Debuts by Batting Order Slot

Jorge Soler, the latest prospect called up by the Cubs this year, is making his big league debut tonight, batting fifth. That’s a pretty heady part of the order in which to make your first start in your first game. It got the VORG wondering how many batters have made their debut in each of … Read more

“P”ing on the Shoulders of Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been occasionally starting five different players whose last names begin with the letter P.  One such instance occurred Thursday night at Milwaukee, when their starting nine went as follows: Batting Angel Pagan CF Hunter Pence RF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Morse LF Joe Panik 2B Brandon Crawford … Read more

Lotta (Last Name) Letters in the Lineup

(Corrected from an earlier version) Last week, we listed the lineups with the most letters in them (considering last AND first names).  Now we’ll consider only last names. The starting lineup containing the most letters in the last names was achieved by the Chicago Cubs on August 23, 1946, as they hosted the Boston Braves.  … Read more

Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

Friend of the VORG (and good personal friend) Jeremy Frank recently asked me: “Cubs tonight have lineup with Castro, Navarro, Soriano and Rizzo. How many lineups have had more ending with O, or what’s the most number of players ending with the same letter?” So we went to our chronological list of lineups from 1871-2012, … Read more

He’s batting Cleanup?

Cleanup hitters . . . generally your most powerful hitters.  Baseball history (and the Hall of Fame) is full of legendary cleanup hitters.  Here are the players with most games batting cleanup in their careers: Player Games Started Eddie Murray 2038 Fred McGriff 1825 Willie McCovey 1607 Lou Gehrig 1537 Willie Stargell 1525 Jim Bottomley … Read more

Your Last Name is My First Name!

Friend of the VORG Keith DeCandido alerted me to the following Wednesday afternoon: Keith R.A. DeCandido @KRADeC Ben Francisco batting before Francisco Cervelli, and I’m wondering how often that’s happened. (Paging @dianagram….) Well, after poring over the nearly 160,000 Retrosheet gamelogs of NL/AL games through 2012, it appears that there have been approximately 130 instances … Read more

A Lineup of Unique Last Names

In response to the most recent article on the VORG (titled “Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar”), Jamie Gray tweeted the following: Jamie Gray ‏@Jamee999 This title gave me a question: has there ever been a lineup of surnames seen no where else in MLB history? Jamie was seeking lineups with names that are unique to … Read more

The Gauntlet of 26-Letter Lineups

Its nice to be gaining a reputation for certain kinds of analyses.  Twitter followers, Facebook friends and the like point out to you that “this would be right up your alley” or “has this ever happened in a game?” Such was the case last Friday morning, when ESPN’s Mark Simon DM’ed me the following: Threw … Read more