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Shane Victorino and The Four-Ply Swat

Shane Victorino is second on Phils in HRs over the last two seasons.

Shane Victorino and The Four-Ply Swat

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

With his game-winning home run Monday night, Shane Victorino has now hit more home runs for the Phillies since the beginning of the 2010 season than anyone but Ryan Howard.

Those with 10 or more:

Ryan Howard    58
Shane Victorino 33
Raul Ibanez 32
Jayson Werth 27
Chase Utley 25
Jimmy Rollins 22
John Mayberry Jr.     14
Carlos Ruiz 13
Ben Francisco 12
Placido Polanco 10
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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