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Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:55 PM
Monday night, the Seattle Mariners became the last of the current 30 MLB teams to play in Citizens Bank Park. Here are every major league team's record at CBP (including the Blue Jays' three "home games" in 2010), listed by number of regular season wins (through Monday): TEAM RECORDS @CITIZENS... Read more

Talking 'Bout Walk-Offs

Monday, August 11, 2014, 12:55 AM
More than enough stuff on Phillies’ walk-off wins to get you through this upcoming West Coast trip. All numbers are through Sunday’s games: ♦ Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Phillies have 109 home wins (23rd in the majors), but a MLB-high 29 walk-off wins. That works... Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 5)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 2:58 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ On Sunday, 1B Ryan Howard, 2B Chase Utley and SS Jimmy Rollins started their 886th game together at those positions for the Phillies, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That ties the major league for most games started by players... Read more

Coming up Short for Hamels

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:56 PM
In the expansion era (since 1961), only one Phillies pitcher with at least 20 starts and a record no better than .500 has an ERA lower than the 2.42 that Cole Hamels (6-6) currently sports (see list below). In fact, over his last 63 starts, Hamels has a 3.06 ERA and a 20-20 record to show for it. ... Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 1)

Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:54 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Well, the Phillies didn’t make any trades at the July 31 deadline, but a lot of other teams did, and none was more fascinating than the Tigers getting David Price in a three-team deal. Not because Detroit now has the last... Read more

Chase Is Loaded

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:48 AM
A detailed look at Chase Utley's grand slam, launched Tuesday night into the Citi Field seats, and some other salami tidbits we found along the way: ♦ It was his fifth career grand slam (see them all HERE), but his first hit against a non-NL West team. ♦ Jimmy Rollins became the first... Read more

Single Digits (July 29)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:42 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Eagles guard Evan Mathis has been on the field for 120 of the Eagles’ last 121 offensive touchdowns. In three years, he has missed one regular season game. In the other 47 games, he has missed a total of 11 plays (out of... Read more

Single Digits (July 28)

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:33 PM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies are now 3-10 in Roberto Hernandez’ 13 starts at Citizens Bank Park this season, even though he is holding opposing hitters to a .204 batting average there. ♦ Since July 10, Ryan Howard’s slash line... Read more

The Ryan Howard Turn Around

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:13 PM
Ryan Howard has a higher slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers this season than he does right-handers, something that has never happened over a full season in his major-league career: HOWARD SLUG PCT. Year vs. RHP vs. LHP 2004 .700 .111 2005 .645 .246 2006 .711 .558 ... Read more

Single Digits (July 25)

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:42 PM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies and the Rangers each scored two runs on Thursday. For each it was the 39th game of the season they had scored fewer than three. Only the Padres with 51 have had more. San Diego, by the way, put up 13 later that night... Read more
About this blog

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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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