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The Monday High-Noon Catchup

Catching up on odds and ends.

The Monday High-Noon Catchup

Catching up on some neat statistical stuff you may not have caught last week:

Kyle Kendrick Sunday pitched into the eighth inning for the 10th time in 115 career starts.

♦ Sunday, Jimmy Rollins took a big collar (0-for-5 or 0-for-6) for the 100th time in his career. Somehow, the Phillies are 50-50 in those games.

Placido Polanco is major league baseball’s all-time fielding percentage leader at third base. (More on that on the blog later this week.)

♦ When we put up our list of 1-0 regular season games won on a solo homer by the Phillies, we mentioned how odd that Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton never combined to do that. Turns out, they did — in the 1983 NLCS opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

♦ After seeing our list of the 53 players that have started at shortstop for the Phillies since Larry Bowa made his MLB debut in the 1970 season opener, an emailer asked which major-leaguers had started the games at short in that time period.
   And the answer is ... Omar Vizquel (a little over 2,600).
   Derek Jeter and Ozzie Smith are second third (each a little under 2,500). Cal Ripken Jr., who moved to third base his last few seasons was fourth and Bowa (including his time with the Cubs and Mets) was fifth.

♦ The major league record for consecutive games homering vs. an opponent is 9, done by the Braves’ Joe Adcock vs. Dodgers (1956) and the Twins’ Harmon Killebrew vs. Athletics (1961).

♦ Saturday, the Dodgers had four hits ... all homers. It was the third time this season a team had four or more hits that were all dingers. It had happened a total of four times in the 94 seasons prior (1918-2011).

♦ ESPN Stats & Info points out that the Red Sox are now 0-13 on Ben Affleck's birthday since the release of Good Will Hunting in 1997.

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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