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Phillies Blogathon: Hour 33

Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:00 AM
Phillies' hitting coach Greg Gross was a key component off the bench in the Phillies' exciting 1980 NLCS victory over the Astros. Unfortunately, he had little to show for the rest of his postseason experiences: 1980 NLCS After 1980 NLCS 4 Games 14 Games 3-for-4 0-for-17 1... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 32

Friday, September 30, 2011, 5:00 AM
Remember the big deal it was when the Phillies won the first 12 games in which Hunter Pence got a hit after his trade from the Astros? Well, try this one on for size: They win the first 19 games in which he scored a run for them. Including Wednesday's season finale, they were 25-2 when he crossed... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 31

Friday, September 30, 2011, 4:00 AM
The Phillies' pitching staff notched 21 shutouts this season, seven of them of the complete-game variety (Cliff Lee 6, Roy Halladay 1). A look at all 21 below. Noteworthy: A total of 16 different pitchers took part in at least one of those shutouts ... Five of them came in a 14-game April stretch... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 30

Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:00 AM
The Phillies' total of 153 home runs was their lowest of the Citizens Bank Park era. Their home total of 77 was just one more than they had on the road and 17 less than had previously hit in any CBP season. The Phillies home run totals since moving into the Bank: CBP Road 2004... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 29

Friday, September 30, 2011, 2:00 AM
Chase Utley is hitting just .202 the first time he faces a starting pitcher this season. But he makes up for it when he faces him later in the game. A look at Utley's 2011 numbers based on which time he faces a starting pitcher: SP (1st) SP (2nd) SP (3rd) SP (4th) Relief Hits-AB 18-89 28-89 25-75 3-10 ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 28

Friday, September 30, 2011, 1:00 AM
The Phillies had six winning streaks of five or more games this season: Wins Dates Opponents 9 July 29-Aug. 6 Pirates (3), at Rockies (3), at Giants (3) 7 June 10-16 Cubs (3), Marlins (4) 6 Sept. 5-10 Braves (3), at Brewers (3) 5 April 20-24 Brewers (1)... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 27

Friday, September 30, 2011, 12:00 AM
If you old enough to remember the Phillies' consecutive NLCS losses in 1976 (to the Reds), 1977 and 1978 (Dodgers), you don't need us to remind you how frustrating they were. If you are not old enough to remember them (or have chosen not to remember them), we'll leave it quick and simple: The Phils... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 26

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 11:00 PM
Hunter Pence was having a good season when he was with the Astros (through July 29), but he amped it up even more after being traded to the Phillies. How his statistics break down: G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBA Slg. Astros 100 399 49 123 ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 25

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 10:00 PM
After a few nondescript seasons playing in the major leagues, Charlie Manuel found his niche in Japan. Noteworthy: Hit 48 home runs in 1980, the same season Mike Schmidt was hitting 48 for the Phillies en route to their first World Championship ... Led the Japan League in home runs in 1979 (37) and... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 24

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 9:00 PM
Phillies' manager Charlie Manuel played parts of six seasons (see below) in the major leagues before he found his niche playing in Japan. Noteworthy: As a minor leaguer, he won the Midwest League (A) triple crown in 1967 (.313., 15 homers, 70 RBI). Also had a .514 slugging percentage ... Hit .372... 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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