“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

You Can’t Spell “FIP” Without “Pi”

Long-time readers of the VORG know of our affinity for “pi.” We offer up the “Pi Young Award” annually to the pitcher in each league whose ERA comes closest to 3.1415. Now, in honor of the ultimate “Pi Day,” we extend our fondness of pi to FIP. For those of you not up on the … Read more

Ten Years, No HOF Votes . . . Where is the love? – 2015 Update

After the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot results were announced, I thought it would be cool to take a historical look at those players who were on the standard BBWAA ballot at least once, and didn’t receive even one vote.  I presented the respective “career category leaders” within that group. I did this again with the … Read more

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