Wednesday, 24 August 2016

62 - Daryl Boston

62 - Daryl Boston

Front photo: Swinging.

Back photo: Tracking down a pop-up, with a mysterious teammate losing his cap.

Better photo?: Not really a 1981 John Pacella, but I gotta go with the back image.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Met. Younger brother DJ was a former Blue Jays farmhand.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "In 2013, White Sox manager Robin Ventura named Boston the team's first base coach." He's still there.

Google it: The first page contains an article about how he, Vince Coleman and Dwight Gooden avoided rape charges in 1992. Charming. That isn't in his wiki article.

How was his stike shortened 1994? He spent it with the Yankees, hitting 4 HR and 14 RBI with a sub-Mendoza BA of .182. His last MLB season was 1994.

Birthday boy: January 4, 1963. He was the only MLBer born that date. In fact, no alum of the major 4 teams sports was born that date. However, he does share the birthdate with Kids in the Hall/Newsradio's Dave Foley.

Up Next: Ryan Bowen

Sunday, 14 August 2016

61 - Mike Bordick

61 - Mike Bordick

Front photo: Diving to make a stop.

Back photo: Looks like some random Twin is about to get tagged out on his leg.

Better photo?: Nice action shot with nice usage of a horizontal design gives it to the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for both my favourite teams, with stops with the Mets and Jays. Pretty much the definition of a rent-a-player as a Met, as he was traded to the Mets after an injury to Rey Ordonez, and was back with Baltimore for next season.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "Bordick starred for the Hampden Academy Broncos and now the High School field is named in his honor."

Google it: The first pitch he saw at Shea was hit for a home run.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batter .254 with 2 HR and 37 RBI.

Birthday boy: July 21, 1965. Mike is the only MLB-er born that date. In the NFL, Louis Berry, who punted for two games with the 1987 Falcons was born that date. No NHLers or NBAers were 7/21/65 babies. GuĂ°ni Bergsson, an Icelandic soccer player turned lawyer, is a 7/21/1965 baby. Although 7 years apart, Mike's former teammate, the late Dave Henderson, was born on 7/21/1958.

Up Next: Daryl Boston

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

60 - Pat Borders

60 - Pat Borders

Front photo: Sitting on his arse.

Back photo: A rare defensive photo featuring the catcher.

Better photo?: The first photo just seems odd and unflattering. It doesn't look like a post-slide photo. It seems like it is post-brushback pitch instead. Strange. Back photo for the win.

Ties to my personal collections: He's a Blue Jay. I also have a Team USA relic of him.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9

Wiki-facts: "Borders is one of only four players to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal, along with Doug Mientkiewicz and Cuban players Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras."

Google it: In a 2011 post, listed Pat as #54 on the list of 55 greatest Jays of all time.

How was his stike shortened 1994? 3 HR and 26 RBI with a .247 average over 85 games.

Birthday boy: May 14, 1963. Former Mets farmhand Shawn Barton was born that date. Also, NFLers Kevin Lilly and Bob Beemer. In news, Kuwait joined the United Nations.

Up Next: #61 - Mike Bordick