Games That Honor the Decimal System

As the first game of Friday’s White Sox/Indians double-header was winding down (a 19-10 free-for-all), ESPN.COM’s Doug Kern tweeted at me: Doug Kern @dakern74 @dianagram I don’t have a handy lookup for this (yet), but there are innings of 0,1,2,3,4,5,6 in that game. That can’t happen often. Fortunately for Doug (and you!), I happen to … Read more

Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

Friend of the VORG (and good personal friend) Jeremy Frank recently asked me: “Cubs tonight have lineup with Castro, Navarro, Soriano and Rizzo. How many lineups have had more ending with O, or what’s the most number of players ending with the same letter?” So we went to our chronological list of lineups from 1871-2012, … Read more

Your Last Name is My First Name!

Friend of the VORG Keith DeCandido alerted me to the following Wednesday afternoon:

Keith R.A. DeCandido @KRADeC

Ben Francisco batting before Francisco Cervelli, and I’m wondering how often that’s happened. (Paging @dianagram….)

Well, after poring over the nearly 160,000 Retrosheet gamelogs of NL/AL games through 2012, it appears that there have been approximately 130 instances of one player’s last name being the same as the first name in the next batter in the lineup.

The first occurrence came on September 13, 1916 in the second game of a doubleheader between the Cardinals and Phillies.  The Cardinals third hitter, SS Dot Miller, was immediately followed in the batting order by 2B Miller Huggins.  The most recent occasion (prior to 2013) was April 12, 2011 when the Mariners SS Brendan Ryan was followed by CF Ryan Langerhans in their game against the Blue Jays.  There has never been a “trio” in a single lineup, though on May 30, 1958 the Dodgers had C Sammy Taylor, 2B Tony Taylor and P Taylor Phillips as the bottom third of the order.

The most frequent “name duo” in history is Casey Blake and Blake DeWitt, who were in the same lineup in the same order 41 times for the Dodgers between 2008 and 2010.  Here is the list of lineup pairings for all 130 occurrences through 2012:

Pairing Count
Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt 41
Jake Early, Early Wynn 20
Felix Jose, Jose Lind 13
Greek George, George Kell 9
Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez 6
Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt 6
Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips 6
Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick 5
Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado 5
Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride 4
Cliff Lee, Lee King 3
Cody Ross, Ross Gload 3
Brendan Ryan, Ryan Langerhans 2
Tony Taylor, Taylor Phillips 2
Desi Wilson, Wilson Delgado 1
Donnie Scott, Scott Scudder 1
Dots Miller, Miller Huggins 1
Josh Paul, Paul Byrd 1
Rodney Scott, Scott Sanderson 1

And here is the list of each occurrence by date:

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A Day for Shutout Routs

Sunday was a great day for 13-0 shutouts.  There were two of them.  The Red Sox routed R.A. Dickey and the Jays in Toronto, and the Indians roughed up David Price and the Rays in Tampa.  This elicited a Twitter question for Jayson Stark: Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst  Exactly 13-0? Never in div-play era RT @FrankMcawesome: … Read more

Ron Blomberg and “Sabbathmetrics”

Saturday night marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll … Read more

A’s Will Pack their (small) House for Game 3

The Oakland A’s play in a stadium that CAN hold 50,000 fans, but over the past few years, management has decided to “cover” approximately 19,000 seats in the outfield so the facility doesn’t look so empty when an average 20,000 show up.  Their current seating capacity is the lowest in the Majors. Now that the … Read more

Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar

This past Monday, prior to the start of the Yankees series with the Twins, William Juliano, proprietor of the excellent “The Captain’s Blog”, tweeted the following: The Captain’s Blog ‏@williamnyy23 It’s been 139 games since Yanks played Twins. Can’t confirm without programming, but that has to rank among longest spans between meetings. This intrigued me, … Read more

Al Rosen and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll look at the differences in Sabbath versus non-Sabbath performance … Read more

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