Thursday, March 5, 2015

Talking 'Bout Walk-Offs

Talking 'Bout Walk-Offs

Talking 'Bout Walk-Offs

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

More than enough stuff on Phillies’ walk-off wins to get you through this upcoming West Coast trip. All numbers are through Sunday’s games:

♦ Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Phillies have 109 home wins (23rd in the majors), but a MLB-high 29 walk-off wins. That works out to 26.6% of their home victories have been walk-offs in the last two-plus seasons. The Marlins (with 21 WOs among their 105 home wins) are next at 21%.

♦ Ryan Howard now has 11 career walk-off RBI. That is behind only Mike Schmidt’s 17 among Phillies since 1938 (which is how far back is able to sort walk-off wins). You can see a list with both players’ walk-offs HERE.

♦ Schmidt’s first WO was against the great Bob Gibson. It was the first game they had faced each other and Schmidt had struck out twice and walked in his first three appearances.

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♦ Marlon Byrd Sunday was the 10th different player to score the winning run on a Ryan Howard walk-off RBI. Only Chase Utley (twice in 2007) has scored the GW run on a Howard WO more than once.

♦ Even Howard has only scored the winning run on a walk-off homer once (he has no solo walk-off homers). Schmidt was his own game-winning run-scorer (say that 10 times fast) six times.

♦ Schmidt had two walk-off walks in his career (Ron Swoboda had four, tops since 1938).

♦  Current Phillies’ coaches Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel scored GW runs on Schmidt WOs. In fact, Sammy crossed the plate to end the game each of the last three times Schmitty did it in his career.


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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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