Nine Is Not Enough

Friend of the VORG Chris Patrick Morgan messaged me the following question Wednesday: “Whats the record for the most INNINGS a team has played in one season. it only came to mind after sitting thru that 16-inning game for the Giants and the Mets the other night, and realizing the Mets must be threatening that … Read more

A Day for Shutout Routs

Sunday was a great day for 13-0 shutouts.  There were two of them.  The Red Sox routed R.A. Dickey and the Jays in Toronto, and the Indians roughed up David Price and the Rays in Tampa.  This elicited a Twitter question for Jayson Stark: Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst  Exactly 13-0? Never in div-play era RT @FrankMcawesome: … Read more

Ron Blomberg and “Sabbathmetrics”

Saturday night marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll … Read more

“Veteran” Teams

Veteran’s Day is here, and the VORG is celebrating by highlighting the oldest teams (relative to league-average age) since 1901.  Listed below are the ten teams with the biggest difference between their average age “TmAge” and the league average that year “LgAge” (expressed as “TotDif”).  You’ll notice that though seven of these squads finished over … Read more

Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar

This past Monday, prior to the start of the Yankees series with the Twins, William Juliano, proprietor of the excellent “The Captain’s Blog”, tweeted the following: The Captain’s Blog ‏@williamnyy23 It’s been 139 games since Yanks played Twins. Can’t confirm without programming, but that has to rank among longest spans between meetings. This intrigued me, … Read more

Rolling Two Straight Sevens

While the Yankees’ comeback from a 9-0 deficit to win 15-9 yesterday was impressive, what tickled the VORG’s fancy was that the Bombers scored exactly seven runs in two consecutive innings.  It got me wondering what the record might be for the highest number of the same runs scored in two consecutive innings. It turns … Read more

Cancer Can’t Kill my Love of the Game

(Note: Some of this originally appeared in my piece in the “Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories” anthology) My parents were divorced in 1965, when I was two years old.  In the prior couple of years, my father had begun exhibiting signs of mental illness, and my mother, knee-deep in her own issues with a child (me) … Read more

Analyzing Tonight’s Big Trade via Anagrams

OK . . . the Yankees finally made a splash in the off-season pool, as they traded their top prospect, catcher Jesus Montero to the Mariners for their top young pitcher, Michael Pineda. What do the anagrams say about the deal?: From the Yankees perspective, there seems to be some concern, as “Jesus Montero traded … Read more

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