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chicoruiz
05-16-2012, 07:28 AM
Reds:

Billy Martin -Reds 2b in 1960. He replaced Johnny Temple; apparently the Reds thought that there was a rule that your 2b had to be a certain type of person. Best known, of course, for managing the Yankees on five separate occasions, and for his habit of shredding pitchers arms. When he died, Richard Nixon came to his funeral (He had a big funeral, which reminds me of the saying "Give the people what they want and they'll turn out for it".)

Others:

Jack Morris (54) -Sparky called him the best pitcher he ever managed. Gave up the most hits, homers and earned runs of any pitcher in the 1980s, but still won 254 games in his career. He's a good HOF candidate, but his 3.90 career ERA is problematic.

Rick Rhoden (59) - As most of you probably know, when he was a child he had an accident in which scissors left on a "slip 'n slide" pierced his leg. As a result, he walked with a cane until he was 12. One of the great hitting pitchers; at one point he had an 11-game hitting streak.

Rick Reuschel (62) -A weird athlete; a big, goofy-looking 230-pound guy who was nonetheless very graceful on the mound and a surprisingly fast runner. He had four career triples, and was often used as a pinch runner.

Dave Philley -One of the great all-time pinch hitters; his 24 pinch hits in a season is still the AL record. Once had nine consecutive pinch hits. In 1958, he actually got to play for his namesake team.

Rube Walker -Career backup catcher; he was behind the plate when Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard round the world". Later the pitching coach for the 1969 Miracle Mets; he and Dave Duncan are probably the best-known pitching coaches never to have been pitchers themselves.

Bob Borkowski
05-16-2013, 09:29 PM
Billy Martin -Reds 2b in 1960. He replaced Johnny Temple; apparently the Reds thought that there was a rule that your 2b had to be a certain type of person. Best known, of course, for managing the Yankees on five separate occasions, and for his habit of shredding pitchers arms. When he died, Richard Nixon came to his funeral (He had a big funeral, which reminds me of the saying "Give the people what they want and they'll turn out for it".)



It doesn't give me a feeling of pride to know that at one time Billy Martin was a Red.

Reverend Doo-Rag
05-17-2013, 10:28 AM
The Dave's ??


Reds:

Dave Philley -One of the great all-time pinch hitters; his 24 pinch hits in a season is still the AL record. Once had nine consecutive pinch hits. In 1958, he actually got to play for his namesake team.

Big Klu
05-17-2013, 11:00 PM
On June 11, 1988, Billy Martin started Rick Rhoden as the Yankees' DH, batting seventh.