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

Opposing Starting Pitchers with “Embedded” Last Names

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern pointed this out to me today: @dianagram Dodgers radio points out tmw’s game is Hill vs Ca-Hill. If you feel like doing anything with that. “Embeds”, as it were. — Doug Kern (@dakern74) April 5, 2017 So here are the pitching matchups where one pitcher’s name is “embedded” in … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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”. In 2014, we added … Read more

The VORG’s 2016 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2016 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

Last Name Full of Alternating “A”s

@HighHeatStats gets a referral fee for forwarding this request: @HighHeatStats where is the alternating A-team. need Bobby Ayala, Rich Amaral, and John Halama — Zonino (@joshyto) September 19, 2016 @joshyto attention @dianagram — High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) September 19, 2016 Using the historical player list through 2015 from the Lahman Baseball Database, I found all … Read more

Zee Matchup was Zee Wonderful

Another day, another question for the VORG from the Twitterverse: Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben Is Ziegler vs Zunino the highest alphabetical matchup in baseball history? Opposite of Aardsma vs Aaron if they ever faced each other? Doug Kern @dakern74 @BaseballRuben @dianagram   Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben @dakern74 @dianagram Is Diane going to look this up for me? … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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