Monday, August 31, 2015

Philly franchise fours: 2000s

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:39 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1990s ... Today, the 2000s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1990s

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 2:36 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1980s ... Today, the 1990s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1980s

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:38 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1970s ... Today, the 1980s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1970s

Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:37 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Today, the 1970s: FLYERS (1969-70 through 1978-79) ♦... Read more

Maikel Franco: Six HRs in 38 career games

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 6:55 PM
Only eight players who started their major league careers with the Phillies had more home runs through their first 38 games than the six that Maikel Franco has blasted so far. That does not included Erik Kratz, who had 7 through his first 38 career games, but had played his first nine career games... Read more

The States of NBA Titles

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1:38 AM
Should the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Golden State Warriors, Ohio would become the 15th different state to have an NBA champion play within its borders. The last state to crown an NBA titlist for the first time was Texas in 1994, when the Houston Rockets took the crown. The Lone Star State has... Read more

Ryan Howard extends K record

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:12 AM
Ryan Howard notched his 27th career game of four or more strikeouts Tuesday in New York. According to the database at baseball-reference.com (which allows us to search back to 1914), that is not only the most in baseball over those 101-plus seasons, but it is more than any other two Phillies have... Read more

Thirty days hath no head coach ...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:35 AM
It took the Flyers 31 days after firing Craig Berube to find the 19th head coach in their history, which seems like a long time until you consider that just two years ago, their Wells Fargo Arena co-tenant took nearly four times that to find one. While Brett Brown may have actually had the Sixers'... Read more

Left Hangin'

Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:37 AM
In addition to writing a fine story on Cole Hamels' legacy with the Phillies, Ryan Lawrence provided these numbers on the ace lefthander ... COLE vs. CARLTON Here is a look at how Hamels' numbers compare with all-timer Steve Carlton during their peak years (beginning with the fourth year in a rotation... Read more

Galvis by Day

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:35 PM
With a 3-for-3 performance Thursday, Freddy Galvis is now hitting .459 (17-37) in day games this season. No Phillie since at least 1914 (as far back as the split database at baseball-reference.com will allow us to search) has had a higher daytime batting average over a full season (min.: 40 plate... 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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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