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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackout View Post
    dustin pedroia

    no he wouldnt count
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    Quote Originally Posted by m8644 View Post
    no he wouldnt count
    I think Blackout was trying to slam the Laser Show, thought the "deadpan" (so to speak) was pretty funny.

    Jackaroo Dave is right that Bellhorn's '04 was pretty good, as was his 27HR year with the Cubbies. He was really bad for the rest of his career, though.
    I liked Pokey Reese a lot, too...I remember one game where he just really met the ball, crushed a long fly to left in Fenway...and it bounced just short of the Monster, maybe a 320 foot shot. The really funny thing is that it wasn't caught because they were playing him in so far. The announcers chuckled a bit and opined that Pokey must have got it off the end of the bat, but I really think they knew it was about as far as he could hit the ball unless something freakish happened.
    Another Red Sox guy who caught my fancy was Phil Plantier, who was viewed as the next Ted Williams on a toilet seat when he came up (you'll understand that if you've seen him hit). Had a great cup of coffee in his first season with Boston, then stumbled badly the next year. He got traded to the Padres and banged out 34 HRs, but then went into decline again. I've heard that he hurt his elbow badly after his rookie year and it was never right again. Phil is probably most famous for getting in a fistfight with Barry Bonds during pregame BP (I think he lost), but I believe he also worked on ESPN. I have an autographed personal bat of his that I picked up for a song, the thing weighs a ton. Again, a guy who had a couple of good years, but was pretty blah other than that.

    Too bad the Yanks made Gamble cut his hair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasant View Post
    Al Newman was the man. He was a utility infielder for the Twins and he has two World Series rings. I actually met him in a bar in St Cloud circa 1990 and bought him a shot. I was naive enough at that time to think it was rare for a finely tuned athlete to do a shot. He was a down to earth nice person. He's definitely shorter than his listed height of 5'9".
    I met Mike Gallego in Tucson a few years ago and can say the same. He's closer to 5'6, not like the 5'8 or 5'9 he's listed at. He's another down to earth guy too.
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    Eric Byrnes by a long shot. Bo Hart, Reed Johnson, Mark Smith, Pete Orr, Felix Pie, Ryan Freel.
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

    "...far too many people want to retroactively apply today's standards to yesterday's players, as if they played the game under the same assumptions and just heedlessly and obdurately plowed on in their own groove." - Los Bravos

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    Quote Originally Posted by SavoyBG View Post
    Here's mine:

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    Gamble produced one of my favorite quotes ever from a baseball player:
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    Quote Originally Posted by davewashere View Post
    Gamble produced one of my favorite quotes ever from a baseball player:
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    Kind of sounds like an ESL Satchel Paige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesky5 View Post
    Eric Byrnes by a long shot. Bo Hart, Reed Johnson, Mark Smith, Pete Orr, Felix Pie, Ryan Freel.
    I liked Byrnes as a player too, but he is one of the most insufferable analysts in TV right now in my opinion.
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    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8644 View Post
    no he wouldnt count
    it was just a joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    I liked Byrnes a player too, but he is one of the most insufferable analysts in TV right now in my opinion.
    Yea, he's got some Spicoli in him.
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

    "...far too many people want to retroactively apply today's standards to yesterday's players, as if they played the game under the same assumptions and just heedlessly and obdurately plowed on in their own groove." - Los Bravos

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaysFan_98 View Post
    Carlos Pena and Kelly Shoppah Pena because he is the nicest guy you will ever run into as a fan i have gotten a million autographs from him over the years as a Rays fan and he is the most humble guy i have ever met and he doesn't shy away from us fans and will spend a good clip of time talking to us and he is a great leader.
    I always had this sort of impression of Carlos Pena he just always seemed genuinely nice and a great person to have as a teammate. But he's not really mediocre in my opinion. He's a nice defensive first baseman and still has the power to hit 30 hrs a year its just that he is a strikeout machine and hits for low average but that is just his game.

    I always enjoyed watching Russell Branyan play because when he hits the ball, it stays hit. He is stupid strong. I pretty much enjoy any mediocre player who can detonate a baseball from time to time, the guys who can hit the 450' plus bombs..Juan Francisco, Wily Mo Pena, the guys who hit the longest home runs and put on the biggest displays in bp but are just average or below average in every other aspect its even fun to watch them strike out but when the ball gets in the way of the bat, bye bye. I also enjoy watching the reactions from the fans when some no-name guy puts on a Josh Hamilton-like performance in bp outshining the superstar sluggers, they are like "who is that,"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zito75 View Post
    I met Mike Gallego in Tucson a few years ago and can say the same. He's closer to 5'6, not like the 5'8 or 5'9 he's listed at. He's another down to earth guy too.
    So to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John239 View Post
    I always had this sort of impression of Carlos Pena he just always seemed genuinely nice and a great person to have as a teammate. But he's not really mediocre in my opinion. He's a nice defensive first baseman and still has the power to hit 30 hrs a year its just that he is a strikeout machine and hits for low average but that is just his game.

