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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

Phillies Career Saves Leaders

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 10:35 PM
Jonathan Papelbon Wednesday became the Phillies' all-time leader in career saves, a statistic that became official in 1969: PHILLIES CAREER SAVES LEADERS (Since 1969) Player Sv. BS Pct. Jonathan Papelbon 113 15 .883 Jose Mesa 112 17 .868 Steve Bedrosian 103 ... Read more

Thirty-Three The Hard Way ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:13 AM
Thanks to the fine folks (and the giant searchable database) at baseball-reference.com, researching how historically bad the Phillies are this season is so much easier than the old (pre-Internet) days ... For instance ... After Monday's loss, the Phils are 11-22 after 33 games for just the third... Read more

The new NBA

Monday, May 4, 2015, 8:29 PM
Only two of this season's Final 8 NBA teams were in the Final 8 last season (Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers). Additionally, only three of the Final 8 have won NBA titles under their current city/nickname. Two others have won under a different name or when in a different city. Three have... Read more

It's Not 2008 (or 1980) Any More ...

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:56 PM
A total of 15 Phillies played in Thursday's 9-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, and for the first time in 986 regular season games, not one of them had appeared in the 2008 postseason for the World Champion Phils. As a point of reference, the Phils did trot out a starting lineup as such... Read more

Sixers: Bottoms Up

Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:44 AM
The Sixers may have failed in their "quest" to finish with the worst record in the NBA, but they did end the season at the bottom of a handful of statistical categories (see below). Here are the three most interesting: ♦ Home Attendance: For the first time in their 52 seasons in Philadelphia... Read more

Citizens Bank sparse

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:22 AM
The Phillies' average home attendance through six dates is 17,389 less than it was four years ago, Citizens Bank Park's high-water mark. That difference, as it is now, would be the sixth largest decline for a major league baseball club over a five-year period (or shorter) since divisional play began... 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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