Friday, July 31, 2015

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

From Phillies Draft Board to All-Star Game

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 5:00 AM
Since the amateur draft began in 1966, the Phillies have selected 12 position players who have gone on to be selected to the All-Star Game while still a member of the Phillies: POSITION PLAYERS DRAFTED BY PHILLIES & SELECTED FOR ALL-STAR GAME AS A PHILLIE DRAFTED ASG as PHIL ... 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

Tarping The Future

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 11:44 PM
On July 7, 2007, the Phillies suffered the 9,999th loss in their history ... The next day, they came to the rescue of the Colorado Rockies' grounds crew when weather wrecked havoc with the tarp during a rain delay in Denver. The Phillies then went on to win their next three games, combining with the... Read more

Phillies' longest nine-inning games

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 2:44 AM
The farther back you go, the harder it is to confirm times of baseball games, but with the help of baseball-reference.com and retrosheet.org, we came up with the eight recorded nine-inning Phillies games since 1914 that have lasted at least four hours ... PHILLIES' LONGEST RECORDED NINE-INNING... Read more

Seven Years Down The Road ...

Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:05 PM
All told, there are six position players from the 2008 World Champion Phillies that have appeared in major league games in 2015, three with the Phils and three — including the Dodgers' Jimmy Rollins — with other teams. Combined, they are hitting a whopping .210. (For the record, there... Read more

Hamels' Only Home, So Far ...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 11:33 PM
Tuesday, Cole Hamels is expected to make the 290th start of his career, by far the most of any Phillies pitcher that never appeared for any other major league team. When — or if — he gets traded in the next month or so, that distinction will fall back to Larry Christenson, who had 220... 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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