It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Don’t Win in Spring

Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps. Spring training is underway. Soon the first exhibition games in Florida and Arizona will commence.

I’m here to tell you that you should not worry if your team does not come out of spring training with a winning record.ย  Using won-loss totals for both spring training and the regular season from 2006 through 2016, I calculated that there is a .216 correlation between the two (a correlation of 1.0 is a perfect positive relationship, while 0.0 means there is no relationship).

Why just last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks went 24-8 in February and March, and then proceeded to barely win three times as many games in the regular season (69-93). On the flip side, the Cubs “struggled” to an 11-19 spring mark, and then routed their division on their way to 103 regular season wins and an eventual World Series.

So here are the spring and regular season won-loss records for each team during each of the last 11 seasons, ranked by difference in winning percentage. Note the 2016 D’backs at the very top and the 2016 Cubs at the other end.

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Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

ย Here are the birthdays with number of players and total homers, followed by the leader for each day (thanks to Baseball Reference and the Lahman Baseball Database):

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“Unoccupied” Single Season Totals Records – 2016 Update

Last week we detailed the 2016 update to the lowest career totals that no one is currently sitting on for various stats. Now its time to do the same for single season records. To find out, we exported the single season statistics from 1871-2016 for the nearly 17,000 players in baseball history listed via Fangraphs, … Read more

“Unoccupied” Career Totals Records – 2016 Update

Baseball is full of career records, with numbers that everyone can reference … 762, 511, 652, 4256.ย ย  But what about the numbers that no player currently has? The VORG wanted to know what is the LOWEST career total that no one is currently sitting on. In other words and as an example, does no one … Read more

World Series Game Seven Factoids

Well we’ve finally reached the end of the 2016 season, with what should be a very entertaining game seven between the Cubs and Indians.ย  Here are some “game seven” facts to whet your appetite. Record for most SP K’s in a WS game 7 is 10, done 4 times. Last done by Roger Clemens in … Read more

The Outfield Equivalent of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey

Recently, I was thinking about the 1970s Dodgers infield of Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Bill Russell.ย  They famously played together longer than any other infield foursome (833 games). It got me wondering what trio of outfielders started the most games together, both in specific outfield slots and as a general trio regardless … Read more

Teams with Same Linescore in Consecutive Games

Friend of the VORG James Smyth, Wednesday afternoon … Air the @dianagram Siren: Yankees have 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors for all 3 games of their series in Seattle โ€” James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 24, 2016 Now I have my own “Bat signal”?ย  Cool! So, using the Retrosheet gamelogs, I’ve determined that the Yankees … Read more

Biggest Difference Between Runs Scored and RBI in a Season

This tweet by Friend of the VORG @JamesSmyth621 caught my attention this weekend: Albert Pujols on pace for 126 RBIs and only 66 runs. Fewest runs scored in a 120+ RBI season is 74 by Alex Rodriguez in 2010 (125 RBIs). โ€” James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 21, 2016 It got me wondering what the record … Read more

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