Days of Wine and Pete Roses

The Yankees apparently have joined a select number of teams with their own line of wines.

Catch this snappy ad copy!

New York Yankees™  Reserve
2013 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

Be it stickball on the streets of Brooklyn, or the Bombers on a Sunday in the Bronx, New York is sacred baseball country. In recent decades, it has also become great wine country, from Long Island to Lake Erie. The New York Yankees™ are thrilled to honor New York state in presenting this crisp, tangy and refreshing dry Riesling, produced from Riesling grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region and typically harvested in October, when baseball is at its best.

Yup . . . makes me want to break out the wine glasses and listen to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

But actually, baseball and wine DO share some common terminology.  To wit:

  • A batter needs good balance in his stance box.
  • Good teams have a blend of veterans and youth.
  • Scouts looked down on Tim Lincecum because he didn’t have the prototypical body.
  • Norm Cash admitted he used a corked bat during the 1961 season.
  • Ligament replacement surgeries involve a graft.
  • Raw players are often referred to as being green.
  • A cupped bat has a hollow end.
  • Billy Hamilton got to the Majors mainly by his legs.
  • The reserve clause was abolished in 1975.
  • A player with a bad split may end up platooning.

Anyway, you could make a decent team out of “wine-themed” names:

NAME POS
Cap Clark C
George Lees C
Mike Rose C
Norm Sherry C
Robbie Wine C
Pete Rose 1B
Press Cruthers 2B
Grant Green 2B
Nick Green 2B
Pumpsie Green 2B
Taylor Green 2B
Pete Rose 2B
Dick Green SS
Gary Green SS
Cap Peterson SS
Sherry Robertson SS
Bobby Wine SS
Cap Anson 3B
Andy Green 3B
Jim Green 3B
Bobby Rose 3B
David Green OF
Danny Green OF
Gene Green OF
Lenny Green OF
Scarborough Green OF
Shawn Green OF
Sherry Magee OF
Cap Crowell P
Chris Green P
Dallas Green P
Ed Green P
Fred Green P
Harvey Green P
Jason Green P
Sean Green P
Steve Green P
Tyler Green P
Brian Rose P
Chuck Rose P
Don Rose P
Fred Sherry P
Larry Sherry P
Sherry Smith P
Joe Green PH

 

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Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

As the Mets and Phils finished up their second consecutive five-hour contest Saturday evening, the Mets Twitterverse was abuzz with folks trying to figure out if New York had ever experienced back-to-back 300+ minute games.   Turns out, not only had the Mets not done that previously . . . NO TEAM had ever done that.  There had been three instances of a team playing two five-hour games in a three-game span.  Ironically, the Mets were the last team to do THAT, back in 1986.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of five-hour games history, here are the list of 2014′s qualifiers:

5:55 4/2/14 Cubs at Pirates
5:17  4/16/14 Red Sox at White Sox
5:11 5/1/14 Dodgers at Twins
5:49 5/2/14 Rays at Yankees
5:29 5/5/14 Giants at Pirates
5:16 5/21/14 Tigers at Indians
5:16  5/24/14 Red Sox at Rays
5:23 5/30/14 Mets at Phillies
5:32 5/31/14 Mets at Phillies

(Thanks to Doug Kern for the 2014 five-hour list.)

Thanks to the gloriousness that is Retrosheet, I was able to filter out all 277 5+ hour games in history through 2013.  Here are some factoids about those games:

First five-hour game: 8/23/38 Braves at Pirates.

Most five-hour games on one day: 2, done five times (once in 2006, once in 2009, three times in 2013)

Most five-hour games, year: 21 (2013).

Last year without a five-hour game: 1966.

Most popular day of week: Saturday (56).

Day game / night game: Day (97), Night (180).

Lowest attendance: 2,389 (5/2/56, Giants at Cubs).

Highest attendance: 65,813 (4/11/92, Red Sox at Indians).

Fewest outs recorded: 59 (9/22/07, 10 innings, Blue Jays at Yankees).

Most outs recorded: 150 (9/11/74, 25 innings, Cardinals at Mets).

Five-hour games as single game or first/second game of double-header: Single game (260), first game of double header (4), second game of double-header (13).

Home park hosting most games: Oakland (16 games at O.co Coliseum and its prior names).

Most runs, both teams : 33 (Padres 17, Giants 16 – 5/23/70, White Sox 17, Tigers 16 – 9/14/98).

