Friday, August 28, 2015

The Dismantling of a Champion

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:16 AM
Chase Utley is the 25th of the 27 members (postseason roster plus two noteworthy regular season contributors) of the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies to leave the club. They are listed below in chronological order of their departure. (R: Released; T: Traded; FA: Became a free agent; C; Claimed off... Read more

Long-time Eagles teammates

Friday, August 14, 2015, 3:00 AM
Todd Herremans and Trent Cole will be back at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, a place they have spent much time at for the last decade. In fact, their 10 seasons together with the Eagles was surpassed by only a handful of other groups of teammates in club history. (Includes any season a player spent... Read more

Batting First, Playing First

Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:23 PM
When Chase Utley steps into the batters box Monday night, he will become the 12th Phillies first baseman to lead off a game since 1940, according to baseball-reference.com. Here they are, by the most recent: PHILLIES STARTING FIRST BASEMEN BATTING LEADOFF (Since 1940) Player Games ... Read more

Phillies Homes Away From Home

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:29 PM
With their three-game sweep over the weekend, the Phillies are now an astounding 30-10 at Petco Park in San Diego, by far their best sustained record in any stadium over the last 102 seasons. In fact,using baseball-reference.com, we were able to find 10 ballparks over that time in which the Phillies... Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 3, 2015)

Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:02 AM
A handful of quick-hitting one-liners: ♦ Saturday night, Cole Hamels threw a pitch for a team other than the Phillies, which re-established Larry Christenson as the Phils pitcher with the most starts who never appeared for another major league club. Hamels (who was dealt after 294 starts here)... Read more

Single Digits (July 31, 2015)

Friday, July 31, 2015, 2:43 AM
A handful of quick-hitting one-liners: ♦ Domonic Brown hit a home run Thursday night, his first of the season and his first at Citizens Bank Park in over a calendar year (July 25, 2015). ♦ It was Brown's 50th career home run,which is exactly how many Mike Schmidt hit ... in Wrigley Field... Read more

Single digits (Cole Hamels edition)

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 12:46 AM
♦ From 2007 to 2011, Phillies teams were 9-4 (.692) in postseason games started by Cole Hamels ... 18-15 (.545) in postseason games started by anyone else. ♦ The Phillies scored a total of 20 runs in Cole Hamels' last 16 regular season losses. ♦ Cole Hamels is just 11 victories... Read more

Phillies win streaks out of ASG

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:31 AM
They have played 86 All-Star Games since 1933, and this is just the fifth time that the Phillies have followed an ASG break with a winning streak of four or more games ... Amazing enough, three of those winning streaks occurred following an All-Star Game that was played on July 14. (There have been... Read more

Trout, Fielder complete ASG cycles

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:51 AM
After singling in his first All-Star Game at-bat in 2012, doubling in his first ASG AB of 2013, tripling in his first ASG AB last season and homering in the first inning Tuesday night, Mike Trout became the ninth player (and the youngest, by nearly three and a half years) to achieve a career cycle... Read more

Phillies' Triple Trouble

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:44 PM
Entering Thursday night's game at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies appear to be heading full steam ahead to their first 100-loss season since 1961. They are 29-58 (.333), which is directly on pace for a final record of 54-108. To avoid triple digits in the loss column, they would have to go 34-41 (.453)... Read more
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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