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Single Digits (May 8)

Single Digits

Single Digits (May 8)

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

♦ There were 185 wide receivers that caught passes in the NFL in 2013. Their height was split almost exactly between being 6-foot and under (91 players) and 6-1 and over (94 players). The taller of those two factions had over 300 more catches, averaged a yard-and-a-half more per catch and scored 106 more touchdowns. For a full inch-by-inch breakdown, go HERE.

♦ The Flyers have reached the playoffs in 30 of the 34 regular seasons that have ended with Paul Homgren somewhere in their organization (player, coach, scout, general manager, etc.) ... They missed the postseason in five of the 12 seasons in which he was not with the franchise at the season’s final buzzer.

♦ When Blue Jays lefthander Mark Buehrle took the mound against the Phillies Wednesday, it was his 436th consecutive start without a trip to the disabled list.

♦ The Phillies have scored in just one of their last 35 innings at bat.

♦ The Phillies are 8-2 in day games ... 7-14 in night games.

♦ Three Phillies (Carlos Ruiz, Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley) are on a pace to hit 50 doubles. Only two Phillies (Chuck Klein, twice, and Bobby Abreu) have done that.

 

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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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