Fewest runs, both teams: 1 (seven times, most recently Red Sox 1, Rays 0 – 7/17/11).

ALL-TIME 5-HOUR GAME RECORDS BY TEAM THROUGH 2013
TEAM W L PCT
MIA 3 0 1.000
NY1 1 0 1.000
ARI 10 2 .833
PIT 12 3 .800
PHI 12 5 .706
CHA 11 5 .688
NYA 17 10 .630
OAK 17 10 .630
COL 5 3 .625
SEA 9 6 .600
WS2 4 3 .571
TEX 9 7 .563
HOU 11 9 .550
CAL 6 5 .545
BAL 13 11 .542
CLE 13 12 .520
BRO 1 1 .500
BSN 2 2 .500
FLO 2 2 .500
KC1 1 1 .500
KCA 4 4 .500
MON 5 5 .500
CHN 11 12 .478
SDN 11 12 .478
ATL 6 7 .462
LAN 11 14 .440
CIN 7 9 .438
BOS 13 17 .433
SFN 7 10 .412
ANA 4 6 .400
MIL 6 9 .400
NYN 9 16 .360
DET 6 12 .333
SLN 7 14 .333
MIN 5 11 .313
WAS 1 3 .250
TOR 3 10 .231
TBA 2 7 .222
SE1 0 2 .000
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VORG Amateur Draft-themed Crossword Puzzle

Thursday is the annual Amateur Draft.  To celebrate, the VORG presents this “Amateur Draft”-themed crossword puzzle. As always you can solve it online here, and print out a PDF version of it.

AMATEURDRAFTPUZZLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across
1. Mike ___, 1st overall pick in 1970
5. ___ Wawa, role for Gilda Radner
9. Ray ___, 7th overall pick in 1965
14. ___ a one
15. Numbered work
16. Justin ___, 1st overall pick in 2005
17. Nickname of former NBA center Wayne Rollins
18. Brewery fixture
19. Paris divider
20. Giving someone the legal right to vote
23. Modern: Ger.
24. ___ Willie Keeler
25. Eric ___, 3rd overall pick in 2011
28. ____ Bundy, 4th overall pick in 2011
30. “___ Brockovich”
32. A pint, maybe
33. Sequel to “Twilight”
36. ___ Nixon, 3rd overall pick in 1979
37. Opening track on Steely Dan’s “Countdown to Ecstasy”
39. Mickey ____, All-Star catcher for 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers
41. ___ Otsuka, saved 32 games for Rangers in 2006
42. A ball traveling at high speed, either batted or thrown (slang)
43. ___ Perkins, Twins’ 1st-round pick in 2004
44. Matt ____, Cardinals’ Opening Day 2014 starter at 1B
48. “Grand Slam” version of this ended 1999 NLCS game 5
50. HOFer Lajoie
52. By way of
53. The quality of something that continues without end or interruption
57. Joe ___, 1st overall pick in 2001
59. ___ Michael, Twins’ 1st round pick in 2011
60. Burden
61. Break down, in a way
62. Aforementioned
63. Con
64. Devil’s domain
65. Sea eagle
66. Rob ___, “three true outcomes” player of 80s and 90s

Down
1. Aim
2. Jim ___, lead actor in “Ernest” movie series
3. Angry
4. Observer
5. Bret, Aaron, Bob or Ray
6. Abreast (of)
7. Matt ___, 1st overall pick in 2004
8. ___ Spumante
9. Jazz-rock, for example
10. Some tournaments
11. Marks resembling the wounds of crucified Christ
12. Baseball’s Moises vis-a-vis Felipe
13. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir.
21. Like some grasses
22. Literally, “way of the gods”
26. ___ Grba, 1st pick of Los Angeles Angels in 1960 Expansion Draft
27. Hi-___ graphics
29. Soon, to a bard
30. Biology lab stain
31. Bookbinding leather
34. Chicago ____, 1915 Federal League champs
35. ____ Moore, 1st overall pick in 1981
36. “Metamorphoses” poet
37. Tofu
38. Snares
39. Miguel Cabrera’s 1.078 led MLB in 2013
40. ___-Yin Chen, Orioles starting pitcher 2012-4
43. Angry looks
45. 2100 Woodward ___ (Comerica Park address)
46. Treat badly
47. Mackey ___, former Mets catcher
49. Nickname of former Harlem Globetrotter Hubert Ausbie
50. Phil ___, 1st overall pick in 1992
51. “All kidding ___…”
54. “… or ___!”
55. Shakespearean king
56. L’Étoile du ___, Minnesota’s motto
57. Fastball meas.
58. One step below The Show (abbr.)

