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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

(More) Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

Here is a new and improved version of the list of those starting pitching matchups whose first names are actual cities in the state in which the game is being played. This list is for games from 1961-2016, and excludes games in Montreal and Toronto. date vteam hteam hstate vis sp home sp 19620708 CHA … Read more

Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

As so often is the case with a VORG topic, it started with a single tweet: Hey @jaysonst wi Austin Pruitt starting opposite Dallas Keuchel in TX – can you recall 2 SP named after cities meeting in that state — Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 3, 2017 To which my hero Jayson Stark replied: How … Read more

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