Swapping Shutout Routs

Friday night, the Giants roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu and ran away from the Dodgers, 9-0.  The next night, the Dodgers returned the favor on Tim Hudson and many other San Francisco relievers, 17-0.  Thus, we had consecutive shutouts by each team, with a total run differential of 26 (0-9/17-0). This got the VORG wondering what … Read more

Players with the First and Middle Names of Other Players

Rogers Hornsby McKee, a pitcher for the Phillies in 1943-4, passed away last week.  That got the VORG wondering what other players have a first and middle name that is the same as the first and last name of another player.  Using the Master table of the Lahman Baseball Database, I separated out the birth … Read more

The VORG’s Football Terminology Roster

Sunday gives us the first weekend of the new NFL season.  To help celebrate this “other” sport, the VORG presents the following list of MLB and MILB names that have associations with pigskins: C: Frank Sacka, Wesley Holder, Kick Kelly, Robert Counterman, Bruno Block P: Claude Passeau, Pete Center, Brandon Backe, Harold Tackleson, Eddie Guardado, … Read more

The VORG’s Ice Cream Roster

Seattle Mariners prospect Jesus Montero apparently got into an altercation with one of the team’s scouts Thursday, over an ice cream sandwich: Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified crosschecker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed … Read more

Debuts by Batting Order Slot

Jorge Soler, the latest prospect called up by the Cubs this year, is making his big league debut tonight, batting fifth. That’s a pretty heady part of the order in which to make your first start in your first game. It got the VORG wondering how many batters have made their debut in each of … Read more

HOFers with Season OBP Higher than SLG

In a few weeks, Derek Jeter will complete his Hall of Fame-worthy career.  His stat line in this, his age-40 season, is rather un-Jeterlike.  Through Monday night, he has a 79 OPS+ with a slash line of .264/.313/.316.  Its entirely possible he’ll end the season with an on-base percentage higher than his slugging percentage. So, … Read more

The VORG’s Salute to FXX’s “The Simpsons” Marathon

So cable network FXX has begun its marathon showing of all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons”. To celebrate, the VORG presents the list of Major and Minor league players whose names closely resemble characters from the beloved show: Character Character’s role Player Homer Simpson Husband of Marge; father of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Harry Simpson, … Read more