SOLUTION BELOW THE CUT

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The Chris Wi-THROW All-Stars

This morning’s “Effectively Wild” Baseball Prospectus podcast had Sam Miller recalling that Chris Withrow‘s write-up in the BP Annual mentioned that he’s the only Major Leaguer with the word “throw” in his name.

This caused us to wonder what other players had baseball terms secreted within their names.   With the Lahman Baseball Database supplying the names, here are the players with at least one of the following terms in their name: hit, run, throw, single, triple, homer, bunt, walk, bat, swing, out, ball, strike, inning.  Note: the term can be split across first and last names.

There is ONE player with two terms (OUT, HIT) in his name:

Taylor Douthit

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The VORG’s “Beige Whale”: Longest Name Chain

“The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung” Moby Dick, chapter 41

I don’t think that any particular data research project has left me missing body parts, but there HAVE been some things I’ve wanted to compile and write about but could not because I lacked programming skill or necessary data.  So let’s call them my “beige whales.”

One such project has been to find the longest baseball player “name chain”.  I’m speaking of names such that one player’s last name is the next player’s first name, and so on.  For example, “Jon Jay Bruce Bochy” would be the chaining of Jon Jay, Jay Bruce and Bruce Bochy.

I have all the raw “name” data from the Lahman Baseball Database.  I used Excel to find all the first names that also show up as other player’s last names, and vice-versa.  But I didn’t have the expertise to develop a way to systematically go through every possible “string” of names in an expeditious fashion.

So, I put the challenge/request out to my Twitter and Facebook followers.  Friends of the VORG Richard Bergstrom, Jr., Gerard Sunga, Mike Billmire and Joel Luckhaupt all expressed interest.  Billmire compiled (and Luckhaupt concurred) on these three lists of 29 (!) names (full names listed for linking purposes):

Fred Carl, Carl Everett, Everett Scott, Scott Terry, Terry Lee, Lee Graham, Graham Taylor, Taylor Jordan, Jordan Norberto, Norberto Martin, Martin Duke, Duke Brett, Brett Cecil, Cecil Travis, Travis Lee, Lee Howard, Howard Farmer, Farmer Ray, Ray Thomas, Thomas Gorman, Gorman Thomas, Thomas Howard, Howard Earl, Earl Henry, Henry Austin, Austin Jackson, Jackson Todd, Todd Walker, Walker Cooper

Lew Carl, Carl Everett, Everett Scott, Scott Terry, Terry Lee, Lee Graham, Graham TaylorTaylor Jordan, Jordan Norberto, Norberto Martin, Martin Duke, Duke Brett, Brett Cecil, Cecil Travis, Travis Lee, Lee Howard, Howard Farmer, Farmer Ray, Ray Thomas, Thomas Gorman, Gorman Thomas, Thomas Howard, Howard Earl, Earl Henry, Henry Austin, Austin Jackson, Jackson Todd, Todd Walker, Walker Cooper

Mike Chris, Chris George, George Scott, Scott Terry, Terry Lee, Lee Graham, Graham Taylor, Taylor Jordan, Jordan Norberto, Norberto Martin, Martin Duke, Duke Brett, Brett Cecil, Cecil Travis, Travis Lee, Lee Howard, Howard Farmer, Farmer Ray, Ray Thomas, Thomas Gorman, Gorman Thomas, Thomas Howard, Howard Earl, Earl Henry, Henry Austin, Austin Jackson, Jackson Todd, Todd Walker, Walker Cooper

My thanks to all the bright people who helped do the heavy lifting on this!

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Consecutive Games Scoring Unique Number of Runs

The Red Sox lost 6-4 Wednesday evening, but thanks to friend of the VORG Joey Mallick, we were more disappointed that Boston failed to score either seven runs, or more than nine runs in the game.

You see, a couple of days ago, Mallick pointed out to me that his beloved Sox had scored a different number of runs in eight straight games.   They extended that streak to nine on Tuesday:

Date Tm Opp Runs
Saturday, May 10 BOS @ TEX W 8
Sunday, May 11 BOS @ TEX W 5
Tuesday, May 13 BOS @ MIN L 6
Wednesday, May 14 BOS @ MIN W 9
Thursday, May 15 BOS @ MIN L 3
Friday, May 16 BOS DET L 0
Saturday, May 17 BOS DET L 1
Sunday, May 18 BOS DET L 2
Tuesday, May 20 BOS TOR L 4
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Generated 5/21/2014.

