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Phillies Catching Up

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 2:07 AM
Is was good to see Carlos Ruiz belt his first home run of the season, but he wasn't the only catcher in the Phillies' organization making noise Tuesday. The starting catchers for each of the franchise's top four minor league teams also had good nights, and along wuith Ruiz combined to hit .381/.435/1... Read more

The Eagles, One Line At A Time

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:29 PM
Every weekday through Aug. 30, philly.com is using a quick-hitting Eagles BoopStat on its main Training Camp Page. Here are the first half-dozen, in case you missed them: MONDAY, JULY 22 The Andy Reid era, such that it was, lasted 5,014 days (Jan. 11, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2012). TUESDAY, JULY 23 The... Read more

Eight is Enough

Monday, July 29, 2013, 12:43 AM
During the Phillies' eight-game losing streak, they have the same number of hits as their opponents have runs. Ouch! And their pitchers are allowing nearly twice as many baserunners per nine innings, as their opponents. Double Ouch! Here are the Phils' and their opponents totals for the eight-game... Read more

The New Size of the Eagles

Monday, July 29, 2013, 12:29 AM
"I have noticed that there are a lot bigger guys here this year,” said Eagles’ second-year offensive lineman Dennis Kelly after one of the May OTAs. Well, give the young man a star ... and a big one at that, since he is 6-8 himself. It turns out that the 90 guys who make up the beginning... Read more

The ABCs of All-Time Phillies Home Runs

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 7:30 PM
The Phillies designated Humberto Quintero for assignment Wednesday, and there is one reason we'd be sorry to see him leave the organization ... He is the Phillies' all-time leader in home runs by players whose last name starts with Q. Before his departure, he was one of six members of the 2013 team... Read more

Quick Update on Ryan Howard's Splits

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 3:41 AM
One of the commentors on yesterday's Ryan Howard item wanted to know how his RBI broke down over the five 1,000-PA periods of his career. Those splits — in order: 206, 190, 214, 180 and 173 — are a lot more even than some of the categories we presented yesterday. And in this case the first... Read more

Ryan Howard in Five Easy Pieces

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 11:57 PM
When he went on the disabled list earlier this month with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Ryan Howard had just surpassed the 5,000 mark for career major league plate appearances. So we thought it convenient to break his career numbers down into five segments, each ending with the game in which he... Read more

The Phillies' All-Star Game RBI Drought

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:10 AM
No Phillie has had an RBI in an All-Star Game since 1989, when a Von Hayes 8th-inning single scored Glenn Davis with the last run of the NL’s 5-3 loss. That is the second longest All-Star RBI drought among the current 30 franchises, exceeded only by the Royals, whose last RBI came off the... Read more

Extras on the Extras

Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:18 AM
On Sunday, the Phillies played their third consecutive extra-inning game, something they have now done 15 times since 1916, including four times under Charlie Manuel. In that time, they have not had four extra-inning games in a row. The Major League record for consecutive extra-inning games, according... Read more

Here they come again

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11:09 PM
In every one of Charlie Manuel’s previous eight seasons here, the Phillies had a better record from July on than they had through June. In fact, the Phils are 140 games over .500 (a .604 percentage) for Manuel in regular season games from July 1 on. That’s .091 better than they played in... 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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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