Sunday, 24 May 2020

111 - Luis Gonzalez

111 - Luis Gonzalez

Front photo: Sliding.

Back photo: Stretching.

Better photo?: Even if it is before his changed his workout regimen and started having arms like a professional wrestler, the back photo.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 25

Wiki-facts: "Gonzalez was the Celebrity face for a cornfield maze in Queen Creek, Arizona for the Schnepf Farms' annual Celebrity Maze"

Google it: In 2017, he pulled a woman from a car after an accident.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2713489-former-mlb-player-luis-gonzalez-pulls-woman-from-car-after-accident

How was his strike shortened 1994? 8 HR and 67 RBI with a .273 average. This is back-to-back players with 8 HRs during the lost season.

Birthday boy: September 3, 1967. NBA journeyman Chris Gatling was born that date as well. If Luis and Chris' parents were on the way to the hospital in Sweden, they might have arrived by driving on the left side of the road, but returned on the right, as they switched over on 9/3/67.

Up Next: 112 - Tom Gordon

Saturday, 11 April 2020

110 - Chris Gomez

Front photo: Turning two on Tatooine (tm gcrl)

Back photo: A swing and a miss? hit? pop-up?

Better photo?: Easy win for the front photo.

Ties to my personal collections: Spent a year with the Blue Jays in 2004. His only Jays card was in Topps Total.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 10

Wiki-facts: "His first major league hit was a triple on July 22 off Kansas City Royals pitcher Frank DiPino."

Google it: A fairly common name, sharing it with a pitcher for the Pitt Panthers and an MMA fighter coming up on the first page.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 8 HR and 53 RBI with a .257 average.

Birthday boy: June 16, 1971. Another MLBer who would play for the Tigers was born that date - Fernando Hernandez. Gomez would be in San Diego by then. It was also the birthday of 3-game NFLer Andre President. The biggest name was outside the sporting world - Tupac was born that day. John Reith, co-founder of the BBC died that day.

Up Next: 111 - Luis Gonzalez

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

109 - Bernard Gilkey


Front photo: Safe at second.

Back photo: Looks like he's on his way to first at Wrigley.
SilverSig Parallel: First time scanning one of these in a bit.

Better photo?: It is hard to vote against the bricks of Wrigley Field.

Ties to my personal collections: Gilkey would go on to play the Mets.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8

Wiki-facts: Includes a heading Gilkey had a small role in the 1997 film Men in Black (...) Gilkey appeared in his real-life role as a Mets outfielder. Gilkey was distracted by a massive spacecraft above Shea Stadium (...)and was hit on the head by a fly ball.

Google it: He's in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 6 HR, 45 RBI with a .253 BA.

Birthday boy: September 24, 1966. A busy day for MLB alum, as Chris George and Kevin Koslofski were also born that day. The NBA has Morlon Wiley, while the NFL had Tim Worley and Willie Bouver,

Up Next: 110 - Chris Gomez

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