“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? πŸ‘‡πŸ€” https://t.co/PowiFZ8hS0 β€” 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. β€” 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.Β  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

Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

Β Here are the birthdays with number of players and total homers, followed by the leader for each day (thanks to Baseball Reference and the Lahman Baseball Database):

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Highest WAR based on Number of Teams Played For

Friend of the VORG Ben Berk posed this question on Twitter: Random curiosity – who were the best players to play for 5+ teams? 6? 7? etc etc @HighHeatStats @dianagram @msimonespn β€” Ben (@Nebkreb) January 4, 2017 For simplicity sake, I used Baseball Reference’s WAR for determining the “best” players. Here are the batters: Teams … Read more

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