You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today. Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“: Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca … Read moreGreat Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player
Not all no-hitters are the same. According to Retrosheet records, there have been 193 instances of a team being no-hit in major league history (they have linescore records for 1918 through 2010). Not surprisingly, in 180 of those games, the team being no-hit also scored no runs (see table below), leading to the linescore 0-0-x, … Read moreNow Here is a Linescore You Don’t See Every Day!
Remember a few weeks ago, when the Mets beat the Tigers by the “perfect square” score of 16-9? I promised at that point that I’d discuss “prime number” score games. Well, we had one last Friday night. The Yanks pummeled the A’s 17-7. If you need a refresher on the concept of a prime number, … Read moreYankees and A’s considered Prime Number Suspects
The Cleveland Indians, in desperate need of some offense given their recent rash of injuries, last week called up their top prospect, 2B Jason Kipnis. While the VORG applauds this move for baseball reasons, it also makes good sense for Scrabble purposes. You see, many tournament Scrabble players like to study what are called “stems”. … Read moreKIPNIS plays well with others … other letters that is
You could say the NL Central race is competitive. You could also say the NL Central race is evenly-matched. You should say the NL Central race is a battle of mediocrity, featuring one team exceeding all expectations (Pirates), one team slightly underperforming expectations (Brewers), one team underperforming expectations greatly (Reds) and one team doing as … Read moreWhy the NL Central is Up for Grabs
Baseball has long been a sport for persons of slightly above average height. Through the decades, the average height of a player has increased from about 5’10” (in the 1900s) to just under 6’2″ (in the 2000s). So when a “vertical outlier” comes upon the scene, he tends to draw a bit more attention. Such … Read moreLittle Altuve Tall in the Saddle
On the night the Yankees clinched their most recent World Series, I was in San Francisco. Today, as Derek Jeter collected his 3,000 hit, I am in Long Beach. I hereby offer to stay in California if the Yankees pay my moving expenses and rent and give me a sizable stipend.
Derek Jeter is indeed in the lineup tonight for the Yankees, despite the statistical possibility of his getting the four hits necessary to reach 3,000, away from home. For those of you wondering, the 37-year-old Jeter has . . 37 games with four or more hits in his career, including two this season. Date Opp … Read moreWill Jeter’s 3,000th be a 38 Special?