The VORG’s 2016 “Nate Silver Slugger Awards”

Since 1980, Louisville Slugger has given out the “Silver Slugger Award“, described as follows: The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball ®. Coaches and managers of Major League teams vote for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in the field in … 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). — James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 21, 2016 It got me wondering what the record … 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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Consecutive Years with Increasing Stats – The Batters

If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar.  So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.

We’ll start with the batters’ increases first.  Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals:

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

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2015 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

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