The VORG’s “All-Blizzard” Team

As we here along the northeast deal with “Winter Storm Juno,” the VORG gives you its “Blizzard” team made up of appropriately-named minor and major leaguers.  Sadly, its lacking in middle infielders (those little guys can’t see over the snowdrifts): P: Forrest Snow, Jack Blizzard, Rich Gale, Ted Power, Tom Morgan (nicknamed “Plowboy”), Shovel Hodge, … Read more

Even More Improved “12 Days of Christmas”

Back in 2011 I rewrote the “12 Days of Christmas” using names of minor and major league ballplayers.  Here is a slightly improved version of that piece (more words accounted for).  Enjoy the holiday! Ahn Thees Ferst Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave Toomey, Jay Partridge Ina Peartree! Ahn Thees second Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

A Very VORGy Thanksgiving – 2013 Edition

Once again, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order): Baseball Prospectus: My first baseball stop each morning.  From prospect talk with Jason Parks and others to fantasy baseball advice to injury news, they’re the best out there. Baseball … Read more

VORG Baseball Puzzle #10

Before you gorge yourself on pro football and the baseball playoffs, why not take a stab at the latest crossword puzzle?   You can solve this on-line here, or print out the PDF.














1. Luis ___, Twins Opening Day 2B from 2001-2005
6. Excursion
10. Padres reliever Boxberger
14. Grammar topic
15. Helper
16. Like some muscles
17. Dead duck
18. Former Angels reliever Shields
19. 10 jiao
20. Automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule
23. ___ lark
25. Verlander or Kershaw, in a rotation
26. Chilean range
27. Basic primary denominations of a country’s currencies
32. ____ Rienzo, White Sox rookie SP
33. Russia’s ___ Mountains
34. Automatic
35. Gomes or Venters
37. ___-bodied
41. Blemish
42. Astound
43. 1969 was this team’s first and only season
47. Like a lizard’s skin
49. Tit for ___
50. Do-it-yourselfer’s purchase
51. Part of the body that coordinates the voluntary and involuntary actions
56. ___ Spumante
57. Twins pitcher Hendriks
58. Elevate
61. Steve ___, closer for late 1980s Royals teams
62. Alliance acronym
63. Bender
64. Carbamide
65. “You said it, brother!”
66. Arcade coin


1. Toupee, slangily
2. Slugging pct. minus batting avg.
3. Last name of guitarist known as “Little Steven”
4. AL ROY in 1966, traded to Mets after 1967 season
5. Notched
6. Sampler
7. ___ Carty, hit Majors-best .366 in 1970
8. Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Hicks
9. “Old ___”, nickname of Grover Cleveland Alexander
10. Ron ____, led NL with 24 wins in 1973
11. Doctors make them in hospitals
12. Abreast (of)
13. Force units
21. Mozart’s “L’___ del Cairo”
22. Commuter line
23. ____ Daal, went 16-9 in 1999 and 4-19 in 2000
24. Superstition says to not mention this while its happening
28. Before, poetically
29. Rays SS ____ Escobar
30. Ashes holder
31. Vote against
35. Scribble
36. Former Rangers now Cubs 3B prospect Mike ____
37. “Is that ___?”
38. Note website for quick access in future:
39. French novelist Pierre
40. At one time, at one time
41. Eddie ____, runner-up to teammate Hal Newhouser for 1945 AL MVP
42. Survival of the ____
43. “No Exit” playwright
44. #1 Oak Ridge Boys hit
45. Earlier form of a word in the same language
46. Pops
47. Big mess
48. ___ Geronimo, Gold Glove OF of the 1970s
52. Arm bone
53. Thailand, once
54. Fill
55. Olympic Stadium athlete through 2004
59. Bill ___, pitcher who called Olympic Stadium home from 1979-1981
60. “Perfect” number
(solution after the break)

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VORG Baseball Puzzle #9

Its been a while since we’ve had a baseball crossword puzzle, so here you go.  You can solve this on-line here, or print out the PDF.














1. Slang for baseballs thrown at high speeds
5. Shutouts (abbr.)
8. Begin
13. Came down
14. “Follow me!”
15. Toyota model from the 1990s
16. “The Mod Squad” role
17. Braves rookie pitcher David ____
18. Twins outfielder Oswaldo ____
19. NL leader in RBI this season
22. Husk
23. Biochemistry abbr.
24. Of lesser size
27. Former Padres reliever ___ Meredith
29. Flat-topped cluster of flowers
33. “Butterfield 8” author
34. Massenet opera
36. “Dig in!”
37. “Web gem”, often
40. Rum ___ Tugger (“Cats” cat)
41. Dmitri or Delmon
42. 1954 AL batting champ Bobby _____
43. Level
45. Ryne Sandberg’s middle name
46. Come to light
47. Bean counter, for short
49. Ancient Andean
50. The “Man of Steal”
58. One who puts you in your place
59. ___ Whitcomb, co-founder of MySpace
60. Longtime Tigers 3B Brandon ____
61. Thumbing of the nose
62. Frozen ___ (solid line drive)
63. Cork’s country
64. Expressionless
65. “We Know Drama” cable network
66. Check

1. Feeler
2. Cubs manager with infamous tirade, 4/29/1983
3. Hokkaido native
4. Expos who yielded tape measure homer to Strawberry in Olympic Stadium, Opening Day 1988
5. Aaron ___, 10-0 for Yankees in 2005
6. Set-up man’s stat
7. Single runs
8. 13-time 20-game winner for the Braves
9. Airport area
10. Fungal spore sacs
11. Pirates rookie pitcher Ryan ____
12. Perfectly
14. Group in church robes
20. ___ spoon (cheap cafe)
21. Allen ____, leading MLB in batting avg. with RISP this season
24. Assignments
25. John Cougar Mellencamp album of 1983
26. A Judd
27. Backbone of an animal
28. “Metropolis” writer/director Fritz ____
30. Himalayan legends
31. Twin crystal
32. Phillies rookie pitcher ____ Martin
34. Loyal
35. “Make yourself ___”
38. NBC debut on morning of 1/14/52
39. Birds’ homes
44. Manager for 2003 World Series winners
46. ____ Thornton, Indians slugger of the 70s and 80s
48. Brisk
49. All thumbs
50. ___ Ortiz, led NL with 21 wins in 2003
51. “___ It Romantic?”
52. Leading the Majors in getting hit by pitch this season
53. Jim Ray ____, hit 139 homers for Giants from 1964-68
54. Black, in poetry
55. Agitated state
56. Shrek, e.g.
57. Large semi-evergreen tree of the East Indies


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