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

The VORG’s “Pi name” All-Star Team

In honor of “Pi Day” here is the VORG’s team of players with “pi” somewhere in their first or last name (not an all-inclusive list, as there are roughly 200 such names): 1B: Wally Pipp, Joe Pepitone 2B: Danny Espinosa, Jeff Keppinger SS: Spike Owen, Rob Picciolo 3B: Pie Traynor, Pinky Higgins OF: Felix Pie, … Read more

The VORG’s Valentine’s Day Gift to You

Sunday of course is Valentine’s Day, and many of your favorite baseball sites will undoubtedly be doing something “love-related”, like theme teams, or baseball-oriented Valentine’s cards. Here at the VORG, we like to think of “baseball love” in terms of partnerships. We admire those great double-play combos, and we’ve written about the most frequent batterymates. … Read more

Even More Improved “12 Days of Christmas”

Back in 2011 I rewrote the “12 Days of Christmas” using names of minor and major league ballplayers.  Here is a slightly improved version of that piece (more words accounted for).  Enjoy the holiday! Ahn Thees Ferst Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave Toomey, Jay Partridge Ina Peartree! Ahn Thees second Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave … Read more

The VORG’s “Chanukah” Team

Tuesday evening is the first night of Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. According to tradition: “…  at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Deck the Hall

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” This year, we are … Read more

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

“Baby New Year” for Ballplayers

We’re coming up on the annual tradition of stories noting which child was the first born in a particular city in the new year.  To give this a VORG flavor, we are providing you the first player of each “birth year” to make the majors (debuting 1900 forward): Birth Name Debut 1869 John McPherson 7/12/1901 … Read more

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