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Archive: May, 2013

Is Dom Brown's best yet to come?

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1:42 AM
With two home runs Friday, Domonic Brown upped his total for May to 12, the 14th time in Phillies history a player has launched a dozen or more dingers in a single calendar month. The good news is that Brown is the third youngest of that group to do so. And even better news, each of the Phillies that... Read more

DB on a Junior Schmitty Roll

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:15 AM
Domonic Brown Wednesday homered for the third consecutive game ... 24 years to the day that former Phillie Mike Schmidt announced his retirement. Fitting, since hitting HRs in three straight games was something Schmitty did 23 times in his career. (Below are the 11 times he connected in four or more... Read more

Domonic Brown's Tripping

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:11 AM
When the Phillies left Cititzens Bank Park 10 days ago, the didn't need a plane to fly to South Florida, they did on the wings of back-to-back ninth-inning home runs by Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis that lifted them to a 3-2 victory over the Reds, as exciting a victory as they had experienced all year... Read more

Phillies' AL road blues

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:46 AM
In their last five Interleague road games, Phillies pitchers have a 8.21 ERA and opponents are hitting .376 against them. Monday night, they played their 131st regular season road game in an American League park. And although they all haven't been as bad as their last five, enough of them have been... Read more

NL East: Short Division

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:48 AM
Entering Tuesday's games, the NL East was the proud owner of the 11th (Braves), 12th (Phillies), 13th (Mets), 14th (Nationals) and 15th (Marlins) best batting averages in the National League. The Phillies' 15-hit barrage moved them up a couple of notches, so that no longer is true, but the NL East... Read more

Phillies on the hook

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 1:35 AM
The Marlins must be very happy it was the Astros that moved to the American League and not the Phillies. Miami is 4-4 versus the Phillies and 9-28 against the rest of baseball. And while their offense has been more run productive versus the local nine, it's the Marlins pitching that seems to have... Read more

Back to Back Late ... But Not at Home

Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:23 AM
Before Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis did so yesterday, the Phillies had never hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning or later at Citizens Bank Park ... or Veterans Stadium. The last time they did so in a home game was May 8, 1970, when Deron Johnson and Don Money connected in the ninth inning... Read more

The Rollins Run

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 3:42 PM
When Jimmy Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, he walked in his first appearance and then scored the game's first run on a Bobby Abreu homer. Since that point, the Phillies have played exactly 2,000 regular season games and have scored 9,252 runs, and Rollins has been the one to... Read more

The house Raul is tearing up

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 1:20 AM
Former Phillie Raul Ibanez is right back at it like he was last fall, having his way with the newest version of Yankee Stadium, this time as a Seattle Mariner. He picked BoopStats' 50th birthday (Oct. 20, 2012) to have one of the greatest postseason late-inning appearances in baseball history with... Read more

Phils-Indians Season Linescore

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:03 PM
It will be a couple of seasons before the Phillies see the Indians again (unless, of course, they meet in the World Series) and it will be none too soon. Cleveland scored as many runs (12) in innings 1-3 of their four games vs. Philly as the Phils did in the entire four games (12) ... And the Indians... 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.

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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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