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Single Digits (April 18)

Single Digits (April 18)

Single Digits (April 18)

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

♦ Claude Giroux has 12 shots in his last 13 games at Madison Square Garden ... It has been 200 minutes of MSG ice time since his last goal there.

♦ Seven games have been played in the NHL playoffs so far. The Flyers are the only one of those 14 teams not to have scored at least three goals. They have one (I think).

 Ryan Howard Thursday pinch-hit against a LHP for the fifth time in his career (1-4, solo HR, BB) and the first time since April 25, 2008.

♦ This season, the Phillies are 5-2 in day games ... 2-6 in night games ... and 3-0 when Wil Nieves starts.

♦ The Rockies, who have been around since 1993, are htting .276 over the life of the franchise. If you take out Todd Helton’s career totals, the average drops to .273 ... Helton, who played from 1997-2013, owns nearly eight percent (2,519) of all Rockies hits (31,876).

♦ San Antonio is the first team since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976 to not have a player averaging over 30 minutes a game.


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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