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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 … Continue reading

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Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

Friend of the VORG (and good personal friend) Jeremy Frank recently asked me: “Cubs tonight have lineup with Castro, Navarro, Soriano and Rizzo. How many lineups have had more ending with O, or what’s the most number of players ending … Continue reading

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Your Last Name is My First Name!

Friend of the VORG Keith DeCandido alerted me to the following Wednesday afternoon: Keith R.A. DeCandido @KRADeC Ben Francisco batting before Francisco Cervelli, and I’m wondering how often that’s happened. (Paging @dianagram….) Well, after poring over the nearly 160,000 Retrosheet … Continue reading

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The Gauntlet of 26-Letter Lineups

Its nice to be gaining a reputation for certain kinds of analyses.  Twitter followers, Facebook friends and the like point out to you that “this would be right up your alley” or “has this ever happened in a game?” Such … Continue reading

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Historical Opening Day Lineup Turnover Rates

You can tell a bit about the health of a franchise by looking at the rate of change in their Opening Day lineups.  If you see the same names over and over, that generally means a stable (good) ballclub with … Continue reading

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Games People Don’t Play

Jose Reyes had a great year for the Mets.  He led the National League in batting, tied for the overall lead in triples and played his usual average (but flashy!) defense.  He also tied for the team lead in games … Continue reading

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Lots of Alliterative Last Name Lineup Loading

We’ve done lineups in fielding position order.  We’ve done alphabetical lineups.  Now, how about lineups with last names that all begin with the same letter? Well, there has never been a batting order with all nine guys starting with the … Continue reading

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