The VORG’s 2017 “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 moreThe VORG’s 2017 “Nate Silver Slugger Awards”

Starting Pitchers with Highest TTO%

We’ve talked a lot about Three True Outcomes for batters, most recently with Joey Gallo setting a new single-season record for highest TTO%. Now lets take a look at the record-holders from the starting pitcher standpoint.  Here are the top 25 highest single-season TTO marks by starters with enough innings to qualify for the ERA … Read moreStarting Pitchers with Highest TTO%

Three True Outcomes Record Falls

As mentioned three weeks into this season, the Three True Outcomes record for a batting title qualifier was liable to be in a bit of jeopardy. While Miguel Sano didn’t keep up his 62.7 TTO% from the first weeks, the Rangers’ Joey Gallo managed to maintain his TTO pace, and finished the season with the … Read moreThree True Outcomes Record Falls

Jose J. Bautista and “Sabbathmetrics”

Friday night marks the beginning of “Yom Kippur“, the holiest day on the Hebrew 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 examine the Sabbath/non-Sabbath performance differences of former pitcher … Read moreJose J. Bautista and “Sabbathmetrics”

Ross Baumgarten and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday night marks the first evening of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. So its time for another installment of “Sabbathmetrics”, where we determine if Jewish ballplayers perform better or worse on the Sabbath.  Our subject today is lefty pitcher Ross Baumgarten. Baumgarten was a 20th-round selection of the White Sox in 1977 and made … Read moreRoss Baumgarten and “Sabbathmetrics”

Most Popular Surname in a Season

Friend of the VORG David Branson asks: @dianagram Is this the most players with the same surname to play in the same season? https://t.co/mgjbqLIgpU — David Branson (@obxleatherman) August 30, 2017 Storm was one of 13 MLB players named Davis in 1985. Others: Alvin, Chili, Eric, Gerry, Glenn, Jody, Joel, Mark, Mike, Ron, Steve, Trench … Read moreMost Popular Surname in a Season

From 20-game Winner to 20-game Loser

A friend of mine asked me, after considering the 2016-7 fortunes of Rick Porcello, if anyone had ever lost 20 games the year after winning 20. This list meets that request, with the following exceptions: It doesn’t include those that won and lost 20+ games in the same season It doesn’t include those that lost … Read moreFrom 20-game Winner to 20-game Loser

Recycled Batteries

At the seventh annual Saberseminar this past weekend at Boston University, attendees were entertained and informed by the event’s emcee, Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti. Periodcally, Benetti would make note of a “Recycled Battery” receptacle in the lecture hall. He asked if anyone had extra batteries to dispose of, and then started asking … Read moreRecycled Batteries

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