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Archive: May, 2012

The Hamels Hit (By Pitch) Parade

Monday, May 7, 2012, 5:00 PM
Not sure exactly why this jumped into our brain, but we thought you'd like to see Cole Hamels' Hit Batter Frequency for his career: Batters Faced Hit Batters Batters Per HBP 2006 558 3 186.0 2007 743 3 247.7 2008 914 1 914.0 2009 814 5 162.8 2010 856 ... Read more

Tripling Down With Victorino

Monday, May 7, 2012, 12:32 AM
Sure, it was great that the Phillies tacked on a couple of field goals in the ninth inning Sunday night to seal their 9-3 win over the Nationals and avoid a sweep. But we were more happy to finally see Shane Victorino get off the triple schneid. In each of the last four seasons, it took less than... Read more

Flyers vs. Phillies

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 12:42 PM
Maybe the Phillies bats weren’t as slow-starting as we thought this spring, but they are just lending the Flyers some offense for a while. On the 11 days that both teams have played this season, the Flyers are outscoring the Phillies, 42-33, which is a lot closer than it was the first nine days... Read more

Phillies Fans March on Washington

Friday, May 4, 2012, 2:56 AM
Despite the home team's best efforts, Nationals Park will have more than its share of Phillies fans for the three games in Washington this weekend. For three of the four years of the Park's existance, the average crowd for the nine Phillies games has exceeded the average crowd for all other dates: ... Read more

Blanton Makes it 200 for Phils

Friday, May 4, 2012, 2:35 AM
When Joe Blanton finished off his three-hit, 4-0 victory over the Braves Thursday, he became the 200th Phillies pitcher to toss at least one complete-game shutout. That ties them with the St. Louis Cardinals as the teams with the most pitchers to toss a shutout in their history. Below are the Phillies'... Read more

The Georgia Chooch

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 1:47 AM
The Phils play a day game in Atlanta Thursday after a very tough, long Wednesday night loss, so it is a good bet that Charlie Manual will rest catcher Carlos Ruiz. Don't do it, Charlie! All Chooch has done in his last 32 games against the Braves his hit .366 with a .462 on-base percentage and a ... Read more

The No. 8 Road Less Taken

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 2:36 AM
The Sixers' 17-point win Tuesday is the second-largest road margin of victory by a No. 8 seed ever. It is the 19th road win by an "8" over a No. 1 seed. Those 19 games are below. Notable: ♦ Tuesday marked the first time in history that the Sixers won a road playoff game on the same day that... 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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