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Flyers CONSOL Scoring

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:49 AM
You’ve probably read a couple dozen times by now that the Flyers own Pittsburgh’s new CONSOL Energy Center, having won the first five games they played there in its two seasons and dropping only a meaningless year-ending finale this past Saturday. The Flyers have spread the wealth in those... Read more

Phils Playing Like Minor Leaguers

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:17 PM
The Phillies' lack of offensive firepower in 2012 extends down to the minor leagues. Lehigh Valley, despite a 4-2 start, has numbers that mirror the big league clubs' poor performance (see below). (By the way, double-A Reading is hitting .311 and the two single-A clubs are safely in the mid-.200s... Read more

Phillies 0-fer Starters

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 2:42 AM
After an 0-for-12 start (with a walk and a sacrifice bunt also thrown in), Freddy Galvis finally got a hit Monday. And that can only mean one thing ... a Phillies World Championship is right around the corner. Both the 1980 Phillies and the 2008 Phillies had participants in their World Series that... Read more

Pence's April Powers

Monday, April 9, 2012, 12:05 AM
Phillies rightfielder Hunter Pence now has 29 RBI in his last 36 April games, dating back to the final week of the fourth month of 2010. Traditionally, April and June had been his "slow" months, but don't be surprised if he has no such periods this season. By the way, Pence is BoopStats' preseason... Read more

The Green Jacket Becomes Them

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 4:35 PM
BoopStats does not venture into the world of professional golf too often, but when we do, we like to keep the statements short and simple. For instance: "Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the two best golfers ever to walk the planet." Now, there are lots of stats to base that on, but here’s... Read more

Phils Ps Meeting the Opening Bell

Friday, April 6, 2012, 2:32 AM
Roy Halladay went to the mound Thursday for his 10th consecutive Opening Day start, a mark matched by only four other pitchers in history. In fact, five of the nine pitchers with eight consecutive Opening Day starts pitched at some point in their career with the Phillies: Pitchers GS Seasons... Read more

Flyers' Defense Hits on 21

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:50 AM
Tuesday night, Flyers coach Pete Laviolette tossed out his 21st different six-man defense combination of the season. None of the combinations have been together for as many as 15 games, and only three of them for as many as 10. All together, 13 players have seen time along the blue line for the Flyers... Read more

Sixers' Home Snookering

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:21 AM
Wednesday night, the Raptors dealt the Sixers their worst home loss (21 points) of the Doug Collins' era. Before February, their worst home loss under him was 12 points. Since then, they have lost by 20 (to the Heat Feb. 3) and 21 (Wednesday) within a month. All told, 15 of the 17 worst losses under... Read more

The First of Halladay, Part 2

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:02 AM
Roy Halladay was his usual stellar self on the mound last season, with one exception — the first hitter he faced each game. Including the postseason (Oct. 1 & 7), those leadoff batters hit .485 (16-for-33) and had an OBA of .500 with one walk and two strikeouts. Ten of them came around to... Read more

The First of Halladay, Part 1

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8:56 PM
Thursday afternoon, Roy Halladay will make his 10th consecutive opening day start, his third with the Phillies after seven with the Blue Jays. After getting roughed around in his first two openers, he has settled down and is 4-1, 3.02 over his last eight games that have kicked off the season. Perhaps... 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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