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Single Digits (June 19)

Single Digits

Single Digits (June 19)

Jimmy Rollins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Jimmy Rollins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

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

♦ Let me see if I got this straight ... The Spurs hadn't won a championship in six years, then Brett Brown leaves and they have the most dominating Finals (by point differential) ever.

Reid Brignac (.283) is now the second-leading hitter on the Phillies.

♦ Jimmy Rollins has hit in 12 straight games, the fourth hitting streak of his career of 12 games or more.

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♦ Rollins has exactly one hit in each of those games, tieing a Phillies mark (since 1914) held by by Michael Young (2013) and Fred Luderus (1917). (Ted Sizemore holds the MLB record of 16.)

♦ From 2004-09, Ryan Howard hit .336 (51-152) with 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 42 games at Atlanta's Turner Field ... Since then, he is 22-112 (.196) with 5 homers and 23 RBI in 29 games there.

♦ The Phillies' five runs in the 13th inning Monday night were the most runs they have ever scored in the 13th inning.




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.

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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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