Periodic Table of Ballplayers

With Monday’s announcement of a new “Platinum Gold Glove” award to be given to the best overall fielder out of the 18 Gold Glove winners, the VORG hereby expresses its concern over the mixing of two different metals in one presentation (Can the “Tungsten Silver Slugger” be far behind?).  Also, the 115 other elements in … Read more

Star Wars and Baseball: The Fandom Menace

In recognition of Friday’s release of the “everything plus the kitchen sink, even if it pisses off the fan base” Blu-Ray Star Wars box set, here are the baseball players whose names most closely match various characters from the Star Wars series: Darth Vader – Sebastian Vader: Sebastian is an 18th round 2010 draft pick … Read more

Lee / Gee in Battle of Three-Letter SPs

When I saw that tonight’s pitching matchup at Citizen’s Bank Park featured the Phils Cliff Lee and the Mets Dillon Gee, the first thing that piqued my interest was the rhyming last names.  But then, being a math geek, I noticed the paucity of letters in their combined last names.  I wondered if any starting … Read more

Unrepeatable (that’s what you are)

You know those “brainy” questions regarding the English language, like “what are the only words you can type with your left hand” (tesseradecades, aftercataracts, sweaterdresses), or “what are the words with all the vowels“?  Well, I’m here to provide you baseball brains with the list of players with no repeated letters in their first and … Read more

Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today. Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“: Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca … Read more

KIPNIS plays well with others … other letters that is

The Cleveland Indians, in desperate need of some offense given their recent rash of injuries, last week called up their top prospect, 2B Jason Kipnis. While the VORG applauds this move for baseball reasons, it also makes good sense for Scrabble purposes. You see, many tournament Scrabble players like to study what are called “stems”.  … Read more

Introducing “Great Names in Baseball History”

While doing research for an upcoming post, I came upon quite possibly the most wondrous (if not most tasty) name in organized baseball history.  May I present to you . . . Josh Cakebread! Yes . . . Josh Cakebread . . . a 5’7″, 165 pound, 26-year-old Aussie who is currently manning shortstop for … Read more

Lots of Alliterative Last Name Lineup Loading

We’ve done lineups in fielding position order.  We’ve done alphabetical lineups.  Now, how about lineups with last names that all begin with the same letter? Well, there has never been a batting order with all nine guys starting with the same letter.  But there HAVE been two games with seven similarly-surnamed fellows.  Both games featured … Read more

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