“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

Get the Leb Out

Recently, the VORG came across a ballplayer in the Blue Jays system named Jason Leblebijian. He’s currently an infielder (mainly second base) at Triple-A. and there was some chatter about a possible call-up to the majors. If he DOES get there, he’ll join this wondrous list of players whose last name takes the form of … Read more

Last Name Full of Alternating “A”s

@HighHeatStats gets a referral fee for forwarding this request: @HighHeatStats where is the alternating A-team. need Bobby Ayala, Rich Amaral, and John Halama — Zonino (@joshyto) September 19, 2016 @joshyto attention @dianagram — High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) September 19, 2016 Using the historical player list through 2015 from the Lahman Baseball Database, I found all … Read more

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

If “Baseball Player” is ever a “Wheel of Fortune” Category

Loyal VORG reader Jeff Gelman emailed me recently:

A short time after his call-up to the majors I read that Andy Pettitte had become just the second major leaguer with 4 t’s in his last name, joining Mickey Tettleton. I don’t know if anyone else has since joined this club . . .

Anyhow, I thought that perhaps you’d research which player last names contain the most of each letter. In the event of a mega-tie, perhaps an indication of the number of players and which one made the most recent major league debut?

In the interest of being thorough, I compiled the record-holders for first, last and combined names, using the Lahman Baseball Database as a name/spelling source (we’re going by how they were referred to in their careers, not necessarily their given name).  Each table below lists the letter tallied, the “record” for most of that letter in the name, the number of players sharing that record, and the most recent debut of any such player.

In the first name group, we’ve previously written about Atahualpa Severino.  Severino is one of only three players to have a “letter record” all to himself.  Meanwhile, no  “2 V” player has suited up since Gavvy Cravath in 1908:

First

Most

Players

Most recent debut

A

4

1

Atahualpa Severino

9/6/2011

B

3

120

Bobby LaFromboise

4/10/2013

C

2

171

C.C. Lee

7/14/2013

D

2

304

David Hale

9/13/2013

E

4

2

Pee Wee Reese

4/23/1940

F

2

209

Tuffy Gosewisch

8/1/2013

G

3

3

Gregg Zaun

6/24/1995

H

3

1

Hung-Chih Kuo

9/2/2005

I

3

1

Keiichi Yabu

4/9/2005

J

2

12

J.J. Hoover

4/25/2012

K

2

19

Kensuke Tanaka

7/9/2013

L

3

7

Glenallen Hill

7/31/1989

M

2

199

Tommy Medica

9/11/2013

N

3

7

Brennan Boesch

4/23/2010

O

4

2

Choo-Choo Coleman

4/16/1961

P

3

3

Phillippe Aumont

8/23/2012

Q

1

26

Arquimedes Caminero

8/16/2013

R

2

734

Roger Kieschnick

7/31/2013

S

2

142

Jesus Sucre

5/24/2013

T

2

330

Matt Shoemaker

9/20/2013

U

2

8

Julius Matos

5/31/2002

V

2

2

Gavvy Cravath

4/18/1908

W

1

651

Wilfredo Tovar

9/22/2013

X

1

184

Xander Bogaerts

8/20/2013

  Max Stassi

8/20/2013

Y

2

8

Yunesky Maya

9/7/2010

Z

2

29

Gonzalez Germen

7/12/2013

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The All-Left (or Right) Side of the Typewriter Roster

Its pretty slow at the Winter Meetings so far, with most of the big deals happening in the days PRIOR to the actual gathering.  So the VORG is passing the time presenting you with the list of players whose names can be typed with only the left or right hand on a standard QWERTY keyboard: … Read more

Fun with the names in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft

Just as we did with the 2012 version of this post, I’ll leave the sophisticated analysis of the recently-concluded 2013 Draft to the real experts. There were 1,216 players drafted. Most popular last names: Miller, Smith and Williams (each 11). Most popular first names: Tyler (34), Ryan (31), Nick (21). Longest last name: (Kyren) Gilmore-Parrott … Read more

They Are Who We Thought They Were (with a slightly different name)

Sometimes you’ll be having a conversation with friends about ballplayers, and you’ll mistakenly mention someone with a very similar name to the one you are actually describing. For example,  perhaps you meant to talk about the white, 46-year-old former reliever for the 1980s Orioles and a bunch of other teams, Gregg Olson.  But you instead … Read more

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