The VORG’s “Hard to Spell” List

Tonight will be the conclusion of the Final Round of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. In honor of this, the VORG presents some of our favorite hard-to-spell player names: Adam Hyzdu Al Hargesheimer Andy Lapihuska Andy Stankiewicz Archi Cianfrocco Arquimedez Pozo Aurelio Monteagudo Bevo LeBourveau Biggs Wehde Bill Nahorodny Bill Wambsganss Billy Grabarkewitz Bob … Read more

Longest-Named Batteries (Update)

A few years ago, we delved into the shortest-named batteries of all-time, and included a brief mention of the longest-named pair. “. . . the battery with the longest combined last name?  It appears to be 23.  On September 27, 1940, the Chicago Cubs had Ken Raffensberger pitching to Clyde McCullough“ Last night, the Twitterverse … Read more

The Best and Worst “Three True Outcome” Games

We’ve discussed the concept of “Three True Outcomes” (TTO) before, with the calculation of TTO percentage based on walks, strikeouts and homers divided by plate appearances. Now I thought it would be fun to research which games in major league history featured the highest and lowest TTO percentage. Many teams have had a game in … Read more

The VORG’s “Pi name” All-Star Team

In honor of “Pi Day” here is the VORG’s team of players with “pi” somewhere in their first or last name (not an all-inclusive list, as there are roughly 200 such names): 1B: Wally Pipp, Joe Pepitone 2B: Danny Espinosa, Jeff Keppinger SS: Spike Owen, Rob Picciolo 3B: Pie Traynor, Pinky Higgins OF: Felix Pie, … Read more

The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2015

Its Thanksgiving Eve, so 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: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but they continue to find great writers/analysts. From prospect talk to fantasy baseball … Read more

“Hidden Game” Q & A with John Thorn

Back in the mid-80s, if you wanted to think “outside the box” about how to evaluate players and teams, you had few choices.  Of course there was Bill James, whose annual Abstracts were a must-read.  But there were few books that made it into the homes of baseball stat nerds and deep thinkers. Then came … Read more

The VORG’s “Chanukah” Team

Tuesday evening is the first night of Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. According to tradition: “…  at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night … Read more

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