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Single Digits (July 28)

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:33 PM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies are now 3-10 in Roberto Hernandez’ 13 starts at Citizens Bank Park this season, even though he is holding opposing hitters to a .204 batting average there. ♦ Since July 10, Ryan Howard’s slash line... Read more

The Ryan Howard Turn Around

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:13 PM
Ryan Howard has a higher slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers this season than he does right-handers, something that has never happened over a full season in his major-league career: HOWARD SLUG PCT. Year vs. RHP vs. LHP 2004 .700 .111 2005 .645 .246 2006 .711 .558 ... Read more

Single Digits (July 25)

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:42 PM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies and the Rangers each scored two runs on Thursday. For each it was the 39th game of the season they had scored fewer than three. Only the Padres with 51 have had more. San Diego, by the way, put up 13 later that night... Read more

2013 Eagles Summaries & BoopStats

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:09 PM
CLICK HERE to relive the Eagles 2013 season through the Daily News Summaries & BoopStats Pages Read more

Single Digits (July 22)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:15 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Phillies batters have not drawn a walk since Saturday. That covers two-plus games totaling 96 plate appearances. They went four games in a row last April without drawing a bases on balls (137 PAs). The1919-20 Phillies and the... Read more

GS for KK

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 5:42 PM
At some point during the interminable 1:39 Phillies-Braves rain delay Sunday, someone wanted to know where Kyle Kendrick's 173 career starts ranks on the Phillies' all-time list. Here are their top 20 in games started since 1901 (*lefthanded): Rk. Pitcher GS 1. *Steve Carlton 499 ... Read more

LeBron Returns to the Top of the Charts

Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:36 PM
So, LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is already the franchise's all-time leading scorer ... So we figured we would trot out this CHART of the leading career scorer for each of the current 30 NBA franchises: Read more

Playing Catch-Up With Daily News Sports

Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:37 AM
If you missed any of these exciting things from the Daily News Sports section, click on the dates below to check them out now: 2014 SEPT. 4: Eagles Preview Sections AUG. 28: Fantasy Football Guide JULY 29-AUG. 21: Taney Little League coverage JULY 25: Eagles' Training Camp Guide JULY 21-24: Eagles... Read more

Phillies' four-game sweeps

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:28 AM
Thursday, the Phillies completed one of the more improbable four-game series sweeps in their history, considering they staggered into Miller Park on a 3-13 slide and were set to face a Brewers team that had the best record in the National League. But — as so often we say — that is why we... Read more

Single Digits (July 8)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:39 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Over their weekend series with the Phillies, Pirates pitchers threw 378 pitches. Exactly one of them was thrown when the Phillies had a lead. ♦ After his 2-for-3 performance Monday, Chase Utley is now hitting .372 since... Read more
About this blog

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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