Friday, May 22, 2015

Single Digits (May 7)

Single Digits (May 7)

Single Digits (May 7)

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

♦ The Phillies will play their 20,000th game Thursday night. They would need to go undefeated between now and Sept. 1, 2020 to reach .500 all-tme.

♦ Cody Asche has been involved in both Phillies grand slams this season. He belted one Tuesday night and was on third base when Jimmy Rollins connected on Opening Day in Texas.

♦ John Mayberry’s on-base percentage (.323) has now doubled up his batting average (.160).

♦ By the way, Mayberry is now 0-for-10 with three walks and four strikeouts at Citizens Bank Park this season ... He is 0-for-19 at CBP dating back to Sept. 11.

♦ In between NFL draft research, I went through 96 years of NHL stats and found that this year's Flyers team is the first in league history to have seven players reach the 20-goal mark without one of them reaching 30.

♦ Kevin Durant is the fifth player to be named NBA MVP whose first name starts with a "K." The others: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


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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