    I always enjoyed watching Russell Branyan play because when he hits the ball, it stays hit. He is stupid strong. I pretty much enjoy any mediocre player who can detonate a baseball from time to time, the guys who can hit the 450' plus bombs..Juan Francisco, Wily Mo Pena, the guys who hit the longest home runs and put on the biggest displays in bp but are just average or below average in every other aspect its even fun to watch them strike out but when the ball gets in the way of the bat, bye bye. I also enjoy watching the reactions from the fans when some no-name guy puts on a Josh Hamilton-like performance in bp outshining the superstar sluggers, they are like "who is that,"
    Carlos Pena has put up some decent OBPs despite the low BAs and high Ks...he definitely helps an offense.
    Wily Mo Pena showed signs of learning to be a real hitter when the Bosox worked with him on pitch selection and containing his swing...didn't last. I still wonder what he could have become if Manny had actually been claimed on waivers and Pena had become Boston's LFer (if I have my timing on that right vis a vis Wily Mo's time with the team).
    One guy in the Branyan/Mo Pena mold who had even less success was Eric Anthony, and he will always stick in my memory from one at bat. Came up to pinch hit in the Astrodome, huge swing and a miss at a fastball for strike one. Second pitch, Eric gets a fastball where he wants it and hits a tremendous line drive about 10-20' foul that just caromed off the back wall of the Dome with a crash...I mean, this ball was just plain rocked. My jaw dropped and I stammer to my buddy, "Did you see that?!?!?" He sneers and says, "Foul ball, so what??" like he thinks I didn't realize it wasn't a HR. It was just a strike on him, but to hit the ball across that big building on a line in a couple of seconds...wow.
    Third pitch, offspeed, huge swing, nowhere near the ball, K.

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    One of the guys I loved growing up was Rafael Belliard. He looked like a kid playing second base next to Fred McGriff. There were several guys who fit the "mediocre" description on those Braves teams that I loved, though. Jeff Blauser, Mark Lemke, Belliard, Mike Bielecki... I'll stop now.

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    I have always been a fan of Willie Bloomquist, ever since his days with the Mariner's and even beyond. I remember seeing him at his first cup of tea and saw him crushing the ball. Never happened again... but loved his attitude and his willingness to play anywhere, he just wanted to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue387 View Post
    I am fond of Benny Agbayani, who played briefly for the Mets about ten years ago. He put up two good seasons and then disappeared. I also have a soft spot for former Met Angel Pagan, now with the Giants.

    Benny and the like ticked me off, because in every baseball game, I had to recreate them because they were scabs

    lol

    Anyway, I have a few

    Toby Harrah---used to play wiffle ball with my friends, and we each would pick a player from a deck of cards...I went with Toby and I learned how to Switch hit by emulating his stance...he was also the only player I hit more than 3 HRs emulating. I kept his stance all throughout my short baseball career.

    David Eckstein---too small, too slow, no power...didn't matter to Eckstein, he plugged along for a nice career

    Jim st Vrain --- a little known Cubs pitcher back in the 1900's who was such a poor hitter Frank Chance told him to try hitting from the other side, he did and got a hit....then ran to 3rd base...haha

    Chris Coste---I am a proud member of the CosteGuard

    Rey Ordonez---On the hated Mets, but he was fun to watch

    But my favorite has to be Ricky Jordan, the PH of the Phutile Phillies...he'd come through more than not for the perennial losers

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    You say Oscar Gamble and you don't show THIS picture?!?!?

    1976ToppsTradedGamble.jpg

    Loved his crouch stance

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    There are so many...especially having been a Met Fan. So many mediocre players :-)

    Richie Hebner (Though I hated him as Met- Liked him everywhere else). I sort of had the same stance and Lefty Swing.

    Wayne Garrett-decent glove around the IF and a few good seasons- Good Eye, Warning Track Power, Lefty Bat.

    Lots of late 70's Mets sucked...but I liked Joel Youngblood and Mazzilli. If Lee Had Joel's RF Arm he might have stuck around the majors a lot longer.

    Have to second Oscar Gamble. For the Fro alone.

    Loved all the broken down over the hill Yanks of 1973...Johnny Callison, Sudden Sam, Jim Ray Hart..Good to Great players in their day but on fumes by then.

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    Nick Adenhart....what a career he should have had!
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    Unfortunately the guys that I would have as my favorites even at my adult age I can't look back and say they were mediocre. If I had to put forth one it, as above, would be Lee Mazzilli with the late 70s Mets.
    After being on this site though I almost want to say Jim Rice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imapotato View Post
    You say Oscar Gamble and you don't show THIS picture?!?!?

    1976ToppsTradedGamble.jpg

    Loved his crouch stance
    Don't forget these!

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    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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