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Cole Hamels: The NL's Best

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 1:33 AM
Cole Hamels has recorded more victories for National League teams since the beginning of the 2006 season than any other pitcher. The leaders (complete through Wednesday): Pitcher W L Cole Hamels 85 58 Bronson Arroyo 84 78 Tim Hudson 84 53 Carlos Zambrano 82 54 Derek Lowe 82 72 Matt... Read more

Hamels Reaches Deal; Next a Milestone

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:28 AM
Now that he has agreed to a contract extenstion, Cole Hamels' next task is to reach a milestone — 200 career starts. He'll do that Friday in Atlanta, becoming just the ninth Phil to reach that mark. The top 10: Pitcher Starts Steve Carlton 499 Robin Roberts 472 Chris Short ... Read more

Vance "Early" Worley

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:00 AM
No matter how you slice it — the inning, the number of times through the lineup or the number of pitches thrown — Phillies' starting pitcher Vance Worley seems to lose some of his effectiveness the deeper he goes into games this season. Worley is slated to start Wednesday afternoon against... Read more

Phillies Bats Working Late

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 2:37 AM
Sure, it took until July 17 for the Phillies to win a 2012 game in which they trailed after the seventh inning. And it took until Monday night for them to take home a victory when they were behind after eight. Which makes it even harder to deal with this little tidbit: The Fightin's lead the National... Read more

The Game Mike Patterson

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 12:24 AM
We gained another level of admiration for the Eagles' Mike Patterson last season, when he managed to play in 15 games despite suffering a seizure in training camp that led to the discovery that he had arteriovenous malformation (AVM) on his brain. (Just trying to spell that would put some hockey players... Read more

More BoopStats on Training Camp Page

Monday, July 23, 2012, 3:33 PM
If you can't get enough BoopStats and/or you live, eat and breathe Eagles, check out the main philly.com sports Eagles training camp page each and every day the Birds are at Lehigh. Among the many items to allow you to follow along every day of camp will be a quick-off BoopStat concerning something... Read more

Finally, A Little Extra from Rollins

Monday, July 23, 2012, 12:35 AM
When he stepped to the plate in the 12th inning Sunday, Jimmy Rollins was hitting .111 (5-for-45) in extra-inning appearances since Aug. 24, 2008. Before then, he had been an extra-inning monster (.386, .473 OBA, .659 slg.). His career extra-inning numbers before and after that point: Through 8/23/08 Since 8/24/08 Games 80 41 Batting... Read more

Hall of Fame Solo Shots

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 9:30 PM
Over the weekend, Barry Larkin became the 13th member elected to baseball's Hall of Fame to have played in the free-agent era (since 1976) and appear for just one franchise: Player Team Year Inducted First Season Last Season Brooks Robinson Orioles 1983 1955 1977 Willie Stargell Pirates 1988 1962 1982 Carl... Read more

Banking on Cole Hamels

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10:39 PM
Saturday marked Cole Hamel's 99th career regular season start at Citizens Bank Park, and perhaps his last as a Phillie. It was also his 200th career major league appearance. Although the numbers are close, Hamels' regular season statistics at CBP are a little better than those away from home, but... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Friday, July 20, 2012, 7:42 PM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to vetronb@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Name the three players whose last name is... 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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