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chicoruiz
02-09-2012, 07:54 AM
Reds:

Josh Judy (26) -Now that Carlos Fisher has been DFAd, Judy is probably the best candidate for the Louisville-to-Cincy-and-back shuttle that Carlos has been on for the last few years.

Dioner Navarro (28) -All a catcher really needs to do is have one good hitting year and he'll keep getting job opportunities. Dioner's was in 2008. I hope his acquisition doesn't mean we won't see Corky Miller with the big club. I expect we'll see one of them only if Meso either implodes or does so well that they flip Hanningan at the trade deadline.

Others:

Vladimir Guerrero (37) -Known for swinging at, and hitting, pretty much any pitch thrown in his general direction (Rex Hudler once said, "From the nose to the toes, Vlad goes"). Despite this, he's never struck out 100 times in a season.

John Kruk (51) -Retired with exactly 100 home runs and a career average of exactly .300. That's good planning, there...

Specs Toporcer -Generally considered to be the first big league position player to wear glasses. His chapter in The Glory Of Their Times is just plain wonderful.

Heinie Zimmerman -Hal Chase's buddy, and almost as creepy as Hal. Both of them were banned for life by Judge Landis just for emitting the stench of overall corruption. It has been suggested that Zimmerman attempted to throw the 1917 World Series, in which he hit .120.

_Sir_Charles_
02-09-2012, 08:16 AM
*grin* Love the Vlad & Kruk comments. :O)

Bob Borkowski
02-09-2013, 09:49 PM
Adding Vic Wertz - Wertz hit the long fly ball that Willie Mays caught in the 1954 World Series. It went over 450 feet to dead center at the Polo Grounds in New York, and a sportswriter said, "It would have been a home run in any other park, including Yellowstone."

Bob Borkowski
02-10-2013, 06:44 AM
Adding Vic Wertz - Wertz hit the long fly ball that Willie Mays caught in the 1954 World Series. It went over 450 feet to dead center at the Polo Grounds in New York, and a sportswriter said, "It would have been a home run in any other park, including Yellowstone."

The pitcher who faced Wertz was Don Liddle and Wertz was the only batter he faced that day. Reportedly, he commented breezily on his arrival afterward in the dugout, "Well, I got my man."

marcshoe
02-10-2013, 04:42 PM
John Kruk (51) -Retired with exactly 100 home runs and a career average of exactly .300. That's good planning, there...


And here a lot of people didn't even think he could count!