Meet the new Slash, same as the old Slash

Mike Trout’s 2012 AL Rookie of the Year campaign was one for the ages.  He compiled a .326/.399/.564 line in 129 games.  The resulting .963 OPS was the 16th-highest rookie mark amongst batting title qualifiers in baseball history, and the highest since Albert Pujols’ 1.013 rookie OPS in 2001. This season, not only is Trout … 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

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

Shawn Green and “Sabbathmetrics”

Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.   So, as we’ve done with Yom Kippur and Passover, its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics”. Today, we’ll look at whether 1991 first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star and “member of the tribe” Shawn Green performed better or worse on the Sabbath during … Read more

Symmetrical Slash Lines

As Andrew McCutchen’s new six-year deal was being finalized a few weeks ago, ESPN’s Mark Simon tweeted the following: “Here’s statistical symmetry for you– entering last September, Andrew McCutchen’s 2011 slashline was  .272/.372/.472″ (Note: Its true …) Symmetry is a beautiful thing, and we here at the VORG like to embrace and publicize it whenever … Read more