The VORG’s 2014 “Manager of the Year” Awards

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2014 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations. At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Rookie of the Year” Awards

If you’re new to the VORG, please note that we give out our awards not necessarily to the BEST player for each honor, but for the most NOTABLE player. For example, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom are the likely and deserving favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 “Nate Silver Slugger Award”

Last year, the VORG gave out the first annual “Nate Silver Slugger Award,” bestowed to those batters at each position who came closest to slugging .538 (after Mr. Silver’s data-driven analytics site). Here are this year’s players who slugged closest to .538 (on either side of it). Ties for the award are given to whichever … Read more

Unanimous Once, Never Considered Again

While doing research for the “World Series Preview“, we discovered (thanks to some helpful friends of the VORG) that Jake Peavy was the ONLY unanimous winner of a Cy Young Award to never receive at least one vote in any other year. The Award has been bestowed unanimously 22 times, to 16 different hurlers. Every … Read more

V is for Victory (for One Team)

Game four of the World Series will feature a match-up of Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Vargas.  It will mark the 39th World Series game with starting pitchers with matching first letters in their last names.  This will be the first World Series contest where both starters have last names beginning with the letter “V”. The … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 World Series Preview

We’ve finally reached the World Series, and with it the established institutions will of course give you the standard previews of the Royals/Giants showdown. But this is the VORG … we don’t do “standard” … we do factoids, minutiae, trivia, oddities, random bits of info on all the major participants for both teams. Here now … Read more

ESPN 30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped

October 17, 1989.  Game three of the World Series between the A’s and Giants at Candlestick Park.  Pregame activities were wrapping up when at 5:04 Pacific time, a 6.9 earthquake (later named the “Loma Prieta” quake), the most destructive in that area since the famous quake of 1906, rolled through the park and San Francisco … Read more

First Names by Debut Year

Given the ever-expanding world upon which Major League Baseball casts its scouting net, it shouldn’t be a surprise to note the growing uniqueness of player names. Just this season, we had big league debuts from players born in Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela and Germany, to name a few “home fields”. Here is the complete list of … Read more