s had a bit of trouble getting that one big hit with runners in scoring position.  In fact, they went 0-12 in RISP situations during innings 10-18, and an … Read more