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Archive: July, 2012

The Dismantling of a Champion

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 1:16 AM
Shane Victorino is the 19th of the 25 players who appeared for the Phillies in the 2008 postseason to leave the club. (Kyle Kendrick, still with the club, did not appear in any playoff games that season, although he was a regular season mainstay.) Those 19 departures, chronologically: Player ... Read more

Inside Jimmy Rollins

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:58 AM
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Jimmy Rollins now has more inside-the-park home runs since 2000 (four) than any one else in baseball. Tied at three are Chase Utley, David DeJesus, Carl Crawford and Curtis Granderson. He is now tied for 10th in Phillies history (since 1900): Player ITP... Read more

Wednesday's Gold Medal Events

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:00 AM
The schedule for Wednesday's Gold Medal events at the 2012 Olympics: Time Sport Event 5:10 a.m. Rowing Women's Pairs 5:20 a.m. Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls 5:30 a.m. Rowing Men's Eights 7:30 a.m. Cycling (Road) Women's Individual... Read more

Tuesday's Gold Medal Events

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 3:35 AM
The schedule for Tuesday's Gold Medal events at the 2012 Olympics: Time Sport Event 5:30 a.m. Equestrian Individual Three-Day 9:00 a.m. Shooting Men's Skeet 9:30 a.m. Equestrian Team Three-Day 10:00 a.m. Diviing Women's Synchronized 10M Platform... Read more

Phillies Out of the Pan, Into the Fire

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 1:46 AM
The Phillies have to feel good getting out of Atlanta, after being swept by the Braves. But it would have been better had they not had to meander into another intradivision city right away. So far this season, the Phillies are 11-25 against the NL East, but two games over .500 (34-32) when they play... Read more

Halladay Another Phil in 2K K Club

Monday, July 30, 2012, 2:38 AM
Sunday, Roy Halladay became the 67th major league pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts. He is the 14th of those 67 to have played at least some of his career with the Phillies. Those 14: Pitcher Career Total Phillies Total Steve Carlton 4136 3031 Ferguson Jenkins 3192 12 ... Read more

A Hundred Pence

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 3:48 PM
Through Saturday, Hunter Pence had played 100 games for the Phillies this season, which is the same number of games he had played for the Astros last season before the Phils acquired him. Here are how his numbers compare through 100 games last year and this year: 2012 2011 Games 100 100 Team's... Read more

Playing Eagles Catchup

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2:23 PM
If you haven't already, please check out the philly.com sports main Eagles training camp page, updated daily with many things, including a one-off Eagles BoopStat. Here are last week's: ♦ The Eagles were 5-1 vs. the NFC East last season, 1-5 against the rest of the conference. ♦ Eagles... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
(We 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 vetronb@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Since 1933, there have been nine triple crown... Read more

Phillies' Original Five-For-Ones

Friday, July 27, 2012, 12:00 AM
The Phillies will be aiming for their fifth consecutive win Friday night in Atlanta and while they would probably prefer to win by a couple of touchdowns, a one-run victory would match their previous four and tie a team mark set in 1966 and equaled in 1970 (home team in CAPS): Sept. 21, 1966: Phillies... 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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