Friday, 14 February 2020

108 - Benji Gil

108 - Benji Gil

Front photo: Getting ready to chase down a pop-up.

Back photo: At bat.

Better photo?: Both are pretty bland. I guess the front.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 13.

Wiki-facts: Includes a heading "Minor League journeyman". Which was an apt description, since there are 12 teams listed in 2 paragraphs.

Google it: Nothing much of note aside from links to stats.

How was his strike shortened 1994? Spent it in AAA with Oklahoma City, batting .248 with 10HR and 55RBI.

Birthday boy: October 6, 1972. Shares it with another MLBer, Valerio de los Santos.

Up Next: 109 - Bernard Gilkey

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

107 - Brent Gates


Maybe my resolution for 2020 should be to do more than 8 of these.
Front photo: Picking up the out at second.

Back photo: Defensive maneuvering.

Better photo?: It might not be a turning two situation, but I like the front.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5.

Wiki-facts: "Brent Gates Jr. played hockey at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks."

Google it: My first 4 google entries were for the hockey player.

How was his strike shortened 1994? Only 64 games, picking up 2 HR and 24 RBI to go with a .283 average.

Birthday boy: March 14, 1970. One month off from my 2/14 PC. Former NFLer Thomas McLemore, along with musician Kristian Bush also came into the world that date.

Up Next: #108 - Benji Gil

Monday, 21 October 2019

106 - Jeff Gardner

Front photo: Flipping the ball to Fred McGriff.

Back photo: He's wearing sunglasses.

Better photo?: I'm always a fan of a well-framed photograph. Getting the ball as well as the first baseman in the photo is really nice. Easily the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Started with the Mets, and spent 1994 with the Expos. One of his first MLB cards, 1992 Fleer, is an error where he's listed as a pitcher.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 2

Wiki-facts: "In 2014, he was listed as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' professional scouting staff"

Google it: Seems to think I want this autocompleted with 'Storage Wars'. There's a scrap metal artist in Oshawa, Ontario, who made several appearances on the Canadian version of the show.

How was his strike shortened 1994? He moved to the Expos, and spent his last year in MLB hitting .219 with 1 RBI over 32 AB.

Birthday boy: February 4, 1964. Nobody besides Jeff at any of the *-reference sites was born that date. Wikipedia doesn't seem to think anything else interesting happened that date either.

Up Next: #107 - Brent Gates

Thursday, 26 September 2019

105 - Carlos Garcia

Front photo: Bunting! Retro uniform! Holy Amazing!

Back photo: Some infield play.

Better photo?: No contest. The front.

Ties to my personal collections: Would go on to play for the Blue Jays.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8

Wiki-facts: "In 2018, he became manager of the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League."

Google it: Google seems to think I'm more interested in the former mayor of Pico Rivera, California, than the baseball player.

How was his strike shortened 1994? He was the Pirates lone representative at the All-Star game, batting .277 with 6 HR and 28 RBI.

Birthday boy: October 15, 1967. He's the only MLBer born that date, but former NFLer Greg McMurtry was born that day as well. As was the

current lieutenant governor of North Carolina.

Up Next: #106 - Jeff Gardner

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

104 - Mike Gallego

104 - Mike Gallego

Front photo: Diving stop. Or at least an attempt at it.

Back photo: Standing for the anthem.

Better photo?: If he got the ball, the front. If he didn't, the back.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8

Wiki-facts: "While playing with the Yankees from 1992 to 1994, Gallego was the last player to wear the uniform number 2 prior to the Yankees' former All-Star shortstop, Derek Jeter"

Google it: The first autocomplete word is 'Angels', the team for which he is now the infield/3rd base coach.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 6 HR and 41 RBI with a .283 average.

Birthday boy: October 31, 1960. No MLB guys, but former NFLers Byron Williams and Richard Tharpe were born that Halloween day. Off in the world of politics, former Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño was also born that day.

Up Next: #105 - Carlos Garcia

Monday, 10 June 2019

103 - Scott Fletcher

103 - Scott Fletcher

Front photo: Sliding.

Back photo: On field chit-chat.

Better photo?: Great usage of a horizontal layout. The Front.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 7

Wiki-facts: "George W. Bush named his dog Spot Fetcher after Fletcher."

Google it: He is one of 4 Scott Fletchers on the first page. There's an entrepeneur, an actor and a missing man.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .285 with 5 HR and 45 RBI. 

Birthday boy: July 30, 1958. No MLB alum were born that date other than Fletcher. 2 time decathalon gold medallist Daley Thompson probably highlights the day from the world of sports, and in the world of music, songstress Kate Bush began running up that hill on that date as well (maybe not, she would have been a little young).

Up Next: 104 - Mike Gallego

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

102 - Darrin Fletcher

Front photo: A catcher confrontation in the dirt.

Back photo: Moment of impact.

Better photo?: It isn't the most flattering photo, as it almost seems like he hit the dirt for a wild pitch, but the front easily wins here.

Ties to my personal collections: He's an Expo here, and a future Blue Jay.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8.

Wiki-facts: "Fletcher is the son of former major league player, Tom Fletcher, and the grandson of long-time minor league player Glenn Fletcher."

Google it: Looks like he's in the Illinois Fighting Illini Hall of Fame!

How was his strike shortened 1994? Was an All-Star (reserve), batting .260 with 10 HR and 57 RBI.

Birthday boy: October 3, 1966. It is the same date as Scott Taylor, who'd pitch for 3 games with Texas in 1995. In football, former Atlanta Falcon Tony Bowick, who spent 13 years in the Arena League, was also born then. There were no NBA or NHL alum born 10/3/66.

Up Next: #103 - Scott Fletcher