Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hawaiian Punchless

Phils getting little from Shane's walk year.

Hawaiian Punchless

(Matt Slocum/AP)
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Although you never want to see one of your favorite or best players leave in free agency, at least you usually get the advantage of his playing for a contract in his walk year.

That is not the case for the Philadelphia Phillies and centerfielder Shane Victorino this season.

His numbers are down across the board — and this in a year when they could really use his All-Star-caliber talent.

Here’s how Victorino’s numbers through June 30 of his walk year compare with the most recent Phillie outfielder to leave for a big free-agent contract, Jayson Werth in 2010:

Through June 30      
Games 80 74
Batting Avg. .254 .292
   H-AB 78-307 75-257
On-Base Pct. .323 .378
   Walks 30 37
   Strikeouts 38 73
Slugging Pct. .388 .549
   Total Bases 119 141
   Doubles 13 25
   Triples 2 1
   Home Runs 8 13
Runs Batted In 36 47
Runs Scored 32 48
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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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