From 20-game Winner to 20-game Loser

A friend of mine asked me, after considering the 2016-7 fortunes of Rick Porcello, if anyone had ever lost 20 games the year after winning 20. This list meets that request, with the following exceptions: It doesn’t include those that won and lost 20+ games in the same season It doesn’t include those that lost … Read more

Recycled Batteries

At the seventh annual Saberseminar this past weekend at Boston University, attendees were entertained and informed by the event’s emcee, Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti. Periodcally, Benetti would make note of a “Recycled Battery” receptacle in the lecture hall. He asked if anyone had extra batteries to dispose of, and then started asking … Read more

(More) Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

Here is a new and improved version of the list of those starting pitching matchups whose first names are actual cities in the state in which the game is being played. This list is for games from 1961-2016, and excludes games in Montreal and Toronto. date vteam hteam hstate vis sp home sp 19620708 CHA … Read more

Consecutive Games Facing Pitcher with Same Last Name

Friend of the VORG (and fellow you should definitely follow) Doug Kern asked me the following this morning:

After a bunch of data wrangling with the Retrosheet game logs, I don’t know about the Brew Crew having experienced this phenomena nine times, but here is what I was able to come up with in terms of one team facing pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games, through 2016.  If there is only a last name listed, just trust me when I say that each pitcher had a different Retrosheet ID.  I’m not 100% certain on this list, but I think I’m ….. in the ballpark.

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Get the Leb Out

Recently, the VORG came across a ballplayer in the Blue Jays system named Jason Leblebijian. He’s currently an infielder (mainly second base) at Triple-A. and there was some chatter about a possible call-up to the majors. If he DOES get there, he’ll join this wondrous list of players whose last name takes the form of … Read more

Longest Last Names by Position

Over at the Effectively Wild podcast group on Facebook, a hard-working soul manually put together a list of the longest last names in MLB history by position. Using the Lahman Baseball Database, this is the list I came up with: POS GAMES NAME LENGTH 1B 959 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 2B 510 Gene DeMontreville 13 SS … Read more

Opposing Pitchers with Same First Name (and Opposing Catchers Too!)

SportsnetLA’s Alanna Rizzo (and more than a few others) noted a quirk in the batteries in Saturday night’s Dodgers/Padres game. What are the chances? The batteries tonight are Clayton & Austin and Clayton & Austin. — Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 7, 2017 Indeed, Clayton Kershaw was facing off against Clayton Richard. Kershaw was being caught … Read more

Long Last Name vs. Short Last Name At-Bats

Jayson Stark issued an alert …. Another project for @dianagram !!! https://t.co/WMYlX2TaoQ — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 5, 2017 which referenced THIS tweet ….   .@EliasSports @Kurkjian_ESPN @jaysonst @MLBRandomStats @baseball_ref What’s the biggest letter difference between a pitcher and hitter ever? pic.twitter.com/fHVV8ajEZ3 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) May 5, 2017 and some folks chimed in with … Read more

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