Thursday, December 18, 2014

Single Digits (April 15)

Single Digits (April 15)

Single Digits (April 15)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently --

♦ The Phillies' B.J. Rosenberg Monday night became the first pitcher in at least 100 years (and probably forever) to face only three batters in a game and allow three home runs. A half-dozen players have allowed three homers over just four batters faced, the most recent being the Orioles’ Pedro Viola in 2011.

♦ After the Sixers beat the Celtics Monday night ... and before the Lakers won later ... those three teams had combined for 68 wins this season, a total that each of those franchises had reached in at least one season themselves.

♦ The Sixers bench shot 21-for-30 (70%) in their victory.

♦ Phillies opponents have more home runs at Citizens Bank Park this season (14) than the Phils have overall (13).

♦ Chase Utley is now 22-for-45 and hitting .489. If he fails to get a hit in his next 28 at-bats, he would still be batting .301 (22-for-73).

♦ Daily News’ handicapper Vegas Vic finished at +$465 for the college basketball season.


Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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