Scrabble-acceptability of 2014 Opening Day Rosters

With the first full weekend of games upon us, its time for the VORG to once again present the list of Scrabble-acceptable player names on each team’s Opening Day/week roster. The player’s first or last name is deemed “acceptable” if it can be found in the “bible” of organized Scrabble, the Official Tournament and Club … Read more

Teammates with the Same Repeating Initials

Friend of the VORG David Branson sent me the following message recently: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Greg Gagne and Gary Gaetti were teammates on a WS winning team. Other teams with players sharing the same repeating initials? Well, using the Lahman Baseball Database as my source for names, I found at least 382 instances of … Read more

It Could be a Good RotAAAAAtion

With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka today, the Yankees added a much-needed arm to their questionable staff.  If Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova join Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Tanaka in the rotation, the Bombers could break Spring Training with every one of their starting pitchers having a last name ending in “A”.  How often … Read more

Keeping the Director of Player Personnel Busy

The Yankees have somehow managed to stay above .500 despite numerous injuries to key contributors.  They’ve already had 50 different players suit up for them in 2013, just one short of the franchise record, and we haven’t even had the September call-ups: Year W L W-L% Finish #Bat  2008 89 73 .549 3rd of 5 … Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . “U3″

It started, as it so often innocently does, with a tweet.  In this case, it came a few days ago from a Braves fan and follower of the VORG: Steve Simonsen ‏@simonsen77 “@TomahawkTalk: If Braves get J Upton, will be 1st team anywhere to have 3 U’s(Uptons, Uggla), right?” This is up @dianagram ‘s alley … Read more

“Veteran” Teams

Veteran’s Day is here, and the VORG is celebrating by highlighting the oldest teams (relative to league-average age) since 1901.  Listed below are the ten teams with the biggest difference between their average age “TmAge” and the league average that year “LgAge” (expressed as “TotDif”).  You’ll notice that though seven of these squads finished over … Read more

The VORG 2012 World Series Preview

Here’s some things you probably didn’t know about each member of the World Series teams (based on presumed rosters as of Tuesday afternoon). First up, the Tigers: Pitchers  Al Alburquerque : Has not allowed a homerun in his 56.2 inning MLB career (regular season).  Only player in MLB history with two “Qs” in his name. … Read more

The All-Sitcom Emmy-nominated Role Team

In our last post, we mentioned the ESPN Baseball Today podcast from last Friday, in relation to the question of whether there had ever been any lineup that included all 26 letters. That podcast also had an e-mailer offering up his “all-sitcom” lineup, featuring sitcom character names that are the same as Major/Minor Leaguers. The … Read more