“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

Difference in Team Games Played on Schedule

Over in the “Effectively Wild” Facebook group, there was this question posed: Sam Gerweck May 12 at 11:19pm So I’ve been picking through games tonight on MLB.tv and saw that the (17-16) Tigers are playing the (17-20) Angels. 1/5 of the way through the season and there is a 4 games-played disparity between these teams. … Read more

More Pitching Matchup Weirdness

Friend of the VORG Tim Moore on the “Effectively Wild” Facebook page earlier this week: Curious about pitchers with the same surname as the opposing pitcher’s birthplace. Bonus points if it’s a Capitol. resulting in the following discussion … Diane Firstman Tim ….. are you serious about that? Tim Moore Always. OK, so pulling the … Read more

Remember those Canonical Batting Lines?

A few months ago I embarked upon a rather ambitious bit of research, to catalog all the different batting lines (AB-R-H-RBI) in MLB history.  It was a lot of work, going through each combination in the Baseball Reference Play Index, and noting which player(s) had the most occurrences of each line.  By the time I … Read more

The Most Popular Scores in Baseball History

On the heels of the Craig Calcaterra-inspired “7-3 score day” post, there was a request for the most frequent final scores in baseball history.  Fortunately, the VORG is prepared with the Retrosheet game logs of most every contest from 1871-2010, so one crosstab of home and visitor scores later, and I’ve determined there have been … Read more

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