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    Willie Montanez was traded six out of seven seasons. From 1975-1981, he got dealt every year but 1978.

    In 2018, Oliver Drake pitched for five different teams in one season.

    Ken Griffey, Junior played in four decades. His father did not.

    Darrell Porter played 15 full seasons as a starting catcher in the big leagues. He enjoyed three very good offensive seasons then a bad one in Milwaukee. He did the same thing in Kansas City-- three good seasons and a poor one. He did the same in St. Louis (but the Cardinals kept him). He finished his career with three more good offensive seasons. Is that consistent or inconsistent?

    Johnny Bench stole home twice. Carlton Fisk did it three times.

    How good was last season's Yankee offense? 15 players had an OPS+ above league average. 15!


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    Porter began his bad season in KC by checking himself into rehab

    From Wikipedia:

    "During spring training in 1980, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe paid a visit to the Kansas City clubhouse. He asked the players ten questions, the point of which being if a player answered three or more of the questions with an affirmation, the player might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Porter affirmed all ten questions and checked himself into a rehabilitation center, admitting he had abused alcohol, cocaine, Quaaludes, and marijuana."

    He was a mess


    Oddity: Dave Kingman began the 1977 season as a New York Met, they traded him to San Diego, three months later they put him on waivers and the Angels picked him up, a week later they waved and he ended up his season as a New York Yankee

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Porter began his bad season in KC by checking himself into rehab

    From Wikipedia:

    "During spring training in 1980, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe paid a visit to the Kansas City clubhouse. He asked the players ten questions, the point of which being if a player answered three or more of the questions with an affirmation, the player might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Porter affirmed all ten questions and checked himself into a rehabilitation center, admitting he had abused alcohol, cocaine, Quaaludes, and marijuana."

    He was a mess


    Oddity: Dave Kingman began the 1977 season as a New York Met, they traded him to San Diego, three months later they put him on waivers and the Angels picked him up, a week later they waved and he ended up his season as a New York Yankee
    Thatís where I was going...played and HR in every division in baseball

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    Trea Turner played half a season in the San Diego minor league system after he had been traded to Washington.

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    One of the oddities/rumors going around which most people think is true is the story behind Rollie Fingers mustache. If you haven't heard it, heres how it goes:

    At the time A's owner paid Rollie for growing and keeping his now iconic mustache and would give him bonus money based on how he kept it up, even paying for the wax.

    The problem with this story is that it is complete BS. I had the honor of having lunch with Rollie a few years back(when the Reds hosted the ASG) and I asked him about the rumor...

    "Hell no, do you really think Finley's cheap ass would pay his players for anything? I grew it because I liked it and other players followed suit".

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    The Reds are the only non expansion team to not have a third baseman who played in 1000 games, they however are the only MLB team to have two SS who appeared in over 2000 games and four who appeared in 1000 games

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    The Reds are the only non expansion team to not have a third baseman who played in 1000 games, they however are the only MLB team to have two SS who appeared in over 2000 games and four who appeared in 1000 games
    So Eugenio is only 201 games away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    So Eugenio is only 201 games away.
    Code:
    CINCINNATI REDS
    CAREER
    3B
    
    GAMES                                G   
    1    Hick Carpenter                890   
    2    Heinie Groh                   883   
    3    Chris Sabo                    792   
    4    Tony Perez                    760   
    5    Grady Hatton                  729   
    6    Arlie Latham                  680   
    7    Harry Steinfeldt              637   
    8    Pete Rose                     629   
    9    Aaron Boone                   625   
    10   Eugenio Suarez                606
    Adding to this oddity is the Reds all time leader in games played is LH and last played in the 1880's

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Code:
    CINCINNATI REDS
    CAREER
    3B
    
    GAMES                                G   
    1    Hick Carpenter                890   
    2    Heinie Groh                   883   
    3    Chris Sabo                    792   
    4    Tony Perez                    760   
    5    Grady Hatton                  729   
    6    Arlie Latham                  680   
    7    Harry Steinfeldt              637   
    8    Pete Rose                     629   
    9    Aaron Boone                   625   
    10   Eugenio Suarez                606
    Adding to this oddity is the Reds all time leader in games played is LH and last played in the 1880's
    Nothing makes me feel older than seeing the list and realizing that I, as well as many of us here, have seen 5 of those players play that position for a 100 plus years old franchise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    Nothing makes me feel older than seeing the list and realizing that I, as well as many of us here, have seen 5 of those players play that position for a 100 plus years old franchise.
    It's really a position they never could fill, most teams have those, but this is ridiculous. Especially if you think about #7 being a famous answer on a trivia question (Who was the 3rd baseman when Tinkers to Evers to Chance played)

    Between Groh and Rose

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    GAMES                                G   
    1    Tony Perez                    760   
    2    Grady Hatton                  729   
    3    Bobby Adams                   563   
    4    Chuck Dressen                 559   
    5    Lew Riggs                     537   
    6    Steve Mesner                  398   
    7    Bill Werber                   397   
    8    Babe Pinelli                  307   
    9    Eddie Kasko                   291   
    10   Don Hoak                      261
    #4 Dressen, more famous as a manager and a coach than a player... wore the uniform of the Yankees/Giants/Dodgers before the Mets.. the only man

    #8 More famous as a umpire, was behind the plate for Larsen's perfect game in 1956, as a Red he and other "Catholics" kinda pissed off Eddie Roush as he so obviously went on about in "Glory of their Times"

    Then you ask... who the heck is Steve Mesner?

    Wartime player, finished up his career in the PCL

    Just a crazy bad group

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    Arlie Latham, "the Freshest Man on Earth"
    Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.

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    Re: Oddities

    how many games did craig worthington play at 3rd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Arlie Latham, "the Freshest Man on Earth"
    One of my all-time favorite nicknames. He specialized in what the kids and fans of Letterkenny would call "chirping." Supposedly he would be player-third base coach and move up and down the line yelling insults at the opposing pitcher. My understanding is that they invented the coach's box to restrain his activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee View Post
    One of my all-time favorite nicknames. He specialized in what the kids and fans of Letterkenny would call "chirping." Supposedly he would be player-third base coach and move up and down the line yelling insults at the opposing pitcher. My understanding is that they invented the coach's box to restrain his activities.
    Correct on Arlie. He used to run down the line during the at bat and scream at the batter often getting within ten yards of him

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    how many did wayne krenchicki start


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