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    Birthdays: 1/19

    Reds:

    Chris Stynes (39) -Had two really good years with the Reds- 1997 and 2000- that were definitely the highlight of his career.

    Rick Krivda (42) -0-2, 11.28 with the Reds. On the other hand, he won an Olympic gold medal in 2000, so what the heck...

    Chris Sabo (50) -Spuds reaches the half-century mark. Chris played one game of minor league hockey (he was a goalie) before deciding to focus on baseball.

    Rich Gale (58) -Big righty who was 4-6, 5.82 for the 1983 Reds. Served as pitching coach iin Nashville until resigning in the middle of the 2011 season.

    Others:

    Anthony Young (46) -Remembered for his 27 consecutive losing decisions. It should be noted that during that streak he had 13 quality starts, converted 12 consecutive save opportunities, and had a 23 2/3 inning scoreless streak.

    Jon Matlack (62) -Full name Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack. Surrendered Roberto Clemente's 3000th and final hit. On May 8 1973, a line drive off the bat of Marty Perez caromed off Matlack's forehead so hard that it rolled completely into the dugout. Ouch...

    Chick Gandil -The ringleader of the "eight men out". Worked as a plumber in northern California after being banned from baseball. He always claimed that he ended up never seeing a penny of any payoff money.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/19

    A nice tribute over at Better Off Red for Sabo. A nice slideshow of pics. Quite a few I've never seen.

    http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/2012/01/19/happy-50th-spuds/
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/19

    Being a 1-19er myself, Spuds was a favorite player of mine growing up.

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/19

    Chris Stynes. The poster child for why too much playing time given to an effective role player can be a bad thing. I think of him every time I think of Chris Heisey.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/19

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
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    Chris Sabo (50) -Spuds reaches the half-century mark. Chris played one game of minor league hockey (he was a goalie) before deciding to focus on baseball.
    Pete Rose gave Sabo the nickname 'Spuds' during his rookie season in 1988 referring to the bull terrier character in Bud Light commercials named Spuds MacKenzie.

    My recollection is that a while later when someone asked why the nickname Sabo answered, "I'm not sure but they tell me I look like the guy."


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