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Phillies Blogathon: Hour 63

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12:00 PM
No matter what you think about Pete Rose, you can not dispute he rose to the occassion time after time. You need to look no further that his batting average in the postseason as the series progressed. In fact, his career batting average in the six World Series he has appeared (two with the Phillies)... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 61

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:00 AM
The Phillies are 25-16 in their 41 postseason games since 2007, but 24 of them came when they scored at least three runs. Conversely, they are 14-2 in those games when they allowed fewer than three runs. Below are their records in those postseason games based on their runs scored and allowed. ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 60

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9:00 AM
Before he guided the Phillies from high above the playing field, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spent considerable time on it. Here's a look at his playing career, and some other tidbits: Noteworthy: Was a batboy (right) for Phils in early 80s when his father (a former Phil) was a coach ... The Stanford... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 59

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8:00 AM
Phillies' lefthanded pinch-hitter Ross Gload, who led the NL with 18 pinch hits, battled a hip injury for most of the year. Despite that, he had a pretty good beginning and end to his season. How his stats break down: From To H AB Avg. April 1 May 9 8 22 .364 May... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 58

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:00 AM
The Phillies could have picked a better year to face the Cardinals in the postseason for the first time. Most years, Ryan Howard simply owns his hometown team, but he had his worst season against them in 2011. Perhaps he was saving it all for October. Howard's year-by-year numbers vs. St. Louis: Season G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO Avg... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 57

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6:00 AM
The Phillies' 2011 record by starter at each position: CATCHER GS W L SHORTSTOP GS W L Carlos Ruiz 114 71 43 Jimmy Rollins 134 82 52 Brian Schneider 35 27 8 Wilson Valdez 20 14 6 Dane Sardinha 12 4 8 Michael... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 55

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 4:00 AM
Whether it was Cole Hamels' triple, either of Cliff Lee's home runs (yes, plural), scoring runs (19) or knocking them in (22), the Phillies' pitchers seem to help themselves at the plate often this season. Pitcher AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Sac Avg. Joe... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 54

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 3:00 AM
Greg Luzinski, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz each have as many triples for the Phillies in postseason play as Jimmy Rollins does. The all-time list: Mariano Duncan 3 Shane Victorino 2 Jayson Werth 2 Gavvy Cravath 1 Pedro Feliz 1 Granny Hamner 1 Ryan Howard 1 Jay... 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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