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    Birthdays: 1/2

    Reds:

    Dave Sappelt (25) -His story has yet to be written.

    Rick Greene (41) -His major league career consisted of 5.2 innings with the 1999 Reds.

    Royce Clayton (42) -Will he get an Oscar nomination for his touching portrayal of Miguel Tejada in Moneyball???

    Sonny Ruberto (66) -His major league career was very short, but as I recall he was with the Reds AAA farm team for a good while. The Corky Miller of his era.

    Others:

    David Cone (49) -Pitched his perfect game for the Yankees on Yogi Berra Day with Berra and Don Larsen watching. Holds an obscure record for most seasons between 20-win seasons.

    Edgar Martinez (49) -Only five players have awards named after them; the award for best DH is named after Edgar. He is, by all accounts, a class act, and I'd be fine with him making it into the HOF.

    Bill Madlock (61) -First player to win multiple batting titles with two different teams (I'm not sure I'm phrasing that clearly; what I mean is that he won more than one as a Cub and more than one as a Pirate). Hasn't gotten much HOF traction, possibly as a result of his reputation as being focused on his own stats rather than team goals.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/2

    Madlock had great bat skills. Finished his career with more BBs than Ks.
    Won a batting title with the Cubs in 1976 (beating out the Reds' Ken Griffey) and was TRADED ipso facto for an old-30 yr Bobby Murcer. (Way to go, Cubbies!)
    After two season with the Giants, they traded him also.
    Definitely not a "clubhouse" guy. "Mad Dog" was the nickname.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/2

    I feel a sudden jolt of oldness knowing Edgar is now 49
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    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    I feel a sudden jolt of oldness knowing Edgar is now 49
    Yep. Me too. I also felt old when Keith Brown threw out the first pitch at a game in 2010 as part of the 20 year World Series celebration, (what, Tim Birtsas was busy?) and he was all gray-haired and fat. I remember him as a farmhand.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/2

    Greg Swindell turns 48 today (I have to double-check my math now that it's 2013). 1992 was his only year as a Red, but it was a good 'un...

    I'll also mention that Edgar Martinez had a higher career OBP than Stan Musial and a higher career SLG than Willie McCovey. Now that's a hitter...
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