The VORG’s 2014 “Manager of the Year” Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2014 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

2013 VORG Manager of the Year Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2013 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

2013 VORG Manager of the Year Awards Copy

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2013 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

Earl Weaver’s Love Affair with the Three-Run Homer

As you know, Earl Weaver, perhaps the best manager of the post-expansion era in baseball, passed away at 82 on Saturday.   As described in “Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles“, Weaver’s overarching philosophy relied heavily on the long-ball: Weaver preached his prescription for winning: “pitching and three-run homers.” He explained, “Pitching … Read more

No Relief for Breaking Brad

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we examined the record-setting “one-batter” relievers.  Apparently Astros’ manager Brad Mills reads the VORG, as he decided to go and set a one-game record for one-batter relievers last night during Houston’s 4-3 win over the Mets.  Mills used five relievers for just one batter apiece, breaking … Read more