Sunday, May 24, 2015

Single Digits (June 13)

Single Digits

Single Digits (June 13)

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

♦ Before you get too excited about the Phillies’ three-game sweep of the Padres, be aware that when San Diego came into Citizens Bank Park, they were hitting .127 as a team in June. They went 18-for-105 (.171) in their three losses in South Philly.

 Jimmy Rollins led the National League with 22 walks in May. It was the most he ever drew in one month.

♦ And since Rollins seems poised to break Mike Schmidt’s club record for career hits this weekend, let’s hope he fares better than Schmidt did after he broke Rich Ashburn’s mark.

The Hall of Fame third baseman doubled in the first inning of a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh on April 20, 1989 to pass Whitey. He added another double in the fifth inning, but from that point on he went 15-for-94 (.160) and promptly retired on May 29.

♦ It has come to our attention that on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster currently are a Blanco (Andres), a Castro (Leandro), a Cedeno (Ronny) and a Franco (Maikel).

♦ The Heat Thursday night became the second team in NBA history to lose consecutive Finals games by 19 or more points. The first was the 1977 Sixers, who dropped Game 3 (129-107) and Game 4 (130-98) to the Portland Trail Blazers.

♦ This will be the fifth time that the World Cup will consist of 64 matches. The total number of goals scored has decreased each of those tournaments. The goal totals were 171 (in 1998), 161 (2002), 147 (2006) and 145 (2010).

 

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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