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The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 3:36 AM
(We'll post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Jim Thome is only member of the 600-HR... Read more

A Title and a No. 1

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:45 AM
Kentucky's Anthony Davis will become the fifth player in the NBA's common draft era (since 1966) to be chosen with the top pick in the same year that they won the NCAA title. There have been five other No. 1s that had won titles, although not in the same season they were drafted. Drafted Player Team College Won... Read more

The Kyle Kendrick Run

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
We're not as concerned with how Kyle Kendrick performs on the mound tonight, we're more interested with how he does on the basebaths. Why? Well, in his career, the Phillies are now 13-0 when Kendrick scores a run. Those games: Date Opponent Result AB R H BI Other Stats... Read more

Where Does Chooch Stand?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 2:55 AM
Here are Carlos Ruiz' current rankings (through Tuesday's games): Category Ruiz' Total National League Major Leagues Batting Avg. .361 1st 1st On-Base Pct. .427 3rd 3rd Slugging Pct. .579 5th 8th Read more

Running on Pence Oil

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 1:44 AM
With five runs scored in his last four games, Phillies rightfielder Hunter Pence has moved into second place among all National League players in runs scored. He is currently on pace to score 110 runs, which would top his career high of 93 (set in 2010). Pence could become the seventh Phillie to... Read more

Has Rollins Pushed Utley to Return?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:25 AM
The staff here at BoopStats thinks we know the real reason that the return of Chase Utley is merely hours away ... The Phillies' second baseman can feel the hot breath of Jimmy Rollins on his neck as the shortstop closes in on Utley's home run total. With four home runs in his last five games, Rollins... Read more

The Philly 600

Monday, June 25, 2012, 12:00 AM
Walking through the Citizens Bank Park parking lot Saturday after Jim Thome's 609th career home run had given the Phillies' a dramatic 7-6 victory, I couldn't help but wonder how rare it must be to see a player hit a home run that added to a career total already that high in Philadelphia. Not as rare... Read more

Thome's 13

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 3:17 AM
When Jim Thome blasted his 609th home run into the left field bleachers Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, it was his 13th career walk-off home run. He had been tied with five pretty fair players — Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson — for the major-league... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:29 PM
(We'll post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. In subsequent weeks, we will post the question as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to THIS WEEK'S QUESION:... Read more

Jimmy Rollins is Second in First

Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:44 AM
Since 1948 (which is as far back as would let us search), only Mike Schmidt has more home runs in the first inning than Jimmy Rollins, who clubbed his 42nd opening-frame dinger Thursday night. The 25 Phillies with the most first-inning HRs since 1948 (and we point out that Jim... 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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