The VORG’s 2016 World Series Preview

We’ve finally reached the World Series, and with it the established institutions will of course give you the standard previews of the Indians/Cubs showdown. But this is the VORG … we don’t do “standard” … we do factoids, minutiae, trivia, oddities, random bits of info on all the major participants for both teams. Here now … 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

How Many Men Does it Take to Play the Position?

While noticing that the Cubs had already used 13 different players in left field this season, I began to wonder what the record was for each position on the diamond.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, here are the position-by-position leaders, with the year, count and associated players listed. (The Cubs are still two short … Read more

Full Houses of all Types

Now that Kris Bryant has become the first player to complete a three homer/two double “full house” in a game, I thought it would be fun to look at other full house combinations. Three singles / two doubles: Achieved 245 times through 6/28/2016, most recently done by Aledmys Diaz on 4/23/16. Three singles / two … Read more

Stopped Before Making His Start

Friend of the VORG Andrew H asked: Has there ever been a 0 pitch start in MLB history? Paging @dianagram for this one. — Andrew H (@AndrewtheNerd85) June 21, 2016 Now, there HAVE been plenty of starts where a pitcher was listed as not facing a single batter, with no pitches listed: Player Date Tm … Read more

“A _____ short of the cycle …”

Don’t you love articles that note players who finished just one particular type of hit short of the cycle?

Like this guy, who finished a triple short of the cycle … A triple, the hardest, rarest form of hit to be had, and its news-worthy?

Well, to celebrate the “____ short of the cycle” champs, here are the 2015 and single season leaders for each type of hit lacking.

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The Best and Worst “Three True Outcome” Games

We’ve discussed the concept of “Three True Outcomes” (TTO) before, with the calculation of TTO percentage based on walks, strikeouts and homers divided by plate appearances. Now I thought it would be fun to research which games in major league history featured the highest and lowest TTO percentage. Many teams have had a game in … Read more

The VORG’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year” Awards

If you’re new to the VORG, please note that we give out our awards not necessarily to the BEST player for each honor, but for the most NOTABLE player. For example, Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant are the favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish themselves in the … Read more

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