Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wake Junior in June

John Mayberry Jr. heats it up when the calendar turns to June.

Wake Junior in June

John Mayberry Jr. rounds third base after hitting a home run in Tuesday´s win over the Rockies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
John Mayberry Jr. rounds third base after hitting a home run in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

John Mayberry Jr. (shown at left rounding third base after hitting a home run Tuesday) now has four homers and a .581 slugging percentage in 13 games this month.

But that shouldn't surprise anyone. His numbers — especially his power numbers — always seem to go up when the baseball season turns its calendar to June.

Here are his career statistics during the first two months of the season, and afterwards:

June to
Games 97 120
Batting Avg. .240 .271
   Hits-AB 56-233 73-269
On-Base Pct. .296 .323
   Walks 18 19
   Strikeouts 61 67
Slugging Pct. .373 .576
   Total Bases     87 155
   Doubles 13 17
   Home Runs 6 21
RBI 26 59
Runs 24 43
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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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