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Talkin' About Preseason

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 1:59 AM
Andy Reid announced Wednesday that Michael Vick will not play again this preseason, and quite honestly, the football fans of the world ain't missing much. In his four years as an Eagle, Vick has appeared in 11 preseason games and has but one touchdown pass to show for his troubles. Sure, he's got... Read more

Good Banking, Bad Bullpen Pitching

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 2:04 AM
Unless you've been living under a rock or buried in NFL Fantasy homework since April, you no doubt have seen or heard the Citizens Bank commercials during Phillies games that brag that "good banking is good citizenship." That may be true, but its ballpark is not conducive to good bullpen-pitching... Read more

Vick's Preseason By The Numbers

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 2:09 AM
We're not sure how your summer is going, but we're going to out on a limb and say you're having a better August than Michael Vick. For all of what No. 7 had to contribute to the Eagles' first two preseason game, he probably should have just purchased a ticket. Here's hoping that the next time he... Read more

The Monday High-Noon Catchup

Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:32 AM
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... Read more

The Phillies' Merry-Go-Outfield

Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:00 AM
If you've been keeping your eye on the Phillies' outfield recently, you might be getting just a little dizzy. Charlie Manuel has trotted out seven different starting OF combinations in the last 11 games. He has used 10 different OF trios in the 19 games since bidding adieu to Shane Victorino and Hunter... Read more

Ryan Braun, Phillie Killer

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 12:37 AM
Since 1969 (when divisional play started), only five opposing players from outside their division have hit more home runs against the Phillies in a season than the six Ryan Braun has this year. He has homered against them in five consecutive games and has 14 in 35 career games. If he goes long Sunday... Read more

Rolling a Seven, One Foot at a Time

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 12:00 AM
Once he sets foot on the basketball court this fall, Andrew Bynum will become the 18th player listed at 7-foot (or taller) to play for the Philadelphia 76ers. And while the club has employed the greatest 7-footer in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain), the rest of the tall cast runs from the reliable (Dikembe... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 1:59 AM
(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 Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive... Read more

Phillies' Not-So-Hot Corner

Friday, August 17, 2012, 2:12 AM
How much do the Phillies miss Placido Polanco's glove at third base? A lot ... and not just because Kevin Frandsen's two-out throwing error led to the game-losing eighth-inning grand slam Thursday night. Polanco, who happens to be the all-time leader in fielding percentage at third base (minimum 500... Read more

Lefty's Streak By The Number

Friday, August 17, 2012, 12:00 AM
Forty years ago Friday, Phillies lefthander Steve Carlton completed his 15-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory over the Reds (right). (Earlier this season, BoopStats touched on Carlton's masteful 1972 season from a different point of view. And we will do so again before the end of the summer.) Here... 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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