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LeBron Pulls the MVP Double

Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:44 AM
LeBron James is first player since 2003 to win regular season and Finals MVP in the same season. It is the 14th NBA MVP Double: SEASON FINALS Year Player Team Pts. Reb. Ast. Pts. Reb. Ast. 1970 Willis Reed Knicks 21.7 13.9 2.0 23.0 10.5 2.8 1971 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bucks 31... Read more

Our Jim Thome Plan

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:37 AM
Now that the Phillies are done with the designated hitter for this season (at least until the World Series), what do they do with Jim Thome? Thome, whose back prevents him from playing any fielding position, served the Phillies well in nine games as a DH, but has never showed much promise as a pinch-hitter... Read more

Phillies' Three-Year Runs

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 11:36 AM
Requests ... we get a few. And sometimes we even get a chance to answer. About a month ago, we were asked for the Phillies' record over the 2009-10-11 seasons when each player scored a run. Here they are (pitchers not included), ranked by total wins when scoring a run: Player 2009 2010 2011 Total Shane... Read more

Wake Junior in June

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 10:36 PM
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... Read more

LeBron Finally Comes Fourth

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 12:00 AM
LeBron James has already scored more points in the fourth quarter of the first three games of the 2012 NBA Finals than he did in all six fourth quarters of the 2011 Finals. He has also been to the foul line more times in every fourth quarter of these Finals than he did in the entire set of the six... Read more

Jim Thome's Triple-Triple

Monday, June 18, 2012, 12:08 AM
When Jim Thome clubbed his fourth home run of the season Sunday (right), he became just the fourth player to reach triple digits in four-baggers for three different teams. (Those four players and their career home runs are broken down by team below.) Some other Thome homer things to consider: ♦... Read more

A Wise Trade, as It Turned Out

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 10:13 PM
This summer is the 40th anniversary of the best single-season performance by a Philadelphia athlete not named Wilt Chamberlain: Steve Carlton’s magical 1972 campaign. To mark the occasion, BoopStats has decided to revisit Carlton’s Phillies career every now and again. This week we touch... Read more

Chooch's Revenge

Friday, June 15, 2012, 12:48 AM
Carlos Ruiz Thursday got hit by a pitch for the league-leading 10th time this season. But at least he has made a habit of making the team that plunks him pay for it. Twice, he was hit by a pitch in what would be his last plate appearance of the game. In the remaining at-bats of the other eight games... Read more

Key to the Stanley Cup? Former Flyers!

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:05 AM
Want to win a Stanley Cup? Simply go out and get yourself a couple of former Flyers. Each of the last four NHL champions have had at least two players appear in playoff games that had played for the Orange and Black. And six of them were Philadelphia draft picks, four of those first-rounders. The... Read more

A-Rod Slams into a Tie With Gehrig

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 2:38 AM
As soon as we heard that Alex Rodriguez had clubbed a grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig for the all-time salami leadership Tuesday (right), we wondered which player has the most career solo home runs. So, we looked at the 27 major leaguers with 493 or more career home runs and (thanks in large part to... Read more
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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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