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 moreOut of the Park 18 Sims the 2017 Season

Homers by Birthday

Another prompt from the Twitterverse:

 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 — 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 moreHighest WAR based on Number of Teams Played For

The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2016

Thanksgiving is two days away, 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 … Read moreThe VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2016

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 moreThe VORG’s “Hard to Spell” List

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 moreLongest-Named Batteries (Update)

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 moreThe Best and Worst “Three True Outcome” Games

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