He wanted to know what the record was for the longest streak of games in which a team scored a unique number of runs.  Armed with game logs from Retrosheet, and technical assistance from Matt Foreman and Sky Kalkman, here are the record-holders:

Prior to 1900: 1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms – 14 games, as follows . . .

Gm# Date Tm Opp Runs
77 Thursday, Jul 24 BRO @ CHC 8
78 Friday, Jul 25 BRO @ CHC 3
79 Saturday, Jul 26 BRO @ CHC 10
80 Monday, Jul 28 BRO @ CLV 4
81 Tuesday, Jul 29 BRO @ CLV 12
82 Wednesday, Jul 30 BRO @ CLV 15
83 Friday, Aug 1 (1) BRO PIT 7
84 Friday, Aug 1 (2) BRO PIT 20
85 Saturday, Aug 2 BRO PIT 9
86 Monday, Aug 4 BRO PIT 16
87 Wednesday, Aug 6 BRO BSN 6
88 Thursday, Aug 7 BRO BSN 14
89 Saturday, Aug 9 BRO @ NYG 5
90 Monday, Aug 11 BRO @ NYG 0
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1900-1960: 1925 Philadelphia Athletics, also 14 games . . .

Gm# Date Tm Opp Runs
47 Tuesday, Jun 9 PHA DET 4
48 Wednesday, Jun 10 PHA CHW 9
49 Thursday, Jun 11 PHA CHW 5
50 Friday, Jun 12 PHA CHW 1
51 Saturday, Jun 13 PHA CHW 8
52 Sunday, Jun 14 PHA @ CLE 0
53 Monday, Jun 15 PHA CLE 17
54 Tuesday, Jun 16 PHA CLE 12
55 Wednesday, Jun 17 PHA CLE 10
56 Thursday, Jun 18 PHA @ CLE 6
57 Friday, Jun 19 PHA SLB 13
58 Saturday, Jun 20 PHA SLB 11
59 Monday, Jun 22 PHA SLB 2
60 Tuesday, Jun 23 PHA BOS 3
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1961-present: 12 games, done by three teams.  Most recently the 2011 Boston Red Sox . . .

Gm# Date Tm Opp Runs
60 Tuesday, Jun 7 BOS @ NYY 6
61 Wednesday, Jun 8 BOS @ NYY 11
62 Thursday, Jun 9 BOS @ NYY 8
63 Friday, Jun 10 BOS @ TOR 5
64 Saturday, Jun 11 BOS @ TOR 16
65 Sunday, Jun 12 BOS @ TOR 14
66 Tuesday, Jun 14 BOS @ TBR 0
67 Wednesday, Jun 15 BOS @ TBR 3
68 Thursday, Jun 16 BOS @ TBR 4
69 Friday, Jun 17 BOS MIL 10
70 Saturday, Jun 18 BOS MIL 2
71 Sunday, Jun 19 BOS MIL 12
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The VORG Honors “Victoria Day”

This Monday is Victoria Day.   Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honors Queen Victoria’s birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called “National Patriotes Day” (Journée nationale des patriotes). To honor our Canadian friends, the VORG gives you the most prolific players born in Canada, by predominant position (yes, we haven’t had any notable Canadian shortstops):

HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS Pos ▴
Yip Owens 5 65 9 .245 .284 .334 .618 C
Larry McLean 6 298 20 .262 .301 .323 .623 C
Nig Clarke 6 127 16 .254 .318 .333 .652 C
George Gibson 15 345 40 .236 .295 .312 .607 C
George Kottaras 31 98 3 .216 .326 .416 .742 C
Russell Martin 110 484 89 .255 .349 .395 .744 C
Tom Daly 0 55 5 .239 .274 .281 .555 C
Scott Thorman 16 50 2 .222 .260 .407 .667 1B
Joey Votto 163 542 48 .312 .419 .537 .956 1B
Tim Harkness 14 61 7 .235 .315 .356 .671 1B
Justin Morneau 229 893 5 .279 .347 .485 .832 1B
Dave McKay 21 170 20 .229 .266 .313 .580 2B
Brett Lawrie 38 143 29 .265 .324 .427 .751 3B
Corey Koskie 124 506 71 .275 .367 .458 .825 3B
Frank O’Rourke 15 430 100 .254 .315 .333 .649 3B
Pete Ward 98 427 20 .254 .339 .405 .744 3B
Jason Bay 222 754 95 .266 .360 .481 .841 LF
Jeff Heath 194 887 56 .293 .370 .509 .879 LF
Jack Graney 18 420 148 .250 .354 .342 .696 LF
Michael Saunders 44 155 52 .226 .296 .372 .668 CF
Goody Rosen 22 197 14 .291 .364 .398 .762 CF
Bunk Congalton 6 131 32 .292 .328 .352 .680 RF
Doc Miller 12 235 64 .295 .343 .390 .733 RF
Aaron Guiel 35 128 8 .246 .322 .414 .736 RF
Doug Frobel 20 58 13 .201 .276 .365 .642 RF
George Selkirk 108 576 49 .290 .400 .483 .883 RF
Terry Puhl 62 435 217 .280 .349 .388 .737 RF
Larry Walker 383 1311 230 .313 .400 .565 .965 RF
Matt Stairs 265 899 30 .262 .356 .477 .832 RF
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And the top pitchers, by innings pitched:

