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

VORG’S International Left-handers Day Salute

Did you know that August 13 is Lefthanders Day? As per Wikipedia: As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. Thousands of left-handed people in today’s … Read more

“P”ing on the Shoulders of Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been occasionally starting five different players whose last names begin with the letter P.  One such instance occurred Thursday night at Milwaukee, when their starting nine went as follows: Batting Angel Pagan CF Hunter Pence RF Buster Posey 1B Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Morse LF Joe Panik 2B Brandon Crawford … Read more

Lotta (Last Name) Letters in the Lineup

(Corrected from an earlier version) Last week, we listed the lineups with the most letters in them (considering last AND first names).  Now we’ll consider only last names. The starting lineup containing the most letters in the last names was achieved by the Chicago Cubs on August 23, 1946, as they hosted the Boston Braves.  … Read more

Lotta Letters in the Lineup

I’m often asked which lineup has had the most letters in it, and I’m going to partially answer that question now. Using the gamelogs from Retrosheet, I have complete batting orders/lineups for roughly 168,000 games from 1911-2013.  I’ve stripped out dashes, spaces, periods, hyphens and other extraneous marks, and present to you the most (and … Read more