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  • #16
    Here's mine:

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    19th Century League Champion
    1900s League Champion
    1910s League Champion

    1930s League Division Winner
    1950s League Champion
    1960 Strat-O-Matic League Regular Season Winner
    1960s League Division Winner
    1970s League Champion
    1971 Strat-O-Matic League Runner Up
    1980s League Champion
    All Time Greats League Champion

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
      Everytime I hear Pokey Reese I think of Bip Roberts. Must be something about those first names.
      I still remember the late 90's/early 2000's Reds double play combo was supposed to be "Gookie" (for SS prospect Travis "Gookie" Dawkins) to Pokey to Casey.....it didnt quite work out that way though.
      "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

      "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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      • #18
        with that said, mine is Tim Bogar.....a below average infielder for the mid 90's Mets.
        "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

        "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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        • #19
          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".

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          • #20
            dustin pedroia

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Blackout View Post
              dustin pedroia

              no he wouldnt count
              "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

              "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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              • #22
                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!
                Last edited by Dude Paskert; 04-05-2012, 08:31 AM.
                "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                • #23
                  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.
                  WAR? Prove it!

                  Trusted Traders: ttmman21, Dalkowski110, BoofBonser26, Kearns643, HudsonHarden, Extra Innings, MadHatter, Mike D., J.P., SShifflett

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                  • #24
                    Eric Byrnes by a long shot. Bo Hart, Reed Johnson, Mark Smith, Pete Orr, Felix Pie, Ryan Freel.
                    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                    • #25
                      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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                      • #26
                        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.
                        "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                        • #27
                          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.
                          Last edited by GiambiJuice; 04-05-2012, 01:32 PM.
                          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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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by m8644 View Post
                            no he wouldnt count
                            it was just a joke

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                            • #29
                              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.
                              "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                              • #30
                                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,"
                                Last edited by John239; 04-05-2012, 03:39 PM.

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