Player IP W L SV BB SO ERA
Fergie Jenkins 4500.2 284 226 7 997 3192 3.34
Ryan Dempster 2387.0 132 133 87 1071 2075 4.35
Reggie Cleveland 1809.0 105 106 25 543 930 4.01
Kirk McCaskill 1729.0 106 108 7 665 1003 4.12
Russ Ford 1487.1 99 71 9 376 710 2.59
Dick Fowler 1303.0 66 79 4 578 382 4.11
Erik Bedard 1260.1 69 77 1 519 1204 3.91
Paul Quantrill 1255.2 68 78 21 336 725 3.83
Jeff Francis 1254.0 70 79 0 372 837 4.94
John Hiller 1242.0 87 76 125 535 1036 2.83
Rheal Cormier 1221.2 71 64 2 317 760 4.03
Phil Marchildon 1214.1 68 75 2 684 481 3.93
Rich Harden 928.1 59 38 0 422 949 3.76
Ron Taylor 800.0 45 43 72 209 464 3.93
Oscar Judd 771.1 40 51 7 397 304 3.90
Claude Raymond 721.0 46 53 83 225 497 3.66
Ted Bowsfield 662.1 37 39 6 259 326 4.35
Eric Gagne 643.2 33 26 187 226 718 3.47
Bob Hooper 620.2 40 41 25 280 196 4.80
Joe Krakauskas 583.2 26 36 4 355 347 4.53
Jesse Crain 532.0 45 30 4 206 440 3.05
Bob Steele 487.2 16 38 3 144 217 3.05
Rube Vickers 458.0 22 27 2 119 213 2.93
Mike Kilkenny 410.0 23 18 4 224 301 4.43
Jason Dickson 397.0 26 25 0 122 214 4.99
Mike Gardiner 393.2 17 27 5 161 239 5.21
Clarence Currie 371.1 15 23 2 121 111 3.39
Win Kellum 346.2 20 16 2 63 97 3.19
Steve Wilson 345.1 13 18 6 130 252 4.40
Scott Diamond 343.0 19 27 0 84 161 4.43
Paul Calvert 301.2 9 22 5 158 102 5.31
John Axford 290.0 23 22 115 138 346 3.35
Paul Spoljaric 277.1 8 17 4 163 278 5.52
Shawn Hill 242.0 10 18 0 76 151 4.69
Dave Pagan 232.1 4 9 4 95 147 4.96
Jeff Zimmerman 228.2 17 12 32 73 213 3.27
Ron Piche 221.1 10 16 12 123 157 4.19
Ed Bahr 219.0 11 11 0 95 69 3.37
Mike Johnson 218.0 7 14 2 103 147 6.85
Ken MacKenzie 208.1 8 10 5 63 142 4.80
Lefty Wilkie 194.0 8 11 3 80 37 4.59
Blake Hawksworth 183.1 10 13 0 67 124 4.07
Scott Richmond 169.0 9 14 0 61 139 5.27
Dick Lines 168.2 7 7 6 48 103 2.83
Adam Loewen 164.0 8 8 0 106 134 5.38
Aaron Myette 154.1 6 12 0 106 134 8.16
Bill Atkinson 147.1 11 4 11 62 99 3.42
Denis Boucher 146.0 6 11 0 54 77 5.42
Georges Maranda 123.1 2 7 0 65 64 4.52
Vince Horsman 110.2 4 2 1 54 61 4.07
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