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

“Celebrity” Pitching Matchups

Various sports outlets and Twitter folks are noting tonight’s “Ray-Romano” pitching matchup in the Arizona-Cincinnati game. Here are some more “celebrity” pitching matchups that have taken place (thanks to the gamelogs at Retrosheet): DATE VIS HOME VIS P HOME P 19340522 SLN NY1 Dean Smith 19340719 SLN BSN Dean Smith 19360521 SLN NY1 Dean Smith … Read more

Dial M (7 times) for a Record

Friend of the VORG Zack Raab set out a request to Jayson Stark and I: .@dianagram/@jaysonst, since you love these wacky finds and I love seeing what you can do with them, ever seen this in a MLB lineup? 👇🤔 https://t.co/PowiFZ8hS0 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) June 20, 2017 … which referred to this tweet: @ESPNStatsInfo … Read more

Longest Last Names by Position

Over at the Effectively Wild podcast group on Facebook, a hard-working soul manually put together a list of the longest last names in MLB history by position. Using the Lahman Baseball Database, this is the list I came up with: POS GAMES NAME LENGTH 1B 959 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 2B 510 Gene DeMontreville 13 SS … Read more

Opposing Starting Pitchers with “Embedded” Last Names

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern pointed this out to me today: @dianagram Dodgers radio points out tmw’s game is Hill vs Ca-Hill. If you feel like doing anything with that. “Embeds”, as it were. — Doug Kern (@dakern74) April 5, 2017 So here are the pitching matchups where one pitcher’s name is “embedded” in … Read more

Out of the Park 18 Sims the 2017 Season

Using the fantastic Out of the Park 18 game, I simmed the upcoming MLB season.  In the end, the Cubs once again took a seven-game World Series decision over the Cleveland Indians. There were some surprises along the way: The Orioles lost 100 games The Rays won 94 The Royals finished one game worse than … Read more

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