The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2017

Today is Thanksgiving, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order): Baseball Prospectus: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but they continue to find great writers/analysts. From prospect talk to fantasy baseball … Read more

The VORG’s 2017 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2017 season awards will be handed out Thursday afternoon, as the AL and NL MVPs are announced.  Here at the VORG, MVP stands for “Most Voweluable Player”, that being the player in each league with the highest percentage of vowels in their first and last names combined. Over in the American … Read more

Most Popular Surname in a Season

Friend of the VORG David Branson asks: @dianagram Is this the most players with the same surname to play in the same season? https://t.co/mgjbqLIgpU — David Branson (@obxleatherman) August 30, 2017 Storm was one of 13 MLB players named Davis in 1985. Others: Alvin, Chili, Eric, Gerry, Glenn, Jody, Joel, Mark, Mike, Ron, Steve, Trench … Read